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Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning

In collaboration with the Friday Institute, USBE, and UEN, JSD will provide a “Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning (LBDL) Academy,” designed specifically for administrators to lead schools toward blended and digital learning through research-based content and job-embedded experiences. The program will follow a blended-learning model with an online course in Canvas and five face-to-face sessions. Participants completing the LBDL Academy will receive the State’s Ed Tech Endorsement.

The face-to-face sessions will be held at the ASB from 8:00 – 3:30 on the dates listed below. A brief description of each session is included as well.

Thursday, September 13, 2018, Session 1: Blended Learning. This session explores and extends upon leadership research and various blended and digital learning models and definitions from leading sources in the field (Michael Fullan, The Christensen Institute, etc.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Session 2: Creating a Culture for Blended Learning. This session will focus on the important culture shifts for all stakeholders including activities around managing complex change (Knoster’s Model), engaging in critical conversations, and engaging stakeholders.

Thursday, January 17, 2019, Session 3: Shifting Teaching and Learning. This session will focus on the key changes in curriculum and instruction in a blended learning environment, including frameworks for instruction such as TPACK and SAMR, and other essential topics such as Digital Content and Tools.

Thursday, March 14, 2019, Session 4: Supporting Teachers Through Professional Learning. This session will focus on the competencies of a blended learning educator and professional learning models which draws on the ISTE and iNACOL standards and also explores various models of professional learning such as competency-based PD.

Thursday, April 4, 2019, Session 5: Implementing and Sustaining Blended Learning. This session will focus on the nuts and bolts of shifting to a blended learning model and implementation strategies. Topics include budget, space, technology & devices, communications, data, and evaluation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Through legislation, additional funding was added to the Digital Teaching and Learning Grant for the 2018-2019 school year. In an effort to expand blended learning opportunities and build capacity within schools, administrators participating in the LBDL Academy will have the option to apply for 1:1 devices, training, and support for a team of technology teacher leaders. Applications will be available once the budget has been confirmed from USBE. (This is a one-year opportunity only.)

If you would like to be registered for the LBDL Academy, please contact Shelley Nordick before June 1. 801-567-8110