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Blended Learning INITIATIVES

A La Carte Enriched Virtual Flipped Classroom Station Rotation
  • Putnam County VITAL: Started in 2008, the Virtual Instruction to Accentuate Learning program is our online instruction and personalized learning program for dual enrollment courses, credit recovery, credit advancement, blended learning, and distance learning in Putnam County. We currently offer online and blended learning offerings for students in grades 6-12. Our program features opportunities for middle school students to earn high school credits and high school students to earn college credits. We presently serve 750-1000 students in our blended learning offerings every9-week period. Our newest area of personalizing student learning in Putnam County moves right into the regular classroom with support of traditional teachers moving to a blended and flipped classroom model.
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Why Blended?

We started the Putnam County VITAL program to provide students with a high quality, flexible, technology-based educational opportunity that allows them to maximize their potential to serve and participate productively in 21st century society.

Team Structure

The Putnam County VITAL program is the lead for personalized learning in Putnam County. The VITAL office is made up of a TEAM five employees with the sole purpose of supporting personalized learning in the Putnam County School System and its 22 schools.

We initiated a Personalized Learning Task Force, which consists of 32 individuals across the district. The task force consists of teachers, media personnel, technology integration folks, administrators, and community members. We get together in one room to discuss goals and attempt to mirror the same structure that exists at the state level in Tennessee.


We have seen a 50% decrease in disciplinary problems, which was previously a big problem for us. We lowered the need for credit recovery by 50% by using online coursework and intervening before students started to fail. We have many students in the 5th-8th grade taking high school courses, and have many students graduating high school with associate degrees. Due to VITAL we now have the largest number of dual enrollment students in the state. We also improved graduation rates from 86% to 93%.

BLU Schools in this District

At A Glance

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Sam Brooks
Personal Learning Coordinator
1400 East Spring Street
Cookeville, Tennessee
United States
Putnam County School System's Website

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