In an effort to transform and enhance instruction, improve relationships, and help all learners take more ownership of their learning, Temple ISD is stepping up to improve blended learning.
On Monday, Dec.10 the Temple Independent School District, along with partners Education Elements and Google for Education Texas, will host The National Academy for Personalized Learning.
This one-day professional development event will take place at the new Temple ISD administration building and will focus on best practices for the implementation and sustainability of personalized learning. The district is expecting about 60 education professionals representing 17 different entities from across the state including school districts, charter schools and education service centers.
After the district conducted a successful pilot program for blended learning at Temple High School in 2016, the district partnered with Education Elements to explore next steps.
It also introduced a widespread technology initiative to roll out en masse.
In 2013, Temple ISD began issuing Google Chromebooks on a one-to-one basis at the high school level and two-to-one basis at middle and elementary levels since 2015. Temple ISD utilizes the Google platform and their educational applications to support students in the classrooms. Once the infrastructure was in place, the district was ready to move forward and is now in its first year of a district-wide implementation plan for blended learning.
It’s one thing to experiment with an educational model in a small, contained environment like a pilot or a cohort. It’s another to launch district-wide scalability.” said Dr. Bobby Ott, superintendent of Temple ISD. “Ed Elements has been an instrumental partner in planning and support for the Temple ISD Blended Learning Initiative.”
Attendees of The National Academy for Personalized Learning can expect to learn strategies for effective collaboration, understand how innovation translates into change for students and teachers and have access to Ed Elements, Google for Education and Temple ISD staff for questions on the subject of blended learning.