By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Calling it something “completely different than anything we’ve ever done,” Point Isabel ISD Superintendent Dr. Lisa Garcia began the introduction to a new learning program which will be used by a majority of the District’s 7th grade students beginning this year.
Throughout her tenure at the District, Garcia has aimed towards increasing the use of technology as a vital learning tool within the classroom. Over the last year, the District has taken huge strides to reach that goal, taking the first steps to be recognized as a “District of Innovation” and securing a grant from Raise Your Hand Texas to begin implementing “blended learning” programs as part of Project SAIL (Student Achievement via Individualized Learning).
During a presentation at Tuesday evening’s regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the school board learned of the District’s latest efforts towards blended learning: a customized, self-directed online learning model where students can learn at their own pace and devote increased attention to the areas of study that interest them.
Technology Director D.J. Canales described the program as a “flex model” composed of three parts: personal learning time (PLT), weekly goals and mentorship, and project-based learning.
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