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Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts
In an effort to increase graduation rates and college and career readiness, Spokane Public Schools has developed and implemented blended learning in numerous programs across the district. This is a broad overview of the program, highlighting key aspects, such as those from Track Academy — an alternative school that utilizes blended, personalized learning — and proven results: The district has increased its graduation rate from 60 percent in 2007 to 83 percent in 2014.
Our CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann released her first annual letter highlighting some of the lessons she’s learned, including lessons from our education work. And here’s one example of how important it is for teachers to be engaged in the process of helping students reach high standards, because as Sue notes, “deep and deliberate engagement is essential to success.”
Ten years ago, Washington High School (WHS) in Tacoma, Washington, was deemed a dropout factory: Only 57 percent of freshmen students graduated in four years. Over the past decade, however, the graduation rate at WHS has increased by 30 percentage points.
Last month, I was honored to address the 340 students graduating in the Class of 2016 at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, a two-year technical college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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