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2019-20
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Sign up to visit a Raising Blended Learners district and see blended learning in action!

Raising Blended Learners districts are showcasing how they are uniquely impacting student achievement through their student-centered blended learning pilots. Please use the registration form to sign up for one of the upcoming visits. Descriptions of upcoming visits can be found below the registration form. Registration is available on a first come, first served basis. To attend a site visit, you must sign up using this form.

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Please select one of the site visits to attend from the dropdown menu. Descriptions of each visit can be found below.







2019-20 Site Visit Descriptions

October 8, 2019: Ozona Elementary and Middle Schools, Crockett County Consolidated Common School District

CCCCSD was invited to join the RBL rural cohort for the final year of the grant initiative and began piloting blended learning in the 2018-19 school year. Much of CCCCSD’s initial pilot planning and teacher on-boarding was supported through exposure and learning from existing RBL rural sites: Cisco ISD, Mineola ISD, and Tulia ISD. For example, CCCCSD campus leaders and teachers attended multiple showcases in Cisco, Mineola and Tulia; and collaborated with other RBL rural educators during rural cohort design studios. Currently, CCCCSD has active pilot blended classroom in multiple K-8 classes and subject areas (including math, reading/ELA and science). Next year, based on current teacher interest in opting in to blended learning, CCCCSD plans to scale blended learning to almost all elementary classrooms, two-thirds of middle school classrooms, and initiate blended learning at the high school in four high classrooms.

 

8:30 – 11:15 am

October 15, 2019: Sullivan Middle School, Pasadena ISD

Sullivan Middle School is one of over 30 campuses within Pasadena ISD which has implemented personalized learning through the district’s Connect program. Sullivan, like other Connect campuses have leveraged the Summit Learning model to redesign their campus, which is a fully personalized, 5th and 6th grade campus. All core subjects follow the Connect model which is comprised of three foundational elements: 1) personalized learning time during which students master standards through completion of online content, 2) project time, and 3) mentor time. Students in Sullivan’s classrooms demonstrate considerable student agency as they exercise ownership about the topics and sequence of learning activities.

8:30 – 10:30 am

October 15, 2019: Pasodale Elementary and Ysleta Elementary Schools, Ysleta ISD

REGISTRATION CLOSED. Please email jjendrzey@ryht.org with questions. 

Ysleta Elementary is working to address academic gaps in reading and promote academic agency in their K-5th grade classrooms through increased use of data, student driven data transparency and a recent focus around rigor. The use of multiple forms of data allows teachers to use flexible instructional grouping to meet the individual needs of each student and create stations that allow students to drive their path and pace of learning. Students are then given ownership of their own learning and are able to reflect on their progress through goal setting conversations. Participants who attend this visit will see the thoughtful School Leadership and implementation of Data Driven Instruction required to support this model.

Pasodale Elementary is working to address academic gaps in reading and promote academic agency in their K-5th grade classrooms through increased use of data, student driven data transparency and a recent focus around rigor. The use of multiple forms of data allows teachers to use flexible instructional grouping to meet the individual needs of each student and create stations that allow students to drive their path and pace of learning. Students are then given ownership of their own learning and are able to reflect on their progress through goal setting conversations. Participants who attend this visit will see the thoughtful School Leadership and implementation of Data Driven Instruction required to support this model.

8:00 am -12:00 pm

October 22, 2019: Weber Elementary, Clear Creek ISD

Weber Elementary is working to promote academic agency and address academic gaps in subpopulation in their K-5th grade classrooms through student progress and process ownership including data transparency and flexibility of the path and pace of learning. The use of Learning Progressions and I Can Statements are supporting the site’s implementation of these strategies. Additional aspects of Competency Based Learning are evident, including On Demand Assessments that give students the ability to demonstrate mastery of an I Can Statement when ready.  Participants who attend this visit will see the thoughtful implementation of multiple sources of data and well defined classrooms structures that support students to drive their own learning.

8:30 – 10:45 am

October 23, 2019: Temple High School, Temple ISD

Temple High School is leveraging blended learning to increase 1:1 and small group time with students, targeting specific academic needs and learned helplessness and building intentional relationships–where students become valued partners with their teachers, increasing student agency, giving students not only transparent access to their learning data, but also the power to act on it in pursuit of their own learning pacing or pathway needs. THS’ 11 pilot classrooms include Algebra I, Pre-Cal, English, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology and Advanced French. Temple began with a deep dive into the Flipped Blended Model and now continue to work to leverage this flipped content and other online resources to allow students flexibility in their pacing and pathways and “free up teachers” to create dynamic instructional groups based on learning data and engage students in 1:1 coaching and goal setting conversations.

8:15 – 11:15 am

October 23, 2019: Shannon High School, Birdville ISD

Birdville ISD is working to improve high school literacy achievement in 9th and 10th grade classes at their traditional high schools, and to reinvent their alternative high school campus (Shannon High School) to a high achieving campus through personalized blended learning.  At Shannon, participants will see students in all subject areas actively engaged in learning through multiple pathways including online curricula, teacher-led instruction and peer collaboration. They will also visit a blended reading intervention classroom where students who opt in have experienced significant increases in reading skills.

9:00 – 11:30 am

October 24, 2019: North Ridge Middle School, Birdville ISD

Showcase visit description coming soon. Visit from 9:00 – 11:30 am.

November 7, 2019: Robertson Elementary, Round Rock ISD

Robertson Elementary School is working to increase the rate of student growth in their K-5 classrooms (in Math and ELA) through targeted use of self-paced online content and a focus on simple, real time data strategies to inform small group instruction and learning pathways. Participants who attend this visit will see students working in small groups based on multiple data sources, including feedback from an online self-paced math program and student facing progress monitoring tools. Two Kindergarten pilot classrooms have a particularly high level of student agency and progress ownership visible in the accessible systems and routines in place.

9:00 – 11:30 am

November 7, 2019: Cisco Elementary and Junior High, Cisco ISD

Cisco ISD is working to improve academic performance and develop students who are motivated, independent learners through piloting personalized blended learning in science and math classrooms. Participants will observe high student agency Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms where students use multiple sources of data to monitor their progress and make decisions about the sequence of learning activities they pursue as they mastery learning objectives. In some classes, students take weekly or unit pre-tests to determine which objectives they have already mastered and move on to those which are more advanced or to new TEKS.

8:30 – 11:45 am

November 12, 2019: KIPP Zenith and KIPP Spirit, KIPP Texas-Houston

KIPP Zenith and KIPP Spirit, winners of both Raising Blended Learners and Math Innovation Zones, have been on a blended learning journey focused on two mutually reinforcing goals: students reaching the “college ready” bar in math and students becoming agents of their own learning. KIPP has piloted models in K, 3rd, and Alg. I, each with a unique instructional model but designed around the same student experiences: student agency, academic rigor, blended and personalized learning activities, and data driven learning. Each model was then expanded to adjacent grade levels, and the schools are now implementing across the entire math program, K-8. KIPP continues to focus primarily on students having access to their data, the ability to review and analyze it, and opportunity in the schedule each work to “do something about their data.” In order to build out their classrooms, teachers collaborate monthly to iterate and improved their blended models to ensure greater student learning and agency development. Visitors are encouraged to ask students about what they like and how they’re doing, and whether they feel successful and challenged in their math classrooms.

9:00 am -12:00 pm

November 13, 2019: Nottingham Elementary School, Spring Branch ISD

Nottingham Elementary School is working to promote student agency and support improved academic performance for all students in their K-5 classrooms. Through the thoughtful use of growth based assessment data and the flexible instructional groupings, the team is giving students ownership over their own learning, leading to the development of agency. Participants who attend this visit will see students who understand and value what they are working on and and a staff of teachers and school leaders who are thoughtfully innovating in the early stages of implementation.

8:30 – 11:30 am

About Raising Blended Learners

Raising Blended Learners is a demonstration initiative showcasing strategies for using blended learning to improve student achievement across diverse student demographics and geographic regions in the state, particularly among schools and districts with persistent achievement gaps.