Blended Learning and 10 Key Principles of Blended Learning

Blended Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light a myriad of innovations necessary to provision for our education system to be robust, relevant, flexible, and readily adaptable to the constant and unpredictable changes in our world.

Our children’s right to education cannot be denied or disrupted again due to lack of foresight or preparation. One of the most important areas for innovation in how we provide uninterrupted and seamless education is through what is commonly referred to as a blended learning system. As witnessed during the pandemic, a wide range of blended learning models were implemented by schools all over the world, with varying degrees of success and challenges.


In order for The Vanguard Academy to provide an effective and sustainable blended learning system for its faculty and students, the system must uniquely fit the school and its context. To do so, the school will be grounded in and guided by 10 Key Principles of Blended Learning.


One must have a steadfast belief in the capacities and potential for individuals of all abilities to achieve their unique goals.


The school must provide equitable access to resources for faculty, staff, and students to fully participate in the teaching and learning process.

The school must prescribe curriculum that is robust and relevant and promotes inquiry-based, inter-disciplinary learning.

The school must offer reasonable and effective flexibility and customization of programs and services.

The school must provide and make accessible technology that is up-to date and vetted for educational purposes.

The school must be creative with the venues and scheduling of classes and services, whether face-to-face or online.

The school must promote and facilitate capacity building and student agency through the development of independence, self-directed learning, self-reflection, and life-long learning.

The school must provide on-going professional development and coaching for faculty and staff and for students’ parents/families.

The school culture must be optimal for collaboration between faculty and parents/families.

The school must establish and maintain meaningful partnerships with the community to expand opportunities for students to learn, to work, and to enjoy.