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Pennsylvania Pumps $633,000 into Hybrid Learning

Pennsylvania will award $633,000 to 34 educational institutions to speed up the implementation of hybrid learning programs in the state.

A reallocation of federal Title II, Part A funds, which are intended to go to efforts designed to improve teacher and principal quality, the money "will help pay for a rigorous professional development program to help educators transform the culture and infrastructure to accommodate student personalized learning," according to a news release about the awards. "The program includes onsite evaluations of current academic services, tours of existing hybrid schools and collaborative workshops, and digital content and information systems."

"Blending traditional teaching methods with new technology tools is creating student-centered classrooms that motivate students to succeed and increase their engagement in school," Governor Tom Corbett said, in a prepared statement. "This innovative instructional method accommodates all students regardless of their learning style. Hybrid learning is just one of the new 21st century models that keep students at the center of our education system to ensure their success. These schools are to be applauded for incorporating hybrid learning into their educational program for the benefit of students,"

This round of funding follows a $1.1 million grant that went to 15 districts to launch a pilot program in 2012. That program included more than 1,900 students and nearly 50 instructors, and is showing "evidence of increased student engagement and high levels of satisfaction from teachers, students, and parents," according to a news release from the governor's office.

The institutions and the amount of money received include:

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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