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The Winners: Fast Facts

1. Powering personalized, student-centered learning at scale.
2. Demonstrating strategies to improve student achievement across diverse demographics and regions.
3. Showcasing delivery models exhibiting long-term sustainability.

 

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.

 

District Profile

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.

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Birdville ISD Wins Raising Blended Learners Grant

“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.”

Randy Sumrall
Executive Director of Technology, Birdville ISD

The Winners: Fast Facts

  • The demonstration sites represent diverse public independent school districts and charter management organizations across the state including urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  • All five districts enroll a total of approximately 94,300 students; the demonstration sites have the ability to impact more than 94,000 students.
  • The smallest district in our Top 5 serves fewer than 900 students while the largest serves more than 55,000.
  • Among the five districts, the average percent of students who are economically disadvantaged is 71.7 percent, higher than the state average of 60.2 percent.
  • The demonstration sites will pilot at 19 schools across their districts in year one, with some sites planning district-wide scaling by the end of three years.
  • Each of the demonstration site grant winners seek to apply blended learning strategies to remedy a specific challenge in their schools, such as low literacy rates, learning challenges among specific student populations such as English Language Learners and special education students, lack of student motivation, lagging high school graduation rates, math achievement, low postsecondary readiness skills, or poor student performance on state assessments.

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