Innovative learning initiative finding success in Central Texas middle schools
ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Round Rock Chamber today announced that its board of directors have endorsed RAISEUP Texas, an initiative focused on transforming middle school teaching and learning in order to improve student achievement. Led by E3 Alliance, a nationally recognized non-profit education collaboration based in Austin, RAISEUP Texas helps build critical thinking skills for students. The program offers consistent tools across all subject matter that help students “learn how to learn” and is based on the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) developed by the University of Kansas.
“The chamber is pleased to publically support RAISEUP Texas based on its innovative approach to middle school education and clear record of results,” explained Monica Maher, the chamber’s vice president of community enhancement. “Talent development is a critical part of our mission and studies prove that high school, college, and career success is predicated on students becoming independent thinkers at an early age.”
The RAISEUP Texas initiative was launched in 2009 and began partnering with six middle schools across Central Texas in 2011. Seventy-five percent of the schools that implemented the SIM learning strategies received a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Closing Performance Gap Distinction in 2014. RAISEUP Texas has recently expanded the program to include the Round Rock Independent School District’s Deerpark Middle School.
About the Round Rock Chamber
The Round Rock Chamber is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Central Texas. Its approximately 1,000 investors collectively employ more than 25,000 people in the area. It is also the region’s only accredited chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit www.roundrockchamber.org.