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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?)

We chose a station rotation model to help decrease teacher/student ratio so we could better meet our students' instructional needs.

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

Staff buy-in was out biggest challenge because, as secondary teachers, many of them were uncomfortable with small group instruction. To create buy-in, we established 6 model classrooms and created an open-door policy so teachers who were curious or anxious about the process could watch what blended learning looks like in a classroom. We also provided targeted, differentiated professional development for staff in the months before our blended learning building-wide launch. We wrote an implementation calendar for teachers that identified stages of implementation August through December to help teachers feel less overwhelmed.

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

Focus on one component of blended learning at a time and get really good at that before you tackle something else.

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

Leadership Strategies for Implementation: quality professional development, data analysis, classroom observations and instructional goal-setting with effective feedback using an observation protocol are critical for success.
School redesign: Blended learning has been a major component of our successful redesign plan. we continue to show growth while other middle schools in our district fall further behind.

Program Focus

English Language Learners
Special Education

School Overview

Located on the North Side of Syracuse, Grant Middle School educates over 600 students grades 6-8, the majority of whom are considered at-risk students. With a large population of both Special Education and ENL students, Grant was facing receivership. As a turnaround plan, Grant Middle Schools principal implemented a blended learning classroom pilot in 2015. In 2016, Grant Middle School has launched blended learning building-wide in all core content areas and in all three grade levels 6-8 . Grant has since received recognition for its turn-around plan from the New Your State Department of Education.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Sharon Archer

Contact Title: Blended Personalized Learning Coach

Grant Middle School
2400 Grant Blvd.
Syracuse, New York
United States

Telephone: 315-435-4433

Grant Middle School's Website


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State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

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Blended Program Launched 2015