Administrators at Wynne Intermediate School implemented the Station Rotation model after several years of research about how to increase flagging student engagement. They also chose Station Rotation as a way to ensure competency-based education. The program piloted in 2016 with just third grade, and progressed through fourth and fifth grade in the following two years. When blended learning was first implemented in the school, many of the classrooms looked the same as one another. As it has continued, teachers have incorporated more flexible seating and flexible scheduling than when it first started. Additionally, the blended learning model has allowed for time to implement intensive six-week art residencies into students' schedules.
Wynne Intermediate School administrators noted after implementation that students were not spending as much time in discussion groups with peers as they had been previously. They are continuing to train and develop teachers on this front. Among the challenges that persist for school administrators are instituting safeguards on websites and technology so that student activity remains appropriate and supporting teachers in their ongoing monitoring of troves of data.
Administrators at Wynne Intermediate School recommend doing your research--go visit other blended learning schools and read books about blended learning before implementing the change. Also, they recommend being ready to disrupt education, as a program such as this will be a significant change in your way of thinking. By constantly thinking about what today's kids need in order to learn, though, Wynne Intermediate administrators have found these enormous changes more manageable and worthwhile.
1. Teachers have stepped up and demonstrated excellent teamwork and planning
2. Students and teachers alike show self-efficacy
3. The school has excellent parent and community involvement
Wynne Intermediate School is a school for students grades 3-5. Wynne is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, where students' exposure to the world outside of the rural region is limited. Principal Sandra Hollaway notes that when students take field trips and have the chance to ride elevators and escalators, it is always a big event! In 2016, the school collaborated with the State of Arkansas to turn around its student outcomes. The school determined that STEM, Spanish language, community engagement, and blended learning would be its new areas of focus.
Wynne Intermediate School leaders are determined to allow their students the chance to dream outside of their rural landscape, and they have implemented these programs as a means to expand the world views of their students.
Contact: Sandra Hollaway
Contact Title: Principal
Wynne Intermediate School
PO Box 69
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