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Power Up Blended Learning

Power Up Blended Learning
A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

First Edition

September 2018 | 192 pages | Corwin

Take Blended Learning to the Next Level by Building an Effective Professional Learning Community!

Technology is permeating classrooms and offering teachers and students opportunities to reimagine teaching and learning. Many schools and districts are shifting from traditional teacher-led instruction to blended learning with the goal of placing students at the center of learning. It’s time to power up your approach to professional learning to ensure teachers feel inspired and supported as they make this shift and embrace technology. This book provides an effective and actionable framework for school leaders looking to implement a long-term professional learning plan that extends professional development beyond a handful of days each year to create “coaching culture” that supports teachers as they move toward blended learning.

Blended Learning expert Catlin Tucker provides a clear path for professional learning that is embedded in the school’s culture, blending targeted training (the “spark”), 1:1 coaching, and professional learning communities. This comprehensive approach to professional learning ensures that teachers in a blended environment work continually to improve learning outcomes for students, stay up-to-date on current technology, and learn with their colleagues. This text is full of concrete resources and strategies for leaders and blended learning coaches. It includes

  • Coaching protocols
  • Virtual coaching strategies
  • Templates for feedback
  • Lesson planning resources for designing blended lessons
  • Rubrics for evaluation
  • Stories and tips from blended learning coaches
  • Vignettes from teachers who have successfully shifted to a blended learning model
  • Reflection questions for leading book studies

This book provides the tools and tips you’ll need to support teachers as they move toward blended learning. From articulating the why behind a shift to blended learning, to creating and implementing an actionable roadmap for building a professional learning infrastructure, this must-have resource will take your PD plans to the next level!

About the Author
Chapter 1: Articulate the WHY

WHY Blended Learning?

Getting Teachers On Board With the WHY

The HOW: Best Practices

The WHAT: Branding the Shift to Blended Learning

Eight Ways to Strengthen Your School Community

Book Study Questions

Chapter 2: A Roadmap for Building a Professional Learning Infrastructure

Blended Learning Demands a New Approach to Professional Learning

Professional Development: Defining the Scope

The Spark: On-Site Targeted Training Led by an Expert

One-on-One Coaching

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 3: Blended Learning Requires Effective Professional Development

Traditional Professional Development Is Largely Ineffective

Elements of Effective Professional Development

Leaders Must Lean In

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 4: The Blended Learning Coach

Coaching in a Blended Learning Context

Elements of Effective Coaching

Blended Learning Coaches Continue the Learning

Redefining Teacher and Student Roles in a Blended Learning Environment

A Quick Review of Blended Learning Models

Blended Learning: Establish a Clear Plan

Challenges Facing the Creation of a Coaching Culture

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 5: Coaching: Initial Conversation and Goal Setting

The Power of Dialogic Interviews

SMART Goal Setting

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 6: Coaching: Initial Observation and Debrief

Coaching Must Be a Partnership

What’s the Goal of the Initial Observation?

Communicating With Students

The Debrief

Revisit SMART Goals

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 7: Coaching: Co-lesson Planning

Communicate With the Teacher Ahead of Time

Meet Outside of the Classroom

Identify the Goals

Keep the Lesson Manageable: Think Big, but Start Small

Provide Templates to Help Teachers Design Blended Lessons

Don’t Just Plan the Lesson, Create It

Reflect on the Role of Technology in the Lesson

Dealing With Details

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 8: Coaching: Real-Time Coaching

Pre-lesson Chat: Review Lesson and Establish Norms for Real-Time Coaching

Real-Time Coaching: “Pause, Discuss, Adjust”

Document the Parts of the Lesson

Written Feedback Using a Blended Learning Rubric

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 9: Coaching: Model Lessons and Co-teaching

Designing and Teaching a Model Lesson

Model Lesson Checklist


Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 10: Coaching: Documenting, Reflecting, and Revisiting

Dedicating Time, Energy, and Space to Reflection

Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

Reflect Using Documentation

Using Digital Tools to Reflect

Revisit SMART Goals

Next Steps: Developing an Action Plan

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 11: Virtual Coaching

Real-Time Coaching: Challenges of Scale

Blended Offline and Online Coaching in Large Districts

Benefits and Limitations of Virtual Coaching

Virtual Spin on the Coaching Cycle

Technology Toolbox for Virtual Coaching

Staying Organized With Google Calendar

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions

Chapter 12: Professional Learning Communities

What Is a Professional Learning Community?

The PLC Process

Organizing the Teacher Teams Within a PLC

Wrap Up

Book Study Questions


"Excellent resource that includes tools one can use when implementing a blended learning model. It clearly explains the role of a blended learning coach when it comes to professional development. Tucker emphasizes the opportunity to improve one’s practice through coaching and a Professional Learning Community."

Craig Yen, 5th Grade Teacher

"There is an urgent need to empower and support teachers through the implementation of digital tools and blended instructional models. In Power Up Blended Learning, Catlin provides instructional leaders and coaches with the essential roadmap to develop internal structures of support within their schools. The time for teacher transformation is now, and this is the book to lead it!"

Tiffany Wycoff, Co-Author of Blended Learning in Action
Co-Founder Learning Innovation Catalyst

"Technology can be transformative, but teachers need support to ensure technology is actually improving instruction. Catlin Tucker provides a clear vision for building a professional learning infrastructure to support teachers as they shift to blended learning and use technology thoughtfully and strategically. If school districts are not dedicated to helping teachers continue to learn and experiment, schools will remain out of step with the changes happening beyond the classroom."

Alice Keeler, Math Teacher, Google Certified Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator
Author of Multiple EdTech Books Including 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

"Catlin has provided a critical 'spark' in the blended learning conversation, shifting the focus from technology to culture transformation through ongoing teacher PD and support. As she has in her previous books, Catlin continues to offer practical strategies for high-fidelity implementation of blended practices, this time gifting instructional leaders with essential tools for guiding their professional learning communities."

Jason Green, Co-Author of Blended Learning in Action
Co-Founder Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC)

"In Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change, author Catlin Tucker succinctly presents multiple options for blended learning professional development with a focus on coaching. Through the coaching lens, Tucker offers a clear explanation of the 'what,' a compelling rationale for the 'why,' and tangible guidelines for the 'how' of professional learning for blended learning. This book is an extremely valuable resource for any person or organization looking to grow their individual or collective capacity and implement blended learning successfully."

Lisa Westman, Speaker, Consultant and Author of Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom

"Throughout this book, I found myself (as both a middle school teacher and as an instructional coach) saying, 'Yes!' My copy is peppered already with stars in the margins and graphics circled for future reflection. Power Up Blended Learning is not just for those who are coaching teachers. It’s also for teachers looking for strategies in how to coach students. After all, giving engaging feedback that 'sticks' is a responsibility that every educator has, and sharing engaging strategies and tools is a skill that is continuously evolving. This is an up-to-date and forward-thinking resource for both teachers and coaches."

Heather Wolpert-Gawron, 8th Grade Teacher
Author, Just Ask Us
San Gabriel, CA
Key features
Readers will find...

?       Concrete resources for blended learning coaches to use as they move through the coaching cycle with teachers. Resources will include, but are not limited to:

?       question sets

?       templates for feedback

?       lesson planning resources for designing blended lessons

?       rubrics for evaluation

?       Vignettes and tips from blended learning coaches

?       Vignettes from teachers who have shifted to a blended learning model

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents


Chapter 2

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