Project Tomorrow recently announced five school districts—out of 35,000– that are doing an especially great job engaging students, teachers, parents and administrators in decision-making. The rankings are based on the Project Tomorrow Speak Up survey, of which Blackboard is a proud sponsor.

We are excited to announce that four out of the five districts selected for the highest level of participation are Blackboard customers.

Klein Independent School District:
•    Location: Klein, TX
•    Students: 46,600+
•    Schools: 45
•    Uses Blackboard Learn for blended learning

Klein Independent School District was not only recognized as having one of the highest levels of overall participation in the Speak Up survey, but was also recognized as the top district for both teacher and administrator participation. Klein is leading the pack when it comes to getting staff on board with new initiatives. For example, they have a large blended learning program that has been adopted across the district thanks to enthusiastic teachers and staff.

Shelby County Schools:
•    Location: Columbiana, AL
•    Students: 22,700+
•    Schools: 35
•    Uses Blackboard Connect for parent notifications

Shelby County Schools in Alabama was also recognized as having one of the highest levels of overall participation in the Speak Up survey and was also named as the top district for parent participation in the survey. This tech-savvy district is always looking for the best way to reach their community when it matters most.

McAllen Independent School District:
•    Location: McAllen, TX
•    Students: 25,300
•    Schools: 33
•    Uses Blackboard Engage for school and teacher pages

McAllen Independent School District was recognized as having one of the highest levels of overall participation. McAllen enables parents to engage with school and teacher websites on mobile devices, resulting in a community-wide embrace of education.

Richardson Independent School District:
•    Location: Richardson, TX
•    Students: 38,000+
•    Schools: 55
•    Uses Blackboard Engage for district, school and teacher pages, and Blackboard Learn for online learning

Richardson Independent School District was also recognized as having one of the highest levels of overall participation. This district actively uses feedback from parents and students to improve its teaching and learning programs. They have implemented flipped classrooms, blended learning, online learning and BYOD initiatives. Richardson’s successful use of technology in the classroom is a result of equipping their teachers with great tools, training and flexibility to experiment.

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