Our Impact Areas

We must achieve bold transformation of Texas’ public and higher education systems to prepare students for success in school, in the workforce, and in life. To achieve holistic educational systems change in Texas, Educate Texas has identified four key impact areas for our work:

College and Career Readiness

College- and Career-ready high school graduates have the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to succeed in life, whether they plan to attend college (two- or four-year, or technical school) or start a job. Educate Texas is piloting new innovations, and developing and implementing outcome-proven strategies to improve teaching and learning to prepare students for college and the workforce.

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Effective Teaching

The single most important school-based factor in student success is the quality of teachers in the classroom. Educate Texas is working with communities across the state to establish and implement strategic and measurable community-specific action plans and to ensure resources are directed toward development of innovations or scaling evidence-based practices that lead to better outcomes in K-12 education, college and career.

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Higher Education

Educate Texas has made supporting students in their efforts to achieve a two- or four-year degree or technical certificate one of its key areas of impact. To this end, Educate Texas is working with state agencies, school districts and higher education institutions in designing and implementing high-impact programs and convening cross-sector stakeholders informing policies to increase the number of students who enroll in, persist and complete a degree.

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Collective Impact

Using Collective Impact programs, Educate Texas can help align systems within a community and use data to identify and scale what is working in that community. Community leaders from different sectors come together with Educate Texas to establish a common vision for the community or region, set milestones to measure success, use evidence-based findings to refine strategies, match stakeholders and resources to expand successful practices, and identify a supporting organization to assist in carrying out the plan. By sharing strengths and focusing on common goals, communities build capacity for problem solving, rather than working independently and learning what works through trial and error. 

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