Pasodale and Ysleta elementary schools have been chosen as pilot sites for a new statewide network designed to promote “blended learning” by Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT), a non-profit group that seeks to advance public education through innovative leadership and advocacy.
Ysleta ISD was among 15 in the state to be chosen by RHYT to conduct Pilot Network Sites to help catalyze statewide expansion of blended learning. In turn, RHYT will provide expert implementation assistance, coaching, and professional development to these pilot sites.
“Blended learning” refers to classroom instruction that blends online learning and brick- and-mortar schooling. Students get the benefits of attending a physical school, but they also learn online – at least in part – with some element of student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of their learning.
This is a departure from the broader trend of simply equipping classrooms with devices and software, according to RYHT.
At YISD, blended learning has become a principle of professional development that emphasizes the use of digital tools and applications to personalize learning for students. As a result, YISD students are able to extend learning beyond the traditional hours and walls of the classroom by making the best use of online content and resources.
To help other districts and schools interested in learning more or pursuing blended learning, Raise Your Hand Texas has also launched a public blended learning resource portal with curated national resources and materials. For more information, visit RaiseYourHandTexas.org.