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Foreword by Jason Green Blended learning when well implemented in classrooms becomes a pathway to personalization. Eff ective use of technology and tools, such as those you will fi nd incorporated into Summit Math, will enable districts and teachers to better meet the needs of each student in your classroom. Personalization involves students owning more of their learning process while experiencing learning at their own pace and on their own path. Personalization is particularly critical to today's students. Many futurists predict that by the mid-2030s, more than 47 percent of jobs currently available in the United States will have disappeared due to advancements in technology. 1 According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, today's students may have as many as 11 jobs between the ages of 18 and 48. The world of the future will require today's learner to become what Stanford researcher Dr. Arnetha Ball calls generative. At LINC (Learning Innovation Catalyst), we defi ne generativity as "continuous growth through self- and shared refl ection." It is the skill that today's student must possess of being essentially a professional learner. Blended learning provides access for students to practice becoming generative learners by turning more of the learning process over to them. They are able to control certain aspects of their learning such as pace and path. They are also able to focus more of their time on specifi c areas of need. The blended-learning practice thus becomes a pathway to personalization. The role of the teacher in a blended environment expands. In a traditional classroom, teachers spend the vast majority of their time at the center or front of the classroom in the role of lecturer. In the blended classroom, the teacher shi s to the role of a facilitator of learning experiences. The teacher becomes an interventionist, coach, cheerleader, and assumes other critical roles to support each child's learning. Summit Math aims to empower and support teachers in taking on these roles. Co-author of Blended Learning in Action and Co-Founder of Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC) 1 Frey, Carl Benedikt, and Michael A. Osborne. " e Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation?" Oxford University, 17 Sept. 2013. Summit Curriculum: Florida Math FOREWORD iii

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