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Model Overview

Program Overview

2014
Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades
285
Enrolled

Implementation Q & A

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


We were looking at data from standardized testing and needed to try a new tack. There was a lot of complacency in learning. So we shifted to an approach that would be more engaging for students. We've seen that the small-group stations allow teachers to build stronger relationships with students, as well as better assess and meet the needs of individual learners.

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


When we first launched the Station Rotation, it seemed like a prescriptive approach. It took a few months of implementation to fully realize how teachers could start to make the model their own.
In the 2017-2018 school year, we had 20 Chromebooks per classroom, so there were enough for the school to shift to 1:1 devices. We allowed each 6th through 8th grader to take home a device to facilitate anywhere, anytime learning. We quickly realized that many middle school-age students, particularly 6th graders, however, did not display responsible behavior to care for the devices. There was also a rising issue of technology addiction and use of the devices for non-academic purposes. This year, we shifted back to devices that remain in school and shared among classmates. The Station Rotation approach continues to support student learning in healthy ways.

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


1. It’s a lot of hard work to get blended learning up and going and to do it well. That’s ok; it's worth it.
2. We have to model for our students what we expect: to embrace failure and proceed forward. Don’t let failure be the end - it's how you respond to failure that matters.

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


Using blended learning as a tool to achieve greater ends. For example, we use Station Rotation to facilitate small-group, customized instruction.

Program Focus

General

Blended Subjects

Math
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
World Languages

School Overview

Located north of Columbus in Central Ohio, Mt. Gilead Middle School provides educational services for nearly 300 students, the majority of whom are considered at-risk students. Facing a steady decline in test scores and persistent discipline issues, the staff decided to take a chance by implementing a hybrid learning environment in 2014. Years after implementation, 100 percent of staff members are still support the hybrid learning method in the classroom. Mt. Gilead Middle School has received significant recognition for its blended-learning initiatives from the State of Ohio, OSBA, OTEC, the University of Toledo and a host of schools across the state. Since implementation, the school has also received the Momentum Award for three years straight, a state-designed award that recognizes above-average academic growth in students. Resources may be obtained by reaching out to the school's contact.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating

5

out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Jon Grega

Contact Title: Principal

Address:
Mt. Gilead Middle School
324 W PARK AVE
Mount Gilead, Ohio
43338
United States

Telephone: (419)-947-9517

Mt. Gilead Middle School's Website

Demographics

285
Total Students
49%
FRL
--
ELL

Student Ethnicity

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Blended Program Launched 2014