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Socorro ISD wins 2017 School of TechXcellence Award

The Socorro Independent School District won the 2017 School of TechXcellence Award by District Administration magazine, HP and Intel, for an innovative, effective and replicable technology program in math instruction that is contributing to student success.

Team SISD received the designation for the success of its Math as a Second Language 4 English Language Learners Academy, which promotes math literacy and builds comprehension of math among English Language Learners.

Socorro ISD is one of 19 schools and districts from 14 states selected for the award.

“Being honored by a national program for the instructional work we do with our teachers speaks volumes about our district,” said Alisa Zapata-Farmer, chief academic officer. “Our instructional team is constantly working to bring professional development that is relevant in order to meet the needs of all students. The large majority of the workforce today requires workers to have some type of knowledge on how to use technology, therefore; it is important that Team SISD remain innovative and incorporate technology into our lessons as much as possible to prepare our students for a global society.”

SISD’s program implements reading, writing, vocabulary and technological strategies into math curriculum to assist teachers who work with the Limited English Proficient, bilingual, English as a Second Language, and migrant student population in the district.

Since the start of the Math as a Second Language for English Language Learners Academy in 2015, student math benchmark scores for grades 3 to 12 have increased by eight percent.

“In developing the program, we researched what would be the best approach to teaching math skills and concepts that our students would comprehend and retain,” said Rachel Sendek, instructional officer for elementary math. “This academy helps teachers be better prepared to teach our second language learners by providing them strategies they can apply towards mathematics.”

Read the District Administration Magazine feature on Socorro ISD: https://www.districtadministration.com/techx/awards/socorro-isd-el-paso-texas

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