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Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning

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I am developing an idea for my school that incorporates project based learning, independent studies, traditional learning, home school, and traditional school. I am looking for schools that have experience in any of blending some of these categories that I can visit. The idea is to create a model that allows students needs to take precedence over the curriculum. To be exact we want to evaluate each student and place them in a structure that meets their needs. Parents can opt into the traditional school model ("teacher led") or have their students participate in the hybrid program ("student led"). The hybrid program would facilitate the technology programs that we have in place. Homeschool students in the area would have access to the same programs and a supervising teacher to keep track of students progress and help make their homeschool experience successful. School based students that learn independently can accelerate through their core curriculum with the aid of a specialist and then proceed to subjects of interest. Students that are not independently driven will be allowed to join PBL groups during portions of the day as suited to their needs. It's a lot to wrap your head around which is why I would like to visit some schools to get a clearer picture of what is possible. Does anyone know of any such schools? I've searched the internet and haven't found much... Thank you!

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Amber,

I just spoke to two people who are starting schools that are based on the curriculum performance rather than the grade-level for advancement. Is that something you are looking at? If so I can get you connect you to them. Please let me know.

Mary Kate Land's picture
Mary Kate Land
Montessori 4-6th grade teacher
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Hi Amber,

It sounds like an ambitious change and I can understand why you would want to see a model. I'd love to see something like that in action.

We use interest-led and project based learning in our class, and some of my students have individualized learning plans which involve completing some of their work outside that classroom. Our system is ungraded, and students work at different grade levels on different tasks, so students are classified by "year" of age instead of grade level.

If there is a Montessori elementary school near you, you might consider using them as a resource. Most Montessori schools see the value of observation and are willing to have observers in the classroom. You might also consider working with local homeschooling support groups. Many of these groups practice project-based and interest-led learning. Bringing them in on the planning end of things would also help you to craft the homeschool aspect of your program with the needs of likely clients in mind.

In my experience, the homeschool crowd is very open to supporting reform efforts for our public schools. A lot of homeschooling parents are teachers themselves, so they appreciate the depth of the problems and have worked from within to make changes.

Please keep us updated on your progress!

BTW, Hubert, please post more info about the schools you mentioned. Inquiring minds want to know!

Mary Kate

Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Amber!

Please get in contact with Tracy and Janet, new facilitators of the Chart Schools group (http://www.edutopia.org/groups/charter-schools), both who are in the process of starting a new school(s). They are extremely innovative and experienced in the education realm.

Thanks for the lead Mary Kate!

Bill Kuhl's picture

Amber you must be a very busy person. I think you have some great ideas, hopefully you will have the support of your school to make this happen. It appears to be a model that could satisfy many needs.

Bill Kuhl

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