Curriculum and Instruction Weekly

October 9, 2015

Professional Development Opportunities

Blended Learning: An Introduction - ASCD Online PD

If anyone would like to take this online course, I can provide you a free access code.

There is a growing trend in education at all levels toward blended learning models. This approach requires teachers to rethink their roles in the classroom. This course will introduce you to the various blended learning models used throughout the country. And author, Catlin Tucker, leads you through exploring the implications of a blended learning model on instruction. She suggests teachers strive to achieve one version of blended learning, the “flipped classroom.” In this environment, teachers must learn to weave online and face-to-face experiences so that maximum learning occurs. She guides you through online community building exercises that must happen in order for students to have successful online experiences. Tucker says the flipped classroom model can be achieved in many ways and is not video dependent. In addition, she explains the importance of asking good questions that elicit critical thinking from students. And, finally, she describes appropriate assessments for this blended learning model.

Standards Review

Additional Opportunity to Provide Feedback

NJDOE has added another avenue for public comment regarding the math and English language arts standards. There is a two week window (deadline October 16) for submission of public written comment for those unable to attend the Listening Tours in person. The link,, can be found on NJDOE website.

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