Raising Blended Learners
Every classroom across the state becomes a space that fully fosters student agency and personalization.
Tomorrow’s leaders will be tasked with tackling problems that a factory model approach to education will not solve. Educators are responsible for helping learners become college- and career-ready for the 21st century, but have inherited a classroom model built to prepare earlier generations. What is needed in education is a shift to personalized, competency-based approaches — or student-centered learning. We believe blended learning – which combines the best of in-person classroom teaching with online technology – represents the engine to power personalized, student-centered learning at scale across Texas.
Raising Blended Learners is a four-year 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 opportunity gaps. Our ultimate goal is for blended learning to be systematically utilized throughout Texas and is seen as a replicable model for all educators.
Raising Blended Learners consists of two cohorts. The first cohort, a $2.5 million dollar grant opportunity with extensive technical assistance, launched in 2015, supported 5 pilot and 15 demonstration districts (50 schools, 600 teachers, 35,000 students). Although this grant has concluded, the cohort continues to scale and sustain the work of blended learning.
The second cohort, Raising Blended Learners II, is a $15 million dollar initiative providing grants and technical assistance to 20 districts. Districts spent the 2020-21 school year planning their blended learning programs and began implementation in the 2021-22 school year. Upon conclusion of the second cohort, we project that the Raising Blended Learners statewide initiative will have impacted 40 districts, more than 1,200 teachers, and more than 75,000 students across the state of Texas.
All of our work is aligned with blended learning best practices captured by the pillars of our Raising Blended Learners Instructional Continuum.
Raising Blended Learners I
Raising Blended Learners II
Teachers projected to impact
Students projected to impact
Key takeaways from the evaluation conducted during year three of Raising Blended Learners I. In the 2017–18 school year,
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Director of Raising Blended Learners
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