In my post last week, I shared that I have visited a variety of schools around California and I was going to identify where they fit on the “Continuum from Textbook to Online Teaching and Learning.” I will eventually dedicate a blogpost to each school and their place on the continuum. But, first I wanted to just list the basics of each school so you can get an idea of the variables involved in determining where a school fits on a continuum from an outsider’s perspective. Categorizing where a teacher or school fits in blended learning can be challenging for a variety of reasons. In May 2011, the Christensen Institute profiled 40 schools that fit a general definition of blended learning. Since then, other organizations have written case studies about various programs. The field continues to better define what is meant by the term blended learning. Hopefully, in the weeks to come, applying the continuum to various schools will help to better define blended learning for you and your schools.
As you look through the basic information of the schools below, note the similarities and differences. What do you notice?
- Alliance Skirball School (6-8, Charter, Los Angeles. Opened in 2007. 375 students.)
- Aspire Monarch School (K-5, Charter, San Francisco. Opened in 2000. 388 students).
- Bret Harte Middle School (6-8. Public. Oakland, Ca. Opened in 1930. @600 students)
- DaVinci Design, Science and Communications School (9-12, Charter, Hawthorne / Los Angeles. Opened in 2009. 521 Students)
- DaVinci Innovations Academy (K-8, Charter, Hawthorne / Los Angeles. Opened in 2011. 310 Students)
- Holy Spirit Catholic School (PrK-8, Private, San Jose, Ca. Opened in 2000. @350 students)
- KIPP Empower School (K-4, Charter, Los Angeles. Opened in 2010. 550 students.)
- KIPP Raices School (K-4, Charter, Los Angeles. Opened in 2008. 535 students.)
- Rocketship, Si Se Puede Academy (K-5, Charter, San Jose, Ca. Opened in 2009. 658 students)
- SF Flex Academy (9-12, Charter, San Francisco. Opened in 2010. 120 students.)
- Silicon Valley Flex Academy (6-12, Charter, Morgan Hill / San Jose, Ca. Opened in 2011. 285 students.)
- Summit Denali (Gr. 6 – eventually Gr. 6-12, Charter, Sunnyvale / San Jose, Ca. Opened in 2013. 134 students)
- Weller Elementary School, Milpitas Unified (K-6, Milpitas, Ca. Opened before 1998. 457 students )
In the weeks ahead, I will apply the continuum to each school.