Our Work

Through our four impact areas -- College and Career Readiness, Higher Education, Effective Teaching and Regional Collaboration -- Educate Texas ensures that students have a successful future by focusing on making education a priority across the educational cradle-to-career pipeline through a range of programs.

Secondary Schools

Educate Texas recognizes the urgency for the state’s secondary schools and classrooms to adapt to the needs of 21st century students. Therefore, the organization is partnering with state agencies, school districts and funders to identify innovative ways to approach and support 21st century teaching and learning across the educational cradle-to-career pipeline.

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STEM

As the 21st century progresses, young people must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. Students learn these types of skills by studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - subjects collectively known as STEM. STEM programs bring together state agencies and school districts to focus on STEM education, with goals to strengthen instruction and academics, build relationships with industry experts and the business community, prepare students for STEM careers, and create best practices to use in other school districts. 

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Early College High School

Early College High Schools (ECHS) blend high school and college coursework to enable students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and up to two years of transferable college credit (60 hours), tuition free. Through key partnerships with districts and schools, Educate Texas has supported the ECHS model by funding campuses in early years, providing professional development through TEA grants, supporting implementation through grants from other funders, and as independent consultants through contracts with districts. 

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District-Wide Implementation

Building on the success of many single-campus ECHS and T-STEM programs, Educate Texas is expanding proven programs across entire districts. Through these district-wide partnerships, Educate Texas will better understand how to build capacity at the school level to support innovations and apply human resources to achieve positive, sustainable system change.

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Higher Education Success

Higher Education programs are designed to increase the number of students who complete two-year or four-year degrees or technical certification. To support the need for higher education credentials, Educate Texas partners with state agencies and cross-sector education providers (school districts, community colleges, and colleges and universities) to design and implement programs, and to build a network of stakeholders able to inform policies that increase the number of students who enroll in, persist and complete higher education. 

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Education Workforce Alignment

Education Workforce Partnerships are strategic efforts to improve educational and workforce outcomes. Educate Texas convenes and participates in these partnerships, working with multiple stakeholders in education and workforce collaborating to ensure that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and credentials to be successful in their careers. 

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Teaching

Good teaching is the number-one factor in preparing students for success. By working with the Texas Legislature, school systems, state agencies and teacher preparation programs, Educate Texas helps identify and implement evidence-based policies that support effective teaching. The objective is to design a teacher pipeline for recruitment, development, evaluation, compensation and retention of excellent teachers.

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Regional Collaboration

Cross-sector collaboration within communities is key to the creation and support of an aligned pipeline between secondary schools, higher education and the workforce to support students’ success in school, in their careers, and in life.Educate Texas is working with communities across the state.

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Policy and Advocacy

A trusted thought partner and resource, both to state policymakers and educational leaders, Educate Texas has carved out a unique space in the policy and advocacy arena. The organization’s policy and advocacy team works to drive conversations and affect change in various college readiness and higher education success policy areas. 

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Leadership Councils

Educate Texas recognizes the critical role that school leaders play in the success of students, teachers and schools, and is working collaboratively within and across districts to strengthen the connection between leadership development and student performance.

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