One of our biggest challenges for Whittemore Park was providing the necessary staff development for teachers to be able to make this change. Students knew how to use technology, but teachers were reluctant to admit they were uncertain how to utilize digital content, monitor progress and design individualized instruction. The school began providing job-embedded professional development for differentiated groups of teachers to meet their individual needs. In the PD sessions, teachers and administrators modeled what they expected to see in classrooms.
Judy Beard, Whittemore Park's principal, says that any school planning to implement blended-learning should make sure its infrastructure is ready to support it. "If the technology doesn't support the model, teachers will become frustrated and revert back to their old ways of teaching," Beard said.
As an NGLC grant recipient, Whittemore Park Middle School transitioned to blended learning as a way to differentiate instruction for students and better prepare them for the 21st century workplace. The school's Individual Rotation model provides individualized instruction designed to meet the needs of learners through small group, personalized and digital content instruction. Learners are able to move along their own personalized pathways of instruction towards mastery.
Contact: Judy Beard
Contact Title: Principal, Whittemore Park Middle School
Whittemore Park Middle School
Conway, South Carolina
29527 United States
In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in Writing, English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The PASS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.
In 2013-2014 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school students in Algebra I, Mathematics for the Technologies II, Biology I, English I, US History, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit. The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.
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