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

As an extension of the Early College High School (ECHS) model, the Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) initiative leverages partnerships among ECHS campuses, regional industries and institutions of higher learning to help students at risk of dropping out to earn credentials, degrees and certificates in high-demand workforce pathways specific to their regions.

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 district wide STEM project.

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.

The Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) initiative is a foundational approach for strengthening leaders, empowering teachers and inspiring students in STEM studies. T-STEM Academies are designated and funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as demonstration schools and learning labs. Educate Texas supports the T-STEM Network through coaching, professional development and technical assistance to support academic outcomes for students, and uses the T-STEM Academies Design Blueprint to serve as a basis for assessing academies’ plans.

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.

The Texas Urban Council of Superintendents is the pre-eminent voice for traditional urban public schools. The Council meets regularly, focusing on governmental relations, governance, school turnaround, leadership development, human capital management, college access for urban youth, second language learning and many other shared interests.