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Demonstration Sites

Five winning school districts were selected to receive up to $500,000 in grant funding over three years and comprehensive implementation support to serve as demonstration sites for the effective implementation of blended learning.

Birdville ISD

Located northeast of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Birdville Independent School District serves roughly 25,000 students. In 2015, as members of the district leadership team recognized literacy challenges across schools, they sought the Raising Blended Learners grant to redesign learning in the district while addressing a key academic priority. The district’s ensuing pilot is designed to facilitate a shift from “one-size-fits-all” instruction toward student-centered, personalized learning. In addition to targeting English Language Arts and Reading outcomes, the program is designed to increase student ownership of learning.

Cisco ISD

Cisco, Texas is a rural community, two hours west of Dallas, with a population under 4,000. Cisco Independent School District serves 872 students, with 55% living with economic disadvantage. In recent years, Cisco has quickly transitioned from limited technology use to adopting blended learning as a core strategy for improving student performance. As Superintendent Kelly West has stated, “Any technology that brings the big wide world into rural Texas is a benefit.”


KIPP Texas-Houston Public Schools enrolls nearly 14,300 students across 28 schools. Founded in 1994 as the first KIPP location in the country, KIPP Texas-Houston has always held a prominent position in the national KIPP network, and within the broader Houston education community. Since its founding, KIPP Texas-Houston has sought to provide high-quality education options for low-income minority students in the city. Reflecting on the challenges many of their high school graduates face in postsecondary education, KIPP Texas-Houston’s leadership saw the Raising Blended Learners grant as an opportunity to lay a stronger foundation in math in the middle school years. Moreover, the RBL initiative aligned with KIPP’s focus on developing the student agency and resilience necessary to succeed in college.

Pasadena ISD

Located southeast of Houston, Pasadena Independent School District is the largest of the RBL pilots— with over 55,000 students enrolled, the school district is one of the 15 largest in Texas. Ninety-two percent of the district’s youth are students of color, and almost 30% are Limited English Proficient (LEP). Nearly 80% of district students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 58% are considered academically at-risk. Responding to disparate student outcomes, district leadership developed an interest in blended and personalized learning as a means of better serving the academic needs of all students.

Point Isabel ISD

Point Isabel ISD, located at the southernmost tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, enrolls approximately 2,500 students. Eighty-two percent of students served by the district are economically disadvantaged, and over 60% are considered academically at-risk. District leaders saw the Raising Blended Learners grant as an opportunity to transform teaching and learning practices and increase student motivation, with the goal of better preparing students for postsecondary education. The superintendent has encouraged risk-taking and innovation in Point Isabel; the Raising Blended Learners work has played an important role in operationalizing her vision.

Pilot Network

In addition to the five Demonstration Sites, in year 1, during the 2016-17 school year, Raise Your Hand Texas selected fifteen districts as pilot sites to receive comprehensive technical assistance support to implement a blended learning program, without grant funding. In year 2, during the 2017-18 school year, nine of the fifteen pilot network sites have continued to receive implementation support as they scale their pilots to more classrooms and schools.

Clear Creek ISD

Located south of Houston, Clear Creek Independent School District serves more than 41,000 students. In recent years, Clear Creek has transitioned from a traditional model focused on rigor and differentiation to a model focused on personalization (…)

Georgetown ISD

Located 30 miles northeast of downtown Austin, Georgetown Independent School District serves roughly  11,000 students. A historically successful district, with a four year high school graduation rate of 97% (…)

Houston ISD

Located just outside of downtown Houston, Austin High School in Houston Independent School District enrolls nearly 2,000 students. In 2015, members of the Austin High School leadership team recognized literacy challenges across their high school (…)

Mineola ISD

Mineola ISD is a rural district located in Wood County, approximately 90 miles east of Dallas with a population of around 5,000 residents. Mineola ISD serves over 1,600 students including 63% living with economic disadvantage. (…)

Round Rock ISD

Located 20 miles north of Austin, Round Rock Independent School District serves roughly 48,000 students and is currently growing by nearly 1,000 students per year. In 2016 Robertson Elementary School launched a highly personalized station rotation model (…)

Spring Branch ISD

Located west of Houston, Spring Branch Independent School District serves 35,000 students. In 2015, members of the district leadership team recognized academic gaps in both math and reading across the district (…)

Temple ISD

Located in Central Texas between Austin and Waco, Temple Independent School District serves roughly 8,600 students. In 2015, as members of the district leadership team recognized a lack of student and teacher relationships (…)

Tulia ISD

Located in the Texas Panhandle halfway between Lubbock and Amarillo, Tulia Independent School District serves roughly 1,100 students from a small farm and ranch community of around 5,000 citizens. (…)

Ysleta ISD

Located in El Paso, Ysleta Independent School District serves over 41,000 students. In 2015, as members of the district leadership team recognized significant gaps in reading levels, they sought to redesign learning and improve reading outcomes (…)