The BlendEd! Project: Integrated, Personalized Student Learning
Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), in partnership with Pacific Lutheran University and with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has begun the BlendEd initiative with six schools to support the implementation of blended learning initiatives. Blended learning is the “blending” of face-to- face classroom instruction with online, technology-delivered instructional content that gives students a degree of control over time, place, path, and pace of learning. It is a promising instructional approach that can be an integral element of personalizing student learning. Blended learning represents an opportunity to focus on the individual needs of each child, and potentially increase student engagement, improve achievement, and close the opportunity gap. View a video about Blended Learning produced by Bethel School District. Six schools from three districts – Bethel, Franklin Pierce and Highline – are participating in the BlendEd program. The objective for the first year is for each building to develop a long-term plan for implementation, through a process of professional learning, site visits, and pilot projects. PSESD staff will work with these schools and districts as they refine, improve and expand on existing blended learning strategies, develop model systems-level practices and policies, and document best practices that improve student learning. The BlendEd project will also feature two symposiums on the topic of personalized instruction and blended learning. One will be directed at district leadership teams, and the other symposium will be geared towards teachers and best practices in the classroom. These events are open to all, in order to further disseminate the impact of this project throughout the region. The first symposium was held on the Pacific Lutheran University campus on April 17, 2014. Nearly 200 attendees from 21 different school districts and private schools converged to examine the role of blended learning in closing the opportunity gap and the status of blended learning programs in the Puget Sound region. To become a part of the development of a community of practice and support in blended learning, you may access resources from the symposium and more at http://tinyurl.com/blendedls2014. The second symposium was also held on the Pacific Lutheran University campus on August 12, 2014. Nearly 150 attendees from 14 different school districts and private schools assembled to learn from teachers, principals, and district leaders that have firsthand experience in implementing a range of strategies for and models of personalized and blended learning in the Puget Sound region. Resources from the day have been uploaded at http://tinyurl.com/blendedday8-12-14. Hall Davidson’s Keynote and the entire transcript of the online discussion is posted in the morning and afternoon panel sections. Please note the section at the bottom with links to other blended learning resources as well. This site will remain up indefinitely and will be updated with new resources and files from the presenters as they are received. If there are other resources or information from the day that you would like to see on the site, or if you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please email Conn McQuinn.