As the ways we teach and learn continue to be influenced by the use of digital technology, the Blend-Ed Consortium seeks to combine demonstrated best practices for online learning with our schools' proven strengths in direct classroom instruction.
By creating a blended model, where students access the curriculum and teachers online as well as through class meetings, we help our students prepare for the changing methods of instruction and communication they will see in college and in the workforce while preserving the core relational culture that lies at the heart of our schools' educational missions. The Bay Area BlendEd Consortium was founded in 2013 by The Athenian School, The College Preparatory School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, Marin Academy, and The Urban School in order to jointly offer a set of blended classes combining face-to-face and online instruction. Our membership expanded to include The Branson School in 2019-2020 and then the San Francisco University High School in the 2020-2021 (Cycle 7) school year – 7 school partners for our 7th year of BlendEd! Together, we are committed to making the most of online learning, remarkable teacher-student connections, and Bay Area resources.
We are excited to pool the considerable talents that exist in each of our schools for the benefit of student learning. Through our careful work to develop a program that allows students to reach beyond the confines of our schools while benefiting from their strengths, we model both the collaborative spirit that is our hallmark and the creative and innovative thinking that this century demands.
Building on our successes and lessons learned in the extraordinary laboratory of our Consortium, along with the generous support of the EE Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant, we are currently pursuing critical work in the following three areas:
Strengthening the Existing Program
Developing the Consortium as a Sustainable Organization