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.
Pasadena Independent School District was one of those winners. Pasadena ISD wants to increase the number of its students who continue on to complete college after high school graduation. It also has a plan for increasing STAAR reading scores for grades 5 – 12. Here’s how the district aims to make this happen.
Southeast of Houston, Pasadena ISD is one of the 15 largest school districts in Texas enrolling more than 55,000 students. To improve college enrollment and completion, as well as declining STAAR reading scores, Pasadena ISD will use a flex model to increase STAAR reading scores in grades 5-12; increase participants’ scores on targeted postsecondary readiness indicators; and ultimately increase the number of Pasadena ISD graduates who complete college within six years of high school graduation. Pasadena’s model includes personalized learning time, project-based learning, one-on-one mentoring, and Socratic seminars.
Pasadena ISD Superintendent DeeAnn Powell to her team of staffers who helped design the district’s blended learning concept: “I’m proud of what you’re doing, what your kids are doing, what we’re hearing from parents and community members. I get to go out and brag about you. Thank you for making it so darn easy to brag every single day.”
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