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Update from the Offices of TTU K-12

Dear TTU K-12 Community,

A headshot of Justin Louder.

Justin Louder

A headshot of Justin Louder.

Justin Louder

School is out across the area as exemplified by the number of youths attending various camps and activities on the Texas Tech campus. But for us at TTU K-12, the summer season is not so different from the rest of the school year. Supplemental enrollments actually increase as students prepare for the next academic year in their own districts, in anticipation of using our courses to free up time in their schedules, make up credits or get ahead. Our full-time students work consistently to use TTU K-12 for acceleration and to stay on track for graduation. We are proud to offer these opportunities to students, their parents and school districts.

We are wrapping up work on a project that will significantly improve the way we serve our students. Here is a partial list of what is set to kick off on that date:

  • Proctorio online proctoring: The pilot program was successful, and full implementation into all of our courses and CBEs is in progress.
  • The addition of many new courses, including our very first AP offerings
  • All courses will have the same appearance to the student.

In October we will host the annual on-site teacher meeting in addition to another cybersecurity meeting.

Our commencement ceremony for the Class of 2019 was a great success! It was our pleasure to host some of our students and parents. We had 24 students travel to Lubbock out of more than 150 who completed their graduation requirements since last May. This occasion allows our advisors, administrators, students and parents to step out of the virtual world and meet each other in person. It is gratifying to connect face to face.

Our teacher staffing is being completely reorganized. We are in the process of hiring seven full-time positions. These knowledgeable teachers will not only be the subject-matter experts in their disciplines, but they also will be the departmental chair for the other teachers in the area of study.

Finally, I wanted to announce that Dr. James Taliaferro, TTU K-12 superintendent, will be leaving TTU K-12 at the end of July. He has been a great advocate for TTU K-12, our students, parents, teachers, and for public education in general. We thank Dr. Taliaferro for his work with TTU K-12 and wish him the best as he moves on from Texas Tech.

We hope your summer is enjoyable. As always, please feel free to contact us or come by if you're in the area.

Justin R. Louder
Associate Vice Provost
eLearning & Academic Partnerships

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