In many professional development sessions at schools, you’ll find teachers sitting in a room and listening to lectures. But one Colorado school district has flipped that model upside down.
Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs is an example of one district that encourages teachers to practice blended learning for themselves, so that they can effectively bring it into the classroom.
The district just wrapped up its first year of professional development using blended learning, through a combination of online and face-to-face activities. It went so well that two fourth-grade teachers said they want it to continue next year.
“I feel like I’ve gained so much knowledge in all different kinds of areas of how to use technology in the classroom,” Janice Theda said.