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Experiencing Digital Learning at Rocky Mountain Prep

• ExcelinEd

Last week, ExcelinEd’s Digital Learning Now brought together a group of education leaders and advocates for a field trip to experience the power of blended learning at Rocky Mountain Prep in Denver.

Our friends at Getting Smart joined us for the event and shared highlights from the visit on their blog. Read an excerpt below.

RMPRocky Mountain Blend: Great Teachers, Strong Culture
October 22, 2015
Getting Smart

The best way to understand the power of blended learning is to experience it. That’s why school field trips remain one of our biggest recommendations for kick starting education innovation in a classroom, school, district or state. It’s also why the annual Digital Learning Now Policymaker Pre-Summit is one of our favorite parts of ExcelinEd’s annual Summit on Education Reform.

This year more than 50 policymakers and influencers joined education innovation experts from ExcelinEd, The Christensen Institute, The Learning Accelerator, Getting Smart and the Colorado Department of Education to learn more about the state of education innovation in Denver (one of the Smart Cities) and to see blended learning in action at Rocky Mountain Prep.

Rocky Mountain Prep (RMP) is a growing network of elementary public charter schools in Denver. The RMP Creekside campus we visited serves students from Pre-K through fourth grade, with a student population just over 450. The RMP 2 campus just opened this year, with a student population of 130 from Pre-K through first grade. Across the network, nearly 80 percent of scholars qualify for free and reduced lunch, and around 30 percent of scholars are English language learners. RMP uses an individual-rotation model of blended learning coupled with a rigorous academic program and personalized supports for what RMP calls their “scholars.”

Our time at RMP (and at most of the blended learning schools we visit) revealed that technology is only a vehicle for—and not the driving force of—powerful learning experiences. As TLA’s Lisa Duty explained, blended learning is about more than just the technology…

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