Blended Learning

Purposeful Instruction Design

That drives personal learning

Blended learning is a purposeful instructional design that drives personalized learning. Blended learning experiences enhance the learning of content through collaboration among students and teachers with a balance of face-to-face and interactive digital opportunities.

Kestrel Heights is a blended learning school that utilizes Station Rotation. The Station Rotation model allows students to rotate through varied learning activities and tasks on a fixed schedule, where at least one of the stations is an online learning station. This model is most common in elementary and middle schools because teachers are already familiar with rotating in “centers” or stations. In addition, Station Rotations allow teachers to create smaller learning communities within the larger classroom through small-group instruction. Blended learning and Station Rotation are supported by our commitment to providing every scholar with their own device during the school day.

At Kestrel Heights, we believe that blended learning will create an environment where scholars and teachers learn and teach more effectively. In addition, blended learning can provide students with a choice and voice in their education and is dynamically customized for each student’s needs.

OUR CURRICULUM

ENCOURAGES EXCELLENCE

We are a Paideia School
What does that mean?

Kestrel Heights has established a new partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a nationally recognized leader in education, to provide a comprehensive curriculum for K-8 students in Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. This enhanced curriculum will provide integrated, research-based materials that will enable our students to continue outperforming county and state averages for end-of-grade tests.

All KHS teachers will receive professional development conducted by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt professionals before classes begin to assist them with implementing the new curriculum.

Kestrel Heights School is partnering with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a nationally recognized “power-house” in education, to provide a K-8 all-inclusive curriculum in Math, English-Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, ensuring that each student has equal access to the necessary tools for their academic success. Teachers will be given a rigorous baseline and materials for reaching all levels of learners, eliminating the additional time spent searching for and creating curriculum resources. Students and parents will have access to classroom materials and supplemental resources online to assist with learning at home. Professional development for staff in the first year will be conducted with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt professionals to ensure the implementation of the curriculum with fidelity, with follow-up training as necessary in future years. Kestrel Heights School has consistently outperformed both the State and the local county in end of grade testing in grades 3-8. Using a research-based, comprehensive curriculum, Kestrel Heights School will continue as a leader in academic excellence in Durham.

Students and parents will have access to classroom materials and supplemental resources online to help students learn at home. We are very excited about these additional resources and how they will benefit our students. Click here to view the Elementary School Supply List or the Middle School Supply List.