As districts across the state plan and prepare for the 2020-21 school year, they must consider a multitude of factors that could make reopening in the fall significantly more difficult due to the spread of COVID. The most important decision districts face – yet, perhaps the most challenging – is how to create consistent, quality, and equitable instructional opportunities for students, on top of making up missed instruction or academic losses from the 2019-20 school year.
As districts consider at-home remote learning, socially-distanced schools, or hybrid models, school leaders and educators can use this opportunity to intentionally integrate technology into their regular instruction. Blended learning combines the best of in-person instruction with technology to personalize instruction. Although true blended learning cannot take place without the face-to-face component, the resources offered here provide administrators, school leaders, and educators with actionable and solution-oriented blended learning tools to strengthen teaching and learning during the 2020-21 school year.