About the Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Initiative (PA HLI)
Although many of Pennsylvania’s districts have been offering online learning and other digital content for years, true “hybrid” schools are new to the state. State and district leaders in Pennsylvania were searching for a way to increase personalized instruction for students, even in the face of increased class sizes brought about by budget challenges.
Turning to blended learning – and Education Elements
The PA Hybrid Learning Initiative (PA HLI) is a new coalition that will build a support infrastructure for hybrid schools throughout Pennsylvania. The PA HLI provides access to national experts, leading-edge resources and collaborative tools to help schools interested in evaluating or implementing new hybrid school models. The initiative was kicked off in July 2011 with an initial invitation-only seminar for school leaders, experts, policy makers, and others who are passionate about brining hybrid learning to Pennsylvania. The second seminar, in October 2011, explored various hybrid learning models.
In the PA HLI, Education Elements brings its expertise in blended learning strategy and implementation, along with its Hybrid Learning Management System, in partnership with Dellicker Strategies, the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and ongoing instructional expertise and support from six of the state’s regional intermediate units: Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13, Berks County IU 14, Capital Area IU 15, Luzerne IU 18, Carbon Lehigh IU 21 and Montgomery County IU 23.
Results and future work
In fall 2011, intermediate units will select 12-20 schools to participate in the hybrid learning pilot program. Pilot schools will select one of three different blended learning models, and receive training and support to implement the model at their school.
Watch this video to see the highlights from our kick-off seminar with participants in July 2011: