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Vision 2020 Awardee Descriptions

 

 

The Immersion Strand awardees are as follows:

Anthony ISD is a 3A school district serving 778 students. Anthony is unique in that it is considered a rural community, yet sits midway between Las Cruces, New Mexico and downtown EI Paso with accessibility from I-10, the Anthony Gap and Trans-Mountain. Although AISD is a small district, it has made a major investment in technology and associated infrastructure. The role of technology at AISD is to achieve excellence and equity in student performance. This will be accomplished by using technology to accelerate instruction especially for special populations, particularly minority students. For all students, technology is expected to stimulate creativity and curiosity as well as to assist in the development of problem-solving and higher order thinking skills. Finally, technology will be utilized to establish the levels of technological literacy and competence to provide students with the skills that they will need in the future. Vision 2020 funds will be used to provide 254 students and 29 teachers in grades 9-12 with Apple computers to provide on-demand access at school and at home. In addition to the laptops students will use peripherals such as cameras, projectors, scanners, and appropriate software. Apple Computer will provide research-based professional development to help teachers create 21st century learning environments. Professional development from the Education Service Center Region 19 will focus on the use of an aligned curriculum. Visit the district website at http://www.anthonyisd.net/.

Atlanta ISD is a 3A school district located in rural Northeast Texas, serving approximately 1900 students. Atlanta is immersing the 8th and 9th graders in all core subjects with emphasis in Math and Science using Apple laptops with the intent to engage students in learning and improve TAKS scores in these instructional areas. The school district will be using the six critical components of technology immersion as identified by the Texas Technology Immersion Project (TIP). Atlanta is using Apple trainers to provide staff development in a three phase program to assure mastery and integration of skills. The first phase of staff development focused on teacher understanding and use of the Apple operating system and software available for student and teacher use. The next phase of staff development will focus on curriculum integration in specific disciplines. Use of the third phase will be based on needs as assessed. In addition to Apple trainers for staff development AISD will be providing in house trainers for staff development and curriculum integration. AISD is providing numerous online instructional resources and online formative assessment tools. To close the gap for students without Internet access at home the Middle and High School libraries are providing time after school and in the evening for students to have a place to work with Internet access. Visit the district website at http://www.atlisd.net/.

Bryan ISD is a 5A school district located about 92 miles north-northwest of Houston serving 14,827 students. Jane Long MS will follow in the previous TIP footsteps of Stephen F. Austin Middle School in 2004 and Sam Rayburn Middle School in 2006 by immersing at least 2 grades of their campus, grades 6 and 7 including 229 students and 29 teachers with new Apple laptops. Bryan’s 1Vision website has extensive information on what they have been able to do with TIP and the students showcase their work every year at their 1Vision Showcase. Bryan is a leader in technology immersion and encourages other schools interested in moving to a 1:1 environment to visit them. See what they have been able to accomplish at http://www.ci.bryanisd.org/1Vision/Welc ome.html. Carrizo Springs ISD is a 3A school district serving 2,388 students. Carrizo Springs is 81 miles northwest of Laredo.

Carrizo Springs is also forty-five miles east of the Mexican border. The Vision 2020 grant will serve 317 students, 23 teachers and 2 administrators in grades 7 and 8 by providing laptop computers, appropriate software and intensive professional development. The district will partner with Texas A&M International University to provide supportive and sustained professional development. Technical assistance will be provided by the USDA Rural Development group. The district also will partner with Southwest Community College. Visit the district website at http://www.cscisd.net/.

Coleman ISD is a 2A school district serving 991 students. Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene, in a rural community with less than 5,000 residents. Previously, Coleman Junior High implemented a TIP grant providing laptop computers to all 8th grade students. To continue that effort, Coleman High School will provide Dell laptops to approximately 300 students and 37 teachers in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Online curriculum tools, such as Classroom Connect and eChalk, will be used in reading/language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Utilization of WebCCat Gold will provide on-going diagnostic assessment of student progress in the core content areas to further support instructional effectiveness. Pearson Achievement will provide professional development services to all high school teachers and administrative staff. Visit the district website at http://www.colemanisd.net

Coolidge ISD is a 1A school district located 45 miles northeast of Waco, serving 299 students. Coolidge High School will be immersing 120 students, 15 teachers and 2 administrators in grades 6-12. Coolidge is a year round school. They will be using Apple MacBook computers, with the major focus of integrating technology into the curricula and instruction. They will provide intensive professional development delivered by the Apple professional development trainers. They will partner with Navarro College and Education Service Center Region 12. Software solutions will include netTrekker, an online, TEKS-aligned software that links directly to state standards and benchmarks in the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. My Access writing and Explore Learning Math and Science will provide a steady flow of quantitative and qualitative measures of student performance to benchmark individual achievement levels within classrooms. Visit the district website at http://www.coolidge.k12.tx.us.

Eastland ISD is a 2A school district located 60 miles west of Abilene, serving 1168 students. Siebert Elementary School is a U. S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award school. Siebert Elementary School serves approximately 624 students in grades K-5. The Vision 2020 grant will provide Apple laptop computers, Promethean interactive white boards and student response systems to 175 students and 14 teachers in the 4th and 5th grades. The focus of the project is continuous innovation with technology leading to increased student achievement. Visit the district website at http://www.eastland.esc14.net.

Gladewater ISD is a 3A school district located twelve miles west of Longview and thirty-five miles north of Tyler, serving 2,148 students who travel from inside the city limits and rural areas that reach into Smith, Upshur, and Gregg counties. Gladewater ISD, in partnership with Region 7, Kilgore College, Texas State Technical College, Agile Mind, Klein ISD, and SuddenLink, will be immersing all students (600 students and a total of 55 teachers) in Gladewater High School with laptops. The first year, all core subject teachers will receive training and laptops and during year two the remainder of the teachers will be receiving the computers. Gladewater partner, TSTC, is using a Smart Board to capture lessons as a podcast and post them on the school website. All homes will be offered discounted Internet connectivity through the SuddenLink partnership. A technology help desk /data liaison will be assigned to collect data needed to make daily decisions to improve activities and training at the high school and provide technical assistance. Visit the district website at http://www.gladewaterisd.com/.

McAllen ISD is a 5A school district serving 24,983 students in Hidalgo County, located in the South Texas Rio Grande Valley 4 miles from the Mexico border. McAllen has entitled their project ACCESS (A Computer per Child Empowers Student to Succeed) and will focus on raising students’ academic achievement in the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Lamar Academy and Covenant Christian Academy will be partners in this immersion project. Lamar Academy will immerse grades 6-8 by providing Dell laptops to 206 students and 3 teachers. Covenant Christian Academy will provide Dell laptops 32 sixth grade students and 6 teachers. Providing teachers with ongoing, sustained professional development will be key in the success of this project. Professional development for teachers will include a blended approach including online training, workshops and technology integration coaching. Visit the district website at http://www.mcallenisd.org/.

New Summerfield ISD is a 1A school district located in East Texas, in Cherokee County, serving 440 students. New Summerfield ISD is partnering with Troup ISD during this grant. New Summerfield is immersing all high school students (122 students and 14 teachers) while Troup is targeting 9th and 10th graders (150 students and 40 teachers). Training through Apple Computer has begun and all computers have been received. The districts are using their current curriculum and integrating technology as a tool. They will also be receiving data probes for science investigation lessons. The two school districts are sharing a Technology Integration Specialist to conduct workshops as well as working 1-1 with teachers on lessons and integration strategies. To see some of the podcasts already completed by Troup ISD, go to http://troup3.troupisd.org/users/.
Visit the New Summerfield website at http://www.nsisd.sprnet.org/education/district/district.php?sectionid=1.

Pearsall ISD is a 3A school district located about 60 minutes southwest of San Antonio in Frio County, Texas serving 2312 students. Their program will follow after the San Antonio Technology in Education Coalition (SATEC) model to create an environment in math and science that increases the use of technologies in the classroom. They will do this by implementing a varied approach to professional development including workshops on teaching techniques, innovative classroom design, classroom management and improve technology skills. They have also included a regular one-to-one coaching and mentoring component for classroom teachers to ensure the techniques learned in the workshops are implemented. Approximately 189 Freshman students and 8 teachers will participate in the program. The goal is to let these students keep the laptops through the next 4 years in order to evaluate their progress with students who are not immersed. They will use tablet PCs, LCD projectors, digital cameras, camcorders, probes and sensors, professional productivity software, graphic organizers, remote cameras, and email. See their district website at http://www.pearsallisd.org/.

Roosevelt ISD is a 2A district located in about 10 miles east of Lubbock, but not based within the community per se. Approximately 85% of the 1150 students who attend schools in Roosevelt ISD utilize school transportation to get back and forth to school each day. More than 10% of the student population lives in residential Child Protective Services facilities. The Vision 2020 grant will involve 350 students and 40 teachers in grades 9 through 12 at Roosevelt High School. The focus of this grant is on the transformation of the learning environment through the creation of authentic projects focused on real world scenarios. In addition to Apple laptop computers, students will use Vantage My Access Writing, Apex Learning Class Tools Achieve and Beyond Books, and Explore Learning Math and Science and a number of other great software packages. The vendor partner trainers will provide professional development. Visit the district website at http://www.roosevelt.k12.tx.us

San Benito ISD is a 5A school district serving approximately 11,022 students in Cameron County, located in South Texas close to the United States/Mexico border. Fred Booth Elementary will be immersing grades 3-4. Their grant program, Project Helpful Technology for Mobile Learners (HTML) will provide Apple MacBook laptops for 205 students and 11 teachers, 10 Promethean interactive whiteboards, and 10 student response systems. The focus of this grant is providing instructional resources that support immersion in the core subject areas. Additional resources include CSOPE, LightSpeed Field Exploratory tools, and Compass Learning core support software. Teachers will receive ongoing professional development through onsite technology immersion coaching, workshops from ESC Region 1 and technology conferences. Vendor partner trainers will also provide professional development related to grant activities. Visit the district website at http://www.sbcisd.net/.

Santa Maria is a 1A school district serving approximately 600 students in Cameron County, located in South Texas close to the United States/Mexico border. Santa Maria High School will be immersing 150 students and 20 teachers, providing Apple MacBook computers to each. Their grant focus is integrating technology into the curricula and instruction. Teachers have received their laptops and training through Apple Computer has begun. Their training package includes 6 2-day sessions throughout this school year. Students will receive their laptops in January. Visit the district website at http://www.smisd.net/.

Santa Rosa is a 2A school district serving 1217 students in Cameron County, located in South Texas close to the United States/Mexico border. Jo Nelson Middle School will be immersing grades 6-7 by providing PC laptops for 186 students and 21 teachers. Project URL (Unlimited Resources for Learning) will focus on raising student academic achievement and providing online instructional resources and classroom tools that support the state curriculum in the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Professional development will be incorporated to help teachers integrate technology into teaching. This will include sessions from ESC Region 1, technology conferences and seminars, on-site technology coaching, and vender training from Promethean (whiteboards), Vernier (classroom tools/digital microscopes), LightSpeed, Compass Learning and others. Visit the district website at http://www.srtx.org/.

Stockdale ISD is a 2A school district serving 786 students located 40 miles SE of San Antonio. The purpose of the Vision 2020 grant is to provide 218 students, 26 teachers, 31 staff and 1 administrator with a tablet PC and state of the art productivity, communication and presentation software, quality instructional resources to support the curriculum in all academic areas and ongoing professional development for teachers and administrators to integrate technology into teaching and learning. Education Service Center Region 20 will be an active partner in the grant activities. The district will continue to build on the progress made through a collaborative TARGET grant led by Floresville ISD. The district is in the process of building a state-of-the art high school due to open in fall of 2009. Visit the district website at http://www.stockdale.k12.tx.us/.

Trinity ISD is a 1A school district serving 1,170 students and located in southeast Texas in Trinity County, and encompasses a geographic area of 142 square miles. Trinity MS will be immersing 238 students and 15 teachers with laptops. They are building on previous grant successes with TARGET and STAR grants. Teachers will be provided with interactive whiteboards. They will develop an ongoing professional development program that encompasses technology immersion in all 4 core content areas. They will focus on using technology resources in the classroom as well as online curriculum resources and professional development. They will partner with Harcourt Connected Learning for delivery of Classroom Connect. A full time campus technology integration specialist will be made available to provide ongoing technical and pedagogical support to teachers and provide just-in-time professional development on new and upcoming technologies. Trinity intends to match funds contributed by Vision 2020 for the salary of the integration specialist. Maintenance and repair of the laptops will be done through a manufacturer supported self-maintainer program and will provide spare laptops and inventory to support their objectives. See their district website at http://www.trinity.k12.tx.us.

The Virtual Learning Strand awardees are as follows:

Alief ISD is a 5A urban school district in Southwest Houston serving approximately 45,500 students. As a receiver district, Alief’s goal is to provide access to high quality distance learning opportunities to Alief students who meet the student eligibility criteria. Student objectives are to increase the number of high quality distance learning opportunities from 1 class offered to at least 5 classes offered and to increase the number of students enrolled and actively participating in online courses from 30 students to a least 660 students. Alief will increase the number of teachers trained to facilitate online courses from 9 staff members to at least 20 staff members as well as increase the number of administrators trained in best practices in online learning from 4 administrators to at least 20 administrators. Alief staff members engaging in and actively participating in online staff development courses in content areas (math, science, language arts, etc.) will increase from 9 staff members to at least 1,350 staff members. Courses will begin as a supplement to traditional course work in order to acclimate online learning for teachers, administrators, and students. Students will participate in math and science courses, and in foreign language classes such as German that the district is unable to offer. For more information on Alief ISD, go to http:// www.aliefisd.net.

El Paso ISD is a 5A school district located on the Texas-New Mexico border serving approximately 62,123 students. Two high schools, Austin and Chapin, will be participating in the Virtual Learning grant to provide online course curriculum and instruction through the TxVSN in order to improve student academic achievement, to assist every student in becoming technology literate, and to encourage teachers to use web-based instructional strategies that are supported by professional development. The district will make online courses available to 100 students in Grades 9-12. As a provider district, EPISD is focused upon the development of AP Art History and Music Theory online courses. It is anticipated that a total of 19 teachers will receive professional development through the grant. The district plans include a mobile TV studio, camera and audio equipment, and “set” material.Teachers will be able to use recording software to upload lectures or activities into online modules that students may access via video streaming or interactive programs. For further information on EPISD, see http://www.episd.org

Frenship ISD is a 4A school district located in Wolfforth, TX, in Southwest Lubbock County serving approximately 6,704 students. Frenship plans to participate as both a provider and a receiving district. Frenship’s grant will provide funding for 300 students in Grades 9-12 to take online classes. It will enable 20 teachers to take an orientation course on online learning, 15 teachers to complete the TxVSN required professional development, and approximately 10 teachers to complete professional development to develop online courses. The district will provide 60 student computers to be used specifically by students enrolled in online courses, and 10 laptops for teachers completing the online training programs. Frenship will increase the number of online courses available to students; increase the number of teachers who can facilitate or work with students taking online courses; and increase the number of teachers who are prepared to teach online for TxVSN. The district will pursue online elective and core curriculum courses to support the state curriculum in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social students. In particular, Frenship is targeting alternative math and science courses for students. More information on Frenship is available at http://www.frenship.us.

Galveston ISD is a 5A school district located on the Gulf of Mexico, serving approximately 7,903 enrolled. The district plans to participate in the TxVSN as both a provider and a receiver school district. Examples of the district’s participant schools include Ball High School T-STEM Academy, Ball High School Accelerated Instructional Model (AIM) Academy (an individual instruction program for At-Risk students, Drop-Outs, Credit Recovery) and Ball High School-Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Burn Center, serving students who are burn patients from all over the United States. GISD will develop a Galveston Virtual Online School as part of its goal to establish 21st Century teaching and learning in the district. It plans to provide quality onlinecurriculum to hospital bound studentswho are unable to attend regular classes, immerse students in technology, enhance course selections available to At-Risk students, and build the capacity of teachers at Galveston Virtual Online School. The district will provide an orientation session on online learning for both students and those district parents whose students will be taking online courses. GISD will provide 35 student laptops to students who are taking online courses. GISD plans to enroll a total of 453 students in online courses in Grades 9-12. The district anticipates that 156 teachers will participate in professional development for teaching online. The district further anticipates that 25 administrators/principals will participate in professional development related to online learning. For additional information, see http://www.galvestonschools.org.

Irving ISD is a 5A school district located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area serving approximately 32,746 students. The district plans to be a provider district and proposes to develop at least 3 online courses by June 2009, with an additional 4 provided by June 2010. The district will use grant funds to establish the Irving Virtual School. The district is establishing the virtual school in recognition that its students need scheduling options to fulfill the state’s 4x4 curriculum requirement, scheduling flexibility, access to courses not offered locally, and expanded course options to meet different student learning styles. The grant will potentially impact 500 students who will enroll in at least one online course, and 150 who enroll in more than one online course. It is anticipated that 48 teachers will participate in professional development for online learning. The district plans for 24 administrator/principals to complete some professional development for online learning. All Irving ISD high school campuses will be involved in this project. The district will coordinate bond funds with grant funds to provide laptops for students. Additional information about Irving ISD is available on the district website at http://www.irvingisd.net

Patton Springs ISD is a 1A school district located in Afton, Texas, approximately 74 miles northeast of Lubbock serving approximately 107 students. The district has been an exemplary district for 12 years and plans to be both a provider and receiving district. As a receiver district, its goal is to increase students’ access to additional elective courses and highly qualified math and science teachers. As a provider district, developing online courses for the TxVSN will enable its teachers to reach students statewide with their curriculum. At the high school level, Patton Springs plans to provide online courses to 47 students in Grades 9-12: 13 students in Grade 12, 13 students in Grade 11, 12 students in Grade 10, and 9 students in Grade 9. It also plans to provide professional development for online learning to 10 teachers and 2 administrator/principals. The district will provide 20 laptops for student use in online courses; 10 laptops for teacher use in preparation; five Promethean boards for classroom integration, and 2 Qwizdom learning systems for classroom integration. Patton Springs website address is: http://www.pattonsprings.net

Region One ESC has formed a Virtual Learning collaborative of districts that serve students ranging from Lyford CISD with 1,540 students to Laredo ISD with 25,148 students. Region 1 and its partner districts see online learning as a means of addressing some of the challenges the area faces as a result of shifting demographics, a changing economy, student mobility, poverty, language and cultural differences. Among its objectives, the partner districts will train 40 core or elective subject area teachers teach online, provide professional development to 14 administrator/principals to increase their understanding of online learning, and have a total of 260 students engaged in online learning. In addition, the service center plans for 130 parents to receive training that will benefit the online learning experiences of students. Region One is partnering with Class.com, Texas Virtual School (TVS) Region 4 ESC, University of Texas-Pan American in its Digital Learning Link Program, offered through the service center’s T-STEM Center. Courses to be developed include Essential Math, Health Science 1A and 1B, Oceanography, Anthropology, Civics, Spanish 1A and 1B and Spanish 2A and 2B.

Region One ESC Participating Districts General District Information including Total Enrollment as of October 2007
District Total Students Provider / Receiving Website
Laredo ISD 25,148 Receiving http://www.laredoisd.org
Lyford CISD 1,540 Receiving http://www.lyfordcisd.net
Rio Hondo ISD 2,350 Receiving http://www.riohondoisd.net
Valley View ISD 4,356 Receiving http://www.vview.net

Region 11 ESC has a shared services agreement with 6 of its districts, forming the Cyberlearning Collaborative Region 11 (CC11). The districts within the shared services agreement range in size from Lingleville ISD with 204 students to Arlington ISD with 62,863 students. The vision is to improve student achievement by building capacity for access to quality online anywhere anytime coursework to supplement district offerings. CC11 will provide professional development to build capacity to participate in TxVSN. CC11 will also provide the use of a laptop computer for students taking an online course in each of the participating high schools. The collaborative projects that 256 semester courses will be offered. CC11 will provide an Online Learning Specialist to each collaborating campus to facilitate core curriculum teachers moving online and blended learning. The collaborative indicates that 10 teachers will take professional development for teaching online, plus 64 teachers in core subject areas will participate in professional development related to online learning, and 16 facilitators will receive training to provide on-site support to online students.

Region 11 ESC Participating Districts General District Information including Total Enrollment as of October 2007
District Total Students Provider / Receiving Website
Arlington ISD 62,863 Receiving http://www.aisd.net/
Cleburne ISD 6,691 Provider and Receiving http://www.cleburne.k12.tx.us/
Dublin ISD 1,311 Receiving http://www.dublin.k12.tx.us
Lingleville ISD 204 Receiving http://www.lingleville.k12.tx.us/
Mineral Wells ISD 3,669 Provider and Receiving http://www.mwisd.net
Poolville ISD 563 Provider and Receiving http://www.poolville.net

Region 16 ESC has a shared services agreement with 8 districts in the Texas Panhandle. The districts range in size from Boys Ranch with 297 total students enrolled in October of 2007 to Dimmitt, with 1,122 students enrolled in 2007. Districts could choose to be either provider or receiving districts. Districts will provide online courses to students to meet a variety of needs: graduation requirements, accelerated graduation, dual credit, credit recovery, Advanced Placement, schedule enrichment, homebound, and dropout recovery. Through the grant, the combined districts plan to serve a total of 1,491students through online learning. The service center plans to provide professional development for 3 teachers and 21 administrators. Region 16 will provide a set of laptops with a laptop cart to participating districts for students who are taking online classes to check out as needed. Provider district teachers will receive a laptop so that they will have 24/7 access to their class.

Region 16 ESC Participating Districts General District Information including Total Enrollment as of October 2007
District Total Students Provider / Receiving Website
Booker 363 Receiving http://www.bookerisd.net/
Boys Ranch 297 Receiving http://www.boysranchisd.org/
Canadian 718 Provider and Receiving http://www.canadianisd.net/
Dimmitt 1,122 Provider and Receiving http://www.dimmittisd.net/
Hart 305 Receiving http://www.hartisd.net/
Memphis 584 Receiving http://memphisisd.net/home.asp
Shamrock 326 Provider and Receiving no website available
Tulia 996 Receiving http://portal.tulia-isd.net/

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