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Model Overview

Program Overview

2015
Year Launched
7 - 8
Blended Grades
315
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


Kutztown Area School District has a rich tradition of innovation. We were actually the first district in the Commonwealth of Pennyslvania to go 1:1. We transitioned away from iPads with eighth graders to Chromebooks. We did this because we felt that Chromebooks would be a better tool for blended learning and project-based learning.

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


The first challenge that we encountered regards the devices themselves. iPads are great as personal devices, but we encountered difficulty using them as a 1:1 classroom tool. We didn’t get rid of them; we believe in using the the right device at the right time. At some point, iPads are the right device, but Chromebooks are typically much better-suited for academic tasks.

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


Small steps. Take a risk. Do it. Do it in increments. Know going in that there is never going to be enough time, PD’s, developed content. Start out with one project, assignment, or activity. See what works well. Develop it over time and trust the process.

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


Our staff is incredibly willing to work together to innovate in terms of blended learning. Administrators are willing to let teachers take the lead. Staff members are willing to try new things, work together, and say “yes.” It is this culture of experimentation that allows us to be successful.

Program Focus

General

School Partners

Kutztown University
IDEO

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science

School Overview

Kutztown Area Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 living in Kutztown, PA. The school is committed to maximizing potential, embracing change, and creating the future through the success of its students. Kutztown Area Middle School is a project-based, blended school that embraces a Right Device: Right Time (RDRT) policy for technology integration. In the 2018-9 school year, all students at the school will work on Chromebooks in a 1:1 capacity.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

5

out of 10

School Contact

Address:
Kutztown Area Middle School
10 Deisher Ln
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
19530
United States

Telephone: (610)-683-3575

Kutztown Area Middle School's Website

Demographics

327
Total Students
31%
FRL
1%
ELL

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools

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Blended Program Launched 2015