Blended Learning Instructional Model
Reuther faculty is implementing a new instructional plan for our school that included restructuring our schedule and how instruction is delivered. Underachievement and disproportionate achievement results for many high school students are understood as requiring updated approaches combined with traditional teaching. At the heart of Reuther’s new plan is blending face-to-face project-based learning with technology supported instruction providing the opportunity for students to experience both personalized learning support while practicing collaboration skills.
The term Blended Learning can mean a variety of things but includes a meaningful online component as part of the instructional process that allows students to work with an element of control over time, place, path or pace. Blended Learning also includes a significant onsite (in school ) face-to-face instruction. At Reuther we provide full day school opportunities at school. Some components of online work can also be completed at home. Students are expected to be at school for their scheduled time.
Reuther school goals are to improve literacy and numeracy skills while delivering the core content and also developing a strong and positive school culture and climate. In addition to serving students who stay on track with credits for graduation from the 9th grade, we provide for students who need extra time and help and those who come to the school with credit deficiency later on in high school. The Blended Learning option is focused on supporting students to improve core skills whether it is accelerating in areas that are strengths or making up skill gaps. With collaboration time in classes and electives students explore interests and interpersonal skills while learning with their same-aged peers.
The ultimate goal is to achieve graduation through a regular diploma with a plan for next steps in education beyond high school. As our students progress toward graduation (11th and 12th grade) they have the opportunity for a varied school schedule depending on their credit needs. They may participate in Youth Options and contracted college course work, work schedules and/or independent learning coursework. Most 11th graders in our school still need a full day schedule but they will have increased flexibility if they are on track or ahead in credits. By 12th grade, students may be on varied schedules affording the opportunity to take college credits.
Blended Learning exposes students to the important skills of independent work, collaboration, online learning, and exploration of interests. Please visit Reuther for more information!