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Participants will consider strategies, rationale and benefits for establishing strong and mutually beneficial community partnerships among schools, students, parents, community organizations, business and public policy makers. Communication techniques, including social media, are investigated. The course culminates in the completion of a comprehensive plan for communicating with stakeholders, especially around the topic of student and school progress.

It is important that school leaders stay abreast of the newest trends in education and to gain the necessary knowledge to inform and assist fellow educators choosing to implement new methods of instruction.  In this professional study, school leaders will be introduced to the flipped classroom approach to instruction.  According to the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, " “flipping the classroom” means that students gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then use class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates."  

During this 5 week online professional study, participants will complete readings, watch videos, and explore internet sites, including the Khan Academy, to familiarize themselves with the pros and cons of the flipped instruction model and to discover the resources available to assist in flipping the classroom. Examples of successful flipped classrooms will be explored, and participants will view recorded webinars from educators considered experts in the flipped model of instruction.