Hermiston High School was one of five schools and districts that were awarded the Fuel Education Transformation Awards for using online and blended learning to meet diverse student needs.
The Fuel Education Transformation Awards celebrate schools, districts, or organizations that are transforming the way teachers teach and students learn using digital learning solutions to better prepare students for the future.
This year’s winners are:
- Hermiston School District – for expanding course offerings, fostering independence, and meeting unique student needs by blending and flipping instruction in a comprehensive high school.
- Baltimore County Public Schools (Md.) – for blending online and face-to-face instruction to create an engaging Spanish experience through its Passport Program.
- Ector County Independent School District (Texas) – for using supplemental, rewardsbased learning to help close the student achievement gap for students with special needs, English Language Learners, transient students, and more.
- Uplift Monterey (Calif.) – for creating the opportunity for high school dropouts ages 16-24 to earn a high school diploma while completing courses toward a comprehensive career path.
- West Ada School District (Idaho) – for giving students a second chance to earn their high school diploma in a flexible learning environment.
“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.