The Future of Education is Hybrid

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Emma Pass  

Thousands of schools adopted an emergency version of hybrid learning as a response to COVID-19. Poudre Global Academy in Colorado is a public hybrid school that has been operating for ten years. Poudre Global Academy teacher Emma Pass shares her journey to the school, as well as its history, model and successes.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Distance, online & blended learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To spread awareness of established, effective hybrid school models and inspire school and district leaders to consider adopting such a model.

1. Participants will be able to define blended, hybrid, and remote learning models.
2. Participants will understand the benefits of a hybrid school model.

Educational/Infrastructure Challenge: How do we meet the needs of some of our unique/diverse learners, for whom the traditional school model does not work? These include: rural students, students with job/professional level extra curriculars, hospital/home bound students, teen parents, depressed/anxious students.

Models Employed: 50/50 hybrid model, 50% in-person synchronous learning, 50% remote asynchronous learning.

Electronic resources: Slide deck presentation

Evidence of success: state standardized test scores.



Slide Deck Presentation:
5 mins - Speaker introduction and background
5 mins - COVID Hybrid Response
5 mins - History of PGA
10 mins - How Hybrid Meets the Needs of Diverse Learners
5 mins - School Successes

Participants will be given a link to the slide deck presentation which will include an asynchronous video lesson that they can complete in their own time.

Supporting research

I will be sharing our schools' average test score data compared to the districts' average as evidence of the viability of a hybrid school model.

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Emma Pass, Poudre Global Academy