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Blended Learning Track: Pre-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 can learn more by emailing questions to BLI@schools.nyc.gov. The priority deadline for math and science pre-service NYC Teaching Fellows is April 11th.

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

Pre-service teachers who participate will receive:

  • A certificate from an accredited university that will increase their overall attractiveness as teachers
  • Up to $1,000 stipend for participation in the iZone Immersion and Summer 1 Workshop Series. (Fellows participating in Spring Classroom Apprenticeship [SCA] will receive a $500 stipend for participating in the Summer 1 Workshop Series, in addition to the stipend they receive through SCA.)
  • 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 NYC Teaching Fellows entering their first year as 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 4 hours/month)
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments
  • Completion of Year 2 capstone project – developing an online math or science curriculum and an accompanying blended implementation plan

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.