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 has gained insights on how to build capacity at the school level to support innovations and apply human resources to achieve positive, sustainable systems change.


The Investing in Innovation grant funded the Early College Expansion Partnership, a five year initiative which began in 2012 with two goals: 1) to scale up designs of early college programs through systemwide secondary school improvement and college readiness strategies for all students, and 2) to position early college designs to continue and expand after the funding period ended.

In 2011, faced with research showing that Texas high school students rank higher for college and career readiness when they receive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) training, Educate Texas and partner TI Foundation identified Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) as an ideal district to receive a grant to partner in implementing a districtwide STEM project over five years.