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Humble ISD is a semifinalist for Raising Blended Learners

Humble ISD was recently named a semifinalist by Raise Your Hand Texas for its $2.5 million Raising Blended Learners grant initiative. Selected teams will attend two-day, expense-paid blended learning workshops in September and October 2015. The workshops will be led by Heather Staker, author of “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools,” founder and president of Ready to Blend, and adjunct fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and pioneer in blended learning.

Ten finalists will be chosen in January to receive assistance in refining their plans for blended learning. Five winning teams will be announced in April and will receive up to $500,000 and technical support in implementing their programs over three years.

Blended learning is a blend of online learning and brick-and-mortar schooling that takes place when students learn–at least in part–online, 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 is different from full-time virtual education, which does not include peer engagement and in-person student-teacher interactions.

“Raising Blended Learners is designed to test and showcase blended learning strategies that personalize instruction with the goal of improving student achievement, particularly among schools and districts with persistent achievement gaps,” said Dr. David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas. “Expecting one teacher to tailor lessons to each child in a classroom of 20 to 35 students using 20th century classroom models is not only ineffective, but nearly impossible. Blended learning represents the engine to power student-centered, competency-based learning at scale.”

Raise Your Hand Texas is a non-profit, non-partisan organization advancing public education by igniting fiercely innovative leadership and advocacy for our state’s 5 million+ students. They invest in programs to develop an innovative new breed of leaders for Texas public schools, and lead research-driven public policy advocacy that elevates the quality of Texas public education, to ensure that our economy remains strong and Texas’ future remains bright. Visit to learn more.
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