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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

On April 5- 7 2018, the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute, and The Learning Accelerator will showcase expert classroom, school, and district blended learning implementers from across the nation at our 2018 Blended & Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, RI. Apply to share your expertise and be recognized nationally as an innovative leader. BPLC18 lead presenters receive […]

Our latest case study: Blended (r)evolution

July 29, 2017 | by Jenny White

DOWNLOAD THE CASE STUDY EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The practice of blended learning in K–12 schools has grown immensely over the past several years as school and district leaders have adopted technology with the goal of personalizing learning. Yet, the unfolding of the practice itself—exactly how blended instructional models change and evolve to meet the goals of […]

Belief—the first key to blended-learning success

July 27, 2017 | by Thomas Arnett

In the fall of 2014, Mallory Mattivi, a seventh-grade English language arts and world history teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, took a leap that radically transformed her teaching. When her principal, Jon Cooney, began encouraging ambitious blended learning initiatives across her school, she felt tentative. She thought blended learning made sense for […]