Teachers: They’re among the most vital and influential figures in a child’s life. Not only do they impart academic knowledge — literacy, mathematics, the sciences, and more — but they also serve as models to children as they develop the life skills that they’ll need to succeed beyond their years in the classroom.
Welcome to BL-101: Beginning to Blend. The video excerpts below were put together to give you a glimpse into new Blended Learning content that will soon be public. In August, 2015, Relay will launch 3 FREE, online modules preparing teachers to teach Blended Learning: the strategic integration of technology and in-person instruction focused on the pursuit of student achievement.
Calhan Elementary School was at the end of its rope. By 2013, four years of declining student scores on Colorado’s exams had earned it a “priority improvement” designation, and contributed to a toxic atmosphere that pitted the administrators against teachers and teachers against each other. As frustrations boiled over, its principal resigned in May of that year.
New York (June 29, 2015) – Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay) today announced the 2015 cohort for its Leverage Leadership Institute Fellowship, developed in partnership with Uncommon Schools. In total, 25 district and charter school leaders from across the country were admitted into the program from 12 states and the District of Columbia. Now in its second year, the Leverage Leadership Institute Fellowship, based on Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s acclaimed book Leverage Leadership, is a unique one-year program designed to help great leaders become extraordinary.
Could stations be the solution?
The video below features teachers and administrators who started off blending with the lab-rotation model and have now switched to doing stations. Hear about the benefits they have seen from the station rotation model, as well as words of advice.
What is a blended learning playlist, and how can you make it work for your students?
In the video clip below Adam Carter, the CAO of Summit Public Schools, talks about how to get students invested in playlists, as well as how to support them through the process.
Is the "Lab Model" right for your school?
In the video clip below, hear from teachers and administrators about the strengths of the lab model, as well as other words of wisdom about working in a lab.
Relay graduate student John Sharkey had a hunch: In his second year teaching seventh graders at Harlem Village Academies HVA East Middle school, Sharkey had a nagging feeling that the school’s go-to response to addressing students’ bad behavior — removing them from classrooms, also known as “send-outs” — might need rethinking. So he decided to do something about it. Then, he documented the results and earned a top research award from Yale University.
Welcome to a sneak peek of the "Why" of Blended Learning, included in Session 1 of BL-101: Beginning to Blend. The full module will launch publicly in August, along with two other modules focused on routines and culture, as well as planning and data. All of these modules will be FREE, so check back then to see how these clips-—along with tons of additional resources—can support you in your own Blended Learning implementation.
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