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Education

With global economic leadership at stake, education and workforce development are more critical than ever.  TechNet supports policies that help prepare our students to be a successful part of a global, interconnected, and technology-driven economy.

The state program supports the following principles:

  • Full funding for our public schools and the restoration of cuts made to school funding to give school leaders the resources needed to innovate and deliver the highest quality education to all students.
  • Digital learning resources and technology integration in student learning environments to improve student outcomes and enable college and career readiness.
  • The recruitment and training of qualified teachers and innovative school administrators.
  • Increased access for students to high-level math, science, and computer science courses, with a focus on underrepresented female and minority students.
  • High standards and accountability.
  • Workforce and skills development aligned with industry needs.

Drive Innovation in the Classroom

  • Digital learning: Promote the use of digital content and tools to provide individualized, data-centric learning and improve educational outcomes.
  • Champion a strong emphasis on hands-on, project-based learning to drive collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
  • Consistent, strategic funding: Support efforts to secure stable funding for digital education, aligned with a statewide vision to expand and promote digital innovation in the classroom.
  • Infrastructure: Support measures that focus finances, partnerships, and strategies to ensure that all schools have sufficient infrastructure and network connectivity with the necessary speed, capacity, and reliability to support “smart” classrooms and provide sustained IT support to maintain and upgrade systems.

Recruit and Develop Qualified Teachers and Innovative Administrators

  • Professional development: Support programs that provide sustained and robust training for high-quality STEM and computer science teachers and that ensure teachers know how to leverage technology in the classroom.
  • STEM teacher shortage: Support efforts that address the severe shortage of qualified computer science, science, and math teachers and develop a sustainable pipeline of talent.
  • Teacher certification: Support the establishment of computer science certification pathways that ensure all computer science teachers have appropriate knowledge of and are prepared to teach the curriculum.
  • Empower teachers and administrators: Support programs that empower teachers and administrators to make informed decisions on the procurement of technology, leverage technology to evolve classroom teaching, and share what they have learned through communities of support.

Expand Access and Inspire Students

  • Underrepresented students: Support policies and programs that focus on engaging and providing opportunities for female and minority students in science, math, and computer science.
  • Early and broad exposure: Support policies and programs that ensure principles of computer science, computational thinking, and STEM skills are integrated, where possible, in other subjects of K-12 instruction.  
  • Awareness and inspiration: Support school and public/private programs that inspire the next generation of students to pursue STEM and computer science careers, provide real-world applied learning opportunities like internships and apprenticeships, and educate parents about opportunities in these fields.

Promote High Standards and Accountability

  • Make computer science count: Ensure that a qualified computer science course may fulfill a core science or math high school graduation requirement.  
  • Implement rigorous computer science standards: Ensure computer science standards are focused on computational thinking skills and the creation — not just the use — of software and other computing technologies.
  • Use data to drive accountability and learning: Support rigorous standards for students and the transition to data-driven assessments that provide a clearer picture of what and how students are learning and if they are developing the skills necessary to be college-ready and succeed in the global marketplace.

Classroom to Career/Skills Development

  • Align the resources of the educational and training systems with the needs of technology industry employers.
  • Remove regulatory impediments to collaboration between employers and educators with the purpose of closing the middle skills gap.
  • Support high-quality career and technical education (CTE): Ensure CTE programs advance academic, technical, and industry-relevant technology skills that prepare all students for success in college and technology-rich careers.
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