In the PAUSD, a blended course offers instruction delivered online, typically using Schoology mixed with conventional pedagogy. Teachers, through reflection, have decided what will be the best use for both of these environments. Some courses meet every period offered, taking advantage of the technology resources to offer students in class time and support to complete assignments, while other courses have a reduced amount of face-to-face time. Online coursework is not to exceed 50% of the course but there is no minimum expectation of online work.
Encourage students to speak with a Guidance Counselor (Gunn) or Teacher Advisor (PALY) about which courses are offered and appropriate for their academic needs and goals.
Blended courses offer a different approach to curriculum without the restraints of a “normal school day.” It allows for flexibility in learning as well as preparation for life after graduation either in college or any other track that requires interpersonal and online interactions.
As a blended course requires a great deal of initiative by the student, the student needs be self-motivated and able to operate with autonomy. Teachers will be available daily to students.
For ninth and tenth graders: Depending on the site, blended courses may or may not be formally offered to ninth and tenth graders. For eleventh and twelfth graders: Depending on the site the blended model may incorporate more release. As upperclassmen at both sites typically have prep periods, if students are released during a course period there is an expectation that they are taking care of their academic needs, either for their blended course or for another course.
As agreed between the PAEA and PAUSD: “The unit member will receive the same prep time as the FTE equivalent.” Depending on the delivery of course the teacher should be available as per the professional expectations outlined in the contract.
At PALY, contact: Emily Garrison At Gunn, contact: Chris Bell