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Video+Story: Hart Elementary Opens First Dual-Language/New Tech Campus in U.S.

Starting this school year, students at this South Side elementary school will be the first in the nation to tackle innovative project-based learning with a focus on dual-language education.

More than 200 students at Hart last week kicked off the first year of the New Tech Network presence at the school.  Hart is only the second elementary school in Texas to adopt the project-based learning program and the first in the country to couple that style of teaching with a dual-language focus.

“We’re changing the way we teach … the way our students learn is going to be different and more effective,” principal Angelica Negrete said. “Students and parents are going to see a big difference in the classroom — from how the room physically looks to how instruction happens in small groups. The whole thing is innovative and forward-thinking.”

The Hart pipeline into New Tech programs at Guillen Middle School and Bowie High School creates EPISD’s first K-12 pathway for project-based learning.

The creation of the New Tech program at Hart was made possible through a transformation grant the District received last school year.  Since then, Negrete and District officials have been working with teachers and even some students to get ready for the full implementation of the program.

Some students say they already can see a difference in the way they are learning.

“I think we can communicate better with our classmates and research on our MacBooks we are going to get,” said fifth-grade student Derek Montanez. “I think it’s better in New Tech because we can engage in learning in a different way.”

Fifth-grader Megan Quian agrees and is looking forward to thriving in New Tech at Hart and then Guillen.

“It’s a lot more fun because in the old class we had to use paper and pencils, but it’s a lot more fun to use new technology,” she said. “We will have more experience with laptops.”

The New Tech model focuses on five learning outcomes: oral communication, written communication, collaboration, knowledge and thinking and agency.

“What makes New Tech different is not only do we teach the standards like every school in the country, but we focus on these learning outcomes and really encourage students to take ownership of their learning,” said Scott Grey, New Tech director of innovation, design and development.

EPISD is one of the largest adapters of New Tech Network strategies in the country.  Aside from Hart, Guillen and Bowie, New Tech programs exist at Franklin, Austin and Irvin high schools; Brown and Canyon Hills middle schools; and the Young Women’s STEAM Research & Preparatory Academy.

Story by Alicia Chumley  |  Video by Angel Dominguez – EPISD

Video+Story: Hart, Zavala Reading Clubs Face Off on the Field, Court

Hart and Zavala elementary schools students joined forces this week for some friendly competition in both soccer and basketball to celebrate the success of the Community in Schools’ initiatives.

Both campuses’ soccer and reading clubs faced off at Hart Elementary on the field, while students from the schools’ basketball and homework program played hoops.

“There are both academic programs that use sports as motivation to have success in reading and school,” said Simon Chandler, EPISD’s Community Schools coordinator, and the ref for the soccer match up. “The basketball and tutoring program uses students love of basketball to stay after school and get a little help with homework.”

This is the first year for the basketball program and the expansion of the reading and soccer program to Zavala. Students from Hart Elementary ate snacks and waited in the cafeteria after school for their neighboring rivals.

“The reason why I got involved is because soccer is my favorite sport,” said Juan Guerra, a Hart third grader. “I like that we read first and then we get to play soccer.”

For other Hart students, the competition was a good opportunity to showcase their soccer skills.

“I hope we win and we get first place,” said Rhinnon Davila, a fourth grader.

Second grade basketball start Pierre Abrego joined to play his favorite sport but loves the academic aspect of the program, too.

“I started playing basketball when I was little four years old. I liked how they did the shoots so I started practicing and became really good,” he said. “I read so I can know more about basketball so I when I took the test, I got 100 and I got A honor roll.”

Author: Reneé de Santos | Photos by Leonel Monroy

Rusk, Hart Students get Their ‘Steps In’ for Good Cause

Rusk and Hart Elementary School students are getting their steps in, and this time it’s not just for fitness.

Thanks to the UNICEF Kid Power Program, Rusk students are provided with a special band that helps them keep track of their steps and earn Kid Power Points. In return, for each mile walked, UNICEF donates life-saving therapeutic food packets for malnourished children around the world.

“I’ve never seen them so energetic,” Rusk Active Learning Leader Alma Sanchez said. “It’s been such a positive force for these kids.”

Sanchez applied last year for the grant to bring the program to Rusk, receiving 30 trackers and tablets to sync them a few weeks ago. She knew it would be a great way to motivate the students.

“They were excited when I handed out the bands,” Sanchez said. “I love it because it moves them, and it made them very empathetic to the suffering of other children. I challenge them to feed more kids everyday.”

She hands out the trackers to students in the morning, and syncs and sends the information to UNICEF through an accompanying app in the afternoon.

“I sync them and the app tells me how many steps total the students earned and how many children they have helped,” Sanchez said.

So far, the “Fast Moving Eagles,” as Sanchez dubbed them, have earned more than 555,000 steps and helped make a difference in the lives of 15 children.

Rusk is not the only one getting in on the action. Students at Hart Elementary are accruing steps for UNICEF.

Hart coach Darcy Hoggan has seen a noticeable difference in the way students participate during P.E.

Rusk fifth-grader Albert Aranda enjoyed wearing the fitness tracker the week before spring break, racking in more than 12,000 steps.

“This is getting the students to move a lot more. I like it,” Albert said. “I get to do two things that I like, which are moving and feeding kids. I hope they can do this at other schools.”

Student Haylee Olivas pushed herself, earning more than 13,000 steps the same week. She hopes her efforts will have an impact for children in need.

“I thought it was pretty cool. I was excited because I have never tried anything like this before,” Haylee said. I felt happy and proud of myself because there are kids who are hungry. It’s nice to be able to help feed other people.

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