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North Lamar Needs Input In Shaping $425,000 Math Grant

North Lamar High School students Rylee Mahon, Stevy Hoskins, Claire Jackson, Riley Reaves, and Kaleb Ingram give their feedback for shaping North Lamar’s new math grant.

The Texas Education Agency recently awarded North Lamar ISD a very competitive Math Innovation Zond (MIZ) gran5. Over three years, the district will receive $425,000 to enhance math education for kindergarten through eighth-grade students to create a high-quality blended learning model focused on student-centered classrooms.

To implement the grant for the district’s needs, North Lamar has been meeting with a series of focus groups this week. Facilitated by a consultant, students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members met remotely to share beliefs, visions, learner profiles, and learning experiences. The purpose was to build awareness of 21st-century demands that could better prepare North Lamar students for the future. The groups concluded by completing an online survey, which is now open to the public.

Left: Stone Middle School students Mia Davis and Aiden Adamson contemplate what they think are the most important skills for learners to possess to thrive. Also participating in the middle school focus group are Wiley Quillen and Emmah Klingler. The Bailey Intermediate focus group of Anslee Kennedy, Landon Kessel, Haden Cunningham, and Jack Rusak consider the skills necessary for students to be successful, contributing members of society as adults.

Community members interested in defining a vision for education at North Lamar may participate in the online survey now through Wednesday, February 10 at http://bit.ly/NorthLamarCS. The feedback from the focus group meetings and the online community survey will provide direction for its design team.

They implement the MIZ grant in waves labeled Year 0 – Year 3. Year 0 began in October when they awarded North Lamar the grant.

“This is a planning year, and we are meeting with consultants to design a plan that is unique to NLISD,” said North Lamar MIZ Project Manager Jodie Ingram. “Based on our campus grade spans, we have determined the following feeder pattern rollout: Year 1 (2021-22), the grant will begin in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. Year 2 (2022-23), we will add 2nd, 3rd, and 7th. The final year of the grant (2023-24) will bring in kindergarten, 1st, and 8th. So, in the 2023-24 school year, all of North Lamar’s K-8 students will be participating in Personalized Learning in the math classroom through the model of Blended Learning.”

“We are so excited for the opportunities that the Blended Learning model provides to reach each student where they are academic,” said Ingram.