In conjunction with the seventh annual Digital Learning Day, Future Ready Schools (FRS), an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), released a new guide for school districts interested in using “blended learning” to support their approach to instruction. Blended learning is a variety of practices and strategies that combine online learning with in-person instruction from classroom teachers.
Blending Teaching and Technology: Simple Strategies for Improved Student Learning, showcases Lindsay Unified School District (LUSD). In this highly mobile rural district in California’s Central Valley, 86 percent of students come from low-income families and more than half are English language learners.
The guide identifies potential challenges and opportunities districts may face and offers practical strategies for implementing blended learning aligned with seven key planning areas, known as the FRS “gears”:
- Curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Personalized professional learning
- Budget and resources
- Community partnerships
- Data and privacy
- Robust infrastructure
- Use of space and time
Download Blending Teaching and Technology: Simple Strategies for Improved Student Learning at FutureReady.org/blendedlearning.