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DC Think Tank Touts “Blended” LA Charter School

Alexander Russo | February 7, 2013

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A Washington, DC-based think tank called Education Sector has a new report out touting the strengths and challenges of the blended learning program at Alliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High School.  (See The Right Mix: How One Los Angeles School is Blending a Curriculum for Personalized Learning.  Watch some video here: A Look Inside Tennenbaum.)

Blended learning combines direct (face to face) instruction with computerized and online instructional software.  The approach has many variations and has not yet been proven to be effective but is increasingly popular.  Other schools, including an LA campus of the KIPP charter school network, have also embraced blended learning.  (See EdWeek article here).

However, a much-discussed Northern California charter school network called Rocketship recently announced that it was shifting its blended learning model away from standalone computer labs supervised by non-teachers in favor of bringing online learning into the classroom.  (See This Week In Education: Blended Learning Network Changing Its Model).

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