KIPP Houston Public Schools is officially one of five winners for the Raise Your Hand Texas Blended Learning Grant Initiative! KIPP Houston celebrated the win with an announcement at their monthly leadership meeting. Representatives from Raise Your Hand Texas came to officially announce the win to our team that worked tirelessly throughout this process. Cake, balloons, and excitement filled the room, but most importantly, our school leaders are eager to begin implementing this initiative to truly impact their students’ learning and lives.
The winning school districts receive up to $500,000 and intensive implementation support over three years. We were was chosen for this prestigious award through a 10-month consideration process involving 75 semi-finalist teams! We are excited to announce that KIPP Houston is the only public charter school selected for this grant from Raise Your Hand Texas, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to reinvent and strengthen public education for the 21st century.
“KIPP Houston Public Schools will now stand as an implementation model from which districts across the state can learn,” said Alison Badgett, interim executive director from Raise Your Hand Texas. “KIPP Houston’s leadership is committed to using blended learning to personalize instruction and drive improved performance. We look forward to support KIPP Houston’s efforts to enhance student achievement and sharing what we learn statewide.”
What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is the combination of teacher instruction and online technology that enables personalized learning.
Decades of research have shown that differentiated instruction (where teachers plan lessons based on each students’ individual learning style and need) and increased individual time with teachers benefit student achievement. Blended learning allows teachers to reach each student exactly where they are for optimal learning.
Additionally, the technology used in blended learning allows students to learn anywhere and anytime, building skills for lifelong learning and provides parents greater access to the classroom and to their child’s work.
Ultimately this means that our schools and the system as a whole will learn how to better personalize learning for every child on their climb up the mountain to and through college. We couldn’t be more honored and excited to be a part of this incredible journey with our schools across Texas!
Watch this video of Tai Ingram share more about narrowing the achievement gap with blended learning!