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.
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.
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.
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.
Our child centered school, with a caring staff, supported by family and community, will nurture and develop each person's potential.
Franklin Township Elementary School
17310 United States
In 2014-2015, Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 math and english language arts, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
In 2014-2015, Pennsylvania used the Keystone Exams to assess high school students in Algebra I, English, and Biology. The Keystone Exams are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.