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K-12 Blended Teaching Readiness: Phase 1-Instrument Development

Abstract The adoption of blended learning in K-12 schools is on the rise.  With this growth in demand for blended learning, there is a greater need to prepare teachers who can facilitate successful learning in these environments. In order… Read more

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Blended Teaching Readiness: Phase 2 – Instrument Development

Executive Summary Blended teaching involves combining online and in-person instruction.  There has been significant growth in the demand for blended learning in schools which has increased the need for teachers who know how to teach in a blended learning… Read more

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Professional Learning for Blended Education: Michigan Case Studies

Abstract This report shares the experiences of blended learning teachers in Michigan and is a result of interviews conducted to understand the experiences and professional learning choices. The case study based method was designed by using a combination of… Read more

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District-Level Blended Learning Implementation: Readiness Points and Challenges

Abstract: Serving as a capacity-builder throughout the state, Michigan Virtual engaged in a multi-year partnership with four school districts with the intent to accelerate blended and personalized learning in each unique district. This report examines the readiness and challenges… Read more

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The Changing Roles of Educators Series: The Blended Teacher

ABSTRACT This study, the second in a series examining the shifts in the roles and responsibilities of K-12 educators as a result of evolving instructional models, focuses on teachers implementing elements of blended learning in their classrooms. The aim… Read more

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Access for All: A Guide for Serving Students with Disabilities in Online and Blended Learning Environments

Access for All is designed to provide an overview of different disability groups in order to better understand the needs of each group, some common accommodations for students in each group, and considerations for each group related to online and blended learning environments. Also provided are the terminology and acronyms commonly associated with disabilities and special education, a synopsis of disability law, and a thorough description of individualized education plans and 504 plans. In better understanding the needs of students with disabilities, it is hoped that virtual school educators will be better prepared to help all their students reach optimum success.

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The Changing Roles of Educators Series: The Blended Learning Coach

ABSTRACT This study, the first in a series examining the shifts in the roles and responsibilities of K-12 educators as a result of evolving instructional models, focuses on the relatively novel role of the blended learning coach. The researchers… Read more

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Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Introduction The field of online and blended learning has a rich history of pursuing personalized and competency-based education. As evidence, consider that at the time of writing this, iNACOL, a major advocacy organization in K-12 online and blended learningRead more

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iEducator 21st Century Digital Learning Corps: Blended Learning & Teaching

The Blended Learning & Teaching report, the fourth in the four-part series, begins at the launch of the iEds’ second year of training and focuses on their immersion in blended teaching and learning. For more background about the program,… Read more

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Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning: Student Perspectives

The Transforming Rural K-12 Education Through Blended Learning study provides a perspective of rural students who have engaged in a variety of forms of blended learning. Their perception is valuable to teachers and administrators who might currently be teaching… Read more

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The Role of Online Teaching in Michigan Teacher Preparation Programs

Executive Summary Online learning enrollments are growing in Michigan year over year, and part of meeting the student demand for high quality online courses is training and certifying Michigan teachers with the requisite skills and knowledge to design online… Read more

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Fuse RI: An Open Access Model of K-12 Blended Learning Implementation

MVLRI is studying and documenting Fuse RI, an open access state model for supporting and expanding K-12 blended learning in Rhode Island. Developed by the Highlander Institute in Providence, RI, Fuse RI is a national model for delivering tailored… Read more

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Statewide Blended Learning Implementation: Voices From Fuse RI Stakeholders

This report is the second in a series focused on research being conducted with the Highlander Institute on their Fuse RI project, a statewide blended learning implementation initiative in Rhode Island, RI. View Publication

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Quality Assurance in K-12 Online Learning Programs: Michigan Case Studies

Abstract In the present study, case studies of three Michigan program providers are presented. Each represents a major program type–Michigan Virtual (supplemental), Westwood Cyber High School (alternative), and Michigan Connections Academy (charter). Four questions are addressed in each case… Read more

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Examining Online Research in Higher Education: What Can We Replicate in K-12?

Abstract One of the best ways for practitioners and scholars to understand what is already known in a field is to undertake a review of the existing literature. The existing literature related to K-12 distance, online and blended learningRead more

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Instructional Support

This report is being published simultaneously with another: Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Facilitation Support.  While we had originally planned on publishing a single report, we found that the report was… Read more

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Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Facilitation Support

Introduction This report is being published with the report, Helping Online Students Be Successful: Student Perceptions of Online Teacher and On-site Mentor Instructional Support. Both reports start with nearly identical introductions, literature reviews, and method sections. However, the subsequent… Read more

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Student-Centered Learning: In Principle and in Practice

What is Student-Centered Learning?  Student-centered learning is a philosophy or an approach to education that is designed to meet the needs of each student individually. In their post “What Exactly IS Student-Centered Learning?”, Harrington and DeBruler (2019) shared, “In… Read more

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Virtual Schools in the U.S.: Case Studies of Policy, Performance, and Research Evidence

Abstract: The National Education Policy Center recently released its annual Virtual Schools in the U.S.: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence report, providing a unique look at virtual schools across the country. To supplement the national perspective provided in… Read more

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Michigan Virtual report examines online learning policies and practices

A recently released Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute report examines existing policies and practices related to the evaluation and approval of online and blended learning in the 50 states as well as relevant international examples, such as those arising… Read more

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