Our blended-learning program stemmed from our district's vision, which is to inspire and prepare students to succeed in a global society by providing every student with the finest 21st-century skills. At the same time, we had used a computer lab for several years before rolling out the more adaptive tools, and so it made sense to allow teachers to continue to use the computer lab with our new program.
I think the biggest challenge was to monitor and motivate students and make effective use of the blended-learning time. Additionally, we have had a hard time working with teachers to help them understand what is blended learning. It has been a process getting teachers exposed to the new models and helping them to see their relevance to our students.
We addressed this challenge by providing meaningful professional development: we hired a specialist to guide teachers to use the program with fidelity. We also developed best practices and motivated teachers to enhance the use of the devices in the classroom to optimize learning.
Creating the big picture and getting teacher buy-in is critical for rolling out the use of blended learning. Because the program takes time to develop, and teachers will not see an immediate impact of students, it's important to use data when you are talking about progress and to celebrate small successes with the team.
Reed’s Mission statement and motto are: Reed School is committed to inspire and prepare students to succeed in the global society. It is our mission to eliminate the opportunity gap, provide every student with the finest 21st century education and a positive environment so that students become productive, successful members of society.
Reed Elementary School is a very special elementary school. For fifty-three years, this pristine, quiet neighborhood school has provided an educational environment that has engaged students to be productive and successful. Reed met the high level of criteria to be awarded a California Distinguished School in 2002. On January 19, 2012, Reed Elementary was honored as a recipient of a “2020 Vision Award”. The honor recognized nine elementary schools in Santa Clara County that have made noteworthy progress toward the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the City of San Jose’s joint mission to close the achievement gap by 2020. English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies continue to be Reed’s curricular emphasis while integrating writing, math, science, technology, arts and music through all curriculum areas. Our Blended Learning Programs continue to supplement learning resulting in high academic success in grades TK-5. All classrooms are equipped with interactive devices such as SMART Boards, iPads, Laptops, Chromebooks and other devices. Teachers integrate and utilize these 21st century technology tools to enhance all modalities of learning. Targeted Interventions such as before and after school programs, homework clubs, reading clubs and blended learning programs ensure learning growth and student achievement.
Students with special needs are fully integrated in our classrooms receiving wrap around support to ensure their success in the least restrictive environment.
Our goal is to continue to increase student achievement as measured by the Common Core State Standardized Testing (CCSS), close the opportunity gap, and monitor progress through State and District Assessments.
High-quality instruction using a blended learning approach accelerates student learning to help children become life-long learners and responsible members of society in the 21st century.
Contact: Melody Mendoza
Reed Elementary School
1524 Jacob Ave
San Jose, California