Schools and districts across Ohio are taking steps to transform their classrooms into blended learning classrooms. The Ohio Blended Learning Network offers opportunities for members to network with others to learn what's working and lessons learned. The Network is also bringing together resources to help give educators ideas, direction and research into blended learning that leads to greater personalization.
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The Ohio Blended Learning Network is accepting applications for a 2016 cohort of Leadership in Blended Learning in Ohio this spring. The unique learning experience prepares principals and other administrators to lead and support blended learning implementation in their schools. Nearly 90% of program participants rated LBL Ohio as effective or very effective. Application deadline extended to May 15th.
"OBLN’s network approach presents an opportunity to create a culture of innovation in Ohio that is broader and deeper than what might arise from the work of one exceptional district, a set of policy reforms, or mere programmatic efforts." - NASBE July 2014
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The Ohio Blended Learning Network is an affiliation of 60 Ohio schools, districts and support organizations that want to implement high-quality blended learning in their classrooms. The Network is chaired by Matthew Miller, Superintendent of Mentor Public Schools, and it is sponsored by Smarter Schools. The Network has partnered with The Learning Accelerator on developing policy and capacity, and Education Elements, one of the nation's premier providers of professional development in blended learning, on technical assistance.
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The Ohio Blended Learning Network in collaboration with the Learning Accelerator and the Christensen Institute released a report, entitled "The State of Opportunity: The Status and Direction of Blended Learning in Ohio," that assesses the extent to which Ohio schools and districts are implementing blended learning in their classrooms.
The survey showed that 58 percent of schools have some type of blended learning going on - and for high schools that number is 71 percent. The report is the first-ever comprehensive look at blended learning at the local level in Ohio and in any state, and the findings are expected to inform blended learning work in other states and nationally.
“As blended learning emerges, we need to understand its growth,” said Michael Horn, Co-Founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute. “The data in this report provides perhaps the most thorough picture of blended learning in any state alongside actionable insights to help schools improve how they are using it to serve students.”
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The Ohio Blended Learning Network has grown to 60 members statewide, representing small urban charters, wealthy suburban districts, rural districts, and some of the state's largest public school districts. Student enrollment in member schools and districts is now more than 275,000 students.
The members are bound by their interest in implementing high-quality blended learning in their classrooms.
"Our member schools and districts have different starting points, but they all want to achieve greater personalization of learning," said Andrew Benson, Executive Director of Smarter Schools, which sponsors the Ohio Blended Learning Network. "The members know that high-quality blended learning can cause a shift in teaching and learning that allows students to get more of what they need to succeed."