WESLACO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Weslaco ISD announced it is part a part of the second cohort of the Raising Blended Learners initiative funded by the Charles Butt Foundation.
Blended Learning combines in-person classroom teaching with online technology to personalize instruction, according to the Weslaco ISD news release.
The initiative showcases strategies to improve student achievement across demographics and geographic regions in Texas, particularly among schools and districts with persistent opportunity gaps.
Weslaco ISD said its ultimate goal is for blended learning to be systematically utilized throughout Texas and is seen as a replicable model for all educators.
“The key component is that work that they do is on their level. It’s not like everybody does the same thing,” said Scott Amdahl, Project Manager, Raising Blended Learners Grant. “When they go to their stations, they do the work that’s at their level, which is different from in the past. But what happens is teachers would send students to centers in every student, we do the same thing, regardless of the level.”
Cleckler-Heald Elementary will be a part of, is a $15 million initiative providing grants and technical assistance to 20 districts.
Officials said they hope the blended learning technique will help students feel confident and successful in their learning.