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CAST SCHOOLS AWARDED GRANT FUNDING THROUGH RAISING BLENDED LEARNERS INITIATIVE

CAST Schools to receive up to $300,000 and technical support provided
by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation

CAST Schools is among the 20 school districts (or networks) selected as blended learning demonstration sites in the second cohort of Raising Blended Learners. CAST will receive up to $300,000 in grant funding plus additional in-kind technical assistance to implement a personalized learning program within their district.

The 2020 cohort of blended learning demonstration sites reflect the vast diversity within Texas’ public schools including suburban, rural, and urban districts with student populations ranging from 550 to more than 150,000 students.

 

“Our blended learning plan for our CAST Schools will focus on student agency and personalized learning, with a focus on incoming 9th graders and expanding to additional grades over time.”
– Jen Maestas, CAST Schools Leadership Coach

 

 

 

Blended learning merges best practices of in-person classroom teaching with online technology so educators are able to utilize data to personalize instruction while students are able to gain more ownership over their learning.

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