Blended Learning


What is IMPACT?

IMPACT: Innovative Methods for Personalizing Academics, Completed by Technology

IMPACT is a blended learning initiative designed to individualize instruction for student success. Funded by the federal Race to the Top grant, this initiative will implement the station rotation model of Blended Learning, and will have a technology component to help focus on innovative instruction.

The key is that the IMPACT grant is not just about technology or devices. It’s about strong instructional practices.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is an innovative approach to teaching that incorporates designing and customizing digital technology with personalized learning to accelerate achievement for all students.

  • Blended learning is a FLEXIBLE classroom instructional model.
  • Personalized learning for students.
  • The station rotation model is small group learning centers which include: Face-to-Face Instruction, Independent & Collaborative Practice, and Online Curricula.
  • Data is used to drive instructional practice.
  • Technology is used to increase student engagement and close specific learning gaps.

Blended Learning is a STRATEGY, not an OUTCOME.

What is 21st century education?

Connections to the I-SS Model and RtI

1. What do students need to learn?

2. How will they learn it?

3. How will we know they've learned it?

4. What will we do if they don't learn it?

5. What will we do if they already know it?

Blended Learning Expectations

  • Daily classroom practices that incorporate differentiated instruction and personalized learning (regardless of technology utilization or resources)

  • Responsible and ethical standards following consistent I-SS practices and policies for use of technology, learning triangle, and PDSA.


  • All Schools by Dec 2014 should fully implement the blended learning model with technology in ELA & MATH.

  • 2013-14: Focus on Literacy (LMS will implement Blended Learning in all classes and subject areas)

  • 2014-15: Focus on Mathematics and any areas where data indicates gaps need to be closed

  • 2015-16: Blended learning across all subject areas, regardless of gaps
21st Century Education

Next steps

1. Brainstorm a design/setup of your classroom. Think about the station rotation model and the "flow" of your room.

2. Start slow to go fast. Establish routines for movement between stations and implement 1 "new thing" at a time.

3. Review the Blended Learning rubric and complete the self-assessment.

Please keep in mind

"The focus should be on allowing kids to be creators of work that's relevant to their own world—that's what will catapult 'blended learning' out of the next edu-fad and qualify it as a true change agent."

—Tina Barseghian, "Blended Learning: Passing Fad or True Innovation?" at KQED Mind/Shift