Wednesday evening, officials with the Ysleta Independent School District announced that the district had earned a highly competitive Blended Learning grant from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) that will expand the number of campuses featuring blended learning, a practice that enables teachers to deliver personalized learning in order to meet the needs of all students.
“We are excited for this opportunity to rethink our instructional models and continue the design for the future to ensure our students have the very best learning experience possible,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre said.
In 2015, Ysleta ISD launched its blended learning initiative at two campuses, and has since expanded to include nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school, for a total of 13 sites.
This new TEA grant will make it possible to expand Ysleta ISD’s roster of blended-learning campuses to include Del Valle Elementary and Del Valle Middle schools, which were selected due to principal and teacher commitment.
TEA’s Blended Learning Grant Program (BLGP) involves a four-year process to design, launch, and scale a high-quality blended learning program within a school district or charter school network.
Blended learning is defined as a combination of face-to-face instruction with online learning to help teachers effectively customize instruction for all students. In turn, students gain a sense of ownership and control over their learning that helps them succeed in the classroom setting.
The BLGP offers options for district participation in math (through Math Innovation Zones), and in non-math subjects (through non-math blended learning pilots). Ysleta ISD’s grant is for a non-math blended learning pilot.
At Ysleta ISD, this new TEA grant will provide professional guidance to campuses, as well as fund a project manager, who will focus on fully institutionalizing blended learning processes and bring additional campuses on board.
For more information on BLGP, visit www.tea.gov.