Using Innovation and Blended Learning to Drive Literacy Achievement
There was a great event held at the Capitol last week exploring the issue of innovative approaches to literacy. Andrés Henríquez, one of the great stars at the Carnegie Corporation, served as the moderator for a panel composed of:
Mariana Haynes, PhD, Senior Fellow and Author of "Engineering Solutions to the National Crisis in Literacy: How to Make Good on the Promise of Common Core Standards," Alliance for Excellent Education
Cindy Parker, Literacy Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Education
Rose Else-Mitchell, Publisher, Scholastic Education
Suzanne C. Carothers, Professor of Early Childhood Education, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
It was a great discussion, including how Scholastic is offering technology tools to support blended learning literacy solutions. Read180 was ahead of the blended learning movement back when it launched in the late 1990s. At the time, it used software delivered on CDs and school servers, but the model was still one where learning was personalized based on analysing student assessments. Instruction was broken out by individual work done on computers, classroom work, and small group work done using books. The new next generation system now delivers the instruion online along with new teacher and parent portals containing not just summary information, but also reccomended activities to help the child. There are also new social communities where educators can collaborate and exchange resources.
These blended learning solutions will be critical in the years ahead as states and districts look for ways to improve productivity within schools and classes. Solutions like this also can have a high ROI since helping students become proficient readers means also reducing more expensive special education referalls and interventions later in a students academic career.
Full disclaimer, Whiteboard Advisors works with Scholastic as well as other blended and online learning solution providers.