Through a 10-month competitive consideration process, beginning with a statewide open call for applications, five school district winners were selected by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation as demonstration sites. These demonstration sites serve as proof points for the effective implementation of blended learning and will receive up to $500,000 in grant funding over three years, plus comprehensive implementation support as they actualize their pilots. Demonstration sites completed their first year of implementation during the 2016-17 school year and all five have scaled their blended models to include more students and teachers implementing in year two.
Fifteen additional districts were selected by Raise Your Hand as pilot network sites in year 1 and received implementation support without grant funding to promote the expansion of blended learning statewide. These smaller-scale pilots receive implementation assistance, coaching, and professional development. In year 2, nine of the fifteen pilot network sites will continue to receive implementation support as they scale their pilots to more classrooms and schools.
Together these sites represent a mix of small and large, urban and rural, public school districts and public charter schools and each seek to apply blended learning strategies to remedy a specific challenge in their schools.