Seven School and Classroom Leaders Receive Grants from the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning to Address Academic Gaps and Personalize Learning

CASTLE ROCK, CO — The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) has selected the proposals of seven educators from four states and the District of Columbia for grants supporting the development of programs that target learning gaps in their classrooms using technology and creativity.

Winning proposals include 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.

2017 Innovative Educator Grants have been awarded to:

Melissa Altemose, W.A. Pattillo Middle School, Tarboro, NC
Jon Craig and Audrey Flojo, Harry S. Truman High School, Levittown, PA
Rachel Jones, Barnard Elementary School, Washington, DC
Christine Lay, Gettysburg Area Middle School, Gettysburg, PA
Joshua Miranda, Argosy Collegiate Charter School, Fall River, MA
Belinda Omenitsch, Brightwood Education Campus, Washington, DC
Kathleen Wong, McDonald International School, Seattle, WA

Amy Valentine, FBOL’s executive director, said, “Tools ranging from smartphones and YouTube videos to adaptive online instruction and real time assessment dashboards are helping educators build classrooms responsive to the needs of individual learners. Supporting the creation of learning environments that engage students and inspire teachers is central to the foundation’s mission and at the core of each of these projects.”

Grant recipients will take part in a year-long cohort program with peer-directed professional development and ongoing interaction with foundation staff. Insight and resources from their projects will be tracked and shared through resources developed at the close of the grant cycle.

Kevin P. Chavous, chairman of the foundation’s Board of Directors, said, “These exceptional educators reflect the entrepreneurial spirit that has sparked early advancements toward personalized learning opportunities for students throughout the country. Innovation in policy and practice is essential to the continued transformation of teaching and learning. Our 2017 grant recipients represent a growing number of educators working to develop new learning models that tackle persistent obstacles to student success with imagination and intention.”

To learn more about the Innovative Educator Grant Program and to follow the progress of our 2017 cohort, please visit


About the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning was created to advance and improve the availability and quality of blended and online educational opportunities for students and teachers and to strengthen the outcomes of those programs through active academic, instructional, and technology support for personalized learning. The Foundation works toward these goals through its Student Scholarship and Innovative Educator Grant programs, the development and distribution of original research exploring emerging policy and practice, and ongoing collaboration with diverse leaders across the fields of education, business, policy, and philanthropy. Learn more at