In 2016, we began our initiative to provide all Fairbanks students with a device (Chromebook) to enhance their learning and provide increased opportunities in the classroom, we are quickly approaching this goal. The addition of Chromebooks has caused us to look at how instruction can change to benefit students and how we should effectively use these new tools to enhance learning. For the past two years, staff and administration have been working together to explore the use of Blended Learning which is a formal educational program that combines the use of online materials and traditional instruction. We believe Blended Learning can be a highly effective instructional strategy that will allow us to help individual students flourish.
In early 2017 Fairbanks staff and administrators created a vision for instruction that will carry us forward. During this process, we selected three key areas to continue exploring and implementing in our classrooms; Innovative, Future Ready, and Empowered. These are qualities we will cultivate in all of our learners. We want students to be prepared no matter what their future holds. In a continuation of this work, and part of our ongoing efforts to strategically align the focus of our district on instruction and Blended Learning, the administrative team and the Curriculum and Instructional Technology Department presented the Fairbanks Blended Learning Strategic Plan to the Board of Education. This plan is another step forward and lays out district and building action steps to help achieve our agreed upon objectives:
Refine practices to personalize the learning experience.
Prepare learners for an ever-changing-future.
Inspire learners to put their knowledge and skills into action.
We have set our sights high as a district. Our teachers have put in tremendous amounts of time and effort working to make these changes in their classrooms and we are proud of the growth we have seen. This is the first phase of a long term effort which will include more than just changes to instruction. We fully intend to provide Fairbanks students with a relevant learning experience that will allow them to be successful, no matter what the future may present.
I would love for you to join us and follow along as we share the great things that are happening in our classrooms. Communication is an important part of this process. One way you can stay up to date with our changes is to follow along by searching for #FairbanksLearns. There, you can see the amazing work of our educators and students as we all explore Blended Learning together.
We appreciate your continued support, this is an exciting time to be a Fairbanks Panther!
In Panther Pride,