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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
PK - 6
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

We felt that we were not preparing students for the real world - still very much in high-stake testing mode.
We realized we had a lot of great practices - just had to do them better.
We wanted to provide students with both deeper, more authentic learning opportunities as well as the more systematic skills like reading comprehension.

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

We underestimated how much work it takes for culture. It takes a lot of time to build a community and assure them that we are preparing students for life, college and adulthood. Our neighborhood has poverty and a high youth crime rate. We have to support students outside of campus, too. How to make sure we have sustainable culture? Over time, we have people who move on and we need to fill those gaps. Now that students are used to this model, they are less excited compared to the beginning. Enrollment is going down a little bit.

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

Realize what you are really good at. For example, our strengths include: design and developing authentic learning projects. We create a culture where people are willing to take risks, learn and be adaptive. We have a very dedicated staff who are willing to be learners alongside the students. We believe the school is a nurturing space for students and teachers. We all have to believe in one another, that we all come with different ideas, even when we have conflicts, from nighttime custodian to kindergarten students.

Program Focus

English Language Learners
Special Education

School Overview

Katherine Smith opened in 1962 and over the last fifty years has had a rich and diverse history with the Evergreen School District. The second school in the District, it has been recognized as both a California Distinguished School (1987 and 2002) and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (1988). As we look to the future, our children need to be prepared for an ever changing world. Katherine Smith School has been redesigned with that mission in mind.

School Contact

Contact: Aaron Brengard

Contact Title: Principal

Katherine R. Smith Elementary School
San Jose, California
95122 United States

Telephone: (408)-270-6751

Katherine R. Smith Elementary School's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2012