The Urban School of San Francisco

Our first tour outing. Delegates travelled across the city to the Urban School, a private high school located adjacent to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Urban is known for pioneering innovations such as block scheduling, a nationally regarded service learning program and a 1:1 student laptop program.

The group were met by the Director of Educational Technology, Kelsey Vroomunn a young teacher-leader, passionate about fusing together classroom experience with technology administration.

Kelsey is a lead contributor to the Bay Area Blend-Ed Consortium project.
The Consortium was founded 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. It seeks to combine demonstrated best practices for online learning with each schools’ proven strengths in direct classroom instruction and experiential learning. By creating a blended model, where students access the curriculum and teachers online as well as through regular face-to-face meetings, they help their 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 the schools’ educational missions.

Read more about the Bay Area Blend-Ed Consortium

We look forward to meeting Kelsey again in Atlanta at the 2014 ISTE Conference where she is presenting
on Blended Learning and representing the Young Educator Network.

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