Bay Edition - August 2021

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New investments Clear Creek ISD has reimagined its use of both money and time in regards to student and sta learning with social and emotional needs.

might need a dierent approach, and that’s what this is all about.” This includes deepening sta knowledge of SEL: legislation passed during the 87th Texas Legislature requires sta training on how grief and trauma aects student learning, Bayard said. CCISD has been provid- ing trauma-sensitive instruction for educators for several years, so the leg- islation passed is in line with district personalized learning concepts. All training helps sta develop a sensitivity to student triggers and how theymay react if emotionally dis- turbed, he said, adding that acknowl- edging trauma helps educators meet students’ individual needs. Post-secondary success As counselors have helped students work through new challenges, they noticed trends such as anxiety, said Dava West, CCISD’s director of guid- ance and counseling. However, this does not mean students are not think- ing about the future. “While working with students, CCISD counselors have noticed that students are feeling a connection to

their families, focused on resiliency and are hopeful for their future,” she said in an email. Developing personalized learning supports helps ensure students do not feel overwhelmed or underwhelmed by the pace of their classwork, Bayard said. This development also helps prevent students from progressing through coursework if they are not ready by using instructional tools to ll learning gaps. CCISD is not the rst Texas district to tryapersonalizedapproach to learning. Dallas ISD, which serves about 145,000 students, has a personalized learning toolbox that has given students several options and allowed them to set their own pace for their instruction, DISD students said in a video produced by the district. Personalized learning aims to set students up for lifelong success by incorporating technologies that allow them to self-explore, CCISD sta said. Cunningham said gifted and talented students learning via contemporary technology can often nd critical shortcuts to tasks because they are so tech savvy and have been given

chances to explore. “We want our students to be able to set goals for themselves and for students to go into jobs feeling condent and competent in [their] skills, … and that’s what this does,” Bayard said.

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