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.
Point Isabel Independent School District was one of those winners. In addition to raising student achievement in math, Point Isabel ISD plans to focus on creating flexible schedules at the high school level. Here’s more about the district’s blended learning concept.
Located at the southernmost tip of Texas, just across the Queen Isabella Causeway from South Padre Island, Point Isabel ISD enrolls approximately 2,500 students. Responding to the need to provide flexible school schedules for students who work to help support their families, Point Isabel ISD will pilot a flex model at their high school which will allow personalized learning experiences for all students to improve academic discipline ratings, internship participation, higher education enrollment, and reduce failure rates. Point Isabel ISD will also use station rotation and flipped classroom models in their elementary and middle schools, focusing on creating blended opportunities for all students, particularly English Language Learners and Special Education students.
“We live in a high poverty area. More than 50 percent of our high students work to support their family — to pay rent and the electric bill. We’re 100 percent committed to doing this, with or without the funds. We feel like the funds give credibility to our program and give us momentum, but we’re going to do this anyway.”
Dr. Lisa Garcia, Point Isabel ISD Superintendent
Raising Blended Learners Workshop
February 5, 2016
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