Theory of Change
We believe achieving these overarching goals requires us to focus our efforts in three distinct ways:
Practice Improvement: To succeed in the 21st century economy, today’s students and educators need different training and skills than in the past. Partnering directly with educators to support better teaching and learning approaches builds the research base for improving educator practice and makes a direct impact on student achievement.
Sustainability: Too many promising pilot programs are abandoned for lack of institutional support, a clear strategy and buy-in. Implementation of programs and policies that encourage shared ownership in an idea and promote shifts in mindset and behavior enhances the prospects for long-term sustainability in practice improvement.
Scale: At the campus, district, and state levels, cohesive, research-based policies allow all Texas students the opportunity to succeed. Our policy work aims to ensure that schools have the resources and autonomy they need to innovate and that all students benefit from proven educational approaches.