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. Educate Texas is now a sought-after resource at legislative hearings to offer guidance surrounding administrative rules, and to provide advice and counsel to key executive and legislative leadership offices; the state agencies overseeing public education, higher education and workforce development; and the state’s foremost education advocates. As a result of the organization’s credibility in the field and with policymakers, business leaders and philanthropic partners, Educate Texas has influenced policies affecting college and career readiness, higher education, and effective teaching.

Additionally, Educate Texas serves as the convener of statewide groups that bring together diverse stakeholders to advance and advocate policy. Educate Texas has created opportunities to build awareness and dialogue about the strengths and challenges for its impact areas, and its partnerships help education leaders and stakeholders to identify best practices in policy and programs, and impact legislative, state agency and local efforts.

Programs

The Texas Student Success Council is a group of diverse education leaders committed to shaping the state policy dialogue around increasing higher education attainment and preparing students to compete in the 21st century economy.

The Texas Teacher Preparation Collaborative (The Collaborative) provided a statewide platform for educators and policymakers to focus on teacher preparation and to promote best practices and policies to affect real change for current and future teachers in Texas.

With more than 320,000 teachers shaping the future of our students and our state, the Texas Teaching Commission was convened by Educate Texas to study proven teaching practices and recommend changes at the legislative, state agency and local policy level to support teaching effectiveness. The Commission’s yearlong collaboration culminated in an in-depth report that continues to serve as a guiding resource for policy dialogue and action.