Socorro ISD finalist for ‘Raise Your Hand Texas’ blended learning grant

The Socorro Independent School District is one of only 30 school district finalists selected by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation for the second cohort of the Raising Blended Learners demonstration initiative.

“We are honored to be recognized as a finalist in this program that would potentially lead to even more Operation Future Ready and Operation College Bound opportunities for our students,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. “Giving our students the latest technology, resources, and relevant instruction to succeed in our global, fast-paced society is among our top priorities.”

According to district officials, Socorro ISD is the only district finalist from El Paso and was selected based on its “successful blended learning strategies that ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education to prepare them for future success in college, careers, and life.”

Blended learning integrates traditional classroom teaching with online technology and digital learning so that students can excel with personalized instruction and more ownership of their learning.

The finalist districts are being considered for a total of $6 million in grant funding plus additional in-kind technical assistance to implement a personalized learning program, according to the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

“I am proud of the excellent work our teachers, principals and instructional support staff already has accomplished with blended learning and technology in Team SISD,” Espinoza added.

“We have seen great gains with our digital teaching and learning, and we will continue our tireless work to ensure our students have the best, rigorous instruction to prepare them for their technology-driven educational and career paths.”

The foundation will select up to 20 winning districts in April to each receive up to $300,000 in grant funding and technical assistance.