What is Blended Professional Development?

Does your district or school implement blended professional development (PD)?  A growing number of districts and schools are enhancing their PD with by offering a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning opportunities, such as:


Typical Face-to-Face and Virtual Learning Activities

Face-to-face Activities

Virtual Learning

  • Workshops
  • Meetings: Team/grade level/curriculum
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Apprenticeships
  • Discussions and conferencing (audio, video)
  • Online courses
  • Webinars
  • Exploration of websites, blogs, wikis, multimedia materials, and social media


This example illustrates blended PD in action. Teachers deepen their knowledge of integrating technology into the writing process. They engage in a variety of online activities before and after their face-to-face team meetings. The sequence of activities builds on one another.  These learning opportunities are ongoing, job embedded, student-focused, interactive, and collaborative. 


PowerUp Your Professional Development offers vetted tools, guidelines, and resources to strengthen the face-to-face and online activities. Find:





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