In the summer of 2016, 12 NYC teachers graduated from the Blended Learning Institute (BLI) – a certificate program developed by the iZone in partnership with Pace University and the NYC Teaching Fellows.
The BLI program was designed to support teachers to apply blended learning strategies for:
- Teaching – Facilitating a learner-driven classroom including small group instruction, individual student-teacher interactions, and student-paced learning.
- Assessment – Leveraging online tools to assess student comprehension, learning needs, and digital work.
- Curriculum – Developing and curating multimedia content to provide more student choice or flexibility.
Over the course of the program these teachers worked with four veteran educators as mentors to learn how to best use education technology resources in their own classrooms. At the conclusion of their work the teachers reflected on these processes. Below you can explore these reflections and learn from their struggles and triumphs in implementing blended practices. If you are interested in reading all of the graduate’s work as well as action research projects from past graduating Fellows, you can browse the entire Tumblr page.
By Melanie Battles – The Brooklyn School for Math and Research
By Melanie Buchanan – Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists
By Hanh Bui – Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design
By Charisma Diallo – District 79 School
By Gouri Dongaonkar – Urban Assembly Maker Academy
By Jesse Ha – Epic High School – North
By Tracy LaGrassa – Bronx School of Science
By Candace Miller – School for Urban Environment
By Deborah Paradise – Leadership and Public Service High School
By Marcus Potts – Peace & Diversity Academy
By Kernita Sylvester – JHS 162 Lola Rodriguez De Tio
By Matthew Turner – Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women