“Why do our seniors have a schedule so similar to our
middle school students? Why has the structure of the academic day changed so
little in the last one hundred years?”
By asking these questions and challenging the underlying assumptions of a traditional school day, teachers at Shattuck-
St Mary’s have developed the “Blended Learning” model. Blended Learning provides an opportunity for teachers to use the best of classroom instruction and the best of online instruction to create individualized learning experiences. Imagine an internship at a veterinary clinic, or pursuing biomedical clinical research, working on a political campaign, travelling to South Africa to work in a medical clinic, or writing a musical composition in our new weCreate Center.
During the 2012-13 academic year – with the support of the E.E. Ford Foundation - Shattuck-St. Mary’s is running a Blended Learning pilot program with 22 students in 11th and 12th grades. In our fifth year of working with the blended learning model, we also offer over 30 blended classes to 210 students. In addition, we are introducing our 9th grade students to the blended learning model through a single term creative writing and composition.
We are sharing what we learn by presenting at a conference on online learning and hosting visitors at our school. As we further study the Blended Learning model – both in terms of quantifiable results and anecdotal feedback – it is our goal to move towards a fully Blended Learning program for all 11th and 12th grade students within the next several years.
The Blended Learning Program helps Shattuck-St. Mary’s accomplish what few schools have been able to do: break out of a paradigm that limits the robust range of opportunities available to high school students, while not forsaking that which the old paradigm is designed to support – the academic program.
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Shattuck-St. Mary's Blended Learning Program