Blended Learning Bulletin

UCISD Updates and Celebrations

The Growth Mindset

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We talk a lot about the growth mindset with teachers participating in the blended learning grant program. Blended learning is a research-based, innovative, fairly new teaching method that is challenging teachers to think about teaching and learning like they never have before. Having a growth mindset is a critical part of this process for teachers and students alike! Read the quote below by Carol Dweck -

“So what should we say when children complete a task—say, math problems—quickly and perfectly? Should we deny them the praise they have earned? Yes. When this happens, I say, “Whoops. I guess that was too easy. I apologize for wasting your time. Let’s do something you can really learn from!”

― Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

This way of thinking is not something that comes naturally to us as people, students, or even teachers. Blended learning contains many components that will challenge and sometimes even frustrate students because they are being pushed out of their comfort zone. Helping your child understand the value of a growth mindset is very valuable in this process. Use the graphic below to get some ideas on how you can help them commit to a growth mindset by simply changing the way we respond to failure or mistakes.

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Why Blended Learning?

Math Innovation Zones/Blended Learning Grant Program is a four-year process to design, launch, scale, and sustain a high-quality blended learning model in math (and non-math pilots) throughout a K-8 feeder pattern. Blended learning is defined by the Clayton Christensen Institute as:

A formal education program in which a student learns:

  • at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;
  • at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;
  • and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.

Blended Learning combines face to face instruction with online learning by leveraging technology to assist teachers in diagnosing student prior knowledge, differentiation of academic paths for each student, and adjusting lesson execution based on real-time information about student mastery.

Blended Learning can be categorized into one (or a hybrid) of four models: a rotational model, flex model, a la carte model and an enriched virtual model. These models are clarified in the image below (source: Clayton Christenson Institute). Further information on blended learning taxonomy can be found at

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The three goals of the Uvalde CISD Blended Learning initiative are as follows:

- increase student agency (students taking ownership of their own learning)

- increase student achievement on STAAR

- close the learning gaps for students across UCISD

These three goals were established through strategic design with input from community members, students, parents, teachers, and administrators. We are excited about the possibilities to come and we are confident that with the blended learning practices implemented with fidelity, we will see great strides in student success in the years to come!

District IXL Achievement

Below you will see that our students have answered a total of 893,497 questions this year in IXL. IXL is designed to support students toward authentic skill mastery, and research shows this approach works. When students consistently reach proficiency and mastery of IXL skills, schools see as much as a 16-point bump on state assessments. Research shows that schools, where students answer at least 15 questions per week, outperform all the others ( This year, the campuses that must use IXL for the TEA Blended Learning Grant are Dalton, Robb, Flores, and Batesville Elementary for grades Kindergarten, 3rd, and 6th. However, every student in the district in grades PK-8th grade have access to IXL for Math. For questions about how to get your student logged in to IXL, please reach out to your child's Math teacher.

Check out our progress below compared to last month!

Last Month (September)
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This Month (October)
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Campus Achievement

Schools that use IXL across all grade levels see greater growth on state assessments and IXL schools are outperforming others! And the longer they use IXL, the better they do. Research also shows that school performance continues to improve after using IXL for 2 and 3 years. Check out how great the schools within Uvalde CISD are doing using IXL!

Top IXL Students at Uvalde CISD

Please join me in congratulating the following students for being the top IXL students at their respective campuses!

Ezechiel Egiraneza, 5,181 Questions Answered, Dalton Elementary

Jose Saucedo, 4,750 Questions Answered, Flores Elementary

Randy Hernandez, 2,551 Questions Answered, Robb Elementary

Elizabeth Flores, 3,302 Questions Answered, Batesville Elementary

Parent Resources

Wondering how to get your student started on IXL? Check out this parent handout in English and Spanish! For questions about how to get your student logged in, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

iPad Update!

New student and teacher iPads have arrived in Uvalde and are being distributed throughout the coming weeks. There is an iPad Agreement form that must be completed by parents on Skyward Family Access. Please complete this at your convenience by visiting Skyward Family Access on a computer or laptop.

The iPads students receive will come with a durable case, keyboard, and they will be 8th generation iPads that were just launched by Apple. Please contact your child's campus principal if you have any iPad related questions.

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