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The Brownsville Independent School District was awarded grant monies for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years to implement the High Quality Prekindergarten Grant program which focuses on enhancing the quality standards for all Prekindergarten classrooms.

House Bill (HB) 4 was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, 2015, and signed into law by Governor Abbott on May 28, 2015. HB 4 establishes additional state support for high-quality prekindergarten programs including authorization for a grant program and expansion of early childhood education reporting requirements for all Texas public schools. 

The High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant program focuses on certain enhanced quality standards related to curriculum, teacher qualifications, academic performance, and family engagement.


The High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant program focuses on certain enhanced quality standards related to curriculum, teacher qualifications, academic performance, and family engagement.

  • Curriculum- HB 4 requires school districts to select and implement a curriculum for a high-quality prekindergarten grant program that includes the prekindergarten guidelines (updated 2015) established by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • Teacher Qualifications- HB 4 outlines requirements that each teacher of a prekindergarten program class must meet, including employment as a prekindergarten teacher in a school district that has received approval from the commissioner for the district's prekindergarten- specific instructional training plan that the teacher uses in the teacher's prekindergarten classroom, and allows for equivalent qualifications.
  • Academic Performance- HB 4 requirements measure the progress of students in meeting the recommended learning outcomes, and does not use national curriculum standards developed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
  • Family Engagement- HB 4 requires a school district to develop and implement a family engagement plan to assist the district in achieving and maintaining high levels of family involvement and positive family attitudes toward education. The local family engagement plan must be based on the family engagement strategies established by the TEA in collaboration with other state agencies. The family engagement plan must be posted on the District’s website.

The following outlines BISD’s proposed implementation plan in order to be in compliance with the Prekindergarten High Quality Grant:

  • Ensure fidelity to the implementation of the updated 2015 Prekindergarten Guidelines through the use of Pearson Our World of Learning (OWL) curriculum and the following supplemental resources are crucial.  The CIRCLE strategies will be utilized along with the Positive Beginnings classroom management system.  As per the BISD Board approved Reading Standard Operating Procedures, Lenguaje y lectura will be utilized for the English Language Learner (ELL) and Reading Readiness.
  • Ensure that Prekindergarten teachers are Early Childhood certified;  require and provide at minimum 30 hours of professional development per year so PK teachers receive the most current, research-based instructional strategies needed to provide quality instruction in their classroom and ensure that trained Prekindergarten teachers will remain in a PK setting unless replaced by a highly-qualified, equally trained Early childhood certified teacher as per  the Board approved Reading Standard Operating Procedures.  In order to meet this commitment, trainings have been scheduled beginning June 2016. 
  • Commit to monitor and report PK student progress through the newly TEA approved CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System (C-PM) which assesses phonological awareness, letter knowledge, math, science and social studies.  This will require that all teachers receive training and become proficient on the administration and use of data attained from the assessment to direct instruction.  Assessment will occur at the beginning, middle and end of year and   Data Analysis progress monitoring training will be provided.  Campus administration will receive training on the new progress monitoring and data analysis system.  PK teachers will also monitor progress on the implementation of the OWL system. 
  • Establish a Parent Advisory Leadership (PAL) Team comprised of a representative from each campus recruited by the Principal and Parent Liaison, the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), Special Services (Sp Ed) and Parental Involvement Program Administrators and Curriculum Specialists, along with members of the community including a family doctor.  The PAL Team membership and contact information will be placed on the BISD and the team member’s respective campus webpage under the Family Engagement- PAL Team button. This will provide PK parents with a contact person(s) that they can use to voice needs that will help improve the PK program.  The PAL Team will meet quarterly to receive training, address identified needs and provide suggestions for improvement of the program.  The Parent Liaisons will use one of their weekly scheduled meetings to train PK parents only.  Parent Liaisons will receive training and guidance from the Curriculum Department on pertinent topics to be discussed.  English and Spanish literacy bags will be purchased and provided for every campus for parents to check out and use with their students at home. Minimally, three Literacy Night events will be scheduled at the campus. Books will be purchased for the campuses to distribute to the students who participate in these events. 
All stakeholders, teachers, parents and administration, will have varied opportunities to attend professional development in the areas of curriculum, assessment and data analysis to ensure that all decisions made regarding the PK program are based on the most current, research-based strategies.



Berta Peña
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
1900 E. Price Road
Brownsville, Texas 78521
(956) 698-2091

Bea Garcia
Administrator for Elementary Curriculum & Instruction
1900 E. Price Road
Brownsville, Texas  78521
(956) 548-8121

Benilda L. Cervantes
Early Childhood Specialist
Curriculum & Instruction
1900 E. Price Rd.
Brownsville, Texas 78521
(956) 698-0306

Maria A. Velarde
Early Childhood Specialist
Curriculum & Instruction
1900 E. Price Rd.
Brownsville, Texas 78521
(956) 698-2123

District Family Engagement Plan

Parent Advisory Leadership (PAL) Team

Calendar of Events

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