Next Generation Learning
Educate Texas' ultimate long-term goal is to ensure all students are college and career ready. Over much of the last decade, we have led the development and implementation of innovative practices and approaches to improve educational outcomes across the state. Many of these programs (including Early College High Schools and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academies) have dramatically increased college readiness and demonstrated the ability to close the achievement gaps among underserved, low-income communities.
A Next Generation of Learning
As part of our continued focus on accelerating postsecondary success, Educate Texas believes the intentional integration of technology in the classrooms can improve learning outcomes, better prepare students for college readiness and 21st century skills, and allow schools to realize cost efficiencies and scale in more sustainable ways. We also believe that now is a critical time for us to explore different types of blended learning models, and have created the Texas Teaching, Technology, and Innovation Fund (T3IF) to do just that.
Educate Texas’ ultimate long-term goal for the impact of this work is to ensure all students are college & career ready. To achieve this primary goal, three key areas must be impacted:
- Enhanced instruction and improved delivery of curriculum
- Culture that supports individualized learning across students, teachers, district leadership, parents and/or partners
- Improved system structure and policy to allow for full implementation of blended learning practices
Given our desire to understand the impact of blended learning, through the T3IF, we are seeking partnerships with districts interested in exploring, developing, implementing and refining a blended learning approach to school design. Our goal from this work is to work closely with districts that have a clear and committed vision to advancing this pioneering model of teaching and learning and support them with the implementation of their plans.
Through this work, we also seek to create a community of practice around blended learning such that individuals can share ideas, collaborate, problem solve, refine, and enhance these burgeoning practices. In addition, we would like district partners who are able to serve as vocal representatives who can share their experience on the implementation challenges, potential policy considerations, and the impact of this work to other districts and leaders across the state.
Currently, five school districts including Coppell, Hays, McAllen, Rapoport and Spring are engaged in the request for proposal process. Finalists will be selected and announced in February 2013. We look forward to sharing our learning experiences with you throughout the process.