In 2009 the District began to think outside the box regarding instruction. At the end of that academic year, one of the high school instructors proposed the idea of teaching a “hybrid” course, the idea was to incorporate the best parts of online communities, while using online resources along with a more seminar style face-to-face instruction. The objective at the time was to make a more student centric environment that would bring down the level of anxiety that eleventh and twelfth graders experience at the culmination of their high school careers. This was proposed in a very low risk setting in an effort to pilot the program. This format was then tested in a summer school course and had mixed results. As this blended learning movement started to expand globally, there was growing concern regarding its implementation and the district’s goals for student learning. At that time there had been no formal discussion as to how PAUSD was going to address this shift and how it would best meet the goals of the district and stakeholders with respect to this new pedagogy. In 2011, we began to explore a more formal approach to developing hybrid courses. A teacher was given a twenty percent release and tasked with researching everything from best-practices to teacher training methods. During the 2012-2013 school year, in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, a cohort of PAUSD teachers were led through a certification program and began to build courses from the ground up, always keeping student learning at the forefront of this development. During the 2013-2014 school year the district launched its first set of official blended courses. During that same year the evaluation process was expanded to include the UC A-G standards and feedback from students, parents and teachers. While these courses were being implemented at both sites, a second cohort began to develop another round of courses ready for implementation in the 2014-2015 school year. PAUSD continues to train teachers and offer new classes to students in the blended modality.
Summer Schedule – The District Office will be closed Fridays through July 20, 2018.