The Rethink Education Program is an initiative of the Office of Virtual Support at NCDPI. The program aims to implement a statewide blended instructional model through three key components: instruction, content, and access. Check out the announcements below for the latest news about the Rethink Education initiative.
Showcasing Blended Learning in NC Classrooms
Regional Virtual Instruction Consultants partnered with schools across NC to showcase how they are using the Rotation Model, Flex Model, and Lab Model with students in K-12 classrooms. Pittman Elementary in Halifax County is successfully implementing the Rotation Model of Blended Learning with kindergarteners, while across the state in Clay County, students at Hayesville High School are learning Spanish language and culture using the Flex Model of Blended Learning. Students in Catawba County have a unique opportunity to enroll in Online Catawba, a virtual instruction program that allows students to remain part of their home school while learning remotely through online learning. Check out this playlist - NC Rethink Education - Blended Learning in NC to learn more!
The Power of Rethink Education Professional Development
The Rethink Education Program, an initiative of the Office of Virtual Instruction Services at NCDPI, offers a rigorous professional development (PD) cohort model to train educators across the state in blended instructional models. In this video, Cohort 1 Badged Facilitators and Cohort 2 participants share how the blended learning training has impacted their teaching and learning. Badged Blended Learning Facilitators are available to work with educators in their own districts who are interested in pursuing the Blended Instructor Pathway.
Rethink Education Program Releases Program Overview Video
The Rethink Education Program recently released a program overview video to help PSUs better understand the mission and impact of this program. The Rethink Education Program is a USED-funded initiative of the Office of Virtual Support at NCDPI. The program aims to build capacity for blended instruction, develop digital content, and increase access to empower each educator, student, and family across North Carolina's public schools.
Watch the video to learn more about the mission of this innovative program. If your PSU is not yet involved in the Rethink Ed Program initiatives, please reach out to the Project Manager, Tericia Eller at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can get involved!
Rethink Education Program Releases Educator Impact Video to Highlight Blended Learning Professional Development
The Rethink Education Program is proud to release its educator impact video which highlights two North Carolina districts who participated in the first cohort of the Rethink Education professional development pathway. The Rethink Education Program is a USED-funded initiative of the Office of Virtual Support at NCDPI. The program aims to build capacity for blended instruction statewide by providing free, high-quality professional development (PD) to educators on blended instructional models and their implementation. Educators who complete the 40-hour PD become badged Rethink Blended Learning Facilitators and are able to train others in their district or charter.
293 educators from across the state received their Facilitator Badge at the end of Cohort 1, including five (5) educators from Beaufort County and ten (10) educators from Lincoln County who are featured in our educator impact video. Watch the video to learn about the power of blended learning instructional strategies shared in Rethink Education PD with teachers, students, schools, and leadership across the state.
NCDPI Recognizes Inaugural Cohort of Educators Leading NC into the Future as Rethink Education Facilitators of Blended Learning
293 educators earned their Rethink Education Facilitator badge after training to become experts in the NC statewide blended instructional model. Learn more.
NCDPI Announces Inaugural Cohort of Educators Nominated to the Rethink Education Facilitator Professional Development Pathway
51 districts, 28 charter schools, and 1 lab school nominated their talented educators for the inaugural cohort of the Rethink Education Program Facilitator Pathway. Learn more.