The Northeast Comprehensive Center convenes education leaders from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New York to facilitate the development of a Rubric to Evaluate Online and Blended Programs.

Anushka Paul, Media Relations Associate
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The Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) is a regional organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the NCC is to provide training and technical assistance to state education agencies across the Northeast in implementing and administering programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NCC’s Regional Innovations In Learning team is implementing a five-year Regional Online and Blended Learning Initiative among the state education agencies in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. “The goal is to learn, share, and collaborate with state leaders across the Northeast to create actionable deliverables for statewide dissemination on key issues related to online and blended learning,” said Emily Rukobo, Regional Initiative Leader, Innovations in Learning, NCC.

On October 10 and 11, 2013, a high-level leadership group will convene to develop standards and rubrics to evaluate online and blended programs for the approval and/or adoption by senior leadership in each participating state. “The Center on Innovations in Learning (CIL) team is pleased to be joining this collaboration, and provide expertise to advance states’ knowledge on innovative teaching and learning practices, our mission as a national content center. Education today is both exciting and evolving, and over the next five years, we will work with the NCC and the participating states to ensure their access to best innovative practices in online and blended learning, and other strategies that will undoubtedly emerge,” said Marilyn Murphy Director, CIL.

The two-day event will feature presentations by leadership representatives addressing current status of the Online and Blended Programs Evaluation in their states.  Knowledge sharing sessions presented by CIL will follow. Roundtable sessions facilitated by NCC team members that will guide state leaders through the standards and indicators development process. States will define next steps for continued collaboration after field-testing, approval, and adoption at the state level.

“Digital and Internet-connected technologies have increased access to a rich variety of educational opportunities, in the form of online content and instruction, for schools and students across New York State. These educational opportunities have resulted in a need for the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to provide alternative pathways for school districts to provide students with opportunities to earn course credit through online instruction and content. This initiative will help facilitate expert stakeholder support in building the foundations for school districts and BOCES in New York to continue to develop, implement, and evaluate online and blended courses as alternative pathways for student completion of general education and diploma requirements,” said John Brock, Associate, Educational Design and Technology, NYSED.

NCC will provide access to the event via a webinar using Safari Montage Live! for invited state education leaders and partners.  An archived version of this recording will be available for download on the NCC website following the event.

The online and blended program evaluation marks the first phase of a five-year plan. Subsequent focus will be on online teacher/administrator evaluation in year two, and teacher/administrator preparation in year three. The focus for years four and five will be collaboratively defined by the participating leadership group based on priorities as the initiative evolves and the digital learning space changes.

For a complete agenda and access to the event via webinar please contact Emily Rukobo, NCC at

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