Pasadena ISD receives a Houston A+ Challenge Strengthen award for the district's Connect Personalized Learning Program. Pictured (from left to right): Associate Superintendent of Special Programs Gloria Gallegos, Connect organizer Toni Lopez, School Board Secretary Kenny Fernandez, Superintendent Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Innovation and Development Coordinator JohnT Powell, Deputy Superintendent of Academic Achievement Dr. Karen Hickman and Dir. of Instructional Technology Vickie Vallet.
|Dr. Powell talks about the benefits of the Connect program on students.
Pasadena ISD received the Strengthen award, recently, for the success of the Connect Personalized Learning program at a reception hosted by Houston A+ Challenge.
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, PISD superintendent of schools, addressed a crowd of distinguished public school leaders and organizational groups as she accepted the award.
“We began this journey to find a way to help more students become post-secondary ready,” Powell said. “In looking at our students, we realized they had the content knowledge for college, but lacked critical cognitive skills or habits of success. The Connect program strives to meet all three components.”
The program’s measurement examines proven success based on standardized test data, which revealed that students in grades 6 and 7 scored 18 points above the state average in English and language arts.
“This shift in our educational approach has required the support of many.” Powell said. “We are thankful for our relationship with Houston A+ Challenge and for the support of our school board members. We would also like to thank Summit Public Schools in California for providing a model for which our program is based. We could not have made this possible without their mentorship.”
Launched in 2015, Connect provides students with an innovative opportunity to become self-directed learners and receive personalized support that involves weekly one-on-one time with mentors and instructors.
Connect started with a small pilot of three campuses has continued to grow. Connect is offered at 10 campuses for students in grades 5 through 10 and expects to expand to 23 campuses during the 2017 school year.