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Title: Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math TSTEM Academies Startup, Cycle 3

Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
(T-STEM) Academies Start-up, Cycle 3
  • RFA 701-07-122
  • Technical Assistance Session
  • September 2007

  • Communities Foundation of Texas
  • Anne McClellan, Program Officer for T-STEM
  • Dee Chambliss, Program Officer for T-STEM
  • Meredith Wedin, Lead T-STEM Academy Leadership

  • THSP and T-STEM Background
  • STEM Education Design, and CFT Technical Support
  • Overview of T-STEM Academies, Start-up Cycle 3
  • Questions Answers

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THSP and T-STEM Background
What is the Texas High School Project?
  • Public-private alliance dedicated to ensuring
    that all Texas students graduate high school
    ready for college and career success and prepared
    to be contributing members of the community. 
  • Focus on high-need schools and districts
    statewide, with an emphasis on urban areas and
    the Texas-Mexico border.  

THSP Our Work
  • In classrooms Implementing intervention
    programs for at-risk students
  • In schools Creating new models to address 21st
    Century student educational needs
  • In districts Empowering district administrators
    to change practices and policies to support
  • In people Developing innovative preparation and
    professional development programs for teachers
    and school leaders

Reform efforts underway in more than 600 Schools
200,000 Students
Texas Science Technology Engineering and Math
(T-STEM) Initiative
  • 71M in public/private funding initiative to
    pilot innovative ways to improve student
    achievement in math and science and increase the
    number of students who enter STEM career fields

T-STEM Investments to Date
Academy Center coverage Leadership investment
Texas AM
New Deal ISD
Irving ISD Harmony Science Waxahachie ISD Dallas
ISD Richardson ISD
Burnham Wood Harmony Science
  • Dallas

Fort Worth
  • El Paso

Texas Tech
Waco ISD
UT Tyler
Temple College
  • Austin

Manor ISD
Regions XIII XX
UTeach at U of H
  • Houston
  • San Antonio

Aldine ISD YES Prep Harmony Science KIPP
Harmony Science North East ISD
Corpus Christi ISD
Region I
  • Brownsville

T-STEM Academies Grantees
  • Early Innovators (2005)
  • A.J. Moore Academy, Waco ISD
  • Irving Academy, Irving ISD
  • Carver High School, Aldine ISD
  • Academies (2006)
  • New Deal ISD
  • Burnham Wood Charter School
  • YES College Preparatory School
  • Harmony Science Academies
  • Texas Bioscience Institute, Temple College
  • Early Innovator (2006)
  • Texas Bioscience Institute, Temple College
  • 2007 Academies
  • Northeast ISD
  • Richardson ISD
  • Corpus Christi ISD
  • Dallas ISD
  • KIPP Houston
  • Waxahachie ISD
  • Manor ISD
  • Carrollton Farmers Branch
  • Uplift
  • 2008 Academies
  • Uplift
  • 2 IDEA
  • El Paso ISD
  • Longview ISD
  • Valleyview ISD
  • San Antonio School of Excellence
  • La Sara ISD

Current Centers Grantees
  • El Centro del Futuro Region 1 in Edinburg,
    partnering with UT Pan Am, 13 school districts,
    and the UT Dana Center
  • Transformation 2013 Region 13 in Austin,
    partnering with ESC Region 20 in San Antonio, the
    UT Austin College of Engineering, San Antonio
    ISD, and Taylor ISD
  • North Texas STEM Texas AM, partnering with
    Dallas ISD, and ESC Region 10 in Richardson
  • Texas Tech TSTEM Texas Tech, partnering with
    Lubbock ISD and ESC Regions 15, 16, 17, and 18,
    which are housed in San Angelo, Amarillo,
    Lubbock, and Midland
  • El Paso TSTEM UT El Paso partnering with 12
    school districts in the El Paso area, and ESC
    Region 19 in El Paso

New Centers
  • Dana Center at UT Austin
  • E. TX T-STEM Centers RFA - Preliminary awards
    announced Mar. 6, 2007
  • UT Tyler partnering with TX AM Texarkana, ESC
    Regions 5-8, 6 ISDs in N.E. TX, UTMB
  • UT Medical Branch partnering with Rice Univ., TX
    State, NASA, ESC Regions 3-5, Houston Museum of
    Natural Science, 9 ISDs (including Houston,
    Galveston, Cypress Fairbanks), UT Tyler

Why T-STEM Was Created
  • School Performance failure to meet the TAKS
    math standards and failure to meet the TAKS
    science standards and federal AYP standards.
  • College Readiness Advanced Placement exams in
    Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics than
    the nation and lower percentages of students
    scoring a 3 or higher.
  • The number of Hispanic and African American
    students in Texas who score a 3 or higher on the
    Chemistry and Physics AP exams is fewer than 500.
  • Of the 20 fastest-growing occupations projected
    through 2010, 15 of them require substantial
    mathematics or science preparation.
  • On the TIMSS, U.S. 8th graders were out performed
    by 7 of the 13 other countries in mathematics and
    5 of the 13 other countries in science.
  • Students with higher level mathematics skills
    earn up to double the amount earned by others
  • Students of all income levels who take rigorous
    mathematics and science courses in high school
    are more likely to go to college.

Texas Six Target Industry Clusters
  • Advanced Technologies and Manufacturing
  • Nanotechnologies and materials
  • Micro-electro-mechanical systems
  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Automotive manufacturing
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Biotechnology and Life Sciences
  • Information and Computer Technology
  • Communications Equipment
  • Computing Equipment
  • Information Technology
  • Energy
  • Oil and gas production
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Renewable / Sustainable energy sources

STEM Education
  • Teaching and learning strategies that challenge
    students to innovate and invent
  • Model real world contexts for learning and work
  • Integration of math, science, and technology with
    other subject areas
  • The design process driving student engagement

STEM Academy Design and CFT-THSP Technical
Academy Mission
  • The mission of the T-STEM Academies is to
    provide a rigorous, well-rounded, education with
    outstanding science, technology, engineering and,
    and mathematics (STEM) instruction to graduate
    students who are prepared to pursue postsecondary
    level coursework and careers in STEM and to act
    as demonstration sites to inform best practice in
    STEM teaching and learning.

Academy Goals
  • The T-STEM Academies are committed to meeting
    the following three goals through the design and
    implementation of a T-STEM Academy Blueprint.
  • Goal 1 T-STEM Academies will develop the
    capacity of schools to design, implement, sustain
    and/or replicate successful school development
  • Goal 2 T-STEM Academies will transform
    instructional practice to model real world
    contexts for learning to improve student
    achievement for all students.
  • Goal 3 T-STEM Academies will serve as
    demonstration sites to inform STEM teaching and
    learning statewide.

What is STEM Education?
  • Teaching and learning strategies challenge
    students to innovate and invent
  • Model real world contexts for learning and work
  • Integrate math, science, and technology with
    other subject areas
  • The design process drives student engagement

Attributes of a STEM Student
  • Problem-solvers
  • Innovators
  • Self-reliant
  • Logical thinkers
  • Technologically literate
  • Sense of identity

THSP Technical Assistance
  • Academy Design Blueprint Design Tools
  • Details school development progress across eight
    primary areas. (Blueprint)
  • Provides indicators for continuous progress
  • Common tool enable schools to benchmark their
    work against others for shared learning.
    (Progress Report)
  • T-STEM Innovation Coach Framework and Innovation
  • Details Monthly visits to Academies, needs
    assessment site visit reports
  • Coaching on leadership, school development, and
    data-driven decision making face-to-face, by
    phone, by email
  • T-STEM coaches network resources to further the
    success of the Academies

THSP Technical Assistance
  • T-STEM Academy Training
  • Target conferences focused on high impact
    strategies in Math, Science and STEM education
  • Data-Driven Decision-making and assessment
  • T-STEM Innovation Network
  • Online convenings, professional development
    opportunities, resources, showcase exemplars of
    practice, lesson plans, etc.

T-STEM Academy Blueprint
  • The T-STEM Academy program requirements have been
    benchmarked against national best practices in
    school development. These benchmarks are used as
    inputs into the design and development stages of
    the school.
  • The Academy uses blueprint as a guidepost to
    develop an implementation plan for building a
    school infrastructure that reflects high and
    consistent learning expectations and performance
    standards for all students as measured by
    internal and external measurement tools.
  • The design blueprint implementation plan reflects
    a consensus among staff and key stakeholders on
    how the Academy helps diverse learners build the
    requisite skills and strategies to become highly
    functioning STEM-literate graduates.
  • The Academy is clear about the specific skills
    that must be addressed that are essential to STEM
    literacy skills, i.e., the types of skills
    necessary to meet demands of advanced high school
    coursework, higher education, the world of work,
    and lifelong learning.

T-STEM Academy Blueprint
  • What is the basis of the school design?
  • 80 of the academy design is solid school
  • Blueprint Benchmarks
  • Mission-Driven Leadership
  • School Culture and Design
  • Student Outreach/Recruitment, Selection/Retention
  • Teacher-Leader Selection, Development/ Retention
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
  • Strategic Alliances
  • Budget / Finance

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RFA Overview
Eligibility Criteria District Requirements
  • A Texas school district or open enrollment
    charter is eligible to apply for the T-STEM
    Academies Start-up Cycle 3 Grant if the school
    district or open enrollment charter school
  • Serves a student population of greater than 40
    percent economically disadvantaged students and
  • Has received a rating of Exemplary, Recognized,
    or Academically Acceptable under the 2007 state
    accountability system.
  • Eligible school districts or open enrollment
    charter schools must submit a separate
    application for each planned academy.

Eligibility Criteria Campus Requirements
  • A T-STEM Academy shall
  • Be an autonomous school located on a stand-alone
    facility or sharing a facility with an existing
  • Serve Grades 6-12 or Grades 9-12 with an active
    relationship with the feeder middle school(s)
  • Be small, serving approximately 100 students per
  • Be open enrollment, hosting lotteries for
  • Serve a student population of greater than 40
    percent economically disadvantaged students
  • Be located on a campus that exhibited
    characteristics that strongly correlate with high
    school dropout rates (including but not limited
    to, high 9th grade failure and retention rates)
    during 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07 school
  • Not share a facility with a campus that received
    a rating of Academically Unacceptable under the
    state accountability rating system in 2005, 2006,
    or 2007 and
  • Follow all requirements and indicators outlined
    in this RFA and in the T-STEM Academy Design
    Blueprint (Attachment 1 in RFA).
  • A campus that fails to meet one or more of the
    campus eligibility requirements by the end the
    planning year will not receive implementation
    funding under this grant program.

Additional Eligibility Criteria
  • A district or open enrollment charter applying
    for this grant must be financially viable as
    determined through fiscal review by the Division
    of Financial Audits at TEA
  • An open enrollment charter school applying for
    this grant must have the proper approved
    amendment request to the open enrollment charter
    from the commissioner and
  • A T-STEM Academy shall not be located on a campus
    receiving funding from Texas Education Agency
    (TEA), the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT),
    or the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
    under any of the following grant programs a TEA
    Texas High School Redesign and Restructuring
    Grant, Cycle 2 or Cycle 3 a TEA or CFT Early
    College High School Grant a TEA or CFT T-STEM
    Academy Grant a CFT Redesigned High School
    Grant a CFT New Schools Grant or a BMGF
    Redesign Grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria
  • An open enrollment charter campus shall become
    ineligible for grant funding (or if a campus has
    applied for and received funding for this grant,
    will have its grant funding placed on hold) if
    the commissioner notifies the campus charter
    holder of the commissioners intent to
  • revoke or non-renew such charter under TEC
    Chapter 12, or
  • close the campus under TEC Chapter 39, for any of
    the reasons set forth in either statutory
  • A consortium of eligible school districts may not
    submit an application for a T-STEM Academy as a
    shared services arrangement. The application
    must be submitted by one eligible school district
    or open enrollment charter school on behalf of a
    campus within that district. A T-STEM academy
    may enroll students from neighboring districts,
    as long as the district enrolling those students
    receives Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding
    for those students.
  • Campuses receiving funds under this grant program
    must be rated under the standard accountability
    rating system.

Application Due Date
  • Six complete applications must be received at TEA
    on or before 500 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday,
    October 16, 2007, according to the application
    submission procedures in Part 1 of the RFA.
  • TEA will not accept nor consider for funding any
    late competitive applications for any reason.
  • TEA accepts no responsibility for delays in mail,
    shipping, and courier service.

Other Important Dates
Program Purpose
  • The purpose of the T-STEM Academies Startup,
    Cycle 3 grant is to increase student achievement
  • engaging and exposing students to innovative
    science and math instruction, and
  • creating demonstration sites to inform math and
    science teaching and learning statewide
  • To that end, every academy will
  • provide a rigorous, well-rounded education
  • establish a personalized culture with the
    expectation that all students will achieve
    postsecondary success and
  • provide teacher and leadership development.

Program Goals
  • Align high school, postsecondary education, and
    economic development activities across the areas
    of STEM and the broader high school curriculum
  • Establish T-STEM academies in areas of high need
    across the state that will produce Texas high
    school graduates from diverse backgrounds with
    the preparation to pursue careers in STEM related
    fields and
  • Establish a statewide best practices network for
    STEM education to promote broad dissemination and
    adoption of promising practices from the
    initiative and to improve math and science
    performance for students across Texas.

Program Description
  • A school district or open enrollment charter
    school receiving grant funds will plan during the
    2007-2008 school year and will open a T-STEM
    academy no later than August of 2008.
  • Funding will be dispersed in two phases Planning
    and Implementation.
  • All academies will use the Design Blueprint to
    guide planning and implementation.

Program Requirement 1
  • Rider 53, Texas High School Completion and
    Success Initiative, requires that funds be
    expended on programs that support the improvement
    of high school graduation rates and
    post-secondary readiness.

Program Requirement 2
  • The T-STEM Academy must be small, serving
    approximately 100 students per grade.
  • Must present a plan to eventually serve either
    grades 6-12 or 9-12.
  • If serving grades 6-12, must plan to add at least
    two grade levels per year,
  • If serving grades 9-12, must plan to add at least
    one grade level per year and must develop a plan
    to work actively with the feeder middle school(s)

Program Requirement 3
  • The T-STEM Academy must be open enrollment,
    hosting lotteries for admission.
  • Must target students who are low income, from
    underrepresented student groups, at-risk, and/or
    first generation college-goers,
  • Must result in a student population of greater
    than 40 economically disadvantaged students.
  • Must outline a plan for recruiting, selecting,
    supporting, and retaining high need and
    underrepresented students.
  • May not select students based on ability, grades,
    test scores, or teacher recommendations.

Program Requirement 4
  • The T-STEM Academy may be located on a new,
    stand alone campus or share a facility with an
    existing high school.
  • Must not be located on the same facility as a
  • that received a rating of Academically
  • under the state accountability rating system in
  • 2005,2006, or 2007.

Program Requirement 5
  • The T-STEM Academy must use the T-STEM Academy
    Design Blueprint as a planning and evaluation
  • If the T-STEM Academy is not making adequate
    progress towards the full implementation of all
    of the Design Blueprint Indicators as determined
    by TEA, the academy may not receive
    implementation or continuation funds.

Program Requirement 6
  • T-STEM Academies must offer a rigorous,
    well-rounded course of study for all students,
  • alignment of all curriculum, instruction and
    assessment to state standards, supporting the
    success of all students to take and pass four
    years of high school math and four years of high
    school science
  • a tight technology infrastructure plan for
    technology use across the disciplines
  • the acquisition of 12 30 hours of college
    credit through dual credit, AP, or IB courses
  • participation in curricular academic activities
    centered on applied science, technology,
    engineering and math, such as UIL competitions
    (robotics, math) or science and technology fairs.

Program Requirement 7
  • A T-STEM Academy must reflect todays
    postsecondary learning and work environment by
  • incorporating project and work-based, contextual
    learning with a global perspective into the
  • integrating technology into all aspects of the
    school culture, including the school curriculum,
    co-curriculum and daily operation
  • creating and using applied and team learning and
  • providing opportunities for alignment with the
    states economic development clusters and for
    students to seriously consider careers in STEM
    fields (such as teacher-externships, student
    internships, apprenticeships, co-ops, service
    learning, or capstone projects with a
    presentation and a defense).

Program Requirement 8
  • A T-STEM Academy must provide teacher, school
    leadership, and school development by
  • Providing new teachers with support and guidance
    through teacher mentoring and induction
  • Implementing a math and science teacher
    coaching-based professional development model
  • Bringing together math and science high school
    teachers, higher education faculty, and private
  • Requiring weekly common planning time for STEM
    content teachers and providing training to ensure
    common planning time is well utilized
  • Serving as a math and science demonstration site
    as proof points for improved practices
  • Disseminating T-STEM outreach to middle schools
    and the greater district
  • Requiring external networking opportunities for
  • Requiring school leadership participation in the
    T-STEM Academy Coaching model and
  • Creating a distributive decision-making structure
    that is clear and understood by the following
    stakeholders students, teachers, academy design
    team, parent-community, business, community
    partners and institutions of higher education

Program Requirement 9
  • Applicants must incorporate into their grant
    application all activities conducted with funds
    from this grant program and the program
    requirements listed in this RFA. Submission of
    the application will indicate the
    superintendents approval of the T-STEM Academy
    design and an agreement to provide technical
    assistance, evaluation data, and flexibility to
    the participating campus.

Program Requirements 10-12
  • 10. The LEA must identify how other resources
    (federal, state, local, and private) available to
    the school will be utilized to coordinate
    services to support and sustain the T-STEM
    Academy. Applicants must provide documentation
    that the district will provide a 10 or greater
    match of the total grant award.
  • 11. The T-STEM Academies Startup, Cycle 3 grant
    requires that campuses receiving funding under
    this grant participate in the technical
    assistance and the T-STEM Network activities
    conducted by the Communities Foundation of Texas.
    Campuses that fail to participate in the
    technical assistance and/or network activities
    may become ineligible for implementation and/or
    continuation funds.
  • 12. All entities receiving funding as part of the
    Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
    (T-STEM) Initiative must follow the communication
    guidelines set forth by the Texas High School
    Project, including guidelines regarding the
    content and format of school web sites.

Program Requirement 13
  • Applicants must develop a Memorandum of
    Understanding (MOU) with an institution of higher
    education (IHE). The MOU must describe how the
    applicant and IHE will partner to
  • Deliver college credit hours to academy students,
  • Provide teacher professional development, and
  • Align academy curriculum with postsecondary
    requirements for STEM.
  • The MOU is a required attachment to this
    application and will not be accepted after the
    competitive deadline.

Program Requirement 14
  • The T-STEM Academy must be an autonomous school
    serving grades 6-12 or 9-12 located within a
    larger school or on an independent campus. The
    academy must demonstrate its autonomy by
  • Having a certified, full-time administrator whose
    primary duty is administration of the academy
    with the same authority and reporting structure
    as other campus principals of larger high schools
    in the school district, and
  • attaching a letter, signed by the district
    superintendent, stating the districts commitment
    to providing the academy with the autonomy
    necessary to implement program requirements.
    This letter is a required attachment to this
    application and will not be accepted after the
    competitive deadline.

Program Evaluation
  • The applicant must agree to comply with any
    reporting and evaluation requirements that may be
    established by the TEA.
  • Applicants must agree to cooperate with any
    information and data gathering requirements
    pursuant to the evaluation of the grant program
    by TEA.
  • Applicants must report baseline district data and
    set performance targets demonstrating high
    expectations for academy performance.

Available Funding
  • Approximately 3,000,000 is available for funding
    the T-STEM Academies Start-up, Cycle 3 grants
    during the March 1, 2008 through May 31, 2010
    project period.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply for up to 1,200
    per student for the projected capacity enrollment
    of the planned academy.

Funding Formula
  • Applicants proposing to serve grades 6-12 are
    eligible for a maximum amount of 840,000, and
    applicants proposing to serve grades 9-12 are
    eligible for a maximum amount of 480,000.
  • Grades 6-12 (700 students i.e., 7 grades at 100
    students per grade x 1,200.00 840,000)
  • Grades 9-12 (400 students i.e., 4 grades at 100
    students per grade x 1,200.00 480,000)

Phase I Planning
  • March 1, 2008 thru June 30, 2008
  • School organizations awarded the Startup grants
    are eligible to receive up to 80,000 per academy
    funded during the planning phase. These funds
    are intended to support
  • staff compensation for the person who will
    complete the implementation proposal during the
    planning phase,
  • curriculum planning and development,
  • travel to visit exemplars and best practice
    schools, and
  • materials and supplies for planning.

Phase II Implementation
  • July 1, 2008 thru May 31, 2010
  • Upon receipt of an implementation proposal and
    grant amendment that meets the expectations of
    TEA, each academy will have access to the
    remaining funding amount to open a T-STEM Academy
    in August of 2008. Implementation funds are
    intended to primarily support
  • professional development,
  • staff positions that could not otherwise be
  • materials and supplies, and
  • technology.

Use of Grant Funds
  • The authorizing statute permits expenditures for
    post-award planning, design, and implementation
    of programs to improve high school completion and
    success and encourage students toward
    postsecondary education and training.
  • Funds expended under this grant program should be
    used for costs associated with implementing a
    T-STEM Academy that is research-based and
    includes components focused on
  • improving student performance,
  • exposing and engaging students in innovative math
    and science instruction,
  • instituting a rigorous curriculum for all
  • redesigning structural and management practices,
  • developing the skills and knowledge of teachers
    and school leaders,
  • involving parents and the community, and
  • establishing a long-term plan for sustaining the
    T-STEM Academy.

Use of Grant Funds
  • Funds expended through this project must be used
    for those purposes described in the Program
    Goals, Program Description, and Program
    Requirements sections of these guidelines.
  • Applicants may elect to use additional resources
    and other sources of financial support to help
    maximize the effectiveness of the project goals
    and objectives. Applicants are strongly
    encouraged to coordinate federal, state, and
    local programs to eliminate duplication of
  • TEA limits the amount of funds that may be
    budgeted to administer the program to no more
    than 5 of the total grant awarded for the
    project period. Indirect costs are not allowable
    under this grant.

Use of Grant Funds
  • Budget schedules must evidence that
  • project costs are reasonable in relation to
    expected outcomes
  • the amount requested might realistically be
    expected to have an impact on the stated needs
  • the expected outcomes are sufficient to justify
    the amounts requested
  • the program will identify and coordinate funding
    from several sources
  • all expenditures are pertinent to and appropriate
    for the objectives/activities stated
  • Grant funds may not be used for gifts,
    non-educational field trips, payment to a student
    who has not graduated for services as a tutor or
    mentor, purchase of furniture, grant writing,
    food costs, construction, renovation,
    fundraising, lease-purchases or indirect costs

Match Requirement
  • Applicants must demonstrate at least a 10 match
    of funding for grant activities
  • Matching funds must be used for costs that are
    allowable under this grant
  • Federal funds may not be used to meet the
    matching requirement
  • Applicants must indicate match in the appropriate
    columns in the application
  • Does not need to be in same class/object codes
    where grant funds are budgeted
  • Records of match must be kept by business office
    in the same manner and for the same time period
    as grant funds

Supplement, Not Supplant
  • Funds for this program must be used to supplement
    (increase the level of services) and not supplant
    (replace) funds from nonfederal sources.
  • Any program activity required by state law, State
    Board of Education rules, or local board policy
    may not be paid with these funds.
  • State or local funds may not be decreased or
    diverted for other uses merely because of the
    availability of these funds.
  • Grantees must maintain documentation which
    clearly demonstrates the supplementary nature of
    these funds.
  • Applicants must describe in the application on
    Schedule 4D how program funds will supplement
    and not supplant state mandates, SBOE rules, or
    activities previously conducted with state or
    local funds.

Activity, Progress, Evaluation Expenditure
Report Due Dates
  • Report Reporting Period
    Due Date
  • First Interim 03/01/08 5/30/08
  • Second Interim 06/01/08 12/31/08
  • Third Interim 01/01/09 -- 5/31/09
  • Fourth Interim 06/01/09 12/31/09
  • Final Report 01/01/10 05/31/10

Application Review Process
  • Each application will be reviewed by an expert
    review panel using the review criteria outlined
    in Part 1 of the RFA.
  • Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the
    overall quality and validity of the proposed
    grant programs and the extent to which the
    applications address the primary objectives and
    intent of the project.
  • Applications must address each requirement as
    specified in the RFA to be considered for
  • Grant applicants must receive a score of 70 of
    the maximum points allotted in order to be
    eligible for funding through this grant program.

Review Criteria
  • A. Need for the Proposed Project
    15 points
  • B. Quality of the Project Design
    20 points
  • C. Quality of Project Services
    10 points
  • D. Quality of Management Plan
    20 points
  • E. Quality of Project Evaluation
    10 points
  • F. Appropriateness of Budget 20
  • Application is organized and completed
  • according to instructions
    5 points
  • Total Possible 100

Additional Review Criteria
  • G. Quality of the T-STEM Academy Design (100
  • The academy design plan adequately addresses all
    of the requirements and indicators in the Academy
    Design Blueprint (60 points)
  • The Academy has developed a plan that adequately
    addresses school-wide access to technology and
    the integration of technology into all aspects of
    the academy culture, including the curriculum,
    teaching strategies and daily operation. (10
  • The local education agency (LEA) will provide the
    T-STEM academy with the autonomy, technical
    assistance, evaluation data, and flexibility
    necessary to ensure the success of the academy
    programs. (10 points)
  • Performance targets reflect high expectations for
    student achievement results in math and science.
    (10 points)
  • The local education agency (LEA) demonstrates
    previous success in improving the math and
    science achievement of economically
    disadvantaged, middle and/or high school
    students. (10 points)
  • Total Maximum Number of Points 200

Interview Process
  • The highest ranking applications will be selected
    to participate in an interview session with a
    review panel
  • The week of October 29 November 2 in Austin
  • Must participate in order to be considered for
  • Bring design team members (including academy
    director if known)
  • Final selection based on combination of
    application score and interview score

Application Schedules
  • 4C - Project Design
  • Research and Rationale
  • Mission-driven leadership
  • School culture
  • Student outreach, recruitment, selection,
  • Teacher/leader selection, development, retention
  • Curriculum
  • Instructional model
  • Strategic alliances planning
  • 1 - General Information
  • 4 - Program Requirements
  • 4A - Executive Summary
  • 4B - Needs and Objectives
  • Need Statement
  • Target Population

Application Schedules cont.
  • 4D - Project Services
  • Support Services
  • Organizational Capacity
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Autonomy
  • 4E - Project Management
  • Component management
  • Activity Timeline
  • 4F - Performance Assessment and Evaluation
  • Component Description
  • Performance Targets
  • 5 - Budget Schedules

Required Attachments
  • Letter from superintendent
  • commitment to creating a new autonomous school
  • MOU with IHE
  • deliver college credit hours to academy students
  • provide teacher professional development
  • align academy curriculum with postsecondary
    requirements for STEM
  • Nonprofit Organizations only
  • Proof of nonprofit status
  • Indicators of financial stability
  • Note Applications will not be reviewed and
    scored if any of the required attachments do not
    accompany the application when it is submitted.

Application Tips
  • Pay attention to scoring criteria (located in
    Part 1)
  • Address all program requirements (located in Part
  • Read ALL Application Instructions (located in
    Part 3)
  • Fill out all schedules, follow all formatting
    requirements (located in Part 4)
  • Use the Design Blueprint as guide (Attachment 1)
  • Dont forget to include all Required Attachments
  • Apply using the District Number on the
    Eligibility List

Grant Update Information
  • You are responsible for periodically checking the
    TEA DISCRETIONARY GRANTS website for postings of
    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),
    Additional/Clarifying Information, or Errata
    Notices that pertain to this RFA.
  • http//burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities

Clarifying Information
  • Any person wishing to obtain clarifying
    information about this RFA may submit questions
    in writing to
  • Karen Harmon
  • Karen.harmon_at_tea.state.tx.us
  • Division of Discretionary Grants
  • Texas Education Agency, Room 6-104
  • William B. Travis Building
  • 1701 N. Congress Avenue
  • Austin, TX 78701-1494
  • 512-463-9269
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