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Blended Learning Track: In-service Teachers

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is an instructional model that combines the best of teacher-led instruction with the smart use of technology. Successful blended instruction leverages technology to allow students to self-pace and take ownership of their learning. It provides students with greater choices of materials and learning modalities, while extensively covering the skills needed to compete in the 21st century economy. (Office of Post-Secondary Readiness, NYCDOE)

What is the Blended Learning Institute?

The Blended Learning Institute offers pre-service and in-service teachers a range of program tracks that combine hands on workshops with online learning, with the goal of preparing teachers to lead 21st century classrooms.

What is my next step if I am interested in enrolling in the Blended Learning Track?

Interested candidates should email questions to BLI@schools.nyc.gov. The priority deadline for in-service teacher applicants is April 11th, 2014.

What are the benefits of participating in the Blended Learning Track?

Participants will receive:

  • A certificate from an accredited university that will increase your overall attractiveness as a teacher
  • Compensation for participating in face-to-face workshops
  • Opportunity to be recognized as a leader in your school around effective blended learning practices
  • Development of a unique skill set that will enable you to effectively engage and differentiate for your students

I see that participants receive a certificate from Pace University. Do I need to be enrolled at Pace to participate?

The Blended Learning Track is open to all in-service middle and high school math and science teachers. No current or previous affiliation with Pace is necessary to qualify for the certificate in Blended Learning. Please note this certificate recognizes your successful completion of the program. It is not a state-recognized certification, nor does it count towards University credits.

What are the expectations for participants?

In order to earn a certificate in Blended Learning from Pace University, BLI fellows are expected to:

  • Attend and participate in workshops (please see our program timeline for a list of workshops)
  • Engage in the Online Professional Learning Experience (OPLE), which includes posting in online discussion forums, sharing artifacts, and reviewing resources (approximately 5 hours/month)
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments