The event will mark the announcement of a second multi-year, multi-million-dollar grant to Educate Texas – a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT). In 2012 the TI Foundation announced a multi-year grant of up to $4.8 million to Educate Texas to work with LISD to build out a “STEM District” using proven best practices from across the state’s robust STEM network of schools. The goal was to improve academic achievement for all students and increase students’ awareness and exposure to STEM college and career pathways. The May 4 announcement coincides with the statewide celebration of STEM Education Week (May 4-10). More than a dozen Lancaster ISD students from all grade levels will be on site to discuss how the grant will impact their education for years to come.
About Educate Texas
Launched in 2004, Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, is dedicated to ensuring Texas students are prepared to graduate high school ready for college and career success. We achieve this goal by partnering with school districts, institutions of higher education, business, and philanthropy to implement practices that support postsecondary readiness, access and success for all students.
The Educate Texas public-private partnership includes: The Texas Education Agency; Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Texas Workforce Commission; Office of the Governor; Texas Legislature; Communities Foundation of Texas; Ford Foundation; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Greater Texas Foundation; Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust; Houston Endowment; IBM; The Kresge Foundation; Lumina Foundation; The Meadows Foundation; TG Texas Guaranteed; and Texas Instruments Foundation. For more information, please visit: www.EdTX.org.
About Lancaster ISD
The mission of Lancaster ISD, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society. This school district is comprised of 10 campuses: seven elementary, one sixth grade center, one middle, one secondary, 7, 153 students, 85 percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged and 96 percent of the students are Hispanic/African American. Lancaster ISD is the first district in Texas to offer a K – 12 STEM curriculum to all students. Each elementary campus is STEM-focused with an emphasis on Health Science Technology, Engineering, Information Systems & Software Design or Global Arts Communications & Entrepreneurship.
About the Texas Instruments Foundation
The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where Texas Instruments operates. Committed to supporting educational excellence, the foundation works to create measurable, replicable programs and initiatives. In school districts across North Texas, TI and the TI Foundation have supported and helped implement successful programs such as the National Math & Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program, UTeach, Laying The Foundation, TexPrep, and the Innovation in STEM Teaching Awards. The focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve STEM education and increase the percentage of high school graduates who are math and science capable. More information can be found at www.ti.com/education.
About Communities Foundation of Texas
As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant making initiatives. The foundation professionally manages more than 900 charitable funds and has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. Educate Texas is a key public-private initiative. www.cftexas.org