Personalized Learning 2.0: Evolving Blended Learning Practices

Saturday, April 4th, 11:15am -12:30pm - Session II

Last year, our school stepped away from traditional lecture models and used weekly agendas with station norms to energize classrooms. This year, we are leveraging data trends and student-created micro-goals to intentionally design stations and personalize student learning pathways. Join us to discuss the how and the why behind our evolving model. Participants will engage in a Flex Station model to explore this work through various processes and lenses: 

  • Blended Learning Teacher: grouping strategies, designing agendas, student reflection, and goal setting; 
  • Blended Learning Specialist: class configuration, coaching teachers on personalization and blended learning strategies, data collection and classroom scenarios;
  • Blended Learning Director (Principal): design team meetings, teacher reflection and goal setting, flexibility, student agency and building partnerships.

Amy Ramirez
Amy Ramirez is a high school ELA teacher at ASU Preparatory Academy in Arizona. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from ASU and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media from NAU. Her area of expertise is logistics in running a blended learning environment with a focus on personalization through small group instruction. Last year, Amy presented at the Blended & Personalized Learning Conference to showcase how she uses weekly agendas to manage tasks and establish norms. On a personal note, Amy loves to volunteer at the local animal shelter, read fantasy novels, and “Band Mom” for her daughter.  
Danielle D Serna
Danielle Serna is a high school ELA teacher and Blended Learning Specialist at ASU Preparatory Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona. Her dual role allows her to have the best of both worlds- an opportunity to experiment with Blended Learning strategies in her classroom as well as time to support teachers in their Blended Learning practice. Danielle earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Northern Arizona University. In her spare time, she enjoys tap dancing, watching baking competition shows, and rooting for the Arizona Diamondbacks.    
Sylvia Mejia
Sylvia Mejia is the Principal at ASU Preparatory Academy Casa Grande.  As the administrative and instructional leader for grades 9-12, she is responsible for preparing every student for success in graduating from college, contributing to their communities and competing in a global society. Ms. Mejia earned her Bachelor’s degree from ASU and Masters degree in Educational Leadership from NAU. Ms. Mejia was appointed by Governor Napolitano to the Latino Advisory Council and to the Physical Education Implementation Task Force. Born and raised in Casa Grande, Ms. Mejia is a fourth generation Arizonan and Army veteran.  When she’s not working with teenagers and awesome teachers at ASU Prep, she enjoys traveling, (beach time is a favorite), hiking and spending quality time with her family and 16 year old pup Max.