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May 10, 2018

Our ’18 Scholarship Program Includes Representation from 50 States, DC, & U.S. Territories

From the inbox yesterday from this largely neo-liberal organization.

Friends and Colleagues,Late Monday night, FBOL closed the application window for our 2018 Student Scholarships, awards providing post-secondary financial support to students graduating from high school with a course portfolio including a number of blended or online classes.

Though I could provide stats related to the program’s impressive year-over-year growth, I am even more proud to share with you the fact that, for the first time, we received interest from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas military posts are also represented in this year’s pool.

Thank you to all who passed along our email announcement and amplified our social media posts. More than 75 percent of 2018 applicants indicate they were made aware of the opportunity through word-of-mouth, their teachers, their school administration, or their post-secondary destination. We could not have expanded our reach this year without your help!

A recent press release noting this milestone may be found below. And, please stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s scholarship recipients.

Thank you for your continued support of our work.


Amy Valentine

Executive Director
FBOL Scholarship for Students Graduating High School with Blended & Online Learning Experience Draws Record Number of Applicants from 50 States, DC, & U.S. Territories
Post-secondary scholarship application window will remain open through Monday, April 30
CASTLE ROCK, CO — Introduced in 2016, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning’s (FBOL) annual scholarship award program remains central to its mission to increase access to, and awareness of, innovative practice and policy transforming America’s classrooms and schools. One of three core grant-making areas, FBOL’s scholarship awards celebrate graduating high school students who have taken a number of online or blended courses and are matriculating to a two-year, four-year, or vocational college.A testament to the growing availability of blended and online learning opportunities, the program’s 2018 applicant pool already includes students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas military families.

Amy Valentine, FBOL’s executive director, said, “In the past year alone, the number of scholarship applicants benefiting from online and blended learning programs has more than doubled. Sharing their stories and supporting their continued success is greater than our founding mission, it is a tremendous privilege.”

Each year, FBOL provides post-secondary support to 30 students without restricting the type of accredited high school attended or higher education destination. From remote communities on the Alaskan shoreline to the country’s largest urban school districts, the range of U.S. high schools providing online and blended learning opportunities is represented by traditional public, public charter, private, and parochial institutions.

Over the past two years, FBOL has provided more than three-quarters of a million dollars to support the post-secondary journey of pioneering students from 26 states. While each of their stories is unique, a theme common to all is the profound impact technology-enabled learning environments — and mindsets — have had on the lives and futures of children and families throughout the United States.

FBOL’s 2018 Student Scholar Award application window is open through 11:59 pmEastern on Monday, April 30. For more information about the foundation, or to access the scholarship application portal, please visit our website at

About the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning
Through scholarships, grants, original research, and strategic partnerships with a diverse cross-section of leaders, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning is working to close the gap between the pace of technology in daily life and the pace of change in education. By documenting and sharing their stories, our efforts to keep the student, parent, and educator experience central to the conversations about the future of education help ensure that “school” effectively serves all learners and students can achieve their unique and unbounded potential. Learn more at

Copyright © 2018 The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, All rights reserved.
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The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

4833 Front Street
Unit B #3

Castle RockCO 80104

May 3, 2018

2018 Innovative Educator Prize | Call For Proposals

From a K12, Inc. founded/funded ‘research’ center.

Friends and Colleagues,

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning has opened the application window for our 2018 Innovative Educator Prize. The program identifies and supports school and classroom leaders developing practices or programs to overcome achievement gaps, drive engagement, and personalize learning for their students. One-time grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to winning proposals. Awarded projects will be documented and their results and experience will be shared with education leaders working to scale new opportunities for schools and students.

Applications are being accepted now through May 31, 2018. The portal can be accessed at

Successful proposals from our 2017 competition included the expansion of a collaborative classroom and afterschool enrichment/tutoring initiative for English Language Learners in Washington, DC’s largest middle school; development of a production space where teachers and students can create professional, curriculum-aligned content for flipped and blended learning classrooms; and design of a deeper learning experience for language immersion using adaptive online lessons and assessment tools, game-based independent practice, and multi-language math and literacy centers.

I hope you will share this opportunity with your professional and social networks.

  • Are you a #teacher or #school leader w/ an idea to close learning gaps, drive engagement, & personalize learning for your students? Apply for @FoundationBOL’s 2018 Innovative Educator Prize through 5/31. Submit your plan –! #blendedlearning #onlinelearning

Thank you for your continued support of our work!


Amy Valentine

Executive Director
Copyright © 2018 The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, All rights reserved.
Occasional news and announcements from The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

Our mailing address is:

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

4833 Front Street
Unit B #3

Castle RockCO 80104

April 16, 2018

Bringing Online Learning Teachers Together 2018-19

This scrolled through my Twitter stream a few days ago.

Click on the image to visit the page.

The call for presentations/workshops for the Fall conference in Toronto is available at:

The call for presentations/workshops for the Spring conference in Ottawa is available at:

April 7, 2018

Due Monday, April 9th: Call for Papers

Note this deadline on Monday.

See for times and details.
Monday, June 25
Tuesday, June 26
Wednesday, June 27
Thursday, June 28
Friday, June 29
LearnTechLib and AACE have partnered to offer all faculty and students of institutions subscribing to LearnTechLib free AACE Membership
including conference registration discounts!
The Conference Review Policy requires that proposals are peer-reviewed by
3 reviewers for inclusion in the program and Proceedings available at:LearnTechLib – The Learning and Technology Library.
AACE | P.O. Box,
Waynesville, NC 28786

April 2, 2018

Submit Now to Join Us in Vegas!

From the inbox over the weekend…

OCTOBER 15-18, 2018 • LAS VEGAS, NV
Call for Papers due: June 1
Join Us for the Social Side of E-Learn!
Newcomer Welcome
An exciting and fast-paced meet-and-greet event for all first-time attendees! Get to know E-Learn and your fellow attendees!
Welcome Party
We kick off the conference with a night of LIVE music, mingling, drinks & tasty hors d’oeuvres!
FREE Topics Lunches
Enjoy FREE lunch and discuss the latest topics with colleagues.
Pre-registration before the conference is required.
Special Interest Groups
Interested in a specific topic at E-Learn? SIG meetings explore the latest ideas and innovations in these areas. Grab a lunch and join in!
Afternoon Without Slides
This dynamic new session combines Posters/Demonstrations, Product Showcases, and Roundtables! Snacks and cash bar provided.
FREE Movie Screening
Cozy up for a movie night! Snacks, and drinks provided.
Closing Happy Hour Reception
Help us close the week with a toast and a special reception.
AACE & LearnTechLib have partnered to offer
ALL faculty and students of subscribing university libraries
FREE AACE/SITE Membership, including conference registration discounts!
Presented papers are double-blind peer reviewed and published in the Conference Proceedings & internationally distributed by
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