Secondary Schools

Secondary school programs support different types of instructional and learning models to ensure that students have the resources and tools needed to prepare for higher education and the workforce. Educate Texas recognizes the urgency for the state’s public 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.

Programs

This network, led by the Texas Education Agency, brings together three proven school models under a single umbrella of support. As the Texas Education Agency's designated technical assistance provider, Educate Texas supports more than 370 planning and designated CCRSM campuses across Texas.
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.
The Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) initiative offers an open-enrollment program that creates workforce pathways aligned with high-demand, high-wage fields throughout the state.
Across the state, schools facing poor or stagnant test scores and student performance gaps are realizing that one size does not fit all when it comes to instructional strategies. Educate Texas is investing in multiple efforts to understand the impact of “blended learning” — an approach that combines face-to-face teaching methods with engaging online learning components that allow instructors and students to personalize the pace and path of instruction. By funding five Raising Blended Learners demonstration sites throughout the state, Educate Texas is helping our partners at Raise Your Hand Texas to provide a more personalized learning experience in school districts with achievement challenges.
In May 2018, the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation announced a $4.6 million grant to Richardson ISD to Educate Texas to support Richardson ISD in creating a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) feeder pattern within the Lloyd V. Berkner High School attendance zone. With technical assistance provided by Educate Texas, this initiative supports 16 schools serving more than 10,000 students from 80 different countries.
The Teaching and Learning Council acts as a resource to Texas legislators, state agencies and other regulatory bodies by sharing its research and evidence-based recommendations related to effective teaching policy.
The Texas Learning Exchange (TxLx) project aims to collaborate with Texas educational leaders to develop innovative pre-K-12 learning resources, solutions and models focused on equity, access and overall enhancement of teaching and learning.
Consisting of a central hub of three local Texas organization – Educate Texas, Learning Forward, and the Dana Center – the The Texas Network for School Improvement (TxNSI) works with teachers and leaders in local school districts to develop a culture and community of improvement within schools.
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.