Flipped Learning Network and Pearson Collaborate to Expand Professional Development Offerings for K-12 Teachers

Blended Course, “Foundations of Flipped Learning,” Unveiled at ISTE 2013

SAN ANTONIO – June 24, 2013 — Today at ISTE 2013, the Flipped Learning Network™ and Pearson unveiled “Foundations of Flipped Learning,” a new professional development offering based on the work of Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams, considered the pioneers of flipped learning. This new course, targeted at K-12 educators around the country, leverages a blended learning model of face-to-face and online training to prepare teachers to flip their classrooms.

The Flipped Learning model of instruction, while virtually unknown a few years ago, is gaining attention and adherents among teachers and administrators in American K-12 and postsecondary classrooms. In this model, some or most of direct instruction is delivered outside the group learning space using video or other modes of delivery. Class time, then, is available for students to engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with their peers, and evaluate their progress and for teachers to provide one-on-one assistance, guidance and inspiration. The shift is from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered learning environment.

Through a one-day, on-site workshop and 6-8 hours of online training, “Foundations of Flipped Learning” explores the four essential elements of this instructional strategy that have been identified by the Flipped Learning Network and Pearson based on the available literature: the four pillars of F-L-I-P™ — Flexible Environment, Learning Culture, Intentional Content and Professional Educators.

Flipped Learning Network’s Executive Director Kari M. Arfstrom said, “With the explosive growth of interest in flipped learning, we are getting more and more requests for professional development to prepare teachers to implement this new, successful instructional model. With ‘Foundations of Flipped Learning,’ we can now provide schools around the country with targeted training based on the works of Jon and Aaron, along with the Flipped Learning Network cadre members who developed this one-of-a-kind course.”

Pearson’s President of School Achievement Services Alison Wagner said, “”The launch of ‘Foundations of Flipped Learning’ reflects the first offering resulting from our partnership with the ground-breaking pioneers at the Flipped Learning Network. Together, our organizations are focused on providing educators with best-in-class practices, tools, and professional development for driving new student and teacher excitement and engagement possibilities through the flipped approach.”

The research supports what schools around the country report. In flipped classrooms, achievement increases, students are more engaged in learning and teachers reporter higher levels of job satisfaction. For a copy of the new literature review developed by the Flipped Learning Network, George Mason University and Pearson’s Center for Educator Effectiveness, click here.

About Flipped Learning Network

Founded in 2012, the mission of the Flipped Learning Network™ is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning. The goals of the FLN are to provide professional learning opportunities; conduct, collaborate and disseminate relevant research; and act as the clearinghouse for distributing promising practices for current and future “flipped” educators. The FLN’s online professional learning community has more than 12,000 members. For more information, visit www.flippedlearning.org

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services, business information through the Financial Times Group, and consumer publishing through the Penguin brand. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 41,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.pearson.com.

Contacts:

Flipped Learning Network: Kari Arfstrom – kari@flippedlearning.org, 703-399-6608

Pearson: Kate Miller -  kate.miller@pearson.com, 800-745-8489


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