Blended Learning in SVVS

What is blended learning? The SVVSD Blended model is a combination between research-supported practices and quality online content. Blended learning puts the students at the center by giving them more control of the content, path, place, pace, and time of learning. Key components include online formative assessment, high-quality instructional content, differentiated small group instruction/station rotation, and transformative class time.

 

What is a Blended Digital Credential? SVVSD is partnering with iLearn Collaborative to provide an opportunity for teachers to learn about and earn PD badges in six different key components of Blended Learning. When the six badges are issued, the earner receives a digital credential that can provide several benefits. The iLearn Collaborative’s Blended Learning certificate is a credential recognizing achievement and qualifications for implementation of instructional practices that promote student agency. Through our comprehensive, six-course training program, educators demonstrate mastery of innovative blended and personalized learning strategies and methods through modeling and reflective practice. Credentialed educators are deemed instructional leaders within their schools and districts for their contributions to the advancement of student-centered learning.

What is a Badge? A badge is a portable, connected and verifiable credential presented in a visual format. Badges can be earned in various spaces, on the time frame of the learner, for all types of learning. The value of badges can range from recognition of leadership in the content learned, open new pathways. SVVSD will support badges that allow for the development of district initiatives, but badges can be earned for any number of things in which a person might be interested.


There are two options to learn about and implement blended learning in your classroom, both options provide different pathways to a Blended Learning Certification through iLearn Collaborative:



Option 1: Blended Collaborative

The Blended Collaborative brings K-12 teachers from across the district to work in a group workshop setting to learn, design and reflect on the implementation of blended learning in their classroom. The structure of the collaborative is blended and includes a component of online instruction and creation and monthly face to face meetings focused on peer collaboration and creation. Upon completion of this program you may earn the Blended Learning Certification by taking three additional courses through the iLearn CollaborativeHere are some of the previous Blended Collaborative teachers sharing about their experience in this program.

To make this opportunity more accessible, we are offering two locations for the Blended Collaborative.  The BC East will be hosted in the Tri-town area(location to be determined) and the BC west will be held at Longmont High School.

Objectives

In this 5 credit course, teachers will

  • articulate and share the components of blended learning, and identify what this looks like in instruction.
  • redesign current practices and implement blended learning experiences to create a student-centered classroom.  
  • collaboratively build blended learning experiences and reflect and refine practices to create their own individualized blended model.

We invite you to apply if you are interested and committed to blending and/or flipping your instruction and are willing to showcase your blended classroom. As a thank-you to for your commitment to this program, the fee for the 5 credits will be waived. Due to the nature of this program we will prioritize teachers that are applying as a part of a team.

Please Review these Blended Collaborative Guidelines before applying.

Click here to apply Deadline to apply is Friday, May 11th



Option 2: Blended Badges

The Blended Badges pathway allows for K-12 teachers who would like to learn and implement blended learning but are unable to attend monthly face-to-face meetings. The course delivery and design models the instructional practices we are teaching, allowing enrollees to experience what it is like to be a blended, personalized learning student. Upon completion of the program you will earn a Blended Learning Certification through the iLearn Collaborative.

Commitments:

  1. Attend 3 face to face meetings through out to dive deeper, plan and support for your final unit plan. Initial Meeting 5/31 8-11am( an alternative August meeting date TBD), Tuesday, November 6th 4-6pm, Tuesday, May 7th 4-6pm.
  2. Complete the 6 iLearn Collaborative required courses.
  3. Each 15-hour course will be completed online with optional face to face meetings.
  4. Completing this program will earn you 6 PD credit( these credits are paid by the elearning office and free to you)

Required Courses:

  • Introduction to Blended Learning - June 4th - June 24th

  • Digital Tools: July 9th- July 29th

  • Online Formative Assessment: The Teacher Data Dashboard - September 4th- October 14th.

  • Station Rotation -  October 29th-December 16th

  • Inquiry in Blended Spaces - January 21st- March 3rd

  • Flipped Classroom - March 18th-May 5th

Click here to apply - Deadline to apply is May 12th