Administrators share vision to change schools

Skip the piecemeal education reform. A group of Texas school superintendents are calling for a complete transformation of public schools to better prepare students for the future in ways that aren’t boring, according to the Houston Chronicle. They’ve laid out the framework in a 48-page report called Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas. Nearly two years in the making, the document spells out school leaders’ thoughts on six key issues, including the use of digital technology, abuse of standardized testing and designing accountability systems that inspire excellence instead of punish perceived shortcomings. The 35 superintendents from Dallas, Cypress-Fairbanks, Fort Worth, San Antonio and numerous rural and suburban school districts are responsible for educating about a quarter of the state’s 4.7 million schoolchildren. Plano school Superintendent Doug Otto said students come to traditional school settings with a mastery of iPods, Wii game systems, cell phones and other devices that must be "powered down" in class. The challenge is finding a way to use gaming techniques and other technology to enhance the curriculum and create a more relevant and engaging learning environment, he said, citing one of the report’s guiding principles…

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