BETTER BLENDER: This week BetterLesson announced its line up of Master Teachers for its new project, funded by The Learning Accelerator, to highlight best and brightest blended learning practices.
Who did they select? The lineup includes 11 teachers, selected from over 170 applicants. Some come from schools that use blended learning in every class, others have blended learning programs solely in a single subject area. But almost half are rolling solo in their school, designing their own version of blended learning for their classroom alone. Aspire Titan Academy teachers account for three of the 11 spots, and California and New York teachers dominate taking eight of the 11 spots.
These techie teachers will share lesson plans and videos from their classroom to capture how they do things like design curriculum, set up technology infrastructure, develop classroom culture, deliver instruction and assess learning. In addition, BetterLesson plans on capturing how these teachers drive their own professional development.
The company, which recently launched a similar site focused on Common Core Master Teachers, plans on creating a new interface for their blended learning resources. Alex Grodd, BetterLesson’s CEO says these resources will be available early 2015.
The lucky 10 blended learning masters are:
- Freddy Esparanza, 3rd Grade Math, Aspire Titan Academy, Huntington Park, CA
- Ben Siegel, High School Geometry, New Visions Charter High School for Humanities II, Bronx, NY
- Johanna Paraiso, High School ELA, Freemont High School, Oakland, CA
- Tanesha Dixon, Middle School Social Studies, Wheatley Education Campus, Washington, D.C.
- Jeff Astor, High School Chemistry, Cindy and Bill Simon Technology Academy, Los Angeles, CA
- Daniel Guerrero, 5th grade Math, Holmes Elementary School, Miami, FL
- Mark Montero, 3rd Grade ELA, Aspire Titan Academy, Huntington Park, CA
- Jessica Anderson, High School Science, Powell County High School, Deer Lodge, MT
- Aaron Kaswell, Middle School Math, Middle School 88, Brooklyn, NY
- Stephen Phram, 5th Grade Math, Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy, San Jose, CA
- Raul Gonzalez, Jr., 1st Grade ELA, Aspire Titan Academy, Huntington, CA