The push for Districts of Innovation (DOI) is not about "local control" it is about complete control by the state for a planned economy. As Kim Gutierrez stated.....
"So in the corporate world, there is a method of conducting virtual training that consists of the employee watching video training sessions and participating in computer based questions/answers. Some use it for site safety, others use it for all of their corporate training needs.
The employee completes "mastery" of the subject matter once he or she attains a certain level of correct answers, even if they repeatedly have to take the same "test" or "questionnaire" over and over. They "master" the "content" of the lessons. (memorization, repetition) Keep this in mind for what comes next. This is training, not necessarily teaching, instruction or learning.
In education, competency based learning, individualized learning, student centered learning, personalized learning are the monikers for computer based instruction.
The CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) is made of public officials from around the country. Our Texas Education Commissioner is a member of this consortium. The CCSSO is one of the USDOEd tentacles that is where the DOI stems from.
CCSSO has an initiative called the Innovation Lab Network. The ILN is under Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning.
This computer based model will facilitate States "to enable personalized learning and prepare the educator workforce" whereby "education leaders are fundamentally changing teaching practices in schools" and "educators and OTHER ADULTS provide personalized, competency-based learning." As our professional instructors are phased out with facilitator type instructors who have Personalized Learning Endorsements, the pathway will ensure a more smooth transition to the Next Generation Assessment and Accountability.
Personalized or computer based learning is nothing about being personalized to the individual, but is ALL about the "real time" "any time" assessment that Commissioner Morath has said that he wants to conduct on our kids, both academically and socially/emotionally.
The instruction will be provided through the computer. In some cases there will be students directing their own learning and in other cases, facilitators will oversee the computer teaching. The need for limited class sizes will be a thing of the past because all students will be working at their own pace on the computer as they are constantly assessed and re-assessed. Large or small groups, teacher specialization is not necessarily a concern, because the instruction is coming from the device.
You thought the STAAR was gross mistreatment of our kids. This is constant data collection of your child's mind, both in his academic learning and his most intimate private thoughts, while the learning modules drive home attitudes, behaviors and beliefs deemed acceptable by none other than our sicko Commissioner and his cohorts in public ed reform. District of Innovation is the gateway."