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Title: Texas Education Agency


1
Texas Education Agency
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Academies
2006 Implementation Grant, RFA
701-06-011 2007 Start-up Grants, RFA 701-06-009
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Good Housekeeping
  • Restrooms
  • Breaks
  • Lunch
  • Messages
  • How to pose questions
  • Please use the note cards on your table to record
    your questions.
  • All questions will be handled in a systematic
    fashion to capture and create a FAQ.

T-STEM Academies
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Introductions of THSP Team
  • TEA
  • Christi Martin
  • Barbara Knaggs
  • Robin Gelinas
  • Karen Harmon
  • McKelvey Oeser
  • Sara Weiss
  • CFT
  • John Fitzpatrick
  • Mary Wells
  • Alma Garcia
  • Jan Morrison
  • Telca Karen Porras
  • Anne McClellan

T-STEM Academies
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Texas High School Project
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Texas High School Project
  • THSP Key goals
  • Increase high school graduation rates
  • Promote a college-going culture and increase
    college readiness
  • Build statewide capacity for supporting high
    school redesign and reform
  • Create systemic changes that ensure long-term
    sustainable high school improvement

T-STEM Academies
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Texas High School Project
  • The Texas High School Project (THSP) is a 260M
    public-private initiative with three major
    funding streams administered cooperatively toward
    common goals
  • 148M TEA118M in state and 30M in federal
    funding
  • 57M Bill Melinda Gates Foundation and other
    private and corporate funding managed by THSP
    staff at Communities Foundation of Texas
  • 55M Michael Susan Dell Foundation

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What has the THSP Funded?
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Overall graduation rates are improving
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however, disparities persist
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Exit level disparities are particularly troubling
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College readiness is low for all groups
  • Percent of Students Meeting THECB Standard for
    Higher Education Readiness

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Negative consequences are significant
  • 56 percent of jobs today require some college.
  • 80 percent of the fastest-growing jobs over the
    next decade will require some college.
  • Of the 50 best-paying occupations, only 2 do not
    require a college degree.
  • A male with a college degree will make almost 1
    million more over his lifetime than a high school
    dropout.
  • A woman with only a high school diploma earns a
    salary just above the poverty line for a family
    of three.

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How will THSP measure success?
  • By the end of the 2006-07 school year, THSP will
    have preliminary data at THSP high schools
    related to near-term outcomes, such as
  • Attendance rates,
  • Percentages of students earning enough credits to
    advance to the next grade,
  • Percentages of students taking and passing
    advanced courses, and
  • TAKS results
  • Three-to five-year measures of successes at THSP
    campuses include increases among all student
    groups in the following
  • TAKS scores,
  • Graduation rates,
  • College-readiness indicators, and
  • College enrollment rates
  • Five-to-ten year state goals include
  • Statewide increases in graduation rates,
    college-readiness indicators, and college
    enrollment rates
  • Systemic support of high school redesign and
    reform and,
  • Policy environment that continues to support
    alignment of high school and postsecondary and
    college readiness for all high school students

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T-STEM Academies
T-STEM Academies
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T-STEM Initiative Background
  • The Texas High School Project (THSP) is launching
    a Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and
    Math (T-STEM) Initiative.
  • The T-STEM Initiative partners include the
    following partners
  • Governors office,
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA),
  • Bill Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Michael Susan Dell Foundation,
  • Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), and
  • National Instruments.

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T-STEM Initiative Goals
  • Prepare Texas students for rewarding careers in
    the 21st Century economy by improving student
    achievement outcomes in math and science and
    increasing the number of students who pursue
    postsecondary studies and careers in science,
    technology, engineering, and math
  • Develop the nations leading innovation economy
    workforce by aligning high school, postsecondary
    education, and economic development activities
  • Create 5-6 T-STEM Centers across the state that
    will support the transformation of teaching
    methods, teacher preparation, and instruction in
    the science, technology, engineering, and math
    fields
  • Establish a statewide best practices network for
    science, technology, engineering, and math
    education to promote broad dissemination and
    adoption of promising practices from the
    initiative and to improve math and science
    performance for students across Texas and
  • Establish 35 T-STEM Academies over the next five
    years in areas of high need across the state,
    each year producing 3,500 Texas high school
    graduates from diverse backgrounds, with the
    preparation to pursue study and careers in
    science, technology, engineering, and math
    related fields.

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What is STEM Education?
  • Sciences integrated with other subject areas
  • The Design Process driving student engagement
  • Attending to science in the context of
    technology

T-STEM Centers
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STEM Education Driving Reform
  • How do we help children make sense of the world
    and solve new and novel problems?

T-STEM Centers
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What is STEM Education?
  • Teaching and learning strategies that integrate
    the teaching of STEM in a way that challenges
    students to innovate and invent. 
  • T-STEM coursework requires students to
    demonstrate their understanding of these
    disciplines in an environment that models real
    world contexts for learning and work. 
  • Students participating in T-STEM education
    graduate prepared to pursue postsecondary level
    coursework and careers in science, technology,
    engineering, and math.

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T-STEM Academies 2006 Implementationand
2007 Start-up Grants
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Academies
  • Applicant Information Session
  • March 7, 2006

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Applicant Due Dates
begin with the end in mind!
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Program Description
  • The purpose of the T-STEM Academies is to
    increase student achievement by engaging and
    exposing students to innovative science and math
    instruction while simultaneously acting as
    demonstration sites to inform math and science
    teaching and learning statewide.
  • Every academy will provide a rigorous,
    well-rounded education with outstanding science
    and math instruction and with technology
    integrated across the curriculum.

T-STEM Academies
See Schedule 4 Program Requirements Page Page 6
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T-STEM Academy Design and Implementation Support
  • Academies will be supported by T-STEM Innovation
    Academy Coaches and the THSP Exemplar Program.
  • Innovation Coaches will provide ongoing support
    for continuous development and the achievement of
    long-term T-STEM goals through school visits,
    e-contacts, and phone contacts.
  • The Exemplar Program will consist of school and
    student support organizations that have
    implemented best practices in a particular aspect
    of the Academy model.
  • Grantees will host site visits for T-STEM Academy
    leadership and make available the key learnings
    from their work.

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2006-2007 T-STEM Academies Grants
  • The purpose of the T-STEM Academies Start-up
    Grant is to solicit grant applications from
    eligible applicants for the opening of T-STEM
    Academies in August 2007.
  • The purpose of the T-STEM Academies
    Implementation Grant is to solicit grant
    applications from eligible applicants for the
    opening of T-STEM Academies in August 2006.
  • Applicants are not eligible to apply for both the
    Start-up Grant and the Implementation Grant.

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2006 and 2007 Academy Models
  • New T-STEM Academy School
  • Grades 6-12 serving 700 students
  • Grades 9-12 serving 400 students
  • New T-STEM Academy Small Learning Community
  • Grades 9-12 serving 400 students

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2006 Implementation Grant Funding
  • Approximately 3,500,000 is available for funding
    Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
    Academies (STEM) - during the July 17, 2006
    through February 29, 2008 project period.
  • It is anticipated that approximately 4 6 T-STEM
    Academies will be awarded grants with a maximum
    of 700,000 for each academy.
  • Grant funds for the 2006 program will be
    disbursed in a one time payment. Applicants
    funded through this program may qualify for an
    additional two years of funding if performance
    measures are meeting expectations
  • Phase I Implementation Grant
  • Academies do not need to serve every grade in its
    first years of operation, but must present a plan
    showing how the academy will scale up to
    eventually serve grades 6 12 or
  • 9 12.

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2006 Implementation Grant Funding
  • These funds are intended to support the
    following
  • staff compensation for personnel who will
    complete the school design during the 2006-2008
    school year,
  • professional development
  • curriculum planning and development,
  • technology funding
  • travel to visit exemplars and best practice
    schools, and
  • materials and supplies.

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2007 Start-up Grant Funding
  • Approximately 2,850,000 is available for funding
    Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
    Academies (STEM) - Startup grants during the
    August 1, 2006 through May 31, 2008 project
    period.
  • Over all four years of funding, academies may
    receive a TOTAL of up to 2,000 per student.
  • Grant funds for this program will be disbursed in
    two phases Start-up and Year One Implementation.
    Applicants funded through this program may
    qualify for an additional two years of funding if
    performance measures are meeting expectations.
  • Academies do not need to serve every grade in its
    first years of operation, but must present a plan
    showing how the academy will scale up to
    eventually serve grades 6 12 or 9 12.

T-STEM Academies
See Part 2 Program Guidelines Page Page 33
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2007 Phase l Start-up Grant Funding
  • August 1, 2006 thru July 31, 2007
  • School organizations awarded the Start-up grants
    will be eligible to receive up to 120,000 per
    academy funded in Phase l.
  • It is anticipated that approximately 4 6 T-STEM
    Academies will be awarded grants with a maximum
    of 630,000 for each academy.
  • These funds are intended to support staff
    compensation for the person who will complete the
    school design during the 2006-2007 school year,
    curriculum planning and development, travel to
    visit exemplars and best practice schools, and
    materials and supplies.

T-STEM Academies
See Part 2 Program Guidelines Page Page 33
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2007 Phase ll Start-up Funding
  • August 1, 2007 thru May 31, 2008
  • Upon receipt of an approved implementation
    proposal that meets the expectations of TEA and
    the CFT, each academy will submit an amendment
    for up to 900 per student in additional funding
    for the projected capacity enrollment of the
    planned academy. Implementation funds are
    intended to primarily support professional
    development, staff positions that could not
    otherwise be funded, materials and supplies, and
    technology.

T-STEM Academies
See Part 2 Program Guidelines Page Page 33
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2006 Eligibility Criteria
A Texas school district on behalf of a single
eligible campus or open enrollment charter school
in Texas is eligible to apply for the T-STEM
Academies Implementation Grant if the school
district or open enrollment charter school
  • Is a high-performing school district or
    open-enrollment charter school, as demonstrated
    by a rating of Exemplary or Recognized under the
    2005 state accountability rating system,
  • and
  • Serves greater than 39 percent () economically
    disadvantaged students.

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2007 Eligibility Criteria
A Texas school district on behalf of a single
eligible campus or open enrollment charter school
in Texas is eligible to apply for the T-STEM
Academies Start-up Grant if the school district
or open enrollment charter school
  • Serves a student population of greater than
  • 75 percent () economically disadvantaged
    students or,
  • Serves a student population of greater than
    30,000 students.

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Additional Eligibility Requirements
All applicants must attend TEA information and
technical assistance sessions or secure a video
tape of the TEA sessions in order to remain
eligible.
  • 2007 Start-up
  • The districts/charters listed on pages 21-25 are
    eligible to apply for the T-STEM Academies
    Start-up Grant
  • 2006 Implementation
  • The districts/charters listed on pages 20-22 are
    eligible to apply for the T-STEM Academies
    Implementation Grant

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Additional Eligibility Requirements
District or Open Enrollment Charters
  • 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
  • Districts and open-enrollment charter schools
    that received a rating of Academically
    Unacceptable under the 2005 state accountability
    rating system are not eligible
  • An open enrollment charter school applying for
    this grant must have the proper approved
    amendment request to the open enrollment charter
    from the commissioner
  • Campuses receiving funds under this grant program
    must be rated under the standard accountability
    rating system
  • 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 (1)
    revoke or non-renew such charter under TEC
    Chapter 12, or (2) close the campus under TEC
    Chapter 39, for any of the reasons set forth in
    either statutory provision. If the commissioner
    ultimately revokes or denies renewal of an open
    enrollment charter of a charter holder or closes
    a campus that has been awarded funds under this
    grant program, grant funding shall be
    discontinued and
  • A district or open enrolment charter school
    receiving a rating of academically unacceptable
    under the Texas Accountability Rating System in
    2005 is not eligible.

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2006-2007 Eligibility Criteria
  • Campuses receiving the following grants from
    either TEA or Communities Foundation of Texas/
    THSP are not eligible to receive funds under this
    grant program
  • Redesign and Restructuring grant
  • Early College High School grant
  • New Schools grant

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T-STEM Academies
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T-STEM Academy Grant Programs
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements
    may apply for only one of the following grants
  • Start-up Grant RFA 701-06-011
  • or
  • Implementation Grant RFA 701-06-009

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Program Goals
  • The goals of the T-STEM Academies are to
  • 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.

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Program Goals
  • School Design
  • Academy Size
  • They will be smallapproximately 100 students per
    gradeand encompass a personalized learning
    environment with explicitly high expectations.
  • Academy Structure
  • Grades 6 12
  • Grades 9 12 and will actively work with feeder
    middle schools

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Program Goals
  • Organizational Support
  • Academies do not need to serve every grade in its
    first years of operation, but must present a plan
    showing how the academy will scale up to
    eventually serve grades 6 12 or 9 12.
  • Academies will be a mix of charter schools,
    traditional public schools, and schools created
    in partnership with an institute of higher
    education (IHE).
  • Academies may be stand alone campuses or small
    learning communities within a larger school or
    grade.

T-STEM Academies
See Part 2 Program Guidelines Page Page 33
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Program Goals
  • Student Selection Criteria
  • T-STEM Academies will be open enrollment and
    non-selective
  • All students must be eligible to apply
  • T-STEM Academies will host lotteries for
    admission and
  • The academy school population will be comprised
    of a majority of high-need students.

T-STEM Academies
See Part 2 Program Guidelines Page Page 33
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Program Goals
  • The T-STEM Academies program will accomplish the
    following outcomes
  • Provide a rigorous, well-rounded education
  • Require all academy students to take four years
    of high school math Algebra, Geometry,
    Trigonometry, Calculus or another advanced math
    elective, such as Statistics
  • Require all students in the academy to take four
    years of high school science Life Sciences,
    Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Incorporate work-based, contextual learning with
    a global perspective into the curriculum
  • Participate in existing extra-curricular academic
    activities centered around math, science, and
    technology, such as UIL competitions (robotics,
    math) or science fairs and
  • Require all students in the academy to complete
    an internship primarily focused in the states
    economic development clusters and/or a senior
    project or capstone project, presentation, and
    defense.

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Program Goals
  • Establish a personalized, college- and work-ready
    culture
  • Create university or college partnerships for
    mentoring, fostering a college-going culture, and
    the provision of college level courses/dual
    credit, teacher training, etc.
  • Implement a college-going culture with the goal
    that all students in the academy graduate with 12
    to 30 college credits
  • Create partnerships with employers to expose
    academy students to careers in science, math,
    engineering, healthcare, biotechnology and
    technology
  • Implement an Advisory requirement that is
    non-graded and focused on personalizing the
    student experience, ensuring academy students
    meet the goals of their Individual Graduation
    Plan (IGP), building relationships with students
    and parents, and providing character-building
    experiences and
  • Ensure every academy student has and uses an IGP.

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Program Goals
  • Provide teacher and leadership development
  • Make continued investments in math and science
    teacher professional development, bringing
    together math/science, high school, and higher
    education faculty and private businesses
  • Require weekly common planning time for academy
    teachers
  • Require external networking opportunities for
    academy teachers and school leaders and
  • Commit to sharing best practices and
    participating in network activities to improve
    STEM education throughout the state.
  • requiring external networking opportunities for
    teachers
  • requiring school leadership participation in the
    T-STEM Innovation Academy Coaching model

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Program Requirements
  • T-STEM Academies should serve a population with a
    majority representation of high-need students
  • economically disadvantaged,
  • at-risk,
  • Title I, Part A eligible,
  • African-American,
  • Hispanic,
  • limited English proficient, or
  • first generation college-goer.

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Program Requirements
  • A T-STEM Academy must reflect todays work
    environment by
  • incorporating project and work-based, contextual
    learning with a global perspective into the
    curriculum
  • integrating technology into all aspects of the
    school culture school curriculum, co-curriculum
    and daily operation
  • creating and using applied and team learning and
  • providing opportunities primarily focused in the
    states economic development clusters
    (teacher-externships and student internships,
    apprenticeships, co-ops, service learning and/or
    a senior project or capstone project,
    presentation, and defense for students to
    seriously consider careers in science, math,
    engineering, healthcare, biotechnology and
    technology.

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Program Requirements
  • T-STEM Academies should ensure that every student
    is provided a relationship-based, relevant and
    rigorous educational program.
  • T-STEM Academies should provide a structured
    student support system for academic acceleration.
  • T-STEM Academies should be small, serving
    approximately 100 students per grade. (Academies
    do not need to serve every grade in its first
    years of operation, but must present a plan
    showing how the academy will scale up to
    eventually serve grades 6 12 or 9 12.)

T-STEM Academies
See Part 2 Program Guidelines Page Page 33
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Program Requirements
  • A T-STEM Academy must provide leadership and
    school innovation development through
  • making continued investments in math and science
    teacher coaching-based professional development
    model
  • bringing together math/science high school and
    higher education faculty and private businesses
    requiring weekly common planning time for T-STEM
    content teachers and providing training to ensure
    common planning time is well utilized
  • serving as a math/science demonstration sites as
    proof points for improved practices
  • disseminating T-STEM outreach to middle schools
    and the greater district

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Program Requirements
  • Rider 59, Texas High School Initiative, requires
    that funds be expended on programs that show the
    most potential to improve high school completion
    and success.
  • Rider 59 requires that funds be expended on
    programs that encourage students toward
    postsecondary education and training.
  • Applicants must describe the strategies that will
    be used to improve the number of students
    enrolling in higher education plans with the
    intent for postsecondary education.

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Program Requirements
  • Individualized Graduation Plan
  • Rider 59 requires that schools receiving funds
    under this grant program ensure that all students
    participating in the grant program (i.e., academy
    students) on each participating campus have an
    individualized graduation plan (IGP). Available
    sources of student-level performance data should
    be utilized in the development of IGPs.
  • The IGP for each student should address the
    students academic strengths and weaknesses,
    including TAAS/TAKS scores, coursework, and
    credit accrual.
  • The campus will implement changes in the
    counseling staff or counseling staff structure
    and use technological tools to support the
    development and monitoring of graduation plans.

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Program Requirements
  • A T-STEM Academy must provide teacher development
    through teacher mentoring and induction programs
    that include the following components
  • formative assessments to identify teachers
    needs, assess their classroom practice, and
    create steps for improvement
  • classroom observations and in constructive
    feedback
  • demonstrations of effective teaching methods
  • assistance with lesson plans
  • assistance with analyzing student work and
    achievement data
  • mentors who are on the same campus, same grade
    (if applicable), and if possible teaching in the
    same subject matter mentors who are selected
    based on having no less than three years of
    teaching experience and having a proven record of
    engaging students and, as a whole, in achieving
    growth in student performance
  • mentors must be trained in a research-based
    training program and
  • must have common planning time and collaboration.

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Program Requirements
  • The T-STEM Academies Grant requires that the LEA
    (i.e., district central office) provide technical
    assistance, evaluation data, and flexibility to
    the campuses that receive this grant. Each
    applicant must demonstrate in the application how
    technical assistance, evaluation data, and
    flexibility will be provided by the central
    office to the participating campus.
  • The T-STEM Academies Grant requires that the
    school district 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. Coordination of federal, state, and
    private funds will be ensured during the grant
    negotiation process.

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Program Requirements
  • The T-STEM Academies - Start-up Grant requires
    that high school campuses receiving funding under
    this grant participate in the T-STEM Best
    Practices network through the CFT.
  • T-STEM Academies - Start-up Grant requires that
    the creation of the T-STEM Academy be supported
    by school faculty, administrators, and staff.
    Campuses must receive the support and approval of
    the faculty and staff, parents, and the community
    as reflected in the minutes from a campus-based
    decision-making team meeting by May 19, 2006.
    Applicants must attach a copy of minutes for the
    application to be considered complete.

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Program Requirements
  • The T-STEM Academies - Start-up Grant requires
    that the T-STEM Academy program include a plan
    for the evaluation of the implementation of
    school reforms and the student results achieved.
  • Applicants must incorporate into their grant
    application all activities conducted with funds
    from this grant program and the program
    requirements listed in this RFA. The grant
    application must be approved by the
    superintendent and the local board of trustees.
    Submission of the application will indicate the
    superintendents approval of the T-STEM Academy
    design. Local board of trustee approval of the
    campus grant application must be reflected in
    the board of trustees meeting or board workshop
    minutes by May 19, 2006.
  • Applicants must attach a copy of minutes for the
    application to be considered complete.

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Program Evaluation
  • In the design of programs under this grant,
    applicants must show a strong strategic alignment
    between grant program goals and performance
    measures.
  • The applicant must also describe how it will
    conduct periodic evaluations to assess its
    progress toward achieving its stated goals and
    objectives. The results of these evaluations
    should be used to refine, improve, and strengthen
    the program or activity, and to refine the
    performance measures.

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Grant Instructions
  • The following components are provided for you to
    describe your approach, rationale, and major
    activities as they relate to the listed statutory
    regulations, SBOE rules, and/or other
    regulations
  • Abstract
  • Needs and Objectives
  • Project Management
  • Research Review
  • School Model
  • Design Team and Proposal Development
  • Organizational Capacity
  • Overview of Resources and External Funding
  • Curriculum and Instruction Model
  • Professional Development
  • Higher Education Connections
  • Community, Business and Parent
  • Organizational Capacity Involvement
  • Technology Integration and Infrastructure
  • Accountability

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Schedule 4BProgram Description
  • In planning and designing the grant program, the
    applicant should conduct a needs assessment to
    determine the local needs that exist within the
    context of the stated program goals and establish
    local program objectives based on the stated
    program goals and local needs.
  • Local program objectives should reflect the
    desired results of the project and must be
    measurable, realistic, and achievable during the
    grant period.
  • The grant program should be designed around these
    local program objectives.

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Schedule 4BProgram Description
  • Part 1 Target Population, Grade Level
  • For each type of participating school, enter the
    number of targeted students by grade level (6th
    through 12th grade), as applicable to this grant
    program.
  • Enter the number of targeted Public School
    students per grade level.
  • Enter the number of targeted Open Enrollment
    Charter School students per grade level.
  • Enter the number of targeted Public Institution
    students per grade level. (TYC, School for the
    Deaf, etc.)
  • Enter the number of targeted Private Nonprofit
    School students per grade level, if applicable.
  • Enter the number of targeted Private For-profit
    School students per grade level, if applicable.

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Part 2 Need Statement
  • Provide a well-documented, compelling description
    of the problem or need(s) that the proposed
    T-STEM Academy model aims to address.
  • Describe how your district is uniquely positioned
    to make use of a STEM academy.
  • What is your teams vision of a STEM-focused
    Academy?

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Part 3 Student Population
  • Project the demographics of the targeted student
    population and the process you will use for
    student selection.
  • Provide a chart of the representing the
    year-by-year roll-out of grade levels to be
    served upon opening and at full enrollment.
  • Describe the process for marketing and
    recruitment to the target student population.

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Schedule 4B - Program Narrative Project
Management
  • Management of Grant Activities
  • Describe the plan for how grant activities will
    be managed and monitored on a day-to-day basis to
    ensure successful implementation and operation of
    the grant program

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Supplement-Not-Supplant
  • Describe specifically how services and activities
    provided by this grant program will be
    supplemental to existing state and local services
    and activities, and
  • Not used for any services or activities required
    by state law, State Board of Education rule, or
    local policy.

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Activity Timeline
  • List the major activities to be conducted related
    to implementing this Project Management
    component.
  • Enter an estimated date for this activity to
    begin during the grant period. (mm/yyyy)
  • Enter an estimated date for this activity to end
    during the grant period. (mm/yyyy)

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Research Review
  • Provide a review of the research and the body of
    practice used to structure and support your
    T-STEM academy.
  • Provide a list of resources used to design your
    T-STEM proposal.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
School Model
  • Describe the academy model and design and the
    grades to be served in the academy. Describe how
    this model will change over the next 5 years as
    the school grows to full capacity.
  • How will your school design incorporate the core
    principles of effective small schools? For
    information about effective small schools please
    refer to www.smallschoolsproject.org and Making
    the case for small schools at http//www.gatesfou
    ndation.org.
  • Describe how you will create a culture of high
    expectations for all academy students, with a
    focus on a relationship-based, rigorous,
    relevant, and standards-driven curriculum.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Design Team and Proposal Development
  • Describe the formation of the Design team.
    Provide a list of each of the members and a short
    biography of each in an attachment.
  • Describe the activities that were conducted to
    develop this proposal

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Organizational Capacity
  • Briefly describe the mission of your school
    district or open enrollment charter school, and
    the strengths and expertise it brings to this
    project that make it uniquely qualified to
    produce high quality results.
  • Please include data related to performance with
    accelerating low income student achievement
    (particularly in math and science), producing
    outstanding student results (particularly in math
    and science), and describe any other innovative
    programs already developed related to science,
    technology, engineering and math, with their
    accompanying results.

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Organizational Capacity
  • To the extent your school district or open
    enrollment charter school has undertaken a
    similar project in the past describe its
    measure(s) of success, as well as lessons
    learned.
  • Describe your school districts or open
    enrollment charter schools strategies for
    sustaining the T-STEM Academy. Specifically,
    what actions will your organization and project
    partners implement during the planning grant term
    to develop sustainability and if known, who will
    be responsible for providing oversight to the
    school when the planning grant period has ended?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Curriculum and Instructional Model
  • What is the academy instructional model? Please
    refer to both cognitive and school-based research
    to support your selection of this model.
  • What is the advantage of such a model when
    teaching STEM and other core disciplines?
  • What evidence is there of this?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Curriculum and Instructional Model
  • Describe the curriculum content model with
    emphasis on STEM.
  • Describe how you will incorporate work-based,
    contextual learning with a global perspective
    into the curriculum creating and using applied
    and team learning and providing opportunities
    primarily focused in the states economic
    development clusters (such as internships,
    apprenticeships, co-ops, service learning and/or
    a senior project or capstone project,
    presentation, and defense) for students to
    seriously consider careers in science, math,
    engineering, healthcare, biotechnology and
    technology.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Curriculum and Instructional Model
  • What qualitative and quantitative benchmarks will
    be used by the school to ensure the instructional
    model is pervasive and effective?

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Curriculum and Instructional Model
  • How does this model align with Texas Essential
    Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)? Please provide a
    draft example of a four-year plan which outlines
    the science, technology, engineering and math
    requirements along with the core content
    requirements?
  • What partnerships do you propose to establish to
    support your instructional model and curriculum
    design? Include expectations of work with
    experts in STEM and education reform as well as
    collaborations anticipated with higher education
    institutions?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Professional Development
  • Please provide references in text to support the
    research basis of the model components.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Professional Development
  • What plans do you have for school-based
    professional development, job-embedded coaching,
    focused and reflective inquiry, looking at
    student work and other continuous learning
    opportunities for teachers and administrators?
    How will your model support the mentoring of your
    teachers? What expectations do you have for your
    teachers in addition to their classroom
    responsibilities?
  • How will professional development support
    teachers as they implement the curriculum and
    instructional model?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Higher Education Connections
  • Design an articulated plan for academy students
    to earn 12 hours or more through multiple
    educational pathways such as dual credit, IB and
    AP.
  • What is the plan for acquisition of college
    credit (dual credit, AP, IB, etc.)? Schools
    should either provide a plan for articulating the
    acquisition of college credits through dual
    credit or outline the offering of AP/IB courses
    that will be available to academy students.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Higher Education Connections
  • Describe your educational partner(s) who will
    assist in the delivery of coursework bearing
    college credit.
  • How will this plan map to the economic workforce
    clusters (semiconductor industry, information and
    computer technology, microelectromechanical
    systems, manufactured energy systems,
    nanotechnology, and biotechnology)?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Higher Education Connections
  • What is the role of the educational partner(s)?
  • Provide evidence of the success of the
    partner(s) work.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Higher Education Connections
  • How will campus teachers and higher education
    faculty work together for purposes of
    professional development and curriculum planning?
  • For dual credit, provide the plan for the
    development of the MOU between the school,
    district or governing organization and higher
    education partners.
  • For IB/AP, describe the plan for assuring academy
    student scores earn college credit.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Community, Business and Parent Involvement
  • How will you ensure family and community
    involvement in the school?
  • Describe how you will partner other schools and
    the greater district to expand T- STEM capacity.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Community, Business and Parent Involvement
  • Describe how you will bring together corporate
    and business partners.
  • Describe business partnerships and external
    supports for your program. How will these
    partners participate in supporting the curricular
    academic activities centered around math,
    science, and technology, such as service
    learning, internships, UIL competitions
    (robotics, math) or science and technology fairs?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Operational ModelComponent Description
  • Describe the proposed school leadership and
    governance structure of the academy. Identify
    the people who will assume the school leadership
    roles and their qualifications, or outline the
    design teams plans for recruiting qualified
    leaders.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Operational ModelComponent Description
  • Provide a flow chart for this governance
    structure, demonstrating accountability as well
    as leadership.
  • Project what the academy will look like in terms
    of staff, students and facilities in the first
    year and in the subsequent 4 years Number of
    teachers, number of students, size and nature of
    facilities (stand alone school building, school
    within a school, small learning community within
    comprehensive high school, shared facility on a
    college campus, technology infrastructure,
    laboratories, etc.).

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Operational ModelComponent Description
  • Describe the recruitment and hiring process for
    teachers.
  • Are there any unique design features?
  • What is the role of parents, partners and higher
    education?
  • What is the role of central administration? What
    support activities will be provided?

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Overview of Resources and External Funding
  • If a new school, please describe the financials
    of the school over the first five years including
    investment, revenues and costs. Include major
    assumptions (such as number of students, average
    state, local and federal funding per student,
    number of teachers and average salary,
    administrative positions and salaries, estimated
    start-up infrastructure and capital costs,
    estimated major categories of ongoing operational
    expenses).
  • If a new school, in what year of operation will
    the school break even from governmental revenues?
    How much total funding is necessary prior to the
    school achieving break even?
  • Outline the facilities funding plan. NOTE TEA
    will not provide funds for facilities.

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Overview of Resources and External Funding
  • Discuss how you will address any funding gap
    beyond the potential 2,000 per student both
    during and beyond the grant period.
  • How will you coordinate the use of federal,
    state, district, and private funds to ensure that
    the P-16 education programs they support are
    complementary and are consistent with the shared
    vision for improvement of STEM education?
  • To the extent key partners have been identified
    or secured to support the project, please
    indicate, by organization, the funding
    commitments you have secured to date. Describe
    any anticipated partners and the stage of
    negotiation with each potential partner.
    Indicate, by organization, the amounts you
    anticipate receiving. Please provide a brief
    description of any significant non-cash
    contribution.

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Charter Schools
  • Address the following
  • How many schools do you intend to open over the
    next five years (through school year 2010/2011).
  • Please outline in detail the role of the central
    office or charter management team and the support
    it will provide to schools
  • What instructional materials will be created by
    the central office or charter management team, if
    any?

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Charter Schools
  • Will campuses be required to use these materials
    or will it be optional?
  • What assessment content, processes, and analysis
    will be created by the central office or charter
    management team? Will campuses be required to
    use these materials and processes or will it be
    optional?
  • What training and professional development will
    be conducted centrally for all academy staff?
  • What back office, HR, start-up and operational
    support, if any, will your central office or
    charter management team provide individual
    schools? How will these services be delivered
    (i.e., local staff, national staff, etc.)?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Technology Integration and Infrastructure
  • Propose a plan which provides school-wide access
    to technology. How does this plan map to
    district standards?
  • How will you integrate technology into all
    aspects of the academy culture academy
    curriculum, teaching strategies and daily
    operation?

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Schedule 4B - Program Description Narrative
Accountability
  • The Texas accountability system will serve as the
    standard for accountability purposes. What other
    performance-based outcome measures will you
    utilize for academy students, including
    subjective-based models, and how will it be
    utilized?
  • What intermediate outcome measures will you use
    to ensure that you are on track throughout the
    year?
  • How will you use data from evaluations to improve
    the academy model?

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Allowable 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 implements in
    a coherent manner the required components of the
    grant program, with a strong emphasis on
    improving student performance, expose and engage
    students in innovative math and science
    instruction, instituting a rigorous curriculum
    for all students, 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 or SLC.
  • Implementation funds are intended to primarily
    support professional development staff positions
    that could not otherwise be funded, materials,
    supplies, and technology.
  • Applicants are encouraged to coordinate federal,
    state, and local programs to eliminate
    duplication of resources. Applicants may elect
    to use additional resources and other sources of
    financial support to help maximize the
    effectiveness of project goals and objectives.

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Unallowable Use of Grant Funds
  • See Application Guidelines
  • Part 1 General and Fiscal Guidelines for more
    information regarding the use of funds. Although
    this is not an exhaustive list, examples of ways
    in which funds from this grant may not be used
    include the following
  • Construction of new buildings
  • Renovation/remodeling of existing structures
  • Fundraising activities of any kind
  • Field trips
  • Payment to a student who has not graduated for
    services as a tutor or a mentor
  • Lease-Purchase agreements
  • Lease-Purchase of vehicles
  • Lease-Purchase of portable buildings
  • Purchase of furniture, except for computer
    tables
  • Indirect costs
  • Writing grants to obtain other grant funds and,
  • Training on grant writing.

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Application Review Criteria
  • A. Need for the Proposed Project 7 points
    possible
  • B. Quality of the Project Design 33 points
    possible
  • C. Quality of Project Services 10 points
    possible
  • D. Quality of Management Plan 28 points
    possible
  • E. Quality of Project Evaluation 10 points
    possible
  • F. Appropriateness of Budget 12 points possible

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Implementation Grant Application Priority Points
  • T- STEM Specific Review Criteria 30 points
    possible
  • Applicants that provide evidence of prior
    planning and implementation in preparation for
    the STEM Academy opening in August of 2006 may
    receive between 0 to 10 priority points,
    depending on the quality and scope of the
    progress cited (10 points)
  • Applicants that provide data related to prior
    success in implementing math and science programs
    with low income and minority student populations
    may receive between 0 and 10 priority points,
    depending on the quality of the data and the
    scope of the prior math and science programs
    implemented (10 points)
  • Applicants that provide a plan for teaching and
    learning in STEM coursework that is research
    based and that includes designs for new
    integrated STEM courses and/or strategies for
    intensive interventions to support students who
    are performing below grade level may receive
    between 0 and 10 priority points, depending on
    the quality of the plan (10 points)
  • Total Maximum Number of Points 130 Grant
    Total

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Start-up Grant Application Priority Points
  • T- STEM Specific Review Criteria 10 points
    possible
  • Applicants that provide a plan for teaching and
    learning in STEM coursework that is research
    based and that includes designs for new
    integrated STEM courses and/or strategies for
    intensive interventions to support students who
    are performing below grade level may receive
    between 0 and 10 priority points, depending on
    the quality of the plan.
  • Total Maximum Number of Points 110 Grant Total

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Due Dates 2006 Academy Implementation Grant
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Due Dates2007 Academy Start-up Grant
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Grant Update Information
  • Applicants Please Note
  • You are responsible for periodically checking the
    DISCRETIONARY GRANTS website below
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/opge/disc/index.html
  • (Select the specific RFA/RFP from the pull-down
    menu.)
  • View Current Funding Opportunities Grants and
    Contracts for any postings of Frequently Asked
    Questions (FAQs), Additional/Clarifying
    Information, or Errata Notices that pertain to
    this RFA/RFP.

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T-STEM Academies Grants
  • To Download the 2006 and 2007 RFAs
  • http//www.tea.state.tx.us/opge/disc/index.ht
    ml
  • (Under Current Discretionary Grant
    Opportunities)
  • Please be aware that TEA does not have the
    resources to provide technical assistance to
    those who experience difficulty accessing and
    using these forms.
  • The forms are being made available only for those
    whose computer system is compatible with the
    forms and wish to utilize this flexibility.
  • The forms may be completed on the computer,
    saved, and printed for mailing to TEA as per
    instructions on each individual RFA. Currently,
    there is no electronic submission of these
    application forms.
  • Any eligible entity submitting these forms is
    responsible for ensuring that the printed forms
    maintain the TEA's format.


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Clarifying Information
  • Any person wishing to obtain clarifying
    information about this for grant application may
    submit questions in writing to
  • Program Information
  • tstemgrant_at_cftexas.org
  • Funding Information
  • karen.harmon_at_tea.state.tx.us
  • Contact information for Regional Education
    Service Centers and the Texas Regional
    Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching
    is on the back table.

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