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1 Breaking the Barrier: Implementing an Innovative Vision Against the Odds By Dr. Ruben Alejandro Weslaco ISD Superintendent

2 Overview 21 st Century Skills Why are 21 st Century Skill Critical? 20 th Century vs. 21 st Century Demographics Vision Initiatives Recognitions Future

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4 Create Problem-Solving Access Media-Literacy Adapt Information Literacy Communication Innovation Global Awareness Interactive-Communication Leadership Social-Skills Teamwork Higher-Order Thinking Interpersonal Skills Self-Directed Technological Literacy Collaboration Social Responsibility Civic Responsibility Self-Expression Personal Responsibility Relevance Economic Literacy Inventive Thinking Influence Interpret Meaning Multicultural Literacy Evaluate Flexibility

5 20 th Century vs. 21 st Century

6 20 th Century vs. 21 st Century Classroom

7 20 th Century vs. 21 st Century Teacher

8 Demographics Weslaco ISD is located in Hidalgo County in deep South Texas, just a few miles from the Rio Grande River and a 45 minute drive from the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico United States Gulf of Mexico

9 Demographics Hidalgo County has a 35% poverty rate which is one of the highest poverty rates in the nation with the national average at 14.5% (2013). Hidalgo County’s unemployment rate of 9.6% is high when compared to the national average at 7.4% (2013). Our diversity has shaped our district’s vision of looking at The Whole Child, The Whole World, The Whole Universe. The city of Weslaco has a diverse community with many immigrants, professionals, Spanish-speaking families, and affluent families. Weslaco ISD has nearly 18,000 students of which: 98.2% are Hispanic 85.7% are Economically Disadvantaged 57.4% are classified as At-Risk 26.6% are classified as English Language Learners 10.2% are classified as Migrant 8.2% are classified as Special Ed 4% are classified as Mobile

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13 Leadership Committees Student Advisory Committee One representative per campus Meet once a month Parental Advisory Committee One representative per campus Meet once a month Teacher Advisory Committee One representative per campus Meet once a month

14 BYOD Initiative Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Cell phones Tablets Laptops Other devices

15 Transition to 21 st Century

16 Instructional Technology Initiative Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Digital Storytelling Project Based Learning (PBL) Flipped/Blended Learning E-learning Platforms (24/7 learning) Google Classroom Moodle Edmodo

17 Professional Development Initiative Professional Development on technology Administrators Book Study 21 st Century Skills Change the Culture, Change the Game Creating Innovators The Leader in Me Teachers Counselors Librarians Vision Team

18 Professional Development Initiative Professional Development on technology Support Staff Paraprofessionals Custodial Department Energy Management Department Warehouse Department Maintenance Department Safety & Security Department Food Services Department Transportation Department

19 Tech Day Initiative District staff provided training on digital integration in the instructional process Classroom use Personal use Apps for Apple, Android, & Chrome Google Apps for Education Flipped/Blended Learning Project Based Learning Digital Storytelling

20 Tech Night Initiative Students showcase to parents how they use technology as an instructional support to make real world connections through engaged personalized learning in the classroom.

21 Weslaco Reads Initiative MyOn Zero to 3 Weslaco Reads 31 Day Cares 3 Hidalgo County Head Start Public Library Knapp Medical Center Pediatrics Obstetrics and Gynecology

22 Recognitions District Showcased by News Media ABC affiliate KRGV-TV Channel 5 CBS affiliate KGBT-TV Channel 4 NBC affiliate KVEO-TV Channel 23 Telemundo affiliate KTLM Channel 40 District cable channel, KWES

23 Recognitions District Recognized by Political Figures BYOD district initiative Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General, visited Weslaco ISD in March 2014 Mr. Abbott visited Sam Houston Elementary where he witnessed our initiative in place Mr. Abbott’s visit was featured on all local networks Mr. Abbott’s visit was mentioned at the ATPE’s Annual Conference Mr. Abbott mentioned his visit at the TASB Annual Conference what he observed at Weslaco ISD

24 Recognitions District Recognized by Political Figures BYOD district initiative Filemon Vela, U.S. Congressman- Texas 34 th Congressional District Representative, visited Weslaco ISD in March 2013 Mr. Vela visited F.D. Roosevelt Elementary and Central Middle School where he witnessed our initiative in place Mr. Vela’s visit was featured on all local networks

25 Recognitions District Recognized by Political Figures BYOD district initiative Michael L. Williams, Texas Commissioner of Education, and Ruben Cortez, Jr., State Board of Education Member District 2, visited Weslaco ISD in May 2014 Mr. Williams and Mr. Cortez toured the landscape of Weslaco, TX where he saw the type of community Weslaco ISD children call home Mr. Williams and Mr. Cortez’s visit was featured on all local networks

26 Recognitions Publications Latino Education Magazine published an article in the Fall 2013 edition p. 23 and 30 Latino Education Magazine Texas Scholars Magazine ran an article “Weslaco ISD; Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” in December 2013 pp Texas Scholars Magazine On February 26, 2014, I was featured in the Mid-Valley Town Crier, a local newspaper.Mid-Valley Town Crier,

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29 What are we preparing our students for? UTRGV Medical School SpaceX Alyssa Carson Mars One

30 Appendix The Vision Videos The Vision Implementing the Vision Part 1, Part 2 Implementing the Vision Part 1Part 2 Assessing the Vision Part 1, Part 2 Assessing the Vision Part 1Part 2 Future (In progress) Town Hall Meetings 1 st Town Hall Meeting Community: Part 1, Part 2Part 1Part 2 2 nd Town Hall Meeting - Small Business PartnershipSmall Business Partnership 3 rd Town Hall Meeting - Religious Community (In progress) Bilingual Tech Fair Weslaco Reads with MyOn Filemon Vela, U.S. Congressman Michael Williams, Texas Commissioner of Education Greg Abbott, Texas State Attorney General, Gubernatorial Candidate Part 1, Part 2 Part 1Part 2 (www.wisd.us) Weslaco ISD WebsiteWeslaco ISD Website

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