What You Need to Know About ESSA

Recently, we were able to speak with Dr. Paula Love, the RFP Matchmaker, and discuss the implications of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for school systems as well as industries serving them.  Dr. Love shared valuable information to assist us in serving students.  Here are some highlights to assist you as well and if you are interested in learning more, please download our Infographic ESSA Policy & Funding Update.

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Teacher self-assessment for blended learning

posted by MVLRI, on February 10, 2016 at http://mvlri.org/Blog/ID/109/Teacher-self-assessment-for-blended-learning
Guest Authors,  Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute and Dr. Wendy Oliver

Academic research in the field of effective practices specific to blended and online learning in K-12 classrooms is still “young,” so the lack of data to define those practices and build the resources to prepare teachers to excel when teaching in blended and online environments is not surprising. However, as the pedagogy emerges and the rate of adoption continues to grow, educators and administrators need direction in incorporating best practices of blended and online learning in K-12 environments. With the idea of furthering the field in mind, I developed two frameworks to identify standards and essential components of both blended and online instruction. Continued exposure in the field has led to specific focus on the needs of instructors trying to implement blended instruction, as their barriers seem to be undeveloped or lacking resources for growth.

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Fueling education’s digital shift

Written by Guest Author Paula Love

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The Blended Learning Puzzle: Having all the pieces to make it work

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The decision to adopt a new teaching approach can be both exciting and angst inducing. Blended learning offers a new way to reach students, so it makes sense that districts want to harness its potential.  While many school districts are exploring the possibilities of blended learning, they are also faced with challenges that must be acknowledged and planned for at the onset. Beginning a new initiative requires having all the pieces of the puzzle in order for it to have a meaningful impact on not only the students but the teachers as well.

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Week in Review

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