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Professional Development for Making the Shift to Blended Learning (B422)

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Wednesday, June 29, 11:45 am–12:45 pm
CCC Mile High Ballroom 3B

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Blended learning is more than technology plus online content. It fundamentally changes classroom pedagogy. We will explore proven methods for preparing staff for the blended learning classroom.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, PC, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Teacher education
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Administrators : Visionary leadership
Teachers : Engage in professional growth and leadership
Coaches : Professional development and program evaluation
Additional detail: ISTE Professional Learning Network pick

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Description: Presentation Slides
Description: Online professional development and consultation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Blended learning combines traditional, face-to-face teaching with online digital instruction. Making the transition from the tradition classroom to a blended learning environment takes a shift in teacher mind set and classroom pedagogy. Well-designed purposeful professional development can help teachers evolve and change their role to a guide and facilitator within the blended classroom.

The purpose of this session is to introduce research and resources that will facilitate school leaders to cast a vision for blended learning and prepare staff for success.

Participants will:
Discuss hybrid/sustaining and disruptive blended learning models
Examine what model is desired and best fitting for their environment
Identify professional development needs to help teachers and staff transition to blended learning
Share current practices and resources used for professional development
Brainstorm a plan of action for the implementation of a quality professional development program


Background (5 min)
• Introduction of presenters
• Poll audience background (electronic survey)
Introduction (15 min)
• Introduce blended learning models: Hybrid/sustain vs. disruptive
• Poll audience model preference (electronic survey)

• Pedagogical shift for adoption of blended learning
• Poll audience professional development opportunities for staff (electronic survey)
Hands-on Device-based Activity (25 min)
• Participants will log into a model professional development course (Canvas LMS)
• Participants will preview online professional development courses
• Participants will access blended learning research-based resources
• Participants will discuss how and where resources could be used for quality professional development programs
Implementation (10 min)
• The group will brainstorm a plan of action for the implementation of a quality professional development program
Wrap-up (5 min)
• Take questions

Supporting research

• Clay Christensen Institute definition of blended learning and models @
• iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework (Oct 2014)
• Understanding and Supporting Blended Learning Teaching Practices (Sept 2014) Education Elements
• Blended Learning Implementation Guide 3.0 (Aug 2015) Digital Learning Now
• Teachers Know Best: Teacher’s Views on Professional Development (Dec. 2014) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation



favorites Kim Loomis, i3DigitalPD

Kim Loomis has a background rich in professional development and innovative program design - from teacher preparation, course development, and systems deployment. During her 20+ year career at Nevada’s Clark County School District, she helped to create an ecosystem for online/blended learning to blossom, reaching over 100,000 students. Kim regularly shares her expertise in K-12 online education, founding i3DigitalPD in 2015 to support others looking to launch digital learning initiatives.