Blended Learning

Volcano School to Pilot Blended Learning

The Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, a state public charter school in Hawaii, is piloting a blended learning program in the upcoming school year.

The program, called the Kula 'Amakihi Community-Based Education Program, will be open to any student in grade 1-8. However, the school will limit the program to 30 students for the first year. The school will also designate one educator as the main teacher and coordinator of the program, although the teacher will receive support from the Volcano School's other teachers.

The program will use both digital and print-based curriculum, as well as project-based learning. Students will spend at least seven hours a week in face-to-face instructional time with a licensed teacher and the rest of their time learning from home. Students will be required to take Smarter Balanced and other statewide assessments, including NWEA, Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) and classroom assessments.

School representatives said they hope the program will appeal to students who are currently homeschooled, according to a report in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. "Once they enroll, they're no longer homeschooled kids but they will be doing most of their learning at home or in the home environment, just not physically on campus," Kalima Cayir, education director of the Volcano School, told the publication.

Based on the results of the pilot program, the school plans to expand the Kula 'Amakihi Community-Based Education Program in the 2016-17 school year.

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