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Model Overview

Program Overview

2018
Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades
130
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


We had an old empty building in the district and had been dreaming for a couple years about how we could best utilize the space for students. We thought it would be amazing to try a whole new school design in which project-based learning was integrated into the core curriculum. Online learning for the core curriculum was a way to open up student time and teacher capacity for projects. The flexible, customized student learning plans allow a new level of personalization for students.

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


One challenge was that it was difficult for parents to visualize how this learning model would work. To help them understand this effort, we held a parent and community roundtable where they shared their ideas and questions.
Another big challenge has been the adjustment for students to this new model. In this learning environments, students now really need to be constantly engaged and consistently working hard.

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


As you start designing your program, invest a lot of time engaging with all of your stakeholders. We started with a plan, then talked to the school board. We wanted to be open and transparent right off the bat. We invited all interested to learn more. We held many parent meetings, and talked to all of the current middle school students.
Even more than strong communication, though, is that you have to being willing to take a lot of questions, and have thick skin against criticism along the way. Believe in the learning process and focus on designing what's best for the students.

Select up to two focus areas you feel that you demonstrate leadership in, and tell us why here:


Getting started with blended learning
Use of time and space in the classroom

Program Focus

General
Gifted/Talented
Special Education
Edgenuity
Curriculum

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
World Languages
Electives
Computer Programming

School Overview

The Churchill County Middle School Blended Learning Community organized as a school within a school. The BLC features a technology-based learning area, a project based area, a collaboration center, and small group instruction areas. Students are self-paced and supplement their learning with a variety of clubs, activities, and learning exploration opportunities.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

School Contact

Contact: Nate Waite

Address:
Churchill County Middle School Blended Learning Community
650 S. Maine St.
Fallon, Nevada
89406
United States

Telephone: (775)-423-7701

Churchill County Middle School Blended Learning Community's Website

Demographics

698
Total Students
52%
FRL
1%
ELL

Student Ethnicity

2018