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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
Teachers39223885150259373503655834
Students452706601,1402,5504,5007,77011,19015,09019,65025,020

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

  • “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
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