Innovative Methods for Personalizing Academics, Complemented by Technology
"Igniting a passion for lifelong learning by creating personalized, flexible gateways for students to learn anytime, anywhere."
Students working in a small group in a Blended Learning classroom
Ignite a passion for lifelong learning by creating personalized, flexible gateways for students to learning anytime, anywhere.
The Innovative Methods for Personalized Academics, Complemented by Technology (IMPACT) project is a bold and innovative initiative to improve the academic performance and success for students within the Iredell-Statesville Schools. The IMPACT project is funded through an investment of $20 million dollars from a federal Race-to-the-Top District (RttT-D) grant. Over the next 4 years, the district will revolutionize and transform classrooms into 21st Century learning centers.
The IMPACT project provides Iredell-Statesville Schools the ability to implement an innovative blended learning initiative for our traditional middle and high schools that includes the goal of having a one-to-one technology component for students. Through the grant initiative, the district utilizes high quality effective educators, digital content and a digital portal to provide a customized and personalized learning experience for all students, every day. We believe student academic success is improved as teachers utilize real-time feedback and data to individualize instruction for students through a combination of digital instruction and more diverse classroom learning environments. The IMPACT initiative also provides students with additional skills to be college and career ready.
In order for the district to successfully implement the grant initiative, key personnel have been identified and hired to support our schools. Grant funds provide a full-time Blended Learning Coach (BLC) or Blended Learning Instructional Facilitator (BLIF) in each traditional middle and high school. The BLC or BLIF meet regularly with instructional staff and teacher teams to model, demonstrate and work through the implementation of personalized learning. This includes realigning instructional practices using digital resources and providing multiple ways for students to demonstrate mastery of standards at multiple times in comparable ways, such as capstone projects, project-based learning assignments, digital presentations, simulations and student portfolios. They assist our teachers in using online resources, using student learning profiles and data to design instructional activities, managing digital classrooms and using a variety of communication and assessment tools.
- What is Blended Learning?
- IMPACT YouTube Channel
- IMPACT Photos
- IMPACT in the Media
- IMPACT Grant Narrative
- IMPACT Evaluation
Blended Learning is simply a method for changing the way learning takes place in the classroom where students learn both directly from the teacher in small focused groups and through digital content, projects and by using technology resources. The idea is to personalize instruction to help each student on his or her individual level to be successful.
Blended Learning can take place in the classroom using several different models. The Christensen Institute defines four basic Blended Learning models: Rotation model, Flex model, A La Carte Model, and the Enriched Virtual model.
Blended Learning Model Definitions
Want to know more about blended learning?
Christensen Institute Blended Learning Resources The Christensen Institute’s blended learning model definitions, blogs, blended school directory, research, design worksheets, and workshop help.
High-Quality Blended Learning Course A five-part set of modules on Khan Academy providing guidance on how to deliver high quality blended learning, including an introduction of definitions and models, creating the ideal student experience, teaching in a blended learning environment, redesigning a school toward blended learning, and making aligned decisions in a blended environment.
Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools Blended is the practical field guide for implementing blended learning techniques in K-12 classrooms. A follow-up to the bestseller Disrupting Class by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael Horn, and Curtis Johnson, this hands-on guide expands upon the blended learning ideas presented in that book to provide practical implementation guidance for educators seeking to incorporate online learning with traditional classroom time. This book provides a step-by-step framework upon which to build a more student-centered system, along with essential advice that provides the expertise necessary to build the next generation of K-12 learning environments.
Blended Learning Implementation Guide 2.0 The Learning Accelerator and Getting Smart joined with DLN to update this popular guide. Version 2.0 reflects feedback from schools and districts, developments in the field, and new educational technology trends.
A Guide to Personalizing Learning This guide provides information on why personalized learning is important, what it looks like in practice and Suggestions for the Race to the Top District Competition.
Innosight’s The Rise of K–12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models This resource from the Christiansen Institute shares forty examples of blended learning in action and identifies a range of approaches to utilized digital learning in schools.
Visit the Project IMPACT YouTube Channel and hear what students, teachers, and administrators have to say about how the IMPACT grant project is benefiting teaching and learning in Iredell-Statesville Schools.
WFAE, 90.7: March 2, 2016
Iredell-Statesville System Looks to Keep Providing MacBooks for Students
STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: February 27, 2016
Iredell Schools Look to Continue Tech Initiative After Grant Expires
STATESVILLE FREE NEWS: February 12, 2016
Blended Learning: I-SS Students, Teachers Maximizing Technology
STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: March 15, 2015
I-SS Becoming Model for State on Technology
STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: January 11, 2015
IMPACT Grant Review: Teachers are Set Up for Success
TIME: August 28, 2014
What it Really Takes for School to Go Digital
EDUCATION WEEK Video: June 19, 2014
N.C. District Approaches Instructional Crossroads
EDUCATION WEEK Article: June 18, 2014
Betting Big on Personalized Learning
STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: January 9, 2014
I-SS Students will get MacBooks
STATESVILLE RECORD & LANDMARK: December 8, 2013
Students Get Lesson in "Going Viral"
MOORESVILLE WEEKLY: June 21, 2013
Johnson: Digital Learning on the Way
I-SS Wins $20 Million District Race to the Top Grant
The Evaluation Group (TEG) was contracted to conduct an independent third-party evaluation of the IMPACT program as required by the U.S. Department of Education. To support the use and communication of evaluation findings, TEG, in collaboration with I-SS, has developed an online data dashboard to provide the I-SS community with timely and useful information regarding the IMPACT project.
The IMPACT Data Dashboard will be updated quarterly to provide a review of program implementation and progress towards meeting grant goals and objectives.
Access the IMPACT Data Dashboard
IMPACT Evaluation Reports:
2015-2016 Fidelity Index District Summary Report
2014-2015 IMPACT Evaluation Findings Report
2014-2015 Fidelity Index District Summary Report
2013-2014 IMPACT Evaluation Findings Report
For questions concerning the IMPACT evaluation or Data Dashboard, please contact:
Lisa Holliday, PhD
The Evaluation Group
169 Laurelhurst Avenue
Columbia, SC 29210