Video games, college-style schedules, digital learning and more: Classrooms of the future coming to Burleson ISD
Burleson schools to boost college and career readiness efforts by ‘breaking down barriers that have hindered students in the past’ if the School Board approves the plan on Monday
BURLESON, Texas (March 24, 2017) — In a major effort to boost the number of graduates ready to dive into college and careers after high school, the Burleson Independent School District Board of Trustees will on Monday consider a plan to transform how students learn — in classrooms of the future.
Superintendent Bret Jimerson is working with educators to revolutionize school as we know it.
From a middle school for gamers where students learn video game design and computer science and set their own college-style schedule designed for their unique interests and needs, Burleson ISD’s School Board will consider building on recent efforts to improve the school experience for every student as a District of Innovation.
“We will make a major leap in breaking down barriers that have hindered students in the past so they’re better equipped to take advantage of complex challenges in careers that exist now and in those they will help redefine,” said Dr. Jimerson, who was a self-proclaimed “clockwatcher who hated school as a kid.”
“Our plans for innovation are designed to bolster student achievement by making school more relevant, more challenging, more compelling for students like never before possible,” Superintendent Jimerson said.
While Burleson ISD students outperform their peers from across the state academically, the District of Innovation plan was developed with students, parents, teachers and others in the community to further personalize student learning. The Texas Legislature in Spring 2015 provided public school districts across the state the opportunity to be designated as Districts of Innovation, which enable greater local control and exemptions from a number of state statutes. In January 2017, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution to explore the opportunity for Burleson ISD to become a District of Innovation.
Among the innovations, Burleson ISD’s plan will, if approved, enhance school choice options and provide flexibility for the following:
The District will be able to hire the most qualified professionals with specialized experience in fields related to courses offered such as Video Game Design, Engineering, Robotics, Health Sciences, Music, Culinary Arts and more.
First day of instruction will begin prior to the fourth Monday of August to allow for a more balanced fall and spring semester, alignment with college semesters to accommodate students taking courses during the summer and additional training and support time for teachers.
Students will be able to earn class credit and advance to more rigorous courses upon mastery of the content without having to wait until the end of a semester.
If adopted by the Board of Trustees, the District will launch the innovation plan next school year while expanding its digital learning environment, which provides laptops and digital curriculum to students in third through eighth grades now, to high school students.
ABOUT BURLESON ISD:
Burleson Independent School District serves more than 11,000 students at 16 campuses and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.
Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler
Burleson ISD Communications