Texas Schools Focused on High-Priority Learning Standards
Texas High Performance Schools Consortium and Consortium Associate districts are focused on high-priority learning standards. See what that focus looks like in these districts. And find more examples of school transformation on our Latest News page.
Clear Creek ISD
Clear Springs High School biology teacher Garrett Krueger’s biology lessons lead students through a process of discovery through which they take more ownership of their learning.
This Coppell ISD classroom uses inquiry-based learning, or plenty of hands-on opportunities that allow students to take control of their own learning. The teacher acts as a guide, asking questions that lead students to more questions.
Partnering with Mobile Loaves and Fishes, students at Forest Trail Elementary in Eanes ISD work together across grade levels and academic disciplines on a service project that is thoughtfully aligned with the curriculum.
In 2016-17, Huntsville ISD began rolling out the Huntsville Engaged Learning Model (HELM) for teachers who applied to be part of the program. This new model of learning has been an adjustment for some students who were used to some classes being more about memorizing facts and less about higher-level thinking. One seventh grader at Mance Park Middle School shared with the district her experience and insights about 21st century learning, the STAAR, and her future.
Lake Travis ISD
Students of all ages attend free MakerNights held at the Lake Travis High School Annex. On November 7, 2016, the theme of MakerNights was Circuits, Resistors, & Switches. Students learned through hands-on investigation.
At Lytle Primary, innovative learning experiences provide students with opportunities for collaboration and critical thinking every day. Student creativity is nurtured through STEM challenges and makerspaces. Students solve problems together in gardens. They ask questions and find answers. The goal is to have students committed and equipped to become competent lifelong learners.
Project-based learning, or PBL, in McKinney ISD allows students to learn while doing. They often work in groups, interacting with other students who may have different thought processes, and they foster their own academic independence.
Curriculum coaches helped teachers at elementary schools in Willis ISD implement Kim Sutton strategies into their math lessons to engage students, increase learning speed, and make learning math facts fun.