Debunking myths about online-learning teachers Posted on January 25th, 2011 by Katherine Mackey

At VSS 2010, Michael B. Horn asked a panel of six online-learning leaders what policy they thought posed the greatest barrier to the growth of online-learning programs/schools. Surprisingly, two of the panelists identified the greatest barrier to be the misconception that online-learning teachers aren’t “real” teachers. Indeed, there is a great deal of misconception surrounding […]


Quakertown Community School District Posted on March 28th, 2012 by Reader-generated blended-learning profiles

Submitted by Lisa Andrejko, Superintendent Note: The information in this profile represents SY2011-12 unless otherwise indicated. School/organization overview Name Quakertown Community School District Type District Locale Rural Headquarters Quakertown, Pennsylvania First year of operation Grades served K-12 Enrollment 5,500 % FRL 24% % Black or Hispanic 10% Per-pupil funding $10,000 Website www.qcsd.org/ Blended-learning program Name […]


KIPP Empower Academy Posted on August 28th, 2012 by Reader-generated blended-learning profiles

Submitted by Marcia Aaron, Executive Director, KIPP LA Note: The information in this profile represents SY2011-12 unless otherwise indicated. To see KIPP Empower Academy’s SY2010-11 profile, click here. School/organization overview Name KIPP Empower Academy Type Charter school Locale Urban Headquarters Los Angeles, California First year of operation SY2010-11 Grades served K-1 Enrollment 230 % FRL […]


VOISE Academy High School Posted on July 21st, 2011 by Blended-learning profiles

Note: The information in this profile represents SY2010-11 unless otherwise indicated. School/organization overview Name VOISE Academy High School Type District school: Neighborhood Locale Urban Headquarters Chicago, Illinois First year of operation Grades served 9-12 Enrollment % FRL 97% % Black or Hispanic 100% Per-pupil funding $7,424 Website http://www.voiseacademy.org/ Blended-learning program Name N/A Focus General Year […]


The morning-after pill for blended learning Posted on February 27th, 2012 by Heather Clayton Staker

Amid the political wrangling about government-mandated contraception distribution, I had the thought that some of the preliminary ideas about regulating new education models are like birth control for innovation. They could prevent or abort before the innovation becomes viable, and the story ends there. I’ve been troubled especially by early signs that government is starting […]



Six edtech predictions for K-12 blended learning Posted on December 7th, 2010 by Alex Hernandez

Massive declines in state and local education funding will lead to a tsunami of blended learning programs, where students learn online in brick-and-mortar schools. Charter management organizations and districts see the promise of blended learning to create more productive schools models that (1) leverage technology to offer greater individualization for students, and (2) lower per […]