Promising Practices in Blended Learning and Innovation in School Design
For the past 12 months, the Education Innovation Fellowship staff at CityBridge Foundation has had an extraordinary opportunity to work with a group of highly talented D.C. public and public charter school teachers committed to rethinking and redesigning how students learn. They immersed themselves in the most promising practices in blended and personalized learning and then designed pilot programs for their own classrooms and schools. We had a hunch that this work was going to be exciting and groundbreaking. Now, nearly a year later, this group of teachers has blown us away. And on a cold Saturday morning earlier this month, the 2013 Education Innovation Fellows showed all of us why they are the new leaders of education in D.C.
The work they are doing in their schools and classrooms to drive innovative instructional practices was recognized and celebrated by over 100 D.C. educators who attended our first Education Innovation Summit on December 7th. The 2013 Fellows led sessions for the educators in attendance in a range of topics, including design thinking and creating digital content. The audience also heard from blended learning experts nationally and locally, who shared their approaches to classroom and school redesign. They all talked about the many exciting and interesting ways they are working to crack the code on dramatically improving academic achievement with learning that’s personalized to meet students where they are academically.
We heard from several teams of D.C. educators that are developing applications for the Breakthrough Schools: DC challenge. Our summit gave them a chance to share their emerging ideas for school design and redesign with the goal of expanding personalized learning across even more schools in the District.
When we welcomed the first cohort of Education Innovation Fellows last January, we believed that teachers could be engines of innovation. We now know that with the right resources and opportunities to test new approaches, teachers can very quickly become the sparks that light the fire of change in our schools. Our 2013 Fellows have become knowledgeable leaders and ambassadors in Washington, D.C. for blended and personalized learning committed to seeing that all of their students move along further and faster academically.
Please visit our website to see video clips from our 2013 Education Innovation Summit. We invite you to take a look and listen to some of the District of Columbia’s inspiring new leaders in education.