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    7 must-knows from blended-learning early adopters

    December 12, 2017 | by Jenny White

    Blended learning mavericks reveal what works and what doesn’t for K-12 blended and personalized learning implementations. Earlier this year, the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator and The Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. The goal of the event was to focus on the practical elements of […]

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    Teaching in the blended-learning classroom: A snapshot of experiences from BLU teachers

    November 2, 2017 | by Jenny White

    Most of the readers of this blog know what it’s like to teach in a blended-learning classroom. But if you asked hundreds of educators around the country about their blended teaching experience, how many would share the same experiences, successes and challenges that you face? Earlier this year, the Blended Learning Universe (BLU) partnered with […]

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    From Maverick to Mainstream: Takeaways from the 2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference

    October 16, 2017 | by Jenny White

    In its sixth year, the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference (BPLC) hosted by the Highlander Institute, The Learning Accelerator, and the Christensen Institute brought together more than a thousand educators from around the country to share, discuss, and define innovative education practices. In tandem, we hosted an invitation-only Summit on March 31, 2017—a day-long conversation […]

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    Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

    September 12, 2017 | by Jenny White

    “Everyone was doing the same thing.” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. As part of the first cohort of blended educators in the District of Columbia Public Schools in 2013, Johnson had established a Station Rotation routine in her math […]

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    Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

    August 29, 2017 | by Jenny White

    Prior to participating in a blended-learning pilot, Angela Jones, a teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, had already started putting a great deal of effort into personalizing learning for her students, despite limited access to learning software and devices at the time. In these early personalized classes, Jones led with 15 minutes of whole-group instruction […]

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    Infusing blended learning with voice and choice

    August 21, 2017 | by Jenny White

    A model of blended learning rarely looks the same across classrooms. The models of course aren’t designed to be molds but to be guiding choreographies for a teacher and her students—and inevitably those individuals bring ingenuity to the craft as they improvise to create deeper and more customized learning opportunities. In the case of one 4th-grade teacher […]

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