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WIN Academy, laptop initiative expanded for 2016-2017 school year
Team SISD continues to make technology and innovative learning a priority for all students and is expanding the WIN Academy and the Digitally Nurturing Academics (DNA) 1:1 laptop program to more schools next year.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the DNA program, which places lap tops and tablets in students’ hands, and the WIN Academy initiative, a program that gives struggling students the extra boost to close the achievement gap, will be available to more students at several campuses.
Four high schools -- Americas, El Dorado, Socorro and Pebble Hills – will distribute laptops or tablets for its ninth graders through the DNA initiative.
The digital tools and resources will assist in producing students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, creators and innovators, and the overall objective is to graduate young adults who are ready for the digital future, said Carmen Crosse, SISD’s Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education.
“Technology is key to making sure graduating students are college and career ready,” Crosse said. “That’s why Team SISD provides the necessary initiatives, such as DNA 1:1, to achieve this goal.”
Americas principal Patricia Cuevas said now that the high school will be providing its freshmen with laptops, it will help to take learning to the next level and prepare students for success in the 21st century.
“This is such a great feeling,” she said. “We are elated.”
The successful WIN Academy also is expanding and will be offered next school year at Lujan-Chávez Elementary, Sun Ridge Middle, Sierra Vista Elementary, Capt. Walter E. Clarke Middle, Escontrias Elementary, Ernesto Serna, Desert Wind, Jane A. Hambric, Bill Sybert, Mission Ridge Elementary, James P. Butler, Purple Heart Elementary, Hueco Elementary, Campestre Elementary, Robert Rojas Elementary and Socorro Middle.
The student-centered program offers extra help and resources to close the success gap for students, said Lucia Borrego, SISD’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education.
“This is huge for these schools, for the students, the administration, the teachers, for everyone,” Borrego said.
Ernesto Serna principal, Alex Olvera, is proud that the WIN initiative will be added to the school.
“This is for my students,” he said. “This is such good news.”
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