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Model Overview

Program Overview

2016
Year Launched
3 - 5
Blended Grades
185
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


We utilize a Station Rotation Model in all three elementary campuses. Rotational learning allows students to learn at their own pace and teachers to utilize information to personalize the instruction based on what they have mastered and what they still need to master. This model allows for different learning options, all in the same classroom: Direct instruction with a teacher, collaborative learning with classmates, and independent learning both on and off the computer.

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


There are three main challenges we face when implementing these innovative program. One is cost: textbooks are static, one-time buys, whereas with digital content, licenses are yearly expenditures. But if you want robust assessments and data, you have to pay. Another cost component is devices – we have a 1:1 initiative in grades 6-12, and laptops get broken all the time.

The second challenge is getting teachers, especially more experienced teachers, on board. We've had some teachers who couldn't handle the pace of change and decided to retire.

Third, this new blended program is a challenge in time management. Teachers need more time to continue to look at resources, but we understand that this is just reallocating time that would otherwise be spent grading papers and tests.

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


I would advise emerging blended-learning programs to allow plenty of time to prepare for the implementation in advance. Teachers need to engage in professional learning to learn new pedagogical methodology and become acquainted with technology resources to embed into their instruction. I would also advise administrators to monitor the progress of the implementation to ensure fidelity and to ensure teachers feel supported. We made many adjustments to our processes due to feedback we received from our teachers.

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


District and school administrators were an integral part of the Hybrid learning process. District and school administrators were an integral part of the Hybrid learning process from the launch and their involvement has served to ensure our model is taken to scale from its inception.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts

School Overview

Our child centered school, with a caring staff, supported by family and community, will nurture and develop each person's potential.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

5

out of 10

School Contact

Address:
Franklin Township Elementary School
Cashtown, Pennsylvania
17310 United States

Telephone: (717)-334-6254

Demographics

373
Total Students
47%
FRL
5%
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2018

Blended Program Launched 2016