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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.
I was first inspired to teach by my mom, a history teacher of 35 years, and by my 10th grade English teacher. Now, as an English teacher at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee, I enjoy the spark and “Aha!” moment on my students’ faces when they understand a concept or master a complex task.
Research shows that teachers learn best from each other, and that a school leadership model that leverages teacher leadership can positively impact instruction. Why not turn to teachers to help lead in the area they know best?
COVID-19 has disrupted learning across the country and amplified already existing racial and socioeconomic inequities. Now more than ever, students who have fallen behind and are considering changing their plans for after high school because of the pandemic need enhanced support.
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