We have a few different models in place in our school, but our primary focus is to develop an individualized learning path for each student. We do incorporate stations and flipped learning into some lessons as well.
One of our biggest challenges has been to work within the current framework of routine in our district, but we are committed to a slow and purposeful roll out that supports teachers and students in the implementation of blended learning. Our teachers are committed to the change that needs to happen, but need professional learning opportunities that support our district's goal of rethinking the way learning should look like in a 21st Century classroom.
I would encourage to visit other school districts and ask what is working for them and not working for them. We have been able to be proactive in our approach by collaborating with other schools. I cannot stress the importance of professional learning and planning time for teachers as well.
Located in the Springfield, Missouri area, Republic Middle School (RMS) provides educational services for nearly 1,100 students. RMS is committed to preparing our students to be college and career ready. Last year, the Republic School District created a learning plan called RepMO Ready, which includes an initiative to bring blended learning to all students in the district. In addition, Project Based Learning (PBL) is now the adopted learning model for over 20% of our teachers. Next year, every middle school student will be enrolled in at least one PBL class daily. RMS has become a school that many other districts visit to see successful PBL and blended learning models in action. Our APEX and FUSE programs include several days of professional learning each year to support our teachers as we implement these models in our classrooms.
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In 2013-2014 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
In 2013-2014 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.