Terry Ryan (Fordham) Reflects on a Bay Area Blended Learning Tour

I recently spent two days in the Bay Area touring blended schools and meeting with providers along with a group of organizations focused on city-based innovation that CEE-Trust sponsored. Since Terry Ryan of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute penned this nice write up on the visit, I will just refer to it. A few of his many insightful takeaways are below:

  • The blended learning sector is still very much in its infancy
  • The Common Core offers the hope of scaling out rapidly and across many jurisdictions new products and blended learning models
  • Blended learning changes the nature of teaching
  • “Teaching is moving towards tutoring here”
  • School leaders and teachers worry most about “tech dramas and nightmares.”
  • The kids like the freedom and flexibility of blended learning.
  • Blended learning can be a teacher-driven reform.

Check out Terry’s post – Peering into the future of blended learning – for more.


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