Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning

Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning

Hosted By The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, North Carolina State University

Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning is an innovative, capacity building approach to preparing educational leaders to implement blended and digital learning in states, districts and schools. Developed by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning provides school leaders with a rich and engaging blended experience where they learn to transform their schools with blended and digital learning and personalize education for their students. The program includes: (1) Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning curriculum and materials for trained facilitators to deliver to multiple cohorts of principals and other school leaders; (2) facilitator training for a team of educators from the participating organization to deliver the blended curriculum for local principals and other school leaders; (3) technology and infrastructure to deliver the training using Friday Institute’s professional learning management system; and (4) ongoing support and a national online community for principals and other school leaders who complete the program to share questions, ideas, reflections and resources.

Expected Hours to Complete
60 hours

Certification or Credit Offered
Micro-credentials and certificates of completion will be available

Cost and purchasing process
Pricing is based on the number of facilitators trained by the organization, which varies depending on the size of the organization ranging from $12,000 (team of 4 -5 facilitators) to $60,000 (team of 20 -24 facilitators). There is no additional fee for principals to participate in the training and facilitators are able to deliver the program for multiple cohorts of principals over the course of two years. To register a team of facilitators, email Theresa Gibson.

Content delivery and timing (online, blended, synchronous, etc.)
The principal training is delivered in a blended model by local trained facilitators over a period of 4 – 5 months on a schedule determined by the local organization. The facilitator training is delivered in a 3-day onsite training at the Friday Institute, offered several times during the year.

Audience (District team, individual, other)
The audience for the core leadership training is principals, assistant principals and other school or district leaders. Facilitators may be school or district leaders, professional development staff, curriculum leaders, library media specialists, instructional technology facilitators or educators.

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Timeline for availability
The program is currently available and registration is ongoing.

Below is an overview to the program content.

Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning

Orientation: This session provides an overview to the program and course infrastructure and provides an opportunity for participants to introduce themselves.

Session 1: Defining Blended Learning This session provides an overview to blended learning, explores various blended learning models and addresses the role of the school principal in leading the transition to blended learning.

Session 2: Creating a Culture for Blended and Digital Learning This session explores the important culture shifts for all stakeholders involved in a blended and digital learning transition, with a focus on understanding what’s different about student-centered teaching and learning in a blended environment and the role of the school leader to foster a thoughtful, inclusive, collaborative change process with a growth mindset that recognizes the complexity of a blended and digital learning transition.

Session 3: Shifting Teaching and Learning This session provides school leaders with an understanding of key changes in curriculum and instruction in a blended environment such as: new opportunities for personalization and for addressing learning differences, powerful applications of project-based and game based learning, and options for digital curriculum and new uses of student learning time.

Session 4: Supporting Teachers Through Professional Learning This session provides school leaders with an overview of the competencies of an effective blended learning educator along with an exploration of professional development models to support teacher success in implementation.

Session 5: Implementing and Sustaining Blended Learning This session focuses on the nuts and bolts of shifting to a blended model including issues of devices, infrastructure, use of space, communication, evaluation and sustaining programs.

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