In conversations about education, we often focus on the large, urban districts that we all hear and read about. We know New York City DOE, Los Angeles USD, Houston ISD, but we often forget about the specific needs of rural communities that make up 57% of our school districts nationwide and serve more than 49 million students. I grew up in rural Southern Oregon, started my career teaching in rural New Mexico, and constantly think about how we can better support our rural districts.
It is hard these days to look at any educational advertising or product without seeing the word blended learning attached in some fashion. This product purports to add to your blended learning initiative while this product promises a way to solve all of your technology challenges. The term blended learning could become one of those educational terms that risks being shoved into the graveyard of other educational reforms unless your school or district has an overarching purpose for moving into blended learning.
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One of the greatest things about being at Ed Elements is that I get to talk to inspiring leaders and teachers and see how they are transforming their classrooms. In some cases, I get to watch the transformation unfold through our work together. In others, I walk into a school or district and get to see all the amazing work they have done already.