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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
11 - 12
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

NCSSM has a commitment to create shared, open content for public use. In its early days, NCSSM broadcasted lessons via public access television. The Internet has exponentially expanded the school's capacity for content production and dissemination.

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

NCSSM is struggling with dissemination of information. They would like to have a place to put content, an "Amazon of learning products," but no such platform exists.

Also, making teachers aware of copyright issues and making sure content is suitable for sharing has been another challenge.

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

Make sure your school librarian, media specialist, or person who understands access, curation, and copyright is looped in from the beginning. In many ways, they are the most important person in the blended learning process. They are well-versed in teaching and pedagogy, they work with every discipline, and they are often adept with computers. Have them help you to develop standards and guidelines.

Invest in professional development for teachers. Teachers should feel comfortable finding and using content that works for their lessons. They should not need to reinvent the wheel.

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

Check out NCSSM's learning innovations blog, where teachers and administrators offer resources and ideas for teaching in a blended learning format. It can be found at www.ncssm.edu/learning-innovations.

For educators, check out services NCSSM provides at www.ncssm.edu/for-educators.

Program Focus


Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages
Computer Programming

School Overview

The mission of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is to: educate academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; advance public education in North Carolina; and inspire innovation for the betterment of humankind, through challenging residential, online, summer, and virtual learning driven by instructional excellence and the excitement of discovery.

NCSSM runs three programs--a residential program which uses blended learning, an online program for distance learners with occasional campus visits, and a distance program run in collaboration with other school districts, which teaches online students in their home districts in courses not otherwise offered in their schools.

School Contact

Contact: Melissa Thibault

Contact Title: Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and Extended Programs

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
1219 Broad Street
Durham, North Carolina
United States

Telephone: 919-416-2600

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics's Website

Student Ethnicity


Blended Program Launched 2000