Three reasons Raise Your Hand Texas launched the Raising Blended Learners Initiative. More than 70 district and school teams around the state competed to win up to $500,000 and intensive technical assistance over three years to implement a blended learning plan and serve as statewide demonstration sites for blended learning in Texas. After months of planning, workshopping, and pitching their concepts, 10 team finalists were chosen. Ultimately, five winners were announced.
Birdville Independent School District was one of those districts. Birdville ISD’s winning concept involves raising literacy performance and ensuring that more students are college- and career-ready. Here’s how the district plans to make it happen.
Birdville ISD is located in Tarrant County, northeast of Fort Worth with a population of approximately 25,000 students. To improve literacy and college readiness, Birdville ISD will implement a two-part approach at all four of their high schools. At the district’s three traditional high schools, Birdville ISD will pilot station rotation and flipped classroom models in order to personalize instruction and improve performance. In their second project, Birdville ISD will redesign the district’s alternative high school into a school of choice for all students by using a flex model, which will allow learners to speed up or slow down their credit accumulation based on their individual needs.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us. This district is looking for ways to innovate learning. We can’t find a better way than blended learning. This frees the student up to really be able to take control of their learning, and that excites us.”
Executive Director of Technology, Birdville ISD
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