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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades

Program Focus


Blended Subjects

English Language Arts

Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

Bret Harte decided to start its blended-learning program with a Station Rotation model after observing blended-learning programs at other schools. This model was the easiest to implement within the timing constraints of Bret Harte’s current schedule. But the school hopes to ultimately use a Flex model in order to maximize students’ freedom of choice, and combine individual skill-building activities with collaborative work experiences.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

One of the biggest challenges for Bret Harte was overcoming the language barriers present in the school’s diverse student body. Many Bret Harte students have recently immigrated from countries across the world, and are just beginning to learn English. These students have difficulty learning from English online resources independently. To address this problem, the school expanded its support staff and changed its professional development programs to help teachers reach their English Language Learners.

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?

Bret Harte blended-learning coordinator Avi Zellman’s most important advice for new blended-learning programs is simple: “Don’t give up!” He said that schools need to realize that mishaps and failures will happen, but stay committed to persevering through them. To make this easier, he suggests that schools test out ideas at as small of a scale as possible, allowing them to “fail fast” and minimize their losses.

Blended Subjects


School Overview

Bret Harte is one of the most diverse schools in the Oakland Unified School District. It recently was reviewed by the OUSD School Quality Review. As a result of the findings from the review, Bret Harte has renewed it's focus on helping student not only with personalized academic learning, but also with social emotional learning. Bret Harte Middle School is one of eight schools in OUSD that has received a Rogers Foundation grant to pursue a blended learning program.

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Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Bret Harte Middle School
3700 Coolidge Ave
Oakland, California
United States

Telephone: (510)-531-6400

Bret Harte Middle School's Website


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Student Ethnicity

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Blended Program Launched 2012