Evergreen has been an ongoing advisor to the founder and leadership of the Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which is the largest public online school in the U.S., for more than a decade. FLVS has provided more than 2 million successful online course completions to students in Florida, other US states, and other countries.
The Clark County School District—the fifth largest in the United States—adopted Evergreen’s Planning for Quality guide to bring blended learning to more than 100,000 students in schools across the district. Evergreen’s planners and researchers have co-presented with educators from CCSD numerous times at several different conferences.
A set of private independent schools in California’s Bay Area region hired Evergreen to help create the Bay Area BlendEd Consortium, combining demonstrated best practices for online learning with the schools’ proven strengths in direct classroom instruction and experiential learning
Evergreen guided the launch of a mastery-based blended learning center providing math instruction for all students (grades 9-12) in Purcell Marian High School, a Catholic school with a diverse student population. The project encompassed strategic planning and implementation, including a readiness assessment, defining and documenting the blended learning model, development of a blended learning budget, developing a new staffing model, and conducting a marketing assessment.
The Chaminade College Preparatory hired us to help them move from a web-enhanced instructional environment to a blended model for grades 6-12. This process required a coordinated plan for two different blended learning approaches in the middle and high schools, while maximizing the 1:1 device implementation and learning management system common to both schools. Areas of focus included content, teaching, technology, operations, scheduling, personnel, finance and marketing.
Howard County Public Schools, a mid-sized district in Maryland, engaged Evergreen to assess existing district blended and online programs, identify target student groups in each, investigate emerging and successful blended and online learning models from similar districts, and create an implementation plan outlining tasks, sub-tasks and focus questions for each of the four academic years in the program timeline.
In Michigan, we worked in cooperation with a local organization (Parallel Consulting) to support the launch of two new blended high school programs serving students from 20 districts in the Grand Rapids area. MySchool@Kent is a hybrid high school program that combines online instruction with a learning lab on two scheduled days each week. A second program, SuccessLink, serves at-risk students, and includes both online instruction and learning support offered at one of several community centers. In both programs, certified teachers are available for students both online and in learning labs.
We helped Tri-Creek School Corporation in Indiana to develop blended and online courses to leverage an existing 1:1 laptop initiative. These efforts were coordinated with other instructional improvement efforts including literacy, project-based learning, and assessment alignment.
Amphitheater Public Schools in Tucson, Arizona, hired Evergreen to help launch two blended learning programs in fall 2012. The first program was designed to serve long-term suspended students utilizing open-entry policies, competency-based learning, and an after-hours learning lab staffed by certified instructors. The second program is open to students in 4th through 6th grades and includes a blend of in-home and at-school learning. Our work included facilitating a district committee to plan and refine the blended models, authoring RFPs for blended course content and teaching, managing the proposal review process, and assisting in the development of a community outreach plan and enrollment marketing materials.
The Crown Point Community School Corporation in Indiana hired us to assist them in the implementation of “Crown Point 2.0 Next Generation Learning.” The engagement began with strategic planning, extended through operational planning for a pilot program, and culminated in the implementation of scaled online and blended learning across the school corporation.