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Shields Elementary School in Victoria Independent School District was rated a ā€˜Dā€™ by Texas Education Agency. Along with Transcend, they embarked on redesigning their school model using a community-led process. School leaders, staff, community, and parents worked together to move toward personalized learning opportunities, embedded social-emotional learning each day, and integrating more relevant, student-focused projects. Hear what they did, what helped this process work, how you can lead your own redesign efforts.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Leave with a deeper understanding of the steps in the community-led research and development (R&D) process.
  2. Leave with a deeper understanding of the personalized elementary school approach Shields Elementary is moving toward.


  • Diego Arambula, Transcend
  • Sauda Porter, Transcend
  • Kelly Gabrysch, Shields Elementary School
  • Annie Zimmerman, Shields Elementary School