Alamo Heights ISD initiative to expand

Engaged Classroom Initiative shows students how manage time, work

By Tiffany Huertas - Video Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - An Alamo Heights Independent School District initiative started in 2016 is set to expand this upcoming school year.

The Engaged Classroom Initiative started with 17 classrooms and is set to expand by more than 60 teachers.

The initiative shows students how to manage their time and balance their work. 

During the fall of 2015, a team made of teachers, students and staff created the profile of a learner.

"What we want is for students to be part of the process and of their learning," said Sandra Shelton, director of instructional and information technology.

Teachers have equipped 17 classrooms with furniture that helps with mobility and flexibility.

"We have teachers go through this process of engage classroom, and they are trained in this profile of a learner by what we call the Blueprint Of Learning," Shelton said.

District officials said the program has so successful that they are expanding the program by adding 62 teachers.

"It's really based on interest. We may set for the students tasks and different things, but they have a lot of autonomy of what they choose to do and how they choose to do it," Shelton said.

Students are also getting the opportunity to post their work on class websites and social media sites.

"It's a great way for parents to see what is going on without reading a report at the end of the week what did you do this week. They can see daily and say, 'This is exciting,'" Shelton said.

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