The following just came into my inbox:

TEA has planned a special back-to-school event that all districts and open-enrollment charters are invited to attend. On Wednesday, August 18th, at 10:00 a.m. CST, TEA and the New York Times will host a webcast featuring Thomas L. Friedman, author of The World is Flat. 

In his book, Mr. Friedman discusses how technology instantly and seamlessly connects people from across the globe and what this means for countries, communities, and individuals. He also explores what this connectivity means for education. During the webcast, Mr. Friedman will discuss the endless possibilities for educators and students as learning reaches beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Mr. Friedman will also answer questions from Texas educators.

To prepare for the webcast, each district is asked to reply to the RSVP posted on the Project Share website ( and begin making plans to gather teachers in common areas such as auditoriums, cafeterias, and libraries to view the webcast.

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