San Marcos CISD

Engaging Students, Staff, and Community

San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District initiated a community conversation on what learning should look like for its students.

In 2014, SMCISD started its Epic Adventure with engage2learn’s Design Process. Throughout the Epic Adventure, the district held a series of community-wide education summits, gathered input through a survey, and held focus groups to develop a strategic plan.

The strategic plan set the following goals:

  • Design engaging lessons to promote profound student learning
  • Maximize the district’s investment with technology
  • Build leadership capacity to redesign learning for students
  • Continue to engage parents and the community in the learning process

With these goals in mind, San Marcos CISD partnered with e2L to implement the desired learning environment.

As a result of using the e2L Framework, SMCISD classrooms became dynamic learning environments where teachers led students through meaningful experiences to foster mastery of state standards.

As a partner, e2L equipped teachers and administrators with the knowledge to design these experiences to make students Future Ready.

“The engage2learn e2L Framework is a standards-based process with seamless technology applications and encourages design of engaging learning experiences for students. In this Framework, teachers present authentic standards-based challenges that are grounded in the local community. Teachers lead learners through five consistent protocols to resourcefully and responsibly meet the challenge while mastering the standards. Students gain content knowledge as well as content-specific and soft skills to become college and career ready and thrive as contributing citizens and community member,” said Mark Eads, superintendent of schools.

e2L also assisted San Marcos CISD in establishing a strong internal coaching process for long-term sustainability. Through this coaching process, teachers were empowered to lead their classrooms with collaborative, autonomous, and sustainable learning environments. Teachers have shown significant growth as they become leaders, designers, and facilitators.

Demographic Profile
African American 4.7%
Hispanic 72.4%
White 20.8%
American Indian 0.2%
Asian 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or more races 1.0%
Economically Disadvantaged 70%
Non-Educationally Disadvantaged 30%
Limited English Proficient (LEP) 8.4%
At-Risk 43.2%
Students with Disciplinary Placements 2.2%