Pasadena ISD ‘Connects’ students to new opportunities starting day one

Pasadena ISD ‘Connects’ students to new opportunities starting day one
Posted on 08/24/2017
A PISD student starts the year at Sam Rayburn's Early College High School.

By Dwight Henson/Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

As the school bell rang early Monday morning, over 53,000 students throughout Pasadena ISD filled the hallways of the district’s 68 campuses, including several new facilities, to start the 2017-18 school year.

This school year, Pasadena ISD welcomed over 800 new staff and faculty members, along with 53,693 students. The district also opened four Early College High Schools (ECHS) and two replacement campuses at L.F. Smith and Pomeroy Elementary Schools.

The district expanded the ECHS program, originally piloted at Pasadena High School, to provide students with an opportunity to earn both a high school diploma from Pasadena ISD and an associate degree from San Jacinto College.

These campuses were made possible through community support of the 2014 school bond measure.

“We appreciate the support of the community through their approval of the 2014 school bond program, which has allowed for the construction of these much needed new facilities,” Dr. DeeAnn Powell, PISD Superintendent of Schools said. “Our commitment to our parents and community is to provide a safe, engaging and innovative learning environment.”

The district also expanded the Connect Personalized Learning Program to students in grades 4 through 11 at 22 campuses.

“The Connect program is another example of how the district continues to work to meet the individual needs of its students,” Dr. Powell said.

Through Connect, students receive personalized online learning, project based assignments and regularly scheduled mentoring time with their instructors.

By expanding the Connect Program, PISD is now the largest personalized learning provider in the nation.

“Connect is a personalized learning program that prepares kids to be college and career ready,” said Executive Director of Curriculum Toni Lopez. “We focus on a self-directed learning style where kids are learning habits of success…focusing on meeting kids where they are and scaffolding to get them to that higher level.”

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