Roadmaps, Strategies & Partnerships
Building on work with state officials in 2017 to develop a Blended Learning Roadmap, Keystone is looking forward to expanding its work with states developing strategies and conditions that support the use of blended learning models. In 2018, this will include working with state, district and school leaders in several states to examine the policies, conditions and other factors necessary for successful growth of the use of blended learning including the appropriate role of the state in supporting these shifts.
While much of the recent attention in discussions about education has been about what is taught in schools, with debates and shifts in academic standards and testing and, a quiet, but tectonic shift in how students are being taught is also underway. Blended Learning is not merely integrating technology into classrooms or developing individualized learning plans for certain students. It incorporates these strategies as well as ideas like the “flipped classroom” and, in some cases, alternative structures to the teaching workforce, but it is more than any one or all of these. Blended Learning, in its most robust form, is a fundamental transformation of instructional models, how schools approach the workforce, resources, and delivery of instruction to classes as a whole and to each individual student.
Integrating blended learning models at scale requires shifts in the conditions within which schools and school systems operate. At the district and state level, there are critical human capital, policy, technology, and financial factors that all affect local leaders’ abilities to successfully implement blended learning strategies. To address these conditions and factors, it is essential that local and state elected leaders understand both the value of blended learning and their role in creating the necessary conditions for these efforts to thrive. As with any shift in a major system, public understanding of the value and need is essential for short-term changes and for long-term success. Education and schools’ use of blended learning models is no different — requires community support for the shift.
To learn more about Keystone’s recent state partnerships exploring blended learning, visit the Featured Projects section.