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Educate Texas
Educate Texas has been nationally recognized for tapping into a bold, new brand of teamwork with significantly greater potential to create meaningful change for Texas students. By strategically connecting the diverse groups committed to this cause, Educate Texas is leveraging the power of collaboration, bringing together resources and expertise. It’s a unique approach. And it’s already generating remarkable results for Texas.

Power On Texas
Power on Texas is a space for administrators and educators to discover how classrooms across the state are harnessing technology to boost student achievement and teacher effectiveness. Here, you can tap into resources, connect with ideas, and find practical tools to get started on your district’s journey to join the digital learning revolution.

Buck Institute for Education
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning (PBL).

PBL Online
PBL Online is based on the Project Based Learning (PBL) planning methodology developed by the Buck Institute for Education in consultation with a group of expert PBL teachers throughout the United States. This site provides a brief introduction to the basic ideas and methodology underlying PBL and offers interaction that will coach pre-service and practicing teachers through the process of planning a project. The project library — “collaboratory” — allows teachers to search or browse to find ideas for projects.

Problem Based Learning Projects
The New England Board of Higher Education has been developing Problem Based Learning challenges for high school and college STEM classrooms since 2006.

Edutopia: Project Based Learning
Edutopia is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement six core learning strategies. This website focuses on the Project Based Learning strategy.

Excerpt from Reinventing Project Based Learning: Your Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age
Reinventing Project-Based Learning offers educators an accessible guide for maximizing the benefits of project-based learning in today's technology-rich learning environment. This reader-friendly book speaks directly to educators, administrators, and professional development specialists who want to transform learning into a more active, student-driven experience, using technology tools for inquiry, collaboration, and connection to the world beyond the classroom.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. The Framework for the 21st Century Learning presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is a membership organization that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL)
The National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) has been helping to educate children and adults in a variety of educational settings since 2004. This Museum of Science, Boston initiative is active nationwide via partnerships that seek to raise awareness and understanding of engineering in schools and museums.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a great and often used in-depth resource for various subjects in philosophy; including ethics.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Environmental Ethics Entry
This site links specifically to the environmental ethics entry of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.