Cy-Fair ISD a Finalist for Blended Learning Grant

 Cy-Fair, TX (January 12, 2016)  Education advocacy nonprofit Raise Your Hand Texas announced on Jan. 11 that Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is one of 10 finalists under consideration for the $5 million Raising Blended Learners demonstration initiative.

Cy-Fair ISD representatives will attend a workshop in February to receive professional assistance in refining their blended learning plans. Five winners, to be announced at demonstration sites in April, will each receive up to $500,000 in grants and technical implementation support for three years. All semifinalists will have access to blended learning resources to refine and implement plans if they move forward with their own programs without grant funding.

The other nine finalists include Birdville ISD, Cisco ISD, Georgetown ISD, Grand Prairie Young Women’s Leadership Academy, KIPP Houston, Pasadena ISD, Point Isabel ISD, Tulia ISD and Ysleta ISD.

As defined by the Christensen Institute, blended learning is a blend of online learning and brick-and-mortar schooling with some 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 and different from full-time virtual education, which does not include peer engagement and in-person student-teacher interactions.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm, among both finalists and the schools and districts not selected, surrounding the potential of blended learning to personalize instruction for Texas students,” said Dr. David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas and former CFISD superintendent of schools.

For more information, visit the Raising Blended Learners page of the RYHT website at http://www.raiseyourhandtexas.org.

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Content courtesy of Joel Weckerly, CFISD Communications