Reflections from SXSWedu: If we really want to use ed tech to help teachers change outcomes for kids, we need to do more than expand our presenter lists. We need to acknowledge and champion the idea that teachers are experts.
Ask any district and they’ll tell you that community engagement is of paramount importance—especially when it comes to school turnaround. But dig deeper, and you’ll find a lot of debate about what engagement really looks like.
The problem teachers face with ed tech tools is that they are being asked to use them with little to no relevant teacher training. They are expected to effectively use these tools to interpret insights from the data to help their students- but they lack the knowledge needed to do so.
The findings of a new paper – a 63% reduction in the achievement gap – are incredibly promising in terms of finding scalable way to help ensure that more low-income and first-generation students graduate. They also reflect some of the insights we’ve gained from our Dell Scholars.
Great ideas are plentiful, but transformational implementation is what delivers the results for students. Each time we make a grant, we prepare to roll our sleeves up, partner alongside our grantees and work through all the challenges that unfold along the way.
The foundation seeks to find breakthrough solutions that enable individuals to break the cycle of poverty and to catalyze powerful, systems-level shifts that open broader access to quality education and childhood health supports. 2011 & 2012 were watershed years in our development.