Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students
This paper presents a landscape analysis of how blended learning currently is being used as a strategy to serve young adults, age 16-24, who have re-engaged in education in an effort to obtain a high school diploma or equivalency.
The analysis is based on a review of relevant empirical research and interviews with program developers, practitioners and policy makers in the field. Contributing to a nascent body of literature, this report highlights examples of how blended learning is being implemented in schools and community-based organizations.
The literature and programs discussed in this report indicate that blended learning has the potential to address many of the challenges that re-engaged students face by providing personalized, flexible and supportive educational options.
Our analyses show that blended learning’s two defining characteristics—at least some student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; and a brick-and-mortar location for supervised learning and instruction—can be used to create learning environments that are compatible with the academic and non-academic needs of the students they serve.
While a variety of blended-learning models may be viable for a wide range of students, special consideration must be made for the development and implementation of programs designed to serve students who are re-engaging in their education after struggling significantly in traditional high schools. In other words, all program components must align with and be responsive to the specific needs of re-engaged youth to remove barriers to educational success.
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The 5 Promises
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below: