TWU is committed to preparing future educators for digital learning environments

July 12, 2022 – DENTON – The College of Professional Education at Texas Woman’s University has signed the Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) for Digital Equity and Transformational Pledge, committing to preparing educators to use technology to learn in face-to-face, hybrid and online classrooms.

The EPPs for Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge is a partnership between the US Department of Education and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The ISTE has created standards recognized by all 50 US states and territories as a framework for effective teaching and learning with technology.

“TWU’s Educator Preparation Program already shines in teaching digital literacy, going well beyond state minimum requirements and ISTE standards,” said COPE Associate Dean Gina Anderson. “We are therefore excited to partner with USDE and ISTE to learn more about expanding and scaling transformative digital literacy education to better meet the needs of all K-12 students in Texas.”

The signing of Texas Woman’s University was the first of an EPP in Texas. By signing the pledge, TWU’s EPP joins more than 40 programs, including those based at Arizona State, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, University of Southern California, University of Wyoming and others.

“Knowing how to use technology to support student learning is an essential skill for any teacher to thrive in a post-COVID world,” added ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “I am delighted that TWU is committed to integrating technological skills into its curriculum so that teacher candidates are ready to start.”

The commitment asks PEPs to commit to five objectives:

  • Preparing teachers to thrive in digital learning environments
  • Prepare teachers to use technology to pursue their continuous professional learning
  • Prepare teachers to apply frameworks to accelerate transformative digital learning
  • Equip all teachers to continuously improve expertise in technology for learning
  • Collaborate with school leaders to identify shared skills in digital teaching

TWU Initial and Advanced Certification candidates can already train with student avatars in a TeachLivE™ lab or in innovative spaces in the TWU Future Classroom Lab, designed by European Schoolnet – the only one in the United States. These and other resources combined with digital teaching courses help TWU candidates develop effective teaching tools to enhance teaching.

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Page last updated on July 12, 2022 at 12:42 p.m.

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