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Brownsville Independent School District

Case Study

District Background:

Brownsville, TX
PreK-12 Enrollment
Caucasian/White: 1.4%
Hispanic: 98.3%
African American/Black: 0.1%
Asian: 0.2%

Solutions Used:

Frontline Special Programs Management
Section 504 Program Management
RTI/MTSS Program Management

Caledonia Community Schools

Brownsville ISD is a large multicultural district serving predominantly bilingual students. Ensuring the success of each student, educator and family is vital for growth and sustainability of the community. BISD addresses the unique cultural lifestyle of South Texas with a broad selection of academic activities and programs for all students and maintains a powerful network of support for at-risk students.

Challenge Caledonia Community Schools

The Challenge:

Management of the Dyslexia Program, Section 504, and Response to Intervention (RtI) was paper based. Even though the process was well-established in the district, it left a lot of room for errors with compliance, monitoring, and accountability. Julie Salinas, Program Director for Section 504, Dyslexia, and RtI, was eager to update the model. Her priorities were to improve student support by providing additional help to teachers and keeping parents better informed.

Solution Caledonia Community Schools

The Solution:

“Once we went digital, it opened up a whole new world for our teachers and our coordinators.”

Julie Salinas, Director for Dyslexia, Section 504, and Response to Intervention

When Julie brought Frontline Special Programs Management to the district several years ago, it was a major shift in the way their programs had always functioned. To be successful, the transition required training and cooperation. The team had to learn a new approach to monitoring plans, completing forms, scheduling and conducting meetings, and documenting student progress. Initially reluctant to change their model, campus coordinators in charge of oversight realized how much easier it made their jobs.

Julie learned how to monitor and support campuses district-wide while ensuring compliance. Her office keeps in touch and sends monthly meeting reminders to coordinators. With district access, she sees state assessment information and reviews committee recommendations. She can even drill down into the data to review student progress in the RtI program.

At the same time, she is more accessible to the teams on each site. If they ask her to review documents, she simply views them in Frontline. No one needs to scan paperwork, send data back and forth through district mail, or meet in person.

Results Caledonia Community Schools

The Results:

In BISD, the assistant principals serve as coordinators. They are responsible for assisting with meetings, maintaining parent communication, and overseeing all the Section 504 and RtI plans. In the past, they didn’t enter any data into an electronic system since everything was handwritten.

Now it’s easy because users can select options from drop-down menus. To customize the item choices, the district includes options for state assessments, sample accommodations, and a list of disabilities to choose from. You can imagine how much time that saves while improving accuracy and consistency too.

“It eliminates a lot of errors in the way things are written, like the disability or the accommodation.”

Julie Salinas

About Frontline Education

Frontline Education is a leading provider of school administration software, empowering strategic K-12 leaders with the right tools, data and insights to proactively manage human capital, business operations, student information and special education.

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