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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. The network aims to increase the percentage of Black, Latinx, and low-income 8th grade students who are academically and behaviorally on-track to graduate high school ready for college and career success by enhancing middle school educational opportunities, especially in math

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.

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

Resources for TxNSI Members

  • TxNSI Online Community This platform extends and supplements in-person connections for the network. Through the virtual platform, TXNSI supports peer-to-peer learning through asynchronous dialogue and document sharing. TXNSI members can pose questions and share ideas with all network members. The Hub team curates resources for the online community platform, including tools and resources related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, 8th-grade on track outcomes, mathematics, and continuous improvement process, and artifacts from district partners.
  • TxNSI YouTube Channel – This channel includes recordings of webinars and virtual learning opportunities.
  • TxNSI Improvement Facilitation Site – This site includes resources to refer to before, during, and after PDSA coaching sessions. It includes a session notes template, PDSA cycle resources, change packages including change ideas and measurement resources, a coaching log for reflection on each coaching session, and more.

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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