Blended Learning Live!
Blended Learning Live! is a two-day, immersive training event that gives educators the resources and dedicated time they need to walk away with a plan for how to use technology to transform student learning at their school or district.
What is Blended Learning Live?
Blended Learning Live! is an innovative, two-day training event designed by Heather Staker, a nationally-recognized expert in blended learning. These two days are tailored to the needs of your school by giving you the resources and dedicated time you need to create a plan that ensures your teachers can use the technology they’ve been provided to give your students individualized attention and support through tried-and-true best practices in personalized learning.
Who should attend?
Your school will benefit from Blended Learning Live! training whether you’ve been a 1:1 school for 8 years or you’re starting from scratch, still in the process of deciding what kind of technology you need to purchase to take student learning to the next level.
Maybe your school just received a grant for new technology and you are trying to determine how to best use it. Maybe you’re an administrator who doesn’t know where to begin in implementing building-wide teacher training on how to use this new technology. Maybe you simply have a pervasive problem at your school that you suspect could be solved by offering your students more personalized learning options.
If your school is in any of these positions, Blended Learning Live! can help you create a plan for next steps.
“Blended Learning Live! ranks up there with the best professional learning experience I’ve had. As an educator who does not have a background in instructional technology, the content of this 2-day series helped me to easily understand the possible entry points into blended learning a teacher can choose from based on his/her readiness.” — Meaghan Gauthier, Alpena Public Schools
Designed for groups
This event is designed for teams of five, including at least one district or building leader and one teacher. Here’s why: The work we ask you to do in this training requires both the openness to imagine and the capacity to create building-wide change. Teachers who have attended this event without their administrator often express frustration at not having the power to effect the changes they’d like to see made. This training will be most effective if you can bring together the voices you need at the table to create positive and impactful change at your school.
Not your standard PD experience
The best way to understand why personalized learning works so well is to try it for yourself. In this training session, we don’t just lecture at you for two straight days about what you should be doing in your school. When it comes to your school, you are the expert. You know what’s going on in your building better than we ever could. We’ll start off by creating a common vocabulary and sharing best practices in blended learning. But ultimately, our goal is to leverage your expertise and empower you to bring positive change back to your school with a plan in hand for how to accomplish it.Read Our “Open Letter to ‘Sit & Get’ PD”
Leave with a plan in hand
Upon completing this training, you and your staff will walk away with a blended learning plan for your school or district. Below you will find a few examples of plans other Michigan districts have created as a result of Blended Learning Live! to address pervasive problems in their schools.
Example #1 — High Student Absences
The Plan: Through BLL training, a team of educators from this school created a plan for how they could use blended learning practices to offer their students opportunities to learn, even if they could not attend class that day. They also revamped their entire bell schedule to give students more time for each class period and built-in opportunities for mentor support.
Example #2 — Low Science Scores
The Plan: Through BLL training, this team created a plan for how they could use individual instruction in small groups to increase mastery of science standards. This plan provided students the opportunity to move forward as soon as they were ready for more engagement.
Example #3 — Low Student Engagement
The Plan: Through BLL training, this team created a plan for how they could conduct student interviews to better understand why their students were struggling to complete assignments. They also planned to revamp their PD plan to support teachers in applying blended learning practices to their classrooms.
Here are some of the key topics we’ll cover during this two-day training event:
- Sign In & Wi-Fi Setup
- Welcome, Introductions, & Routines
- Introducing Online & Blended Learning
- Sharpening Your Strategy
- Problems & Goals
- Organizing the Team
- Choose the Model
- A Day in the Life Project
- Fast Pitches & Feedback
- Physical & Virtual Environments
- Secrets of a Successful Culture
- Discovery-Driven Planning
- Closing Reflections
What's in it for me?
- First-hand experience with online learning, Flipped Classroom, Station Rotation, Individual Rotation, Flex, Socratic discussion, project-based learning, plus four other models
- The opportunity to experience for yourself how student-centered learning feels in blended and online contexts
- An introduction to online and blended learning theory and research-based best practices
- 11 SCECHs!
What should I expect?
You can expect to have dedicated time set aside to:
- Explore the problems and goals your school face, as well as how blended learning could help mitigate these problems
- Organize your team to create effective change
- Consider which blended learning models will work best for your students
- Explore what a day in the life of your students will be under this model
- Develop your own strategic plan for online or blended learning
$250 for a five-person Michigan team and $50 per person after that. Out-of-state pricing is also available — please contact us for more details!
If you’d like to sign up for Blended Learning Live!, or would like more information, please fill out the form below and someone will get in touch with you shortly. Thank you!