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The Essential Blended Learning PD Planner
More urgent than ever, this framework combines the best of distance learning and classroom instruction, offering a new vision for learning and professional development that capitalizes on the distance learning experience.
- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781071843727
- Published By: Corwin
- Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
- Year: 2021
- Page Count: 160
- Publication date: March 25, 2021
"One of the best new Professional Development books."
Drive student learning with the best of both worlds!
Transition back to school with a comprehensive PD plan that leverages the best of distance learning and classroom instruction. Distance learning, despite its myriad challenges, has spotlighted innovative instructional practices and created an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how the traditional classroom works.
In this timely, crucial book, Dr. Stepan Mekhitarian constructs a framework for a task force of teachers and leaders to establish an effective blended learning program that capitalizes on the capacity and skills teachers have built while teaching remotely. An innovative blended learning model effectively implemented across school systems will positively impact equity and access for all students. In addition to Blended Learning for Social Justice sections, readers will find
• Ideas for Professional Development sessions for sharing strategies and topics with teams
• Distance Learning vs. Blended Learning sections to help transition various strategies between environments
• Figures, templates, and tech tips to aid in implementation
Learn how to create a powerful learning experience for students that fosters collaboration, engagement, and rigorous learning experiences by combining instructional technology and the best of traditional classroom practice.
Table of Contents
About the Author
PART I: A NEW VISION FOR LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 1: HOW WILL SCHOOLS TRANSITION BACK TO THE CLASSROOM?
LEVERAGING BEST PRACTICES FROM THE DISTANCE LEARNING EXPERIENCE
WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING?
BLENDED VS. DISTANCE LEARNING
FOUR BLENDED LEARNING MODELS
ENHANCING CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNING THROUGH BLENDED LEARNING
LEVERAGING BLENDED LEARNING TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
CHAPTER 2: RETHINKING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN BLENDED LEARNING
A WORD ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP
SHIFTING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGY
GATHERING THE DATA
DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN WITH A SUSTAINED FOCUS ON INSTRUCTION
TEACHER-LED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT OFFERS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND INCREASED BUY-IN
CONSIDERATIONS BEYOND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PART II: APPLYING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES TO INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE
CHAPTER 3: SUPPORTING RIGOROUS LEARNING FOR ALL
DIFFERENTIATED SUPPORTS FOR EQUITABLE ACCESS
RIGOROUS, CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
EFFECTIVE QUESTIONING TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNING
CHAPTER 4: EMBRACING PERSONALIZED ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK
ASSESSMENTS TO GATHER ACTIONABLE DATA
ACTIONABLE FEEDBACK FOR ALL STUDENTS
CHAPTER 5: CREATING A BLENDED LEARNING CULTURE
THE RISE OF DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP TRAINING
LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN A BLENDED LEARNING MODEL
ESTABLISHING A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING CULTURE IN CLASSROOMS
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION AND MANAGEMENT
PART III: BRINGING TOGETHER TRAINING AND APPLICATION INTO ONE COHESIVE PROGRAM
CONCLUSION: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
CREATING A VISION BASED ON THE KEY TAKEAWAYS
FOCUSED LEADERSHIP DURING THE TRANSITION
BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM
COLLABORATING WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS AS STAKEHOLDERS
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A NEW WORLD
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Long before a pandemic indelibly changed the world of education, Dr. Mekhitarian revolutionized blended learning PD across the state. Now an entire nation of educators benefits from the roadmap laid out in this book that navigates the transition to in-person blended learning instruction. Both students and teachers will benefit from this robust plan that promotes thriving versus just surviving.Dr. Silke Bradford
This work does not lament what is lost from our past, judge where we are right now, or warn of what is to come. Rather, Dr. Mekhitarian speaks to educators in all levels and puts action to practices necessary for high-quality blended learning with the goal of successful transition back into classrooms where lessons learned are not lost but leveraged to address issues of equity and access.Jessica Conkle
Dr. Mekhitarian is an educator with an uncompromising dedication to excellence. He has thought exhaustively through this transition we will all be making from Distance Learning to a “new normal” that heavily leverages technology.Dr. Alyce Prentice
Mekhitarian’s Essential Blended Learning PD Planner should be in the hands of every educator as we prepare to transition from a remoteNarek Kassabian, Ed.D.
learning program to the post COVID classroom. School teams will be able to map out their site based plans to integrate instructional technology
and blended learning strategies, while differentiated learning to ensure student success. This is the new must-read for every educator.
INSIGHTFUL! Stepan Mekhitarian provides a clear path to an attainable future of high-quality education for all students. Classroom teachers willRebeca Andrade, Ed.D.
find insightful best practices, instructional leaders a nuanced approach to professional development, and academic institutions a must-read for teacher preparation courses. A perceptive, instructional guide for authentic student learning experiences.
Many educators transitioned from brick and mortar learning to distance learning overnight and are grappling with a future that looks very different from our past. Reading this book gave me confidence that our education systems and pedagogy in the near future will likely be more effective and equitable than anything we’ve strived for in the past.Hrag Hamalian
This is a must-read for all educators facing a changing learning landscape. What jumps out at you is that Dr. Mekhitarian clearly knows what theDr. Drew Furedi
inside of a classroom (in-person and virtual) looks like and truly gets that we all need tools we can use right away to make a difference for students,
particularly those often left behind.
We have entered a new world where now, more than ever, we need guidance to navigate the digital space with innovative practices guided by sound theory. Dr. Mekhitarian provides us with support for continuing our work with confidence, regardless of what the future holds. This is an invaluable resource for teachers, school leaders, and professors of education—and the stakeholders they support.Dr. Elizabeth C. Reilly
This is an invaluable resource for educational leaders and professional developers who are engaged in implementing effective classroom instructional practices that combine traditional classroom strategies with instructional technology tools. The author, an expert on blended learning and instructional technology, provides a guide with templates for schools and districts. A must-have resource.Merle Price
Mekhitarian’s book is a guide and a pathway for all educators who plan to truly integrate technology in their classrooms once students and teachersDavid Carr
get back in the building. The key now is to learn from the mistakes of 2020. This book has the lessons all educators need.
Understanding the knowledge that distance learning provided, Dr. Mekhitarian creates a framework that shifts this information into the classroom where educators can expand and differentiate it for diverse populations. Offering a concise explanation of blended learning, content examples, and useful templates this book is a valuable professional development resource.Stephanie A. Lowe
In time for our present reckoning in schools, Mekhitarian provides a practical guide to conceptualize and actuate holistic blended learning at system and classroom levels. Based on successful implementation cases and research, this guide is quite useful for educators designing equity-centeredDr. Ernesto Colín
technology integration, constructivist pedagogy, and effective professional development.
This book clearly articulates how blended learning can be used to enhance learning with visuals and ties to social justice that bring the ideas of the book to life. A must-have resource for any educator that is serious about transitioning back to the classroom and incorporating the benefits of a blended learning model that will inevitably improve student outcomes.Dr. Silva S. Karayan
Accelerating student outcomes requires addressing challenges head on and generating innovative solutions. As we transition to a new platform for educating our students, Dr. Mekhitarian has provided a succinct blended learning PD plan for leveraging the best of distance and classroom learning. This is a must read for educators who want to ensure their students continue on the pathway to success.Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge that the current generations are living through. How we educate our students changed with a flip of a switch to blended/distance learning. If done right, blended learning is effective. Post pandemic education will very likely include blended learning as one of the options districts will offer. This is the book to get it done right.Hagop Eulmessekian
The Essential Blended Learning PD Planner guides educators through a step-by-step approach to Blended Learning. Dr. Mekhitarian’s methods have proven to be successful in our district and his suggestions are derived from actual experience, which ultimately provides a realistic and tangible approach for all educators.Dr. Mary Mardirosian
This is a fantastic resource and tool for all educational institutions! A clear and common-sense approach for implementing innovative blended learning environments that work across all learning platforms!Dr. Lena Richter
Dr. Mekhitarian has delivered a must-read for educators interested in guiding their districts or schools to an accurate blended learning approach. He explores instrumental ways of taking all we learned during distance learning and incorporating that into an integrated approach for the future. He has found the delicate balance of theory and practice to create a roadmap that educators can follow.Dr. Matthew Horvath
As a teacher and instructional leader, this book is a call to action for all educators — a revitalizing approach that serves a guidebook for school leaders in a creating a plan that ultimately will reimagine the future of education.Mary L. Tang
Mekhitarian provides school leaders with practical strategies for implementing a constructivist pedagogy into a blended learning environment. He shares specific guidelines for professional development and tech tips. This book is a valuable resource for educators to hone their skills as facilitators of learning and move toward giving students greater agency, ownership, and academic engagement.Michelle Spencer
Dr. Mekhitarian addresses the shake-up that COVID-19 brought to education. He proves that there is no return to the norm. His shows that he has the expertise to explain what education will become. This book will guide educators as they move through these changes. Stepan shows change is a good thing and that we are on the cusp of some exciting times as education changes to be better for all.Robert Martin
Dr. Mekhitarian offers a clear view of what effective teaching and learning must look like that’s critical for 21st century learning, especially duringRuth Kim
this unprecedented time. This book is a must-read for administrators and teachers in providing differentiated support for our diverse students who
come from different socioeconomic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.