MEP175: Stepan Mekhitarian, Blended Learning & Data Coordinator at LA Unified School District

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Bio:

Stepan Mekhitarian has been passionate about instructional technology since his first year in public education. He AAEAAQAAAAAAAAdGAAAAJDBhZGJmYTAyLTkwYzgtNGY0MS05NGRiLTIxNWNjMWU0OTZkZAcompleted his doctorate on the skills and training needed to effectively implement blended learning and currently serves as Blended Learning and Data Coordinator at Los Angeles Unified School District. He has experience in both charter schools and traditional school districts and holds degrees from UCLA, Harvard, and Loyola Marymount University. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and track days.

(source: https://www.edsurge.com/writers/stepan-mekhitarian)

Some Questions We Ask:

  • When he hears the word successful, who’s the first person that comes to mind and why?
  • What were some of the inflection points in his life that have brought him to where he is?
  • Does he have one or two books that have most impacted him, and why?

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  • If he could have dinner with one person he admires, past or present, who would it be and why?

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Stepan’s journey to LA Unified, beginning with his childhood and his parents
  • How does Stepan’s experience in public accounting relate to what he’s doing in education?
  • What implementations is LAUSD using for blended learning?

“We really push hard on the idea of using blended learning to lead the blended learning training.”

  • Stepan talks about seeing results and the reactions from both parents and teachers
  • What are common pitfalls in properly implementing blended learning into teaching practices?
  • Blended learning vs. Online learning

“It’s not so much the technology you want to use, but what you want your students to learn.”

  • The importance of administrators and teachers working together on blended learning

“Content knowledge is still very critical, but it’s not enough.”

  • Stepan expands on the challenges the program is facing and how to overcome them
  • What is Stepan most excited about the future of learning?

“There are limitless possibilities.”

Links:

Stepan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StepanMek

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