EdStat: In 2016, Raising Blended Learners Chose Five “Demonstration Sites” to take delivery of Grants as much as $500,000 Over Few yearsApril 27, 2019
In an attempt to scale up personalized learning inside the state of Texas, Raising Blended Learners (RBL) has matched grants with extensive tailored support. RBL hosted in-depth workshops that guided 74 teams from districts to create blended learning plans. Ultimately, 10 school systems were selected to refine their plans before five winning “demonstration sites” were chosen in 2016 for grants all the way to $500,000 over three years.
The five demonstration sites had mixed or modest gains in student achievement and engagement, depending on a study about the 1st year of RBL composed by FSG. However, educators report greater student ownership of learning, more peer collaboration between students, deeper teacher familiarity with student needs, and fewer disciplinary problems.
To read more about regional personalized learning funds, read Julie Landry Petersen’s “Kickstarters for Personalized Learning” on EdNext.org.