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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
PK - 6
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

According to Cynthia Bagby, Principal of Redwood Heights Elementary, they didn't choose blended learning - blended learning chose them.

In 2008, they introduced rotations and differentiations as a first step into personalizing education for their students. A few years later, it was a parent who introduced them to the concept of Blended Learning and it was pursued because it offered a way to teach for every student.

"We came organically to Blended Learning and I'm glad we did", explains Cynthia.

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

"The greatest challenge is ensuring people understand the vision and the impact of a program," explains Cynthia. Working within a school system that doesn't always have the resources to fund the program gives skepticism a room to be questioning new practices.
Nevertheless, Redwood Heights has built its program in a way so that they don't have to rely on too many resources to ensure equity and constancy in what they offer for their students.

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

"It is not about the technology; it is about using our tools effectively to reach all of the students," advises Cynthia. Even if blended learning is their model, a rich academic program is at the core of their transition.
"Don't buy the technology until people really want to use it and know how," she states. Redwood Heights began with a Pilot Program of only 5 teachers using blended-learning models but that number quickly grew to 14 teachers as people could see the use and the results.

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

The blended-learning transition was spearheaded by the Grant Team who sought for the original funding to kickstart this program. This Grant Team continues to show leadership as it keeps rolling out the blueprint of what needs to be done, keeps inspiring and training teachers to implement it.
By following this blueprint, "teachers are drastically changing their practice," explains Cynthia. New roles are being developed. Before blended, everyone was following scripted programs, and now, everybody is teaching with a sense of greater freedom.
"It has been really interesting to see how it went from some people being excited to try this out, and some people in the background criticizing, to everybody asking for it."

Program Focus


Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages

School Overview

Redwood Heights Elementary is on a mission to train the next generation of 21st century citizens and critical thinkers. Through the use of blended learning, they put their students at the center in order to support them to develop agency, set goals, and work at a pace that matches their understanding.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Cynthia Bagby

Contact Title: Principal

Redwood Heights Elementary
Oakland, California
94619 United States

Telephone: (510)-531-6644

Redwood Heights Elementary's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2013