Accelerating Education in Texas K12: TASA: Putting the Public Back in Public Education
With the education sector completely disrupted by the pandemic, school administration and students are feeling the anxiety and pressure of uncertainty and instability in the world. What does the “new normal” for student education look like? How do schools deal with staff burnout? Kevin Brown, Executive Director of the Texas Association of School Administration (TASA), answers these and other questions about accelerating Texas K12 education.
TASA, an organization whose mission is to develop educational leaders and support students, saw an opportunity to take it to the next level during the pandemic. While COVID-19 has brought many challenges and difficulties, Brown noted that there is a silver lining, such as the added flexibility; a shift to social and emotional well-being; rapid integration and adaptation of technology; and adapt student learning to the individual.
“Maybe this is the boost we needed to ensure schools are transformative and truly personalized for students across our country,” Brown explained.
Unlike school reform, such as in the early 1900s, when schools were painstakingly standardized, 21st century learning will involve transforming schools that focus on the individual and initiatives such as the implementation of technology, dynamism and listening to students. Additionally, administrators are realizing the tremendous importance of improving mental health for both staff and students.
According to Brown, these changes are ambitious and will require a strategic redesign of the learning experience. However, the resulting culture shift will undoubtedly increase the educational experience for all.
“I have never been prouder…this nation has continued to move forward thanks to the teachers in the classrooms, the bus drivers, the technology specialists, the principals, the superintendents and the school boards who every day in the midst of the crisis have been able to get things done and take care of everyone,” Brown said. Educators were on the front line, and the world cannot forget that.