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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.

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.

 

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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.

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Point Isabel ISD Wins Raising Blended Learners Grant

“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

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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