Texas Network for School Improvement

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The Texas Network for School Improvement (TxNSI) works to dismantle systemic barriers in education to ensure that all students in North Texas can succeed in college, career, and life. Consisting of a central hub of three local Texas organization – Educate Texas, Learning Forward, and the Dana Center – the TxNSI works with teachers and leaders in local school districts to develop a culture and community of improvement within schools. Drawing on their organizations’ individual expertise, TxNSI brings together educators in a network where they receive one-of-a-kind professional coaching that helps them implement effective practices in their classrooms, measure the outcomes, and continue to improve the education of our North Texas students – particularly black, Latino/x, and low-income students.

The first barrier the TxNSI is addressing is mastery of middle school math. Being proficient, or on grade level, in math by 8th grade is essential for students’ further educational success and can often determine what paths are available to them. The TxNSI supports educators in the network to explore the best ways to ensure their students master these skills. 

The network currently includes Crowley and Duncanville ISDs, comprising six middle school campuses and approximately 1500 8th grade students. The network is expanding to include six additional campuses from Richardson ISD, as well as two additional grade levels at all schools, ultimately serving over 4900 students by Fall 2020.

TxNSI is one of more than 30 networks in more than 20 states using continuous improvement methods to change middle school and high school outcomes – a total of $240 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The TxNSI Hub Members

  • Educate Texas serves as the network lead responsible for identifying schools, coordinating operations and communications, and analyzing data.
  • Learning Forward specializes in professional learning for educators with a focus on continuous improvement methods.
  • The Dana Center are experts in K-12 and postsecondary mathematics instruction, policy, and research.

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