Leadership in Blended Learning

Fall 2018

Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Cohort

Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Cohort is a cohort for school district teams that are interested in further developing their vision, practice and implementation of blended, digital and personalized learning. This cohort, facilitated by ConnectingEd will have your team collaborating and constructing a roadmap together that is designed to help you work through important conversations and planning to sustain this important shift in practice.

The program, designed by The Friday Institute of NC State University, will include a five-month course with online and face-to-face components that will enable principals and other leaders to experience blended learning as learners.

You are asked to sign up as a district team with members that can include: Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals, Technology Leaders, Curriculum Leaders etc.. Your district may even send several teams. ConnectingEd is happy to advise you as you work to make up your team.

Geographic locations of the cohorts will be determined based on interest. (venues TBD)

Click here for an application to join a fall 2018 cohort. Please contact Stephanie Hollar with any questions. Applications due May 30th, 2018

Cost of cohort is affordable and shared by districts (contact us for pricing)

s.hollar@me.com or 740-703-4474 (Stephanie Hollar, ConnectingEd)

Face to Face Professional Learning Days:

Orientation (half day- early August 2018 )

Session 1: Defining Blended Learning (Building a common language and clarifying vision) (Sept)

Session 2: Creating a Culture for Blended Learning (Oct)

Session 3: Shifting Teaching and Learning (Nov)

Session 4: Supporting Teachers through Professional Learning (Dec)

Session 5: Implementing and Sustaining Blended Learning (Jan. 2019)

Some current and past districts teams that have participated: Westerville City Schools, Plain Local Schools, Collins Career Tech, Olentangy, Fairbanks Local, North Canton, Lake, Jackson, Louisville, Marlington, Perrysburg and more.


Brent Swartzmiller

Perrysburg Schools - Executive Director of Teaching & Learning

The LBL process allowed district leaders (administrators and teachers) to reflect on current practices and collaborate to form a vision going forward. By allotting this time, I feel that the strategies discussed were grounded in research and are very practical. So often we set lofty aspirations for where we want to be, but those aspirations do not take into account the challenges facing our building and teacher leaders. This format provided a forum to compassionately challenge our mindsets. More importantly, it gave us the opportunity to challenge our own mindsets.

Carole Sutton

Marlington Local Schools

Assistant Superintendent

Bring a team! Each member must be committed to put in the time, effort and seriousness of the work. It is totally worth the effort and growing pains.

Susie Smucker

Westerville City Schools

Curriculum Specialist

Take it (this course)! But, come with an open mind and be ready to think about making shifts that will really impact student learning….in a positive way! Imagine all students engaged in his/her own learning! Come ready to roll up your sleeves.

Lauren DeMars

Westerville City Schools


The conversation and learning was very valuable. I learned a lot from others who are facing similar challenges in the world of education today. Leading Blended Learning focuses on how lead and support school cultures that design personalized learning opportunities to prepare students for our world.

Lee Munoz

Lake Local Schools

Associate Principal

The time was very worthwhile. Loved the opportunity to discuss with other districts and hear what others are doing. Having a district team was very helpful and sparked a lot of rich conversation that we don’t often have the time to get into during the day to day work.

"The opportunity to discuss our building plans with folks from other districts was helpful in challenging or crystallizing our path forward."

"We discussed and shared some very practical and innovative PL strategies. Our team planned to use several of them immediately."

"Very hands on and insightful!! Leaving with tools that I can use to help our staff."

**To speak with past participants about their experience in LBDL,

please send an email request to us. **