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H.Res. 331 (113th): Expressing support for designation of September 18 as “National Innovation in Education Day”.

The text of the resolution below is as of Aug 2, 2013 (Introduced).


IV

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 331

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 2, 2013

(for himself, Mr. George Miller of California, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Honda, Ms. Schwartz, Ms. Bordallo, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Vargas, Mr. Takano, Mr. Polis, Mr. Matheson, Mr. Lipinski, Ms. Kuster, Ms. Jackson Lee, Mr. Conyers, Mr. McDermott, and Mrs. Beatty) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

RESOLUTION

Expressing support for designation of September 18 as National Innovation in Education Day.

Whereas a growing number of schools have embraced a curriculum that highlights the importance of technological advancement;

Whereas incorporating technology into classrooms, including the additions of personal computers, tablet devices, eBooks, and SmartBoards, has not only cut classroom expenses but has also inspired students to become more engaged in their own education;

Whereas studies have shown that 65 percent of educators believe that students are more productive today than they were 3 years ago, due to the increased use of technology in the classroom;

Whereas the percentage of students who rated either proficient or advanced was 49 percent higher in flipped classrooms that integrated iPads into the curriculum than in traditional classrooms;

Whereas studies have proven that students using iPads saw their math test scores increase 20 percent in 1 year compared to students using traditional textbooks;

Whereas students in classrooms that implemented video lectures saw a 14 percent increase in GPA compared to traditional classroom settings;

Whereas students who have been exposed to technology and creative teaching methods in the classroom will be more readily prepared for a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields;

Whereas the implementation of integrated education technology initiatives has led to 21 percent composite achievement rate increases and 25 percent graduation rate increases over 5 years;

Whereas schools that emphasize personalized learning environments, integration of arts and technology in project-based learning, and development of deeper learning skills have highly successful graduation rates, with up to 98 percent of their graduates enrolled at an institution of higher education;

Whereas the implementation of a project-based learning focused on STEM has led to 62 percent of students being the first generation in their families to enroll in an institution of higher education and a near zero secondary school dropout rate;

Whereas 74 percent of pre-K through 12th-grade teachers say technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content and respond to a variety of learning styles, as it gives them the flexibility to teach to individual students’ strengths;

Whereas different programs or devices can be implemented for collaborative learners, for example, while other programs may better suit those students who prefer to work individually;

Whereas 75 percent of teachers in low-income communities said that they wished to have more technology in the classroom due to a lack of updated textbooks and materials; and

Whereas September 18 would be an appropriate date to designate as National Innovation in Education Day: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives

(1)

supports the designation of National Innovation in Education Day to recognize the advances that the Nation’s schools have made incorporating both creative teaching methods and technology into the classroom;

(2)

recognizes the importance of creative teaching methods as a means of engaging students in their education and inspiring more students to pursue higher education;

(3)

recognizes that technological advancements within the classroom prepare students for a more information-driven market, thus closing the gap between education and the workforce by allowing students to obtain the skills necessary for employment in competitive science and technology fields in the United States; and

(4)

recognizes the achievements of outstanding educators who have exemplified the innovative teaching methods listed above.