Who are great blended-learning teachers?

September 6, 2018 | by Heather Staker

What does it take to be a great teacher in a blended program? To ask that same question in education parlance, what competencies—meaning motives, traits, self-concepts, values, knowledge, and skills—matter most for teachers who are substituting online learning for part of face-to-face instruction? Online and blended learning are relatively new. The precise list of competencies […]

The do’s and don’ts of blended teaching for remediation

August 29, 2018 | by Elizabeth Anthony

Blended learning started in many cases by serving students in nontraditional settings (as disruptive innovations do), but we know that blended approaches have since grown, expanded, and evolved to serve millions of students in a variety of settings. Blended learning is now employed to meet a wide range of needs across student populations, and no […]

It is 5pm on a Tuesday in April, and Liz has just dropped her daughter off at cheer practice. Instead of heading home to think about dinner, chatting with other moms, or checking her social media accounts, Liz spends the next 95 minutes in a nearby Starbucks completing three playlists for her engineering design class. […]

5 Ingredients To Craft A Culture of Innovation

August 16, 2018 | by Keara Duggan

As school and school system leaders implement blended and personalized learning, they often look to make a shift, not only to their instructional models, but also to their organizational culture. As a part of an education consulting team, I’m often hired to support schools and districts to make the shift to blended and personalized learning, […]

Many teachers interested in implementing blended learning may be deterred by challenges in their school contexts. Perhaps each classroom only receives a few computers, or perhaps blended learning is not a priority for school administration. So how might a teacher blend their classroom without the support of a school- or district-wide initiative? Innovation theory and […]

A thorn in the side of education innovation

August 9, 2018 | by Thomas Arnett

Innovation is the key to real and lasting progress in education, but it isn’t easy to get right. In principle, innovation allows schools to push past time and resource constraints so teachers can accomplish more with their students. But not everything pursued or passed off as innovation actually expands educators’ impact in meaningful ways. Many “innovations” have neutral or […]