Education leaders visit Dallas ISD to see blended and personalized learning in action


Education leaders from across the state recently visited Dallas ISD schools to see blended and personalized learning in action.

Dallas ISD, Region 10 Education Service Center and the Texas Education Agency hosted the 2019 Blended Learning Grant Program Kickoff Summit Dec. 5-6 in Dallas. Summit attendees, which in total included more than 200 Texas education leaders, heard from Dallas ISD personalized learning leaders and visited five Dallas ISD personalized learning schools.

“We are one of the few urban school districts in the state who have implemented personalized and blended learning at scale,  which provides our schools an opportunity to share their journey and what’s working with other leaders,” said Kristen Watkins, director of Dallas ISD Personalized Learning.

Dallas ISD is considered an early pioneer of personalized learning, which is a method of educating children that focuses on each individual student’s interests, talents and goals. Dallas ISD is home to 14 personalized learning schools.

Blended learning is a part of the personalized learning model that blends the best of face-to-face learning with technology to meet the needs of every student. Dallas ISD has 10 schools that are emerging or working on blended or personalized learning.

“We’re excited about the collaboration across districts and know that this community of practice will help us all get better together, Watkins said.

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