October, 2009The Central Texas Education Stimulus Collaborative was awarded a $1,000,000 Target Tech in Texas Collaborative Grant (T3 Grant) from the Texas Education Agency. The T3 Grant is targeted at leveraging technology to help English Language Learning and struggling students in 3rd thru 5th grades, preparing them to make the transition into middle school. The $1 million dollar investment across 7 Local Education Agencies will impact 3300 high needs students in the first year and provide sustainable technology and training that will continue to serve multiple years.
The T3 Grant will be used to accelerate student achievement, with particular emphasis on math achievement by English Language Learners by implementing interactive whiteboard technology at 5 school districts and 2 charter schools in the Central Texas region. This interactive whiteboard technology will allow our most vulnerable populations to progress in a critical content area by using cutting edge technology and will allow teachers to share engaging visual content.
"Technology is merely a tool,” said grant lead and Pflugerville Superintendent Charles Dupre. ”But when we can apply it with fidelity in a learning environment that truly engages our students, we can prepare them better for the 21st century."
The Central Texas Education Stimulus Collaborative (CTXESC) is a public/private partnership launched to leverage federal stimulus money beyond the initial investments with proven collaboration through The Blueprint for Educational Change™. This application was made on behalf of a group of institutions from the Collaborative, specifically Bastrop, Leander, Pflugerville, Round Rock and San Marcos school districts and KIPP-Austin and UT Elementary charter schools. None of the districts or charters would have been able to apply for the T3 grant individually, but by working through the collaborative of the CTXESC, can bring new federal investments for students in the Central Texas Region.
KIPP Austin Public Schools Founder and CEO, Jill Kolasinski noted "This grant not only gives us the opportunity to use technology to address the needs of our rapidly-growing English Language Learner population, but to do so in a collaborative partnership where charters and traditional public school districts are learning the best implementation methods from each other."
The CTXESC is working with the Texas Education Agency to help the state in their planning and measurement efforts for all stimulus investments. Central Texas schools, private foundations, and community have hit the ground running to help students succeed through a strategic collaborative with measureable impact.
About the Central Texas Education Stimulus Collaborative (CTXESC)
The CTXESC is comprised of supporting private foundations (KDK-Harman Foundation, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, RGK Foundation, TG’s Public Benefit Program, Texas Pioneer Foundation and Texas High School Project/Communities Foundation of Texas), seven public school districts (Austin, Bastrop, Eanes, Hutto, Leander, Manor, Pflugerville, Round Rock and San Marcos ISDs), KIPP-Austin and UT Elementary School charters, and the E3 Alliance. It was created to build on the existing collaborative infrastructure of The Blueprint for Educational Change TM to leverage federal stimulus dollars strategically and bring more investment to the region.
About the E3 Alliance
The E3 Alliance is a regional collaborative to create a research-based “blueprint” that will allow us to align our education systems to better fulfill the potential of every citizen and in turn, increase economic outcomes for a stronger economic future for our region. Founded by partners the Austin Area Research Organization, The University of Texas at Austin, and Austin Community College District; the E3 Alliance acts as a catalyst for change, and is the P-16 Council for the Central Texas region.