Leaders in innovative education are coming together today in Houston, TX, for the second meeting of the League of Innovative Schools.
The League, announced at a White House event in September, is an alliance of school districts committed to working with entrepreneurs and researchers to dramatically increase student achievement. The League was launched in partnership with Digital Promise, a new national center to advance breakthroughs in education with technology. Digital Promise is part of the Administration’s broader agenda to spur innovation in education and prepare our Nation’s students for the challenges of a 21st century economy.
The meeting’s host – the Houston Independent School District– is home to many innovative programs, including the Houston Innovative Learning Zone, which offers high-school students the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree and valuable career certifications upon graduation. These credentials will help students immediately land high-quality, technology-based jobs in some of the region’s most in-demand professions, including the fields of computer science, energy, and medicine.
Despite the innovative work taking place in Houston and other League districts, more needs to be done to realize the benefits technology can offer all of our Nation’s classrooms. The current generation of students – growing up in the world of smart phones, tablet computers, and 4G wireless Internet – is too often denied an education that makes the most of technology.
Today’s meeting will explore the League’s role in transforming the education technology market. Some of the League’s key initiatives will include:
Kumar Garg is a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director for Policy at OSTP