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Taking education into the next century

2013 July 17
by HISD Communications

It’s been said that one of the only constants in life is change, and never has that been more true than now for us in public education.

We can’t expect today’s schools to look like the ones we attended when we were young. The world has gone digital, and we have to change with the times if we are going to produce graduates who are not only comfortable with technology, but also ready for the challenges they will face in the global economy.

HISD is already working hard to bring the campus of tomorrow to our students today. We are considering everything from acoustics and safety to furniture and sustainability in the plans for our new schools. We are looking at how libraries have changed, how new technology is used, and we are even touring other school districts with new facilities for ideas and inspiration.

This fall, we will also be launching the first stage of our PowerUp program, whose goal is to close the digital divide by eventually providing every HISD student in grades 3 through 12 with a laptop they can use in school and at home.

As I mentioned in my State of the Schools address earlier this year, this is not a case of trying to keep up with the Joneses. We are on the cusp of a new era in education, and it’s one in which we plan to be a leader.

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