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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
9 - 12
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

When we first implemented blended learning, we used the enriched virtual model. This model allows students to have some face-to-face time and some unscheduled time during the school day. We originally split the time so that students spent 2/3 of the course outside of the classroom, but the teachers and students did not feel that this was enough face-to-face time. We moved to a 50/50 split, which has been much more successful.

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

One of the biggest challenges going blended was the buy-in from all parties: teachers, students, and parents. We overcame this challenge in many ways. First, the courses were completely voluntary. No one is every required to take or teach a blended course. Second, we provide lots of data to all stakeholders to show the positive effects that the blended program has.

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

I would suggest that leaders do not underestimate the amount of professional development that is required to make sure that teachers are prepared and confident in teaching in a blended environment. We provide two full years of PD to our blended teachers.

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

Downingtown is strong in teaching strategies for implementation and for helping other districts get started with blended learning.

Program Focus

Credit Recovery
Dropout Recovery/Prevention
Special Education

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages

School Overview

The Downington Area School District blends instruction for three high schools in an effort to improve access to available courses.

School Contact

Contact: Kristie Burk

Downingtown Area School District
Downington, Pennsylvania
United States

Student Ethnicity



Blended Program Launched 2014