Pioneering Flipped Educators Launch ‘Flipped Learning Network’
Non-profit network helps educators successfully implement Flipped Learning
Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2012) – Flipped Learning pioneers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams have launched the Flipped Learning Network™, a non-profit organization for teachers interested in the Flipped Learning ideology.
With their new book, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, due out in June, Bergmann and Sams built the Flipped Learning Network to continue the discussion of Flipped Learning with both experienced and potential “flippers.”
“Information about flipped classrooms is scattered all over the Internet, making it difficult for teachers to fully understand the technique and determine if it’s right for their classroom,” said Bergmann. “Aaron and I created the Flipped Learning Network as a place to gather together and share information about Flipped Learning in an organized, systemic way.”
The Flipped Learning Network’s mission is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning.
The Network will host the annual Flipped Conference and regional training workshops, as well as coordinate the Teacher Vodcasting and Flipped Learning Network Ning Community where thousands of educators are participating in flipped educator groups and discussion forums.
“The Flipped Learning Network provides professional development opportunities on Flipped Learning,” said Sams. “We collaborate to conduct and disseminate relevant research on Flipped Learning, and provide a clearinghouse of best practices, including an extensive video library, for current and future ‘flipped’ educators.”
“The Flipped Learning Network was created by teachers, for teachers—it’s Flipped Learning made simple,” Bergmann said.
Aaron Sams, Flipped Learning Network Chair, teaches Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colo. Ramsey Musallam, Vice Chair, is an AP Chemistry instructor and the Science Department Chairperson at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco. Jonathan Bergmann, Secretary/Treasurer, is the Lead Technology Facilitator for the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, Ill. Kristin Daniels, Board Member, is the Technology Integration Specialist for the Stillwater Area Public Schools in Stillwater, Minn. Kari M Arfstrom has been appointed as the Network’s Executive Director.
About Flipped Learning
Flipped Learning occurs when the teacher’s lecture is delivered outside of the traditional class time, via a video students view on their own as homework. Class time is used for active problem solving by students and one-to-one or small group tutoring with the teacher. Students can watch the short lectures as many times as they wish to grasp the content and then come to class ready to jump into the lesson, answer questions, work on collaborative projects, and explore the content further. Teachers are embracing Flipped Learning in elementary and secondary schools for all disciplines.
About Flipped Learning Network
The Flipped Learning Network was launched in the spring of 2012 as a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization with the vision of preparing educators to adopt the Flipped Learning Ideology. The network provides professional learning opportunities on Flipped Learning; collaborates to conduct and disseminate relevant research on Flipped Learning; and acts as a clearinghouse of best practices for current and future “flipped” educators. For more information, visit www.flippedlearning.org.
About Flip Your Classroom
Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams is the first book published collaboratively by ISTE and ASCD. It outlines the Flipped Learning ideology and the various ways Bergmann and Sams successfully utilize it in their classrooms. Books can be ordered at http://www.iste.org/flippr.
• Kari Arfstrom, Flipped Learning Network, 703-465-1397, firstname.lastname@example.org
• Betsy Francoeur, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x22, email@example.com