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Fuel Education

This white paper, developed by Getting Smart in partnership with Fuel Education, explores how districts and schools can successfully scale online and blended programs to extend learning opportunities for all students.

Online learning proves VITAL to success

Putnam County School System in rural central Tennessee has increased graduation rates and cut need for credit recovery courses in half thanks to a districtwide online learning program that gives students more flexibility and personalized instruction.


Personalized blended and online learning programs have helped many districts provide access to more courses and improve student outcomes. But how do you start a program and then scale it across your school and district? Getting Smart posed this question to innovative educators who have successfully scaled online and blended programs in their districts.


Using technology effectively at the early elementary level has the potential to improve achievement across grade levels in a district, by preparing elementary students to use the digital tools they will use later on in school, and in college and career.


While blended learning has become a common topic of discussion and an increasingly common district-level strategy for driving student achievement, strategies for successfully making the transition to this new model of learning are often ignored.


Using effective strategies to personalize the math learning experience is key to reaching all levels of learners, especially Spanish-speaking English Language Learners who vary in their English language abilities, math proficiency, and personal circumstances. Attend this web seminar to learn from educators at St. Martini Lutheran School, an innovative school with an 85 percent Latino population in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about the success they’ve had combining face-to-face instruction with online learning to drive math achievement for their ELL students.   


When resources are scarce and distances are vast, how can school districts leverage curriculum, technology, and instructional support to deliver customized learning that breaks the industrial-age barriers of time, space, path, and pace?

Attend this web seminar to learn more about the concept of customized learning and how TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education) and Black Hills Online Learning Community in South Dakota are leveraging online learning resources to create customized and blended learning opportunities for students.

Authors Michael Horn and Heather Staker say culture is crucial to innovation in schools.

Blended learning is poised to transform education as we know it. We know the what and the why, but it’s not often we learn how. In their book, Blended, Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, Michael Horn and Heather Staker lay out the components of successful blended learning programs, and challenge readers to create a culture that can make these innovations succeed.

Students in algebra class at Free State High School at Lawrence schools take part in blended learning lessons.

Blended and online learning platforms are changing K12 pedagogy by providing students with some control over their path, time, pace and place of learning. This sharp departure from the traditional factory-based model of teaching and learning is increasing student engagement and freeing up time so that teachers can provide one-on-one instruction.

When best practices are engaged in blended learning, authentic personalized learning can happen for all students. Understanding ten key trends happening in the blended learning space can help educators achieve optimal results for students and schools. This web seminar, originally broadcast on March 20, 2014, featured education experts who discussed these trends and how blended learning can be successfully implemented. In addition, a principal shared his school’s interpretation of blended learning and how it has resulted in improved student achievement.