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Model Overview

Program Overview

2015
Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades
775
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


The first BWRSD Digital Learning Teams met during the in 2015-6 school year. Participating teachers, including three from KMS, conducted action research on blended learning and presented their findings to colleagues. Administrators chose this strategy to empower teachers to take ownership of the district-wide shift to blended learning. In the 2019-20 school year, a minimum of 1-2 KMS teachers will participate in a new BWRSD initiative, the Personalized Learning Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to provide intensive training in instructional design for personalized learning. Administrators anticipate working with a number of teachers who are less comfortable with digital technology than many DLT members, but who are strongly committed to providing high quality, personalized learning experiences for all students.

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


There were a number of challenges to implementing blended learning at KMS, especially in terms of infrastructure and coordination. "Every classroom was a snowflake" in that there was little standardization of hardware. Classrooms had a variable combinations of SmartBoards, projectors, and computers. Ultimately, the BWRSD technology team "cleaned out" and standardized all KMS classrooms and provided each teacher with a Chromebook. School and district administrators note that KMS teachers might benefit from further coordination and collaboration around technology. Occasionally students comment that they have been working on computers "all day" and that they would like to spend more time interacting with peers. School and district administrators note their ongoing work to provide social-emotional learning experiences for students and to identify strategic combinations of digital and technology-free modes of learning.

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


Principal Homen says, "From a principal’s perspective, you have to make sure you’re providing teachers with support and that you’re in the trenches with them. We focused on building a safe zone, a community of teachers trying things with regard to blended learning. KMS was able to blossom with that culture."

Program Focus

General

School Overview

Kickemuit Middle School (KMS) embraces a community of students from the adjacent towns of Bristol and Warren, along the eastern shore of the Narragansett Bay. KMS is dedicated to providing for the educational needs of its nearly 800 students in a safe, supportive, and culturally diverse environment. In line with Bristol Warren Regional School District's "Future Ready Learning" initiative, KMS embraces a vision for personalized learning in which instructional approach, path, and place are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. KMS teachers engage in professional development related to blended manifestations of personalized learning and take ownership of blended learning design in their own classrooms.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

6

out of 10

School Contact

Address:
Kickemuit Middle School
Warren, Rhode Island
2885 United States

Telephone: (401)-245-2010

Kickemuit Middle School's Website

Demographics

753
Total Students
37%
FRL
2%
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

2018

Blended Program Launched 2015