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.
KIPP Houston Public Schools was one of those winners. KIPP Houston wants to change its students’ outcomes and improve college graduation rates by focusing on the math pathway. Here’s how they plan to do it.
In 1994, KIPP began with a class of 47 fifth-graders to provide high-caliber education choices to low-income, minority students in Houston. Today, KIPP Houston Public Schools enrolls nearly 14,000 students in 26 schools. To change students’ outcomes and improve college graduation rates, KIPP Houston will pilot two distinct projects focusing on the math pathway. In their first project, KIPP Houston will pilot an in-class flipped classroom, along with differentiated remediation and enrichment based on students’ achievement and goals, to help more students successfully complete Algebra I in the 8th grade and continue along the advanced math sequence throughout high school. In their second project, KIPP Houston will launch a summer Algebra Boot Camp, using a flex model to allow students to learn at their own pace so they will be better prepared for Algebra I coursework when they begin the 8th grade.
“Blended learning is a huge part of our strategy. In order to serve our students well, and truly personalize learning, blended learning is key. We have taken steps to go down that road, and with this grant we will be able to launch forward with our strategy.”
KIPP Houston Superintendent
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