Release Date: 8/23/2017
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BCPS receives national honor for its program to begin Spanish instruction in Grade 4

One of five districts honored with a Fuel Education® Transformation Award

TOWSON, MD —Baltimore County Public Schools is one of only five districts across the nation to receive a Fuel Education® Transformation Award for successfully integrating digital learning solutions into effective instructional initiatives.

BCPS was recognized for blending online and weekly face-to-face instruction to create an engaging Spanish experience through its Passport Program. The Passport Program launches conversational Spanish instruction at Grade 4 to give students time to graduate proficient in a second language. Passport has grown from 10 schools in 2014-2015 to 45 schools (more than a third of BCPS elementary schools) in 2017-2018.

“We are honored that Fuel Education® is bringing national attention to our Passport Program," said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White. “Research shows that learning another language helps students better understand how language works – the mechanics of language, and this will support our systemwide effort to increase student literacy. Passport also provides an exciting opportunity for our students to work with Spanish teachers who have traveled, studied, and lived abroad."

The other districts honored with 2017 Fuel Education® Transformation Award are Ector County Independent School District (Texas), Hermiston School District (Ore.), Uplift Monterey (Calif.), and West Ada School District (Idaho).

“These schools and districts have taken a fresh look at student challenges and have identified inspiring, new ways to use online learning to create impactful programs," said Sean Ryan, General Manager of FuelEd. “FuelEd strives to provide the tools to help every student succeed, regardless of their specific needs. But let’s be clear, it is the innovative school leaders who ensure student success."

This year’s award recipients were selected from a pool of districts and schools with different demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds, representing a wide range of student needs. The Transformation Award winners’ programs demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness in developing new ways to address certain challenges, such as providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, learn a foreign language, recover credits, prepare for the workforce, or achieve a variety of other academic goals. Each program uses FuelEd’s portfolio of online learning solutions to provide students expanded options, flexibility, and personalized learning.

For details about this year’s winners, their programs, and how they are using FuelEd solutions, visit http://resources.fueleducation.com/transformation-award-winners.

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