Educate Texas has led the development and implementation of innovative practices and approaches to improve educational outcomes across the state. Many of these programs—including Early College High Schools (ECHS) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academies—have dramatically increased college-readiness and demonstrated the ability to close the achievement gaps among underserved, low income communities.
With the success of the ECHS and T-STEM initiatives, Educate Texas is replicating proven practices across entire districts with scalable, sustainable education improvements. By partnering with more school districts, Educate Texas will better understand how to build capacity and leverage human capital resources, and, ultimately, help drive system changes.
Current efforts are focused on scaling Educate Texas T-STEM and ECHS models in the following district examples:
- Lancaster ISD, in partnership with Educate Texas and the Texas Instruments Foundation, is working to develop a strategic, systematic plan to implement STEM curriculum and strategies across the district
- Brownsville and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD received a $5.6 million federal grant to expand the ECHS model in the Rio Grande Valley region as part of the Early College Expansion Partnership—a collaboration between Jobs for the Future and Educate Texas, the Partnership will spread the early college model to 30,000 students over the next five years
- El Paso Community College District, in partnership with Clint ISD, Greater Texas Foundation and The Meadows Foundation, is working to demonstrate how to use an Early College High School as a catalytic model to scale a Common Instructional Framework (CIF) that enables all students to graduate college-ready
To learn more about the initiative in Clint ISD, please read our newsletter feature and overview presentation below.
Next Generation Learning
Educate Texas believes the intentional integration of technology in classrooms can improve learning outcomes; better prepare students for college-readiness and 21st century skills; and, allow schools to realize cost efficiencies and scale in more sustainable ways. Educate Texas is exploring different types of blended learning models and has established the Texas Teaching, Technology, and Innovation Fund (T3IF).
The goal is to identify strategies that deliver:
- Enhanced instruction and improved delivery of curriculum
- Culture that supports individualized learning across students, teachers, district leadership, parents, and/or partners
- Improved system structure and policy to allow for full implementation of blended learning practices
With a desire to understand the impact of blended learning, Educate Texas is seeking more partnerships, such as the ones currently in place with Coppell and Spring ISDs, which are exploring, developing, implementing and refining a blended learning approach to school design.