Blackboard Customer Receives Teacher of the Year Honor

Lawrence Public Schools' Paula Barr Receives Award for Blended and Online Learning

Nov 10, 2015, 12:27 ET from Blackboard Inc.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. congratulates Paula Barr, 2nd grade teacher at Quail Run School in Lawrence, Kansas, recipient of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning's (iNACOL) Blended and Online Learning Teacher of the Year Award.

The annual iNACOL Innovator Awards distinguish individuals for exceptional research, innovative learning practices, and outstanding contributions in blended and online learning.

After more than 30 years teaching, Barr transformed her 2nd grade classroom through innovative use of blended learning.  Through creative implementation of technology and inventive practices in the face-to-face classroom, she has been able to tailor instruction to meet the needs of each learner in her class.  With the support of flipped lessons for both reading and math, each of Paula's students works at their own pace to meet the necessary competencies and beyond.

"Witnessing the personal and professional growth of Paula Barr, an accomplished veteran educator of 33 years, truly proves the transformative power of personalized learning in a blended environment," said Rick Doll, Superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools. "Lawrence Public Schools have committed to replicating the constant creative buzz of student engagement, collaboration and achievement found in her classroom throughout our district. It's thrilling that this deserved recognition of Paula's journey will draw attention to what we see as a model for successful 21st century teaching and learning."

"It is an absolute pleasure to see Paula receive recognition for her leadership and innovation in bringing online and blended learning to the classroom," said Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard. "We enjoy working with her, and are proud to partner with teachers, schools and districts that share in our mission to reimagine education with technology. We congratulate Paula and look forward to continuing to innovate with her."

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