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The Essential Blended Learning PD Planner
Where Classroom Practice Meets Distance Learning

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Foreword by Michael Fullan

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March 2021 | 160 pages | Corwin
Foreword by Michael Fullan.

"One of the best new Professional Development books." 
-BookAuthority

Drive student learning with the best of both worlds!

Transition back to school with a comprehensive PD plan that leverages the best of distance learning and classroom instruction. Distance learning, despite its myriad challenges, has spotlighted innovative instructional practices and created an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how the traditional classroom works. 

In this timely, crucial book, Dr. Stepan Mekhitarian constructs a framework for a task force of teachers and leaders to establish an effective blended learning program that capitalizes on the capacity and skills teachers have built while teaching remotely. An innovative blended learning model effectively implemented across school systems will positively impact equity and access for all students. In addition to Blended Learning for Social Justice sections, readers will find 
 
Ideas for Professional Development sessions for sharing strategies and topics with teams
Distance Learning vs. Blended Learning sections to help transition various strategies between environments
Figures, templates, and tech tips to aid in implementation

Learn how to create a powerful learning experience for students that fosters collaboration, engagement, and rigorous learning experiences by combining instructional technology and the best of traditional classroom practice.
 
 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
INTRODUCTION
 
PART I: A NEW VISION FOR LEARNING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Chapter 1: HOW WILL SCHOOLS TRANSITION BACK TO THE CLASSROOM?
LEVERAGING BEST PRACTICES FROM THE DISTANCE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

 
WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING?

 
BLENDED VS. DISTANCE LEARNING

 
FOUR BLENDED LEARNING MODELS

 
ENHANCING CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING AND CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNING THROUGH BLENDED LEARNING

 
LEVERAGING BLENDED LEARNING TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

 
BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

 
KEY TAKEAWAYS

 
 
CHAPTER 2: RETHINKING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN BLENDED LEARNING
A WORD ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP

 
SHIFTING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT METHODOLOGY

 
GATHERING THE DATA

 
DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN WITH A SUSTAINED FOCUS ON INSTRUCTION

 
TEACHER-LED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT OFFERS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND INCREASED BUY-IN

 
CONSIDERATIONS BEYOND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 
KEY TAKEAWAYS

 
 
PART II: APPLYING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES TO INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE
 
CHAPTER 3: SUPPORTING RIGOROUS LEARNING FOR ALL
DIFFERENTIATED SUPPORTS FOR EQUITABLE ACCESS

 
RIGOROUS, CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

 
EFFECTIVE QUESTIONING TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTIVIST LEARNING

 
STUDENT COLLABORATION

 
KEY TAKEAWAYS

 
 
CHAPTER 4: EMBRACING PERSONALIZED ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK
ASSESSMENTS TO GATHER ACTIONABLE DATA

 
ACTIONABLE FEEDBACK FOR ALL STUDENTS

 
FACILITATING SELF-MONITORING

 
PEER FEEDBACK

 
KEY TAKEAWAYS

 
 
CHAPTER 5: CREATING A BLENDED LEARNING CULTURE
THE RISE OF DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP TRAINING

 
LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN A BLENDED LEARNING MODEL

 
ESTABLISHING A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING CULTURE IN CLASSROOMS

 
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION AND MANAGEMENT

 
KEY TAKEAWAYS

 
 
PART III: BRINGING TOGETHER TRAINING AND APPLICATION INTO ONE COHESIVE PROGRAM
CONCLUSION: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

 
CREATING A VISION BASED ON THE KEY TAKEAWAYS

 
FOCUSED LEADERSHIP DURING THE TRANSITION

 
BUILDING YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM

 
COLLABORATING WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS AS STAKEHOLDERS

 
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR A NEW WORLD

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Understanding the knowledge that distance learning provided, Dr. Mekhitarian creates a framework that shifts this information into the classroom where educators can expand and differentiate it for diverse populations. Offering a concise explanation of blended learning, content examples, and useful templates this book is a valuable professional development resource.

Stephanie A. Lowe

In time for our present reckoning in schools, Mekhitarian provides a practical guide to conceptualize and actuate holistic blended learning at system and classroom levels. Based on successful implementation cases and research, this guide is quite useful for educators designing equity-centered
technology integration, constructivist pedagogy, and effective professional development.

Dr. Ernesto Colín

This book clearly articulates how blended learning can be used to enhance learning with visuals and ties to social justice that bring the ideas of the book to life. A must-have resource for any educator that is serious about transitioning back to the classroom and incorporating the benefits of a blended learning model that will inevitably improve student outcomes.

Dr. Silva S. Karayan

Accelerating student outcomes requires addressing challenges head on and generating innovative solutions. As we transition to a new platform for educating our students, Dr. Mekhitarian has provided a succinct blended learning PD plan for leveraging the best of distance and classroom learning. This is a must read for educators who want to ensure their students continue on the pathway to success.

Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge that the current generations are living through. How we educate our students changed with a flip of a switch to blended/distance learning. If done right, blended learning is effective. Post pandemic education will very likely include blended learning as one of the options districts will offer. This is the book to get it done right.

Hagop Eulmessekian

The Essential Blended Learning PD Planner guides educators through a step-by-step approach to Blended Learning. Dr. Mekhitarian’s methods have proven to be successful in our district and his suggestions are derived from actual experience, which ultimately provides a realistic and tangible approach for all educators. 

Dr. Mary Mardirosian

This is a fantastic resource and tool for all educational institutions! A clear and common-sense approach for implementing innovative blended learning environments that work across all learning platforms!

Dr. Lena Richter

Dr. Mekhitarian has delivered a must-read for educators interested in guiding their districts or schools to an accurate blended learning approach. He explores instrumental ways of taking all we learned during distance learning and incorporating that into an integrated approach for the future. He has found the delicate balance of theory and practice to create a roadmap that educators can follow.

Dr. Matthew Horvath

As a teacher and instructional leader, this book is a call to action for all educators — a revitalizing approach that serves a guidebook for school leaders in a creating a plan that ultimately will reimagine the future of education.

Mary L. Tang

Mekhitarian provides school leaders with practical strategies for implementing a constructivist pedagogy into a blended learning environment. He shares specific guidelines for professional development and tech tips. This book is a valuable resource for educators to hone their skills as facilitators of learning and move toward giving students greater agency, ownership, and academic engagement.

Michelle Spencer

Stepan Mekhitarian

Dr. Stepan Mekhitarian serves as the Director of Innovation, Instruction, Assessment, and Accountability for Glendale Unified School District, and he was one of the main leaders responsible for transitioning the large district to distance learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stepan previously served as the Coordinator of Data and Blended Learning in Los Angeles Unified School District. He has been passionate about instructional technology and data-driven decision making since his first year as a public school teacher. He has a wide breadth of experience in classroom and leadership positions, and holds degrees from the University... More About Author

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