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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
8 - 12
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

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

Our Renaissance Program has been in existence for nineteen years, but we transitioned to proficiency-based course credit five years ago, when we got involved with the Vermont League of Innovative Schools. At that time, we received the Vermont League of Innovative Schools Great Schools Partnerships Second Generation Grant to jumpstart our work with multiple flexible pathways to graduation. Vermont has a plan for all schools in the state to be proficiency-based by 2020. With a small school like ours, we thought it made more sense to go for the transition at once, rather than to phase in proficiency-based work. Over the past five years, we have worked closely with the Vermont League of Innovative Schools, the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative, and Bill Rich, who was our Higher Education Collaborative school coach and who has since founded Redhouse Learning. Our first guiding question was: What are the proficiencies that students need to achieve? Then we asked: What does a proficiency-based classroom look like? How do we have multiple units or learning experiences occurring simultaneously in a classroom? How do we put kids in charge of their own learning? A group from the Vermont League of Innovative Schools has met twice monthly to address essential questions, iterate, and reflect on change. We have been fortunate to work collaboratively to bring this model to Twinfield.

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

Because our proficiency-based system is new, we're still struggling with our kids really owning it. We have some kids saying, "I'll just take the traditional course," rather than working to find an online course or to design a course that fulfills a particular proficiency. We have also received some pushback from families and worked on communicating how students can measure and track their progress toward graduation. We spent time showing families: not only can you build a solid transcript in a proficiency-based system, but you can actually build a better transcript, customized to your learning needs and passions.

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

I would give the same advice we received when we were first starting: get the word out in your community as early in the process as possible. Be open and honest. Organize community engagement and invite people to enter into dialogue. We had a great turnout at discussions of the proficiency-based program, and we were able to win over a number of initial naysayers by presenting research-backed evidence.

Program Focus



Data Systems

Data Systems

School Partners

Vermont Higher Education Collaborative
Vermont League of Innovative Schools

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages

School Overview

Twinfield Union School is a unique Pre-K to 12 school serving about 350 students from the communities of Plainfield and Marshfield, Vermont. Our school sits on over 60 pristine acres that support hands-on outdoor learning experiences for students of all grade levels. Perhaps the greatest benefit of our small size manifests in the strong relationships formed here. Twinfield has a long history of embracing multiple flexible pathways towards graduation to meet the diverse needs of our student body.

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Twinfield Union School
Plainfield, Vermont
5667 United States

Telephone: (802)-426-3213

Twinfield Union School's Website


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Blended Program Launched 2013