Improving Conditions and Careers: How Blended Learning Can Improve The Teaching Profession
Originally published May 2013, updated and re-released Summer 2015.
Authored by: John Bailey, Bryan Hassel, Emily Ayscue Hassel, Carri Schneider, Tom Vander Ark
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In partnership with: Digital Learning Now, Foundation for Excellence in Education, Public Impact
This paper is one of nine in the DLN Smart Series – a collection of interactive papers that provides specific guidance regarding the adoption of higher standards and quality assessments focusing on the shift to personal digital learning.
This report brings together thought leaders on the future of education from Digital Learning Now, Getting Smart, and Public Impact to show that blended learning environments can create more and better opportunities for teacher collaboration, enable differentiated staffing and boost meaningful professional development opportunities.
“Improving Conditions & Careers” presents a vision of blended learning that offers better teaching conditions and enables better career opportunities. Teachers stand to benefit from well-designed blended learning models that afford more career advancement opportunities, improved collaboration time and growth opportunities, new teacher-leadership roles, more flexible schedules, as well as opportunities for increased pay. In addition, schools can extend the reach of great teachers to impact more learners, while simultaneously improving the teachers’ experiences as empowered professionals.