All 2,234 students at Reagan High School received laptops on Monday, Jan. 12, as part of the district’s one-to-one plan to give all high school students a digital device to use for learning at school and at home. The one-to-one laptop program is a key component of HISD’s PowerUp initiative, which aims to digitally transform teaching and learning throughout the district.
Reagan is one of 14 HISD high schools distributing laptops to students during the month of January and early February. Others high schools include Davis, Lamar, Milby, Scarborough, South Early College, Waltrip, Westbury, Westside, Wheatley and Yates, as well as the Futures Academies at Jones, Jane Long Academy, and the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.
“Our digital transformation has fundamentally changed the way we approach teaching and learning,” HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier said, stressing the importance of closing the digital divide. “Our students are developing the skills they need to compete in a 21st century global economy.”
Distribution to the 14 high schools marks the completion of the second phase of the district’s one-to-one laptop initiative. The first phase was launched in the 2013–2014 school year, during which laptops were distributed to students at 11 pilot high schools: Austin, Bellaire, Chavez, Energy Institute, Kashmere, Lee, Madison, Sam Houston and Sharpstown, as well as the Mickey Leland and Young Women’s college preparatory academies.
The second phase began last fall with distribution to Carnegie Vanguard, Challenge Early College, East Early College and Liberty high schools, the Sharpstown International School, Eastwood Academy and Houston Academy for International Studies.