Many school leaders insist on the need to promote a school culture that embraces blended learning and innovation through technology, but they struggle to put in place what they preach. “We’re constantly getting calls from superintendents and principals who just have no idea where to start,” said Allison Powell, vice president for state and district services at the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, in Vienna, Va. “And there’s pretty much no support available for them.”
Now, a number of organizations are trying to close that gap and give superintendents and principals the training they need to promote the wise use of blended strategies. INACOL has devised national standards for teachers that describe high-quality online courses, and is scheduled to release competencies in blended teaching this summer.
The next logical step, said Ms. Powell, is to craft national standards for school leaders. “This is a huge priority we need to have right now,” said the iNACOL official.
Read the entire article by Robin Flanigan on Education Week at http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/29/19el-administrators.h33.html
Sizing Up Blended Learning
This Education Week special report is the latest installment in an ongoing series about online education. These stories examine the opportunities and persistent questions that surround schools’ and districts’ implementation of blended learning, the widely used instructional approach that combines technology-based instruction with traditional, face-to-face lessons.