Are you already familiar with Blended Learning? Just starting Blended Learning? Either way, this series will be a rich source of ideas and resources for leveraging social-emotional practices and technology to: 1) build and maintain community, 2) engage all learners, and 3) personalize learning regardless of physical location. Participants will get hands-on opportunities to learn and time to design integrated learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participate in Social-Emotional practices that build resilience in learners of ALL ages
  • Examine the different models of Blended Learning as well as the role of the Blended Teacher
  • Experience synchronous learning that cultivates community while fostering communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Explore strategies and tools to create learning experiences that are engaging, personalized, flexible, and authentic
Notes: This course addresses best practices for blended learning and fully online learning.
Participant time: 2 hours per week
  • Week 1: Setting the Stage for Blended Learning
  • Week 2: Building and Maintaining Community
  • Week 3: Designing Engaging Learning Experiences and Providing High-Quality Feedback
  • Week 4: Putting It All Together
Participant Time Commitment:
  • Four 2-hour synchronous meetings, Saturdays in March - London 6:30 am | Zurich 7:30 am | Dubai 10:30 am | India 12:00 pm | Hong Kong 2:30 pm | Melbourne 5:30 pm
  • 2 hours per week
Session 1 - Setting the Stage for Blended Learning
The blended environment provides us with an opportunity to redefine the role of the teacher and the students. Teachers have an opportunity to empower students to become more self-directed and collaborative with peers.

In this session, participants will:
  • Explore models of Blended Learning
  • Examine the role of the Blended Teacher
  • Discuss communication structures and expectations for learners and their families
Session 2 - Building and Maintaining Community
Online community spaces provide educators with more insights into how their students are thinking and engaging with content and one another. Various strategies and tools will be introduced in this session that will be applied within the learning experience.

In this session, participants will:
  • Analyze options for synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaboration
  • Explore whole group, small group, and one-on-one approaches
  • Experience an online discussion for peer-to-peer learning
Session 3 - Designing Engaging Learning Experiences
Blended educators nurture individual connections, encourage peer to peer learning, and monitor and motivate learner engagement. This session prepares participants for the pedagogical shift from teaching solely in-person to teaching in blended learning.

In this session, participants will:
  • Review strategies and tools to create learning experiences that are engaging, personalized, flexible, and authentic
  • Identify ways to learn from and with students
  • Discuss ways to integrate frequent, low-stakes, and authentic formative assessment and high-quality feedback
Session 4 - Putting It All Together
In our last session, we will take the content discovered, discussed, and demonstrated in the previous sessions and bring it all together to create content to be used with your learners and their families.
Lainie Rowell
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, podcaster, and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building.

During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also served in a district-level leadership position supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33 schools.

As a consultant, Lainie's client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools. Lainie is a TEDx Speaker with more than 15 years of experience presenting at local, regional, and international conferences including Building Learning Communities (BLC) and the Leadership 3.0 Symposium.

Lainie was a contributor to the 2019 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching and on the 2014 Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework committee.

Since 2014, Lainie has been a consultant for the Orange County Department of Education's Institute for Leadership Development facilitating professional learning for administrators.

From 2010-2014, Lainie served as the Program Coordinator for Leading Edge Certification, a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies. She led the creation and curation of all four certifications, Online and Blended Teacher, Administrator, Digital Educator, and Professional Learning Leader.

Lainie is honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and Google for Education Certified Innovator. She has also been recognized as Teacher of the Year and was featured in OC Family Magazine as one of 10 Teachers Making a Difference.

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March 2021
London 6:30 am | Zurich 7:30 am | Dubai 10:30 am | India 12:00 pm | Hong Kong 2:30 pm | Melbourne 5:30 pm
Each Session is for 2 hours
USD 400 Per Participant
USD 350 Per Participant for a Group of 6 or more
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 14 Professional Development hours