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I was online last night with the MassCUE Professional Development Committee when I was asked by a committee member to help him explain, using clear bullet points, for his district and school leaders why they should apply for cohort 2 of the Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program (LBDL).

I was at first taken aback by this because I guess it seemed so obvious to me. This morning in retrospect, I realize that as the program manager and the person who applied for the program grant from the Friday Institute on behalf of MassCUE I am probably too close to the program and I should not assume that what I know or believe is common knowledge. So this article is my elevator pitch to Massachusetts School Leaders on why they should apply for this excellent professional development opportunity!

What is the MassCUE Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program and Why should a Massachusetts K-12 school leader apply?

The LBDL program offers MassCUE LBDL logoa job-embedded professional learning experience to prepare principals and their leadership team to lead a blended learning transition in their school. This is a proven program developed and supported for school leaders by the Friday Institute and facilitated by experienced Massachusetts leaders and practitioners who were trained by the Friday Institute on the program which has been used and researched throughout the United States with great results. MassCUE ran cohort 1 in the Spring of 2016 for 12 schools and districts and 50 school leaders in Massachusetts.

The LBDL program is effective because it goes deeper than most sit and get professional development. It is a job embedded program whose activities and planning are immediately applicable to your school at whatever stage of planning or implementation you are at in your digital and blended learning transition.

LBDLCohort 1 had schools and districts participating who were just building a 1:1 infrastructure to others that were well into their blended learning transition and focused on personalized teaching learning for staff and students. All found this program relevant to their needs.Massachusetts K12 educators as part of the LBDL first cohort

Embedded in the LBDL program is time for your team to analyze your own school data that you collect using tools from the Friday Institute to help you drive decisions and create a plan. The Road Map you create as part of each session of the course will guide your school transition. Important components of the program include: Developing a shared vision for blended and personalized learning; Leading an effective blended and personalized learning transformation; Building a strong and skilled teaching workforce; Fostering a school culture that supports
blended and personalized learning.

Each school team of the LBDL program is assigned an experienced coach who will support the team throughout the course and help them
succeed in their goals for their digital transition. Meet our Coaches.

When a school team becomes part of the LBDL program they also become are part of a larger professional learning network of schools supported even after the program ends through MassCUE’s SIG group. This professional network with well over 60 members meets monthly both face-to-face and virtually to promote Blended and Digital Learning in Massachusetts by connecting educators with the people, resources and opportunities needed to lead high-quality digital learning Initiatives in schools around the Commonwealth. Members include MAPLE Consortium catalyst districts as well as DESE department of digital learning advisory board members. It is this connection that makes the program so strong as we have expertise at all levels and and in all areas to draw on for the program all to help our participants succeed in their goals.

Tinory Kiley Tweets at Grace Magley (pictured), "What does personalized learning mean to you?"If you are interested in applying for Cohort 2 of the MassCUE Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning program that begins on March 8th, go to the MassCUE program website to apply by February 17th.

This piece was initially published by Grace Magley via LinkedIn on February 7, 2017.

Written By:

Director of Digital Learning, Natick Public Schools

Grace is an enthusiastic, educational leader who for over ten years has helped hundreds of educators in the New England area design and build blended learning programs for their classrooms using research-based instructional practices to help personalize student learning. Grace sits on the board of directors for MassCUE, the Massachusetts ISTE affiliate, and TEC Connections Academy Virtual School (TECCA). As an adjunct professor at Framingham State College, Grace facilitates blended and online graduate courses. Recently Grace was appointed the program manager for MassCUE’s 2016 Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning graduate program for principals and school leaders and she leads a Blended Learning PLN for MassCUE (

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