About LEARN: Activities & Accomplishments
Innovation & Partnerships Are Critical in Educating Texas Children
Educating students in our K-12 schools, who will become the next generation of leaders in Texas, is our most important responsibility and it is critical to the future of our great state. LEARN has partnered with the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN) to leverage technology innovation to improve student learning and performance and to create economies of scale and efficiencies that save taxpayers money. TETN is a consortium of K-12 leaders and organizations that include the Texas Education Agency, the twenty Education Services Centers (ESC) and Independent School Districts in Texas. This innovative partnership has enabled the deployment of an integrated statewide network that provides a rich curriculum and educational experiences from around the world to over 1,000,000 students in over 520 Independent School Districts across Texas.
As a result of the leadership of ESC 11, in collaboration with their K-12 colleagues, the Connect2Texas program uses LEARN's advanced network to enable high quality interactive video and audio that brings a diverse portfolio of educational experiences from around the world into student classrooms that improves student learning and engagement. This program uses virtual experiences and real time interactive teacher-to-student and student-to-student learning and engagement to improve student performance. Texas organizations who are actively involved in this creative educational program include, but are not limited to, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Zoo, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, and the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station.
By leveraging the LEARN network, the Region 13 ESC is providing teachers access to its Career and Technical Education Program (CTE). The CTE program is an accelerated 12 month program designed to provide an effective pathway to teacher certification for professionals who have the education, and work experience that is needed to become certified teachers in our K-12 schools in Texas.
This rigorous and innovative program uses best practices in proven instructional and learning theory and actual teaching experience to prepare teacher interns to become certified teachers who will prepare our K-12 students for higher education, and careers. Teachers from Abilene, Amarillo, Beaumont, Denton, El Paso, Houston, Huntsville, Killeen, Lubbock, Midland, Pittsburg, San Angelo, and San Antonio are participating in this important certification program.
The LEARN network is also providing access to a suite of applications in the Texas Computer Cooperative Software that is available to independent school districts to support their business, human resources, student services and Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data collection and reporting requirements. Additionally, the network is providing statewide access to the escWorks data management software that tracks the availability of professional development training opportunities and a record of the professional development courses taken by our K-12 professionals. These statewide shared resource initiatives are creating efficiencies in our school system that lowers administrative costs. As a result, a higher percentage of tax payer resources are being allocated to student learning.