Congratulations to the second class of FISD Future Ready Teacher Grant winners Daidra Chilek, Natalie Henke, Rosella Silva, Dixie Haag, Erin Fluman, Kathleen De la Garza, Sara Sova and Kimberly Ximenez! Next year, these teachers will have classroom sets of Chromebooks, giving their students access to their own Chromebook, every day.
Chosen through a competitive application process, the eight winners commit to staff development that focuses on how to effectively engage students using blended learning, a combination of digital tools and traditional teaching methods in the classroom.
“The purpose of the Future Ready Grant is two-fold. One, to provide year-long professional learning for teachers to build capacity in integrating digital learning and effective instructional models. And two, to increase access to technology devices for students to help them build skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity,” said Dr. Rhonda Wade, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.
The first year of the Future Ready Grants, there were eight applicants; this year, there were 22 applicants. Dr. Bays is excited about the growing interest in making blended learning a part of classrooms.
“I am so proud of the growth of the Future Ready Teacher Grant program. Teachers at FISD want to provide students with the 21st-century skills they need to lead prosperous lives. A big part of that is changing the way we deliver instruction,” explained Dr. Bays.
The FISD Strategic Plan outlines that, by 2022, ALL teachers will implement student-centered instructional models through innovative teaching and learning practices. Dr. Bays believes the Future Ready Teacher Grants are giving teachers additional tools to make that happen, saying, “FISD is headed in the right direction, and the Future Ready Grant winners are leading the way.”