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Perspective | Education Empowered: Exploring blended learning with the experts

Rethink Education is a program supported by the Office of Virtual Instruction Services at the Department of Public Instruction. Rethink Education professional development provides educators with the tools and strategies they need to implement blended learning models in their classrooms.   

Education Empowered is a podcast developed as part of Rethink Education. The podcast is designed to highlight North Carolina teacher voices and bring in experts in blended learning like Dr. Catlin Tucker and Jake Miller to address the needs of students and educators. Kristine Barberio and Betsy Hicks, regional ambassadors of this work, host the show, providing insight into how this program is transforming teaching and empowering students.

The show covers topics ranging from building classroom community to meeting social-emotional needs to providing relevant feedback and grading habits, student groupings, and engagement.

Next on the podcast will be a series on how blended learning serves special populations including exceptional children, gifted children, multilingual learners, students un alternative education, migrant children, military families, McKinney-Vento eligible students, and other groups with unique needs.

Join us as we explore how blended learning encourages equitable opportunities for student and teacher success. You can find the podcast on Anchor FM, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Music Podcasts. You can find additional information and impact videos on our Rethink Ed Youtube playlist.

Office of Virtual Instruction Services

The Office of Virtual Instruction Services at the Department of Public Instruction is the home of Rethink Education, a program that helps our school communities prepare to adapt and focus on what matters most: supporting the safety and success of North Carolina students, no matter the potential emergency or learning disruption.