Fort Bend ISD introduces EDGE: An innovative, educational support model
EDGE offers unique instructional
opportunities for students and staff, includes after-school learning and
FORT BEND ISD – Students at two Fort Bend ISD elementary campuses will
benefit from a brand new learning experience, designed to result in academic
innovation and improved student achievement. The EDGE (Educators Dedicated to
Growing Excellence) instructional model consists of a holistic approach to
student instruction and support, while also offering teachers the opportunity
to grow professionally and develop as leaders while positively impacting the
lives of students.
Developed internally by a group of District leaders from 13 departments, the
EDGE instructional model is aligned with the District’s Core Beliefs and
Commitments and is designed to meet the needs of Fort Bend ISD’s most
challenged students and campuses.
“Fort Bend ISD exists to inspire and equip all students to pursue a future
beyond what they can imagine,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of
“To achieve this mission, we must take immediate, bold action to improve
student outcomes at our schools with the highest needs.”
Conversations about addressing the unique needs at underperforming schools
have been going on for several years in Fort Bend ISD, and intensified last
fall, as the District worked with the Board of Trustees to develop targeted
improvement plans for schools that didn’t meet state accountability standards.
In January, a group of District leaders was tasked with addressing the needs of
students and staff at campuses with the most needs. Working together,
departments throughout Fort Bend ISD – including Curriculum, Accountability,
Teacher Development, and School Leadership – created EDGE.
“We believe that EDGE has the potential to transform a school’s entire
culture – offering students, staff, and parents the support they need to help
our students achieve,” said Dupre.
Fort Bend ISD initially identified ten campuses that could potentially
benefit from the EDGE model, and then selected two campuses, Briargate
Elementary and Ridgemont Elementary, based on an analysis of various student
data points and assessments. Both campuses are already receiving extra support
as part of targeted improvement plans.
“Although EDGE will be implemented at these two campuses this fall, we
believe components of this program could benefit elementary schools across Fort
Bend ISD,” said Dupre.
As part of the EDGE instructional model, every student will have a team of
highly qualified teachers, led by a Master Teacher, to meet their academic
needs. The Master-level teacher will work with a grade-level team, also
consisting of Mentor and EDGE teachers, to provide targeted instruction to
groups of students based on their individual learning styles, content mastery,
or interests. The Master-level teacher will teach students, as well as coach
other teachers on the team, thus creating a new model of support and growth for
their fellow teachers.
On Monday, March 7, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved stipend
schedules for EDGE staff members, which includes $15,000 stipends for Master
Teachers, $9,000 stipends for Mentor Teachers, and a $1,500 signing bonus and
$500 dollar stipend for EDGE Teachers. The Board also approved the creation of
seven new EDGE positions to support implementation at the two campuses. For
2016-17, the estimated EDGE costs at two schools will cost the District
approximately $1 million dollars. An after-school component, called “Club
EDGE,” would cost an additional $1 million, although Fort Bend ISD is seeking
grants and other funding sources to cover those expenses.
Club EDGE would provide students the opportunity to participate in an
after-school program with enrichment programs, daily physical activity,
homework/tutorials and snacks/dinner served daily.
Administrators, counselors and teachers will focus on the needs of the whole
child, including their mental, physical, and emotional needs.
Following the March 7 Board action, District leaders met with staff members
to share information about implementation, including the hiring process for all
EDGE positions. The EDGE positions will be open to both internal and external
applicants, although the District has stressed that any staff member on the
campuses that are not selected for an EDGE position – or choose not to apply –
will be able to stay within the District. Meetings to introduce the EDGE model
to parents and answer any questions they may have will be held later this