Igniting curiosity and discovery© through real-world experiences
PICK Education is a collaborative program created by the Ector County Independent School District Innovation Department.
- Real-world problems in the classroom
- Students become the researcher
- Shared learning spaces
- Student ownership
Learn more at www.pickedu.com.
Ector County ISD (ECISD) has taken a novel approach to teaching and learning through innovative inquiry and problembased
experiences, as well as authentic educator professional development. Its PICK Education collaborative connects students and
teachers with real world experiences through university and institute partnerships, pushing them to ask and help answer real world
Founded by the Innovation Department at ECISD, PICK Education is currently working with ten university partners on data analysis
in medical research, citizen science, and engineering challenges. Some of these universities include Tulane University, the
University of Maryland, Texas Tech University, San Francisco State University, and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
“Through these collaborations, students’ findings have made significant advancements in scientific research while learning state
requirements in the process,” said Jason Osborne, Ector County ISD’s chief innovation officer.
But the program is making a difference for its educators, too. “It was not only a once in a lifetime experience for some of these kids,
it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience for me,” said Elizabeth Gray, an AVID Coordinator and the PICK Education teacher
ambassador at Falcon Early College High School. “These kids are now the experts. And they will be able to teach what they
learned and how to do the experiment to their fellow students. And I just think that’s fantastic.”
According to Osborne, the goal of PICK Education is to change the educational experience for all: “Students gain ownership of their
education, teachers gain authentic training experiences, and partners gain contributions to data as well as a new generation of
potential undergraduate students, researchers, or team members.” #IAmTXEd