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Our Vision

Connecting and equipping Lutheran school teachers to inspire students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

When we launched TEC21 we called digital learning and connectedness vital pursuits. Today, eleven years later, we recognize technology in the classroom as a non-negotiable. Research, exploration and sharpened understanding of the proclivities of the contemporary student point to the need for both a strong digital platform in every classroom and tech-savvy teachers.

Kids are early adapters. Our mounting concern is that kids will leave behind the educator who lags in interest or aptitude for digital innovations. We fear parents making a school choice for their children will find a tipping point around this competency or lack of it. This enlarges the responsibility we feel to equip teachers, adding digital “scout” to our job of facilitating technology workshops. It increases the urgency we feel for our “2020” vision to expand the TEC21 footprint in the U.S. while making overtures overseas.

Explosive Potential for Learning
YEAR09/1010/1111/1212/1313/1414/1515/1616/1717/1818/1919/20
Centers11338121517182326
Teachers39223885150259373503655853
Students452706601,1402,5504,5007,77011,19015,09019,65025,590

The chart above shows actual numbers of participating TEC21 teachers and estimated numbers of students impacted. It reveals the multiplier affect of our professional development program as former participating teachers continue the discovery process year after year through the TEC21 online community and apply what they’ve learned in their classrooms.

2009

2009

  • “Angel” donors provide financial support through five-year startup grant
  • Holy Cross and Bethany Lutheran, Wichita, Kan. schools, pilot TEC21 workshop program
  • The TEC21 community: one TEC21 facilitator and three TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: one LCMS district, one innovation center, two schools
2010

2010

  • The TEC21 community: one TEC21 facilitator and nine TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: one LCMS district, one innovation center, four schools
2011

2011

  • Brent Dieckhoff and Dennis Grice bring TEC21 to Pacific Southwest District
  • The TEC21 community: two TEC21 facilitators and 22 TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: two LCMS districts, three innovation centers, 11 schools
2012

2012

  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund (KS/OK districts) provides funding
  • The TEC21 community: two TEC21 facilitators and 38 TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: two LCMS districts, three innovation centers, 15 schools
2013

2013

  • Concordia University-Nebraska hosts first annual TEC21 Facilitators Academy
  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund (KS/OK districts) provides funding
  • The TEC21 community: eight TEC21 facilitators and 85 TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: nine LCMS districts, eight innovation centers, 47 schools
2014

2014

  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund (KS/OK districts) provides funding
  • The TEC21 community: 12 TEC21 facilitators and 150 TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: nine LCMS districts, 12 innovation centers, 65 schools
2015

2015

  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund (KS/OK districts) provides funding
  • Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Ross, Wichita, Kan., help start the TEC21 Endowment Fund
  • The TEC21 community: 12 TEC21 facilitators and 259 TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: 12 LCMS districts, 15 innovation centers, 110 schools
2016

2016

  • TEC21 makes its new home on the campus of Concordia University–Nebraska
  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund continues to support TEC21’s mission thorugh offering scholarships in a growing number of districts
  • The TEC21 community: 20 TEC21 facilitators and 353 TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: 12 LCMS districts, 17 innovation centers, 122 schools
2018

2018

  • For the first time, TEC21 presented at the GOSPEL Conference in Temecula, California. This conference reaches all 35 district education executives.
  • Launched a pilot campaign for Donate Your Change Roundup Giving in the Nebraska and North Wisconsin districts.
  • The TEC21 community: 23 TEC21 facilitators and 665 TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: 16 LCMS districts, 23 innovation centers, 201 schools
2020

2020

Our vision:
  • Lutheran Church Extension Fund in multiple districts continues to provide funding
  • Concordia University, Nebraska, establishes the Technology in Lutheran Education Fund to support teachers serving in Lutheran schools to effectively integrate technology in the classroom
  • Active partnerships in place with teacher education programs at Concordia universities
  • The TEC21 community: 32 TEC21 facilitators and thousands of TEC21 teachers
  • TEC21 facilitator footprint: 35 LCMS districts, international partnerships with Lutheran organizations, 32 innovation centers, 260 schools
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