Jon Hanover talks about his his role as founder of the newly approved, innovative blended learning Denver charter school Roots Elementary—opening in fall 2015.
This paper focuses on system-wide blended learning efforts in three Front Range school districts and a group of rural districts in the San Luis Valley. The report also provides a list of state and national resources for schools and districts looking to implement blended learning techniques on a limited or system-wide basis and questions to consider prior to starting. Blended learning implementation in Falcon School District 49, Greeley-Evans School District 6, St. Vrain Valley School District, and in the San Luis Valley varies from the degree of centralization to the use of partner organizations to how districts are building on existing resources.
Judy Bauernschmidt from the Colorado eLearning Collaborative talks about the unfolding project in Greeley Public Schools that will bring blended learning school models across the district over the next several years.
Matt Samelson from the Donnell-Kay Foundation talks about a legislative-backed commission’s new policy recommendations to help improve online learning experiences for Colorado’s K-12 students.
Elizabeth Davis, principal of Colorado Calvert Academy, discusses the role of a new online education task force she’s serving on and shares thoughts on how digital learning opportunities can help serve students.
Krista Kafer talks about the growing trend of blended learning, how it can help students and teachers, and some models that are being used in Colorado. More classrooms and schools are making strategic use of technology to rethink how education is delivered and to expand the reach of effective teachers.
Education senior fellow Krista Kafer explains how blended learning helps students access the best of both digital technology and professional instruction. Her new issue paper highlights Colorado’s growing number of 21st century district and charter school innovations.
Online tools combined with face-to-face instruction create what is known as blended learning. Effective integration of technology can allow more efficient use of instructional time and save schools money. Colorado is well positioned to implement and test blended learning programs on a larger scale. Charter and district public schools have begun to implement blended learning models and have seen promising results.
Falcon School District 49 innovation zone leader Kim McClelland discusses the newly-approved statewide Colorado Prep Online Academy, a K-12 school. Authorized by the Colorado Digital BOCES, the first to focus solely on high-quality digital learning, CPOA will provide both online and face-to-face instruction, including opportunities for concurrent enrollment.
Chris Wright, vice president of the Falcon 49 school board, talks about the Digital BOCES proposal, his district’s latest innovative initiative to increase support for online and blended learning programs that are working to meet the needs of students across Colorado.