EDGE program offers new approach to education

By Donna Hill
For the Star

Inspiring students to achieve success in school is the goal of every parent and teacher.

This fall, students at two Fort Bend ISD elementary schools will benefit from a new learning ex-perience, designed to meet the needs of Fort Bend ISD’s most challenged students and campuses.

The new program, EDGE (Educators Dedicated to Growing Excellence) offers a new approach to student instruction and support, and gives teachers a chance to not only grow professionally, but develop as leaders who can impact students lives.

“Fort Bend ISD exists to inspire and equip all students to pursue a future beyond what they can imagine,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD superintendent. “To achieve this mission, we must take immediate, bold action to improve student outcomes at our schools with the highest needs.”

Recently the district worked with the board of trustees to target improvements for schools that didn’t meet accountability standards. In January, a group of District leaders addressed the needs of students and staff at campuses with the most needs. Working together with departments in Fort Bend ISD – which included curriculum, accountability, teacher development, and school leadership began the newly formed EDGE.

FBISD chose 10 campuses to benefit from the EDGE model, and selected two campuses, Briar-gate Elementary and Ridgemont Elementary, which are the first two campuses to benefit from EDGE in the fall.

“We believe components of this program could benefit elementary schools across Fort Bend ISD,” Dupre said.

Within the EDGE program, every student will have a team of highly qualified teachers, led by a master teacher. The master-level teacher will work with a grade-level team, which is made up of a mentor and EDGE teacher, and will target instruction to students based on their individual learning styles, content mastery or interests. Master-levels will also coach other teachers on the team.

To bring interest and excitement to students, Club EDGE will provide students the chance to be a part of an after-school program with daily physical activity, enrichment programs, homework and tutorials, plus snacks/dinner daily.

Hiring for EDGE positions will open soon for both internal and external applicants. A meeting to introduce and discuss the EDGE model for interested job applicants will be held Tuesday, March 29, in the Administrative Annex (3119 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land) at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.fortbendisd.com/edge.

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