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Moving to Blended Learning in Grades K-8

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Blended learning classroom

Presented by Eileen Rudden, Board Chair, LearnLaunch; and Ann Koufman-Frederick, Chief Academic Officer, LearnLaunch
Hosted by Sierra Noakes, Research Project Manager, Digital Promise
Sponsored by Digital Promise

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LearnLaunch worked with teacher teams in 11 Boston Public Schools who wanted to move to blended and personalized learning over three years. These 200 teachers worked with nearly 4,000 students on English language arts in grades K-8. In this edWebinar, Eileen Rudden and Ann Koufman-Frederick from LearnLaunch address the following questions:

  • What is the impact of moving to blended and personalized learning on students and on teachers?  
  • What is easy and what is hard?  
  • What are the conditions in which teachers change practice and in which students’ learning growth is more than expected?  

They also discuss the impact of various instructional products. This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through middle school teachers and school and district leaders. 

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Eileen RuddenAbout the Presenters

Eileen Rudden is Co-founder of LearnLaunch, an education innovation hub which drives innovation to transform learning. Based in Boston, LearnLaunch supports and connects both educators and edtech entrepreneurs through its non-profit institute, co-working campus and its edtech accelerator. LearnLaunch is the host of the MAPLE Consortium, a public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Eileen served as Chief Officer for College and Career Preparation for the Chicago Public Schools and is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy. She serves on the boards of Education Pioneers, KnowledgeWorks, the New Tech Network and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her BA from Brown University, where she served as a trustee and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology.

Ann Koufman-FrederickAnn Koufman-Frederick is CAO at LearnLaunch, leading projects on education innovation. She also mentors LearnLaunch edtech startups, and is a board member of the Harvard Alumni Association and Massachusetts ASCD. Ann is a former Massachusetts public school educator, having served as Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, and Director of Technology Initiatives for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. She began her career as a school psychologist, an instructional technology specialist, and professional development instructor. She also worked on state and national educational technology initiatives such as the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Consortium, WIDE World at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Collaboration for Reform at BBN Learning Systems and Technologies. Ann received her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Boston College, a CAGS in instructional technology from Lesley University, and an A.B. in psychology from Harvard University.

Sierra GibsonAbout the Host
At Digital Promise, Sierra Noakes focuses on building districts’ and educators’ capacity to make evidence-based decisions around innovative programs and practices. In addition to conducting and supporting edtech pilot studies in collaboration with districts across the country, Sierra is also working on research projects studying technology integration to support low-resourced K12 students and adult learners. Prior to joining Digital Promise, Sierra was an applied behavior analysis instructor and curriculum coordinator at an autism center in New York. While working on her Master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, she also served as project manager and policy analyst for a nonprofit creating hybrid academic and SEL courses for students with Dyslexia and ADHD. Sierra received her B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College.

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