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Dell Texas Learning Network: Operation Connectivity

Texas Education Agency and its partners work with close to 300 districts to meet the real-time needs of educators while laying the foundation for innovation, equity and agility on a post-pandemic horizon.

District Overview

Texas Education Agency and its partners work with close to 300 districts to meet the real-time needs of educators while laying the foundation for innovation, equity and agility on a post-pandemic horizon.

In alliance with Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Dell Technologies, Advanced Learning Partnerships serves a community of 289 Independent School Districts (ISDs) as they strive to facilitate inclusive, high-quality learning experiences for students in 2020 and 2021.

This Dell Texas Learners Network (DTLN) unites and empowers teachers, coaches, and administrators across every region of the State through a responsive and inclusive range of professional learning (PL) pathways. Educators within the DTLN may access a rich and ever-expanding portfolio of facilitated webinars, virtual courses, social media networking events, and even video-based, small-group coaching sessions. ALP coaches, with established skill and rich experience in a wide array of leadership roles, will attentively facilitate these experiences.

The DTLN kicks off in November 2020 with the first wave of relevant and engaging webinars and virtual courses.

Beginning in January 2021, TLN offerings will expand to include conveniently scheduled and interactive virtual PL experiences along each of the aforementioned pathways. A cohort of Districts within the TLN may also qualify for additional ALP services that are customized to each community’s local priorities and needs.

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Highlights

  • Mission: to ensure reliable, equitable access to learning for all families, regardless of location or means.
  • Impacts 5.5 million Texas students who are enrolled in public education systems.
  • Dell Technologies, Texas Education Agency, and ALP have partnered to deliver extensive PL support in alignment with the deployment of over 300,000 devices to participating Texas ISDs.
  • More information on Operation Connectivity can be found Here

District Timeline

Fall 2020 - Winter 2021
2020 - 2021

Virtual Course Facilitation

The State of Texas covers 268,597 square miles, with Dell Texas Learning Network educators representing each corner of this geographic expanse. Under normal circumstances and especially in response to COVID-19, ALP coaches maintain ongoing support with and between teachers, coaches, and principals through virtual courses and webinars. Our team leverages cutting-edge digital and video-based platforms to serve educators in an effort to personalize their support while keeping people safe and focused on student learning outcomes.

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2020 - 2021

Innovative Networking Teams

The Dell Texas Learning Network offers high-quality PL experiences to educators along five distinct pathways. Our coaches host regular social media events and video-based networking sessions designed to maximize learning and collaboration for Texas educators. Participants benefit from access to new ideas, celebrate hard-earned achievements, and provide guidance on relevant topics and issues.

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2020 - 2021

Toolkit / Field Guide Development

Busy educators need creative, practical, and research-backed resources that enable them to focus their energy where it matters most: on their students. Enter curated field guides. ALP coaches can assemble TEKS-aligned pedagogies, technology tools, and other resources that support educators in remote, hybrid, blended, virtual, and face-to-face learning modes. Differentiated by elementary and secondary levels, DTLN educators can find the right support when they need it in these valuable guides.

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2020 - 2021

Coaching and Modeling

Each member of the ALP team is a talented, experienced coach. Together, we possess a diverse range of specializations and interests. As the DTLN launches virtual courses, webinars, and relevant field guides, ALP will invite interested teachers, coaches, and administrators to register for small group coaching sessions. These video-based meet-ups will provide educators with the chance to explore ideas and receive feedback in areas of interest or need.

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2020 - 2021

Trailblazer Cohorts

Educators who commit to multiple professional learning experiences within the DTLN may elect to join a trailblazer cohort. Trailblazers work together to solve problems, share practice, and innovate. They build community through professional learning and represent a powerful form of leadership within and well beyond their home districts. Trailblazer cohorts are invited to reach out to an ALP coach to learn how their work may qualify for Dell Teacher, Mentor, or Leader certification.

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2020 - 2021

Organizational Change Leadership

Educators who are interested in diving deep into aspects of leadership and service will appreciate the many opportunities to engage in virtual courses, webinars, and social media chat offered through the DTLN. Qualified districts may also elect to invite senior ALP leadership consultants to support strategic planning and implementation efforts that impact short- and long-term goals.

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2020 - 2021

Dell Teaching and Learning Academy

Qualified DTLN districts may choose to invite teams of teachers, coaches, and/or administrators to participate in a rigorous, practical Teaching & Learning Academy. Each Academy is facilitated virtually, with whole- and small-group as well as 1:1 sessions designed to empower each participant to define and achieve personalized learning goals. Participants who successfully complete each Academy earn certification as Dell Educators, Mentors or Leaders.

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2020 - 2021

Leadership Consulting

Atul Gawande’s superb TED Talk inspires anyone who wants to be great to ‘get a coach’. Our team of experienced, practical, and engaging consultants is available to the DTLN to engage in virtual courses, just-in-time webinars, and video-based coaching sessions that help leaders in their professional growth. Qualified districts may also elect to invite ALP to support personalized leadership consulting support for local teams of lead teachers, coaches, and administrators.

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2020 - 2021

Learner-Centered Experience Design

The 2020-21 academic year challenges educators to seek new and creative approaches to reaching all learners. This scenario is amplified by the shift away from face-to-face learning as the dominant model. DTLN educators can collaborate with highly skilled, experienced coaches as they explore learner-centered approaches across diverse pedagogical approaches and remote, hybrid, blended, and even competency-based models.

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