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Introductions of THSP Team
TEA                CFT
 Christi Martin    John Fitzpatrick
 Barbara Knaggs    Mary Wells
 Robin Gelinas     Jan Morrison
 Karen Harmon      Anne McClellan
 Gina Day          Telca Karen Porras
 George Rislov     Fred Richardson
 McKelvey Oeser    Alma Garcia
 Sara Weiss        Sarah Kirby

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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



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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 TEA—$118M 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?

 Total $126M             TEA                     MSDF                THSP/CFT
 New Models    Texas HS Redesign &        New Schools (high    Early College —
                Restructuring Grants—       performing charter    $7.8M
                $3.9M                       replication) —       HS Redesign —
   $55M        Middle College/Early        $6.3M                 $7.3M
                College HS Expansion                             New Schools (high
                Grants —$2.1M                                     performing charter
               CSR —Texas HS                                     replication) —$7M
                Initiative —$20.6M

 Leadership     (Funded outside the        Teach for America    Leadership
 Innovations    THSP)                       expansion and         Initiative (joint
                                            Texas Teaching        College of Ed and
                                            Fellows expansion     Business pilots) -
    $4M                                     —$1M                  $3M

  Student-     Texas HS Completion        AVID expansion —
  Centered      & Success Grants —          $5.6M
                $37M                       AP Strategies —
  Programs
               Postsecondary               $14M
                Success Initiative Pilot   Austin ISD
   $67M         Program                     initiatives—$8.1M
                $2.7M

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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

                     English/LA        Math
    All students        39%            47%
    African-            28%            26%
    American
    Hispanic            29%            34%

    White               48%            61%

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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 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:
       Office of the Governor,
       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 nation‘s 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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T-STEM Centers
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



T-STEM Academies
Academies 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
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



                                           * Funding is capped at 100 per student.




T-STEM Academies
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.


T-STEM Academies
School Design
 Academy Size

   They will be small—approximately 100 students per
    grade—and 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




T-STEM Academies
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 state‘s economic development clusters and/or a senior
         project or capstone project, presentation, and defense.



T-STEM Academies
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.
T-STEM Centers
Applicant Due Dates …

begin with the end in mind!
Name of Program   Years   SAS #/ RFA        Application Due Date

                                               Thursday,
T-STEM Centers    2006    SAS-A236-07          May 18, 2006
  Grant                   RFA: 701-06-010      5 p.m.
                                               Central Time




T-STEM Centers
Program Purpose
 The purpose of the T-STEM Centers grant is to
  support the T-STEM Academies by designing
  innovative science, technology, engineering,
  and math curricula, delivering teacher
  professional development, and creating
  strategic partnerships among businesses,
  higher education entities, and school districts
  to support the effective implementation of the
  T-STEM Initiative.

 The T-STEM Centers will ensure national best
  practices are utilized in Texas and will identify
  and document best practices at a local and
  state level.
T-STEM Centers
Program Purpose
 The Centers will broadly disseminate
  information on T-STEM programs to teachers,
  schools, education service centers, district
  leadership, and other key partners across
  Texas.

 All professional development activities must
  meet the definition of ―professional
  development‖ as provided in the NCLB Act.
  See Schedule #6E – NCLB Act Provisions and
  Assurances, Section V.6.



T-STEM Centers
 2006 Eligibility Criteria
     The fiscal agent for this grant must be an IHE or a
     high-need LEA.

    ESCs are eligible to serve as the fiscal agent of a
     shared services agreement (SSA) in which all
     member districts are high-need LEAs.

    Eligible partnerships may not apply for multiple
     grants, but may apply on behalf of as many campuses
     as they wish in a single application.

    A Charter school with at least 40% of the students in
     the free or reduced lunch program.

     * For the purposes of this RFA, a high-need LEA is defined
     as a public school district or open-enrollment

T-STEM Centers
Application Funding
 Approximately $4,600,000 is available for funding the
  T-STEM Centers grant.

      Approximately four to six T-STEM Centers will be funded.
       Grant funds for this program will be dispersed in two
       phases: Pre-implementation and Year One implementation.

      Applicants funded through this program may qualify for an
       additional three years of funding if performance measures
       are meeting expectations.




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Phase I: Application Funding
    August 1, 2006 thru July 31, 2007

   Design teams awarded the Pre-implementation grant will be eligible to
    receive up to $400,000 each.

   This funding is intended to support the staff time, consulting fees,
    materials, and supplies for activities that relate directly to the design of
    the T-STEM Center.

   These activities may include researching STEM best practices, visiting
    T-STEM exemplars and best practices schools, developing plans for the
    use of facilities for professional development activities, designing
    curriculum for professional development institutes, and developing
    partnership agreements.

   It is expected that partners and organization will also contribute funds
    and in-kind support for this phase.



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Phase II: Application Funding
    August 1, 2007 thru May 31, 2007
   Grantees must submit a detailed Center design and
    implementation proposal for approval by the TEA and the CFT
    in order to receive Phase II funding.

   Upon receipt of an approved plan, each Center will receive up
    to $600,000.

   Phase II funding is intended to primarily support the execution
    of the implementation proposal, including the implementation
    of professional development institutes, center staff positions
    that could not otherwise be funded, the distribution of best
    practices to schools, and the materials, supplies, technology,
    and equipment necessary for Center operations.

   It is expected that partners and organization will also
    contribute funds and in-kind support for this phase.

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Follow-up Funding
  T-STEM Centers successfully completing their Pre-
  implementation year and Year One activities according to
  standards set by the TEA and Communities Foundation
  of Texas will be eligible to apply for and receive an
  additional three years of funding through the Texas High
  School Project T-STEM Initiative, contingent upon
  availability of funding.

  TEA reserves the right to reduce funding in the event
  projections are determined not to have been realistic
  based on actual participation as documented in the
  required term progress/activity reports.

  Should additional unexpended funds become available
  for distribution, the commissioner will determine how
  these are to be distributed.

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Priorities for Funding
 Applicants who provide a plan for developing an
  enterprise model that will ensure sustainability and
  enable the program to reach scale within the regions
  may receive between 0 and 10 priority points, depending
  on the quality and scope of the proposed plan.




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T-STEM Centers
What is STEM Education?
   Sciences
    integrated with
    other subject
    areas

   The design
    process driving
    student
    engagement

   ―Attending to
    science in the
    context of
    technology‖

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STEM Education Driving Reform


                  How do we help
                   children make
                   sense of the world
                   and solve new
                   and novel
                   problems?




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What Does STEM Education Look
Like in the Classroom?
 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.



T-STEM Centers
Program Goals
 The goals of the T-STEM Centers are to:
      Align high school, postsecondary education, and economic
       development activities across the areas of STEM and the
       broader high school curriculum;

      Lead the transformation of teaching methods, teacher
       preparation, and instruction in science, technology,
       engineering, and math in areas of high need across the
       state;

      Demonstrate how the implementation of T-STEM teaching
       and learning increases the number Texas high school
       students from diverse backgrounds graduating prepared
       to succeed in postsecondary study and careers in STEM-
       related fields;


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Program Goals
     Train administrators, principals, and teachers in effective
      leadership strategies for supporting T-STEM instruction in
      secondary schools;

     Disseminate promising practices and research-based
      strategies for integrated STEM teaching and learning to all
      high schools; and

     Ultimately, 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.




T-STEM Centers
Program Description

 The T-STEM Centers will be located at universities,
  regional ESCs, LEAs, and other non-profit organizations,
  complying with the requirements laid out in the ―Eligible
  Applicants‖ section. Four to six Centers will be
  established in the initial funding year with an effort made
  for geographic distribution throughout Texas.




T-STEM Centers
Program Description

 To effectively support the program goals above, each T-
  STEM Center will do the following:

    Research, create, and provide information on best
     practices for innovative teaching and learning in
     science, technology, engineering, and math education
     with a special focus on project-based learning. The
     Center should also conduct activities to advance
     STEM learning and teaching, such as bringing
     together teachers, scholars and students from around
     Texas and the nation to study how to advance formal
     and informal learning among all students;



T-STEM Centers
Program Description

      Design and implement ongoing and sustainable
       professional development institutes based on best
       practices and knowledge gained from THSP
       Exemplars on the integration of STEM disciplines;




T-STEM Centers
Program Description

      Lead the creation of the T-STEM Innovation Network.
       The purpose of this network is to strengthen the
       efforts of T-STEM schools and programs by providing
       stability and support, creating systems for
       accountability, and building knowledge capacity. This
       Network will facilitate learning among like-minded
       schools and help them in identifying and working
       through common challenges;




T-STEM Centers
Program Description
      Create regional partnerships among businesses,
       higher education entities, school districts, ESCs,
       non-profits, Science Collaboratives, informal
       STEM institutions, and other organizations to
       support the T-STEM Initiative; and

      Identify materials, supplies, and equipment,
       such as software, probe-ware and downlinks,
       and environment sensors, for development of
       curricula in the area of STEM education and for
       teacher and administrator professional
       development.

T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
 In addition to the requirements in Section III of this
  RFA, each application must address each of the
  requirements identified below (on the appropriate
  schedule) in order to be considered for funding.

   Statutory Requirements

       Each application submitted shall include on the schedule
        designated:

       The results of a comprehensive assessment of the
        teacher quality and professional development needs of
        any schools and local educational agencies that
        comprise the eligible partnership with respect to the
        teaching and learning of mathematics and science
        (Schedule #4B – Needs and Objectives);

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Program Requirements
         A description of how the activities to be carried out by
          the eligible partnership will be aligned with challenging
          state academic content and student academic
          achievement standards in mathematics and science and
          with other educational reform activities that promote
          student academic achievement in mathematics and
          science (Schedule #4A – Project Overview);

         A description of how the activities to be carried out by
          the eligible partnership will be based on a review of
          scientifically-based research, and an explanation of how
          the activities are expected to improve student
          academic achievement and strengthen the quality of
          mathematics and science instruction (Schedule #4A –
          Project Overview);



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Program Requirements

       A description of —
         (a) How the eligible partnership will carry out
           the authorized activities; and
         (b) The eligible partnership's evaluation and
           accountability plan (Schedule #4C –
           Performance Assessment and Evaluation).

       A description of how the eligible partnership will
        continue the activities funded under this grant
        after the original grant or sub grant period has
        expired (Schedule #4B – Advancement and
        Sustainability).

T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

       Partnership Grants – An eligible partnership
        receiving a grant under section 203 of the Higher
        Education Act of 1965 shall coordinate the use of
        such funds with any related activities carried out
        by such partnership with funds made available
        under this part (Schedule #4B – Partnerships).




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

 TEA Requirements
   In addition to the statutory requirements
    above the applicant must address each of the
    following TEA requirements on an appropriate
    narrative schedule.

   If the applicant is a high-need LEA or an ESC
    through a SSA, the applicant must submit a
    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in an
    attachment, from the partnering IHE outlining
    the nature of and commitment to the
    partnership.
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Program Requirements

   If the applicant is the IHE, the applicant must
    submit in an attachment a MOU from the
    partnering high-need LEA(s) outlining the
    nature of and commitment to the partnership.

   Each applicant must submit in an attachment
    a MOU from the partnering ESC outlining the
    nature of and commitment to the partnership.




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
   T-STEM Centers must research, create, and provide
    information on best practices for innovative teaching
    and learning in science, technology, engineering, and
    math education with a special focus on project-based
    learning. All work created or distributed by the Center
    must be for culturally relevant teaching and learning in
    STEM as delineated in current research.

   To accomplish this they must:

       Conduct activities to advance STEM education,
        learning, and teaching;




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

      Research and disseminate information on STEM best
       practices and STEM exemplars to all secondary
       schools and education service centers in the region;

      Convene teachers, scholars, and students from
       around Texas and around the nation to advance
       formal and informal learning;




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
      Design curricula that integrate technology and engineering
       education with science and math in secondary schools.
       Centers must illustrate how the innovative curriculum
       developed are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge
       and Skills (TEKS), with postsecondary study, and with the
       Governor‘s Industry Cluster Initiative. For more
       information on the Industry Cluster Initiative, please see
       the technical assistance packet;

      Author and commission white papers in STEM education
       areas as determined by the Center in collaboration with
       the network of T-STEM Centers and T-STEM Academies;
       and

      Act as a field-testing site for national and state STEM
       curriculum materials.

T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

      T-STEM Centers must conduct the following activities
       related to the creation and implementation of
       ongoing and sustainable professional development
       institutes for administrators and teachers:

        Align professional development curriculum with
         current research in STEM education, education for
         underrepresented minorities, girls and diverse
         learners, academic and pedagogical coaching as a
         model for skill development, and other relevant
         research;



T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
       Train administrators in leadership
        strategies proven to support innovative and
        engaging instruction in secondary schools;

       Provide opportunities for STEM teachers in
        secondary schools to interact with and learn
        from scientists, mathematicians, and engineers
        to increase the teachers‘ subject matter
        knowledge and improve teaching skills;




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

       Establish an on-going means of access to a
        digital portfolio for all teachers associated with
        the Center. In doing so, create infrastructures
        to ensure dissemination of research findings to
        the Texas STEM education community as well
        as the national one through professional
        development;




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
         Describe how the professional development institutes
          will emphasize 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 state‘s 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; and

         Establish measurable objectives aimed at increasing
          the number of STEM content secondary teachers
          participating in STEM professional development
          activities.



T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

   T-STEM Centers must lead the creation of the T-STEM
    Innovation Network, which exists to build Center-to-
    school and school-to-school mentor relationships. The
    purpose of this network is to strengthen the efforts of T-
    STEM schools and programs by providing stability and
    support, creating systems for accountability, and
    building capacity. This Network will facilitate learning
    among like-minded schools and assist them in
    identifying common challenges.




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
   T-STEM Centers must create and sustain regional partnerships
    that will offer students from T-STEM Academies the
    opportunity for internships, apprenticeships, co-ops, site
    visits, senior projects, STEM competition sponsorships, and/or
    summer part-time employment (These activities must be
    funded by the partners, not with Title II, Part B funds). As
    outlined in the eligibility criteria, regional partnerships must
    include all of the following:




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

      A business or corporation for funding, internships,
       apprenticeships, and advisory committees;

      An IHE for vertical alignment of transitions
       (school-to-graduate-level higher education and
       school-to-work) as well as creation of STEM
       opportunities for administrators, teachers and
       students;

      An informal STEM institution, such as a museum,
       for development of co-curricular opportunities,
       access to informal research, and disseminating
       more broadly the work of the Center;


T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

    A non-profit institution with a STEM or a
     student-support mission to support
     quality education for students from
     underrepresented groups; and

    An ESC and a member of the Texas
     Regional Collaborative for Excellence in
     Science Education
     (http://thetrc.org/edu/) to ensure
     accessibility of the Center‘s work to all
     schools across the state.

T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
      T-STEM Centers must connect with T-STEM
       Academies with established national and state STEM
       education networks.

      T-STEM Centers must collaborate with state and local
       STEM student competitions to use the Center as
       headquarters for either their operation or their
       dissemination (Title II, Part B funds can not be used
       to fund this activity).

      T-STEM Centers must follow the tenets and
       outcomes of U.S. Department of Education American
       Competitiveness Initiative (ACI). For additional
       information on ACI, please see the technical
       assistance packet.

T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

      T-STEM Centers must assist T-STEM Academies in
       the recruitment of STEM educators (administrators,
       teachers, school leadership, etc.). Playing a vital
       role in this, Centers must:

      Collaborate with higher education institutions to
       recruit and train pre-service teachers in the
       integration of science, technology, engineering, and
       math to ensure that Texas has effective teachers in
       the STEM fields in all of its high schools. The Center
       must demonstrate its role in increasing the
       availability of STEM teachers in Texas;


T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

       Work with national and local organizations and
        established programs that have demonstrated
        yearly success in both recruitment and staff
        development in STEM areas (i.e., UTeach at the
        University of Texas at Austin) to create
        partnerships;

       Work to create an Adjunct Teacher Workforce
        available to T-STEM Academies as part-time
        teachers. Make use of the Adjunct Teacher
        Workforce parameters defined by the U.S.
        Department of Education. For additional,
        please see the technical assistance packet; and


T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements

       Establish measurable objectives to increase the
        number of STEM content secondary teachers
        teaching in schools across the state.

       T-STEM Centers must ensure that all Center
        programs and projects are inclusive of young
        women and other underrepresented individuals
        and that this participation is encouraging of
        pursuit of postsecondary degrees in majors
        leading to STEM careers.




T-STEM Centers
Program Requirements
      T-STEM Centers must have a management structure that
       brings together diverse stakeholders to support the
       mission and strategic plan of the Center. The
       management structure must include representation from
       teachers with knowledge, skills and interest in STEM
       education and one or more principals from T-STEM
       Academies.

      T-STEM Centers must plan for their advancement and
       sustainability by forming a marketing team, preparing a
       fundraising case statement (Title II, Part B funds can not
       be used to fund this activity), and creating a website.
       Centers must demonstrate their ability to balance the need
       for sustainability with their accessibility to districts,
       education service centers, schools, and other key
       audiences.



T-STEM Centers
Program Evaluation

 The Title II Part B statute requires that:

     Each eligible partnership receiving a grant under Title
      II, Part B shall develop an evaluation and
      accountability plan for activities assisted under this
      grant that includes rigorous objectives that measure
      the impact of activities funded under this grant. The
      plan developed:




T-STEM Centers
Program Evaluation

       Shall include measurable objectives to increase
        the number of mathematics and science teachers
        who participate in content-based professional
        development activities;
       Shall include measurable objectives for improved
        student academic achievement on state
        mathematics and science assessments or, where
        applicable, an International Mathematics Study
        assessment; and




T-STEM Centers
Program Evaluation
      May include objectives and measures for:

        (a) Increased participation by students in advanced
         courses in mathematics and science;

        (b) Increased percentages of elementary school
         teachers with academic majors or minors, or group
         majors or minors, in mathematics, science or
         engineering; and

        (c) Increased percentages of secondary school
         classes in mathematics and science taught by
         teachers with academic majors in mathematics,
         science and engineering.


T-STEM Centers
Program Evaluation
 Information to be collected by TEA may include:

    Nature and extent of implementation of support
     service activities implemented to achieve the goals of
     the grant program;

    Nature and extent of implementation of professional
     and staff development activities; implemented to
     achieve the goals of the grant program;

    Information on leadership and staff support for grant-
     funded initiatives;


T-STEM Centers
Program Evaluation
         Information on the nature and degree of
          community involvement in grant funded
          activities;

         Information on the participating partners in the
          program, including regional education service
          centers, higher education institutions, non-
          profit organizations, and private entities;

         Information on grantee evaluation procedures
          used to monitor ongoing progress and assess
          the degree of implementation of grant-funded
          activities and reforms;


T-STEM Centers
Program Evaluation
         Type of alternate funding sources used to plan
          for and implement the T-STEM Centers
          Program;
         Information regarding school districts and
          campuses supported through T-STEM Center
          activities; and

         Information regarding the number of
          administrators, teachers, and students
          participation in T-STEM Center activities.




T-STEM Centers
Performance Measures
 Performance measures provide information on the
  condition and status of a program in producing intended
  or desired results. They are used to measure and
  document the accomplishment of, or progress toward,
  the stated goals, objectives, and activities.




T-STEM Centers
Performance Measures
   The required performance measures are listed
    below:

       Number of professional development institutes held.
       Number of teachers attending professional development
        institutes.
       Number of school administrators attending professional
        development institutes.
       Number of district administrators attending professional
        development institutes.
       Number of schools districts accessing resources created
        or distributed by the Center.
       Number of campuses accessing resources created or
        distributed by the Center.
       Number of T-STEM academies accessing resources
        created or distributed by the Center.

T-STEM Centers
T-STEM Centers
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:

      Program Abstract: Project Overview
      Program Narrative: Needs and Objectives
      Program Narrative: Project Management
      Program Description – Narrative: Organizational Capacity
      Program Narrative: Management Structure
      Program Narrative: Professional Development
      Program Narrative: Partnerships
      Program Narrative: Advancement and Sustainability
      Program Narrative: Accountability
      Performance Assessment and Evaluation


T-STEM Centers
Schedule - #4A Program
Abstract/Project Overview
 Applicant should provide an overview of the
  program, including information regarding:

    The overall goal for the proposed program;
    The needs of the campus;
    Local program objectives;
    The proposed project management and program
     activities;
    The structural and management changes that will
     facilitate the implementation of the above activities;
    The coordination of efforts and resources to ensure
     sustainability when the funding ceases; and,
    Performance targets and measures.

T-STEM Centers
Schedule - #4B Program
Narrative: Needs and Objectives
 Your proposal narrative should explicitly address the
  center design and implementation components in the
  program guidelines. Please provide references in text to
  support the research basis of the model components.

 Provide a well-documented, compelling description of the
  problem or need(s) that the proposed T-STEM Center
  model aims to address.

 Describe how your organization is uniquely positioned to
  design and implement a STEM Center.




T-STEM Centers
Schedule - #4B Program
Narrative: Project Management
 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.




T-STEM Centers
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.




T-STEM Centers
Mission, Goals and Objectives
 Describe the mission, goals and objectives of the Center.

 Identify the project management activities necessary to
  achieve the goals and objectives of the Center.

 Describe the projected outcome for each of the Center‘s
  project activities. These ought to be quantitative in
  nature and reflect the Center‘s demographic make-up of
  the Center‘s geographic area.




T-STEM Centers
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)




T-STEM Centers
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)




T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Organizational Capacity
   Briefly describe the mission of your organization, and the
    strengths and expertise your organization brings to this project
    that make it uniquely qualified to produce high quality results.
    Explain how the mission of your organization relates to the
    mission of the proposed Center.

   To the extent your organization has undertaken a similar
    project in the past; describe its past success of math and
    science curricula development or professional development
    implementation. Please include data related to performance
    with accelerating low income student achievement (particularly
    in math and science) through high-quality, sustained
    professional development, 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.



T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Organizational Capacity

 Identify the preferred site for the facility and the
  rationale for its location. Explain how this facility is
  designed to meet the needs of the Center and who is
  responsible for the facility.




T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Management Structure
   Design a management structure that includes capacity on both
    the academic and business side of operations.
   Describe the process for strategic decision-making.
   Establish an on-going means of access to a digital portfolio for
    all teachers associated with the Center. In doing so, create
    infrastructures to ensure dissemination of research findings to
    the Texas STEM education community as well as the national
    one.
   Identify key personnel who will be working on the development
    of the Center model.
   Create roles and responsibilities for all key personnel as they
    relate to the development of your plan.
   Describe key personnel‘s knowledge, background, or
    experience in the areas of STEM education, curriculum
    development, standards, assessment, professional
    development, student achievement, and workforce issues in
    STEM.

T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Management Structure

   Describe key personnel‘s knowledge, background, or
    experience in enterprise models of business development,
    school or educational reform, and budget and data
    management.
   Describe the professional development plan to ensure
    continuous enhancement of Center Staff knowledge and
    expertise.
   Describe the Center‘s plan to research, create, and provide
    information on best practices for innovative teaching and
    learning in STEM with a special focus on project-based
    learning.
   Demonstrate how all materials created by the Center will be
    research-based, aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge
    and Skills, and culturally relevant for underrepresented student
    groups.
   How will the Center act as a field-testing site for national and
    state STEM curriculum materials?

T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Professional Development

   Describe how the professional development curriculum will be
    aligned with current research in STEM education, engineering
    education, STEM education for underrepresented minorities
    and diverse learners, academic and pedagogical coaching as a
    model for personnel growth and development, and other
    relevant research.

   Describe how the professional development institutes will
    emphasize 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 state‘s 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.



T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Professional Development

 How will the Center train administrators in leadership
  strategies proven to support innovative instruction in
  secondary schools and support administrators in
  identifying STEM facility needs and developing plans for
  the use of STEM facilities?

 Establish measurable objectives to increase the number
  of STEM content secondary teachers participating in
  STEM professional development activities.




T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Partnerships

   Identify and explain the roles and responsibilities for each regional
    partner organization. Attach MOUs for each partner organization.

   Identify national, state, and local STEM education networks in which
    the Center plans to participate.

   Identify how the Center will support state and local STEM student
    competitions (These activities must be funded by the partners, not
    with Title II, Part B funds).

   Describe the Center‘s plan for assisting T-STEM Academies with the
    recruitment of STEM educators.

   What partnerships do you propose to establish to support your
    professional development institutes? Include expectations of work with
    experts in STEM and education reform as well as collaborations
    anticipated with higher education institutions.



T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Advancement/Sustainability
   Describe your organization‘s strategies for sustaining the T-
    STEM Center. 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 center when the planning grant
    period has ended?

   Identify the development and marketing team. Team
    members should include fundraising professionals and
    operations and finance staff (These activities must be funded
    by the partners, not with Title II, Part B funds).




T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Advancement/Sustainability
   Create a case statement for fundraising that ensures the
    creation of development relationships and structures (These
    activities must be funded by the partners, not with Title II, Part
    B funds). A case statement is an explanation to prospective
    donors of what is to be accomplished and funds needed. By the
    end of the second year of implementation, the case statement
    must be fully implemented. The goal of the Centers should be
    to be able to operate without additional funding from the T-
    STEM Initiative within five years.

   Describe how the Center will balance the need for sustainability
    with accessibility to districts, education service centers, and
    other key audiences.




T-STEM Centers
Schedule #4B - Program Description –
Narrative: Accountability

 Describe the performance-based outcome measures will
  you utilize to evaluate the success of the Center.

 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
  Center‘s model?




T-STEM Centers
Budgets and Funding
 The information to follow is found in the
  RFA…

   Part II Program Guidelines

   Part III Schedule Instructions




T-STEM Centers
Budget Narrative
 Please describe the financial plan for the
  Center over the first five years including
  investment, revenues and costs. Include
  major assumptions.
    Outline the facilities funding plan. NOTE: TEA
     will not provide funds for facilities.
    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?


T-STEM Centers
Budget Narrative
    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.

    If your district has received TEA/CFT grant
     funds in the past as part of the Texas High
     School Project, describe the outcomes of these
     grantees.


T-STEM Centers
Allowable Use
of Grant Funds
   Although this is not an exhaustive list, examples
    of ways in which funds from this grant
    may be used include the following:

       Development of a more rigorous mathematics and science
        curricula;
       Professional development for mathematics and science
        teachers, including on-line and distance learning teacher
        training courses;
       Purchase of model instructional materials necessary to carry
        out professional development activities;
       Purchase and/or development of materials necessary to carry
        out professional development activities; and
       Purchase of computers and equipment for the delivery of
        professional development activities and/or the development of
        curricula.



T-STEM Centers
Unallowable
Use of Grant Funds
See Application 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;
          Classroom supplies except as needed to implement training in the
           classroom;
          Writing grants to obtain other grant funds;
          Training on grant writing; and
          Indirect costs.




T-STEM Centers
Limitation of Administrative
Funds Explanation
   The TEA limits the amount of funds that may be expended to
    administer the program to no more than
    5 percent (%) including indirect costs, of the total grant
    awarded for any fiscal year. Funds requested for
    administrative use must be requested in the application on the
    appropriate budget schedules.

   Administrative funds include both direct administrative costs
    and indirect costs. Direct administrative costs may include
    costs associated with accounting and other fiscal activities,
    auditing, and overall program administration. Direct
    administrative costs also include salaries and benefits for staff
    who supervise activities of program staff and insurance that
    protects the grantee. Refer to the SAS instructions for
    Schedule #5 - Budget Summary for more detailed information
    pertaining to administrative costs.



T-STEM Centers
Indirect Costs Explanation
   This funding is intended to support the staff time, consulting
    fees, materials, and supplies for activities that relate directly to
    the design of the T-STEM Center.

   These activities may include researching STEM best practices,
    visiting T-STEM exemplars and best practices schools,
    developing plans for the use of facilities for professional
    development activities, designing curriculum for professional
    development institutes, and developing partnership
    agreements.

   It is expected that partners and organization will also
    contribute funds and in-kind support for this phase.




T-STEM Centers
Indirect Costs Explanation
     Unless otherwise indicated for individual programs, you may
      charge federally-funded programs for ‗indirect costs‘ incurred by
      using the ‗restricted indirect cost rate‘ assigned by TEA. ‗Indirect
      cost‘ is not an allowed expense for state-funded programs.

     Unless otherwise restricted to 5% maximum administration costs,
      including indirect costs, ‗indirect costs‘ may not exceed 8% of the
      ‗modified total direct costs‘ or the ‗restricted rate‘, whichever is
      less.

     If administrative costs are limited to a certain percentage, for
      example 5%, then the total direct administrative costs, plus
      indirect costs, cannot exceed 5%.

     Compute the amount of ‗indirect cost‘ to be claimed by deducting
      the following ‗cost exclusions‘ from ‗total direct costs‘: Sub grants
      (6290), Debt Service (6500), Capital Outlay (6600). Multiply the
      result by the TEA certified rate or 8% whichever is less. Use whole
      dollars only—drop the cents; do not round up.


T-STEM Centers
Indirect Costs Explanation
   For Universities:

    Calculate the modified total direct cost base by deducting stipends, tuition
    and related fees, and capital expenditures of $5,000 or more.

    For state-funded grants, multiply this amount by either 8% or 15% as
    applicable. The maximum indirect cost allowed for training grants (i.e., for
    conducting training) is 8% of the modified total direct costs. The maximum
    indirect cost allowed for non-training grants (including research and
    development of training) is 15% of the modified total direct costs. Drop the
    cents. Do not round up.

    For federally funded grants, multiply the modified total direct costs by 8%
    or the restricted indirect cost rate approved by your cognizant agency,
    whichever is less. Drop the cents. Do not round up.

    The maximum allowable is the total direct cost minus exclusions multiplied
    by the grantee‘s approved indirect cost rate or 8%, whichever is less. The
    grantee may enter, in the appropriate field on
    Schedule #5—Budget Summary, an amount not to exceed the maximum
    allowable.

T-STEM Centers
Application Review Criteria

 A. Need for the Proposed Project   10 points possible

 B. Quality of the Project Design   35 points possible

 C. Quality of Project Services     10 points possible

 D. Quality of Management Plan      22 points possible

 E. Quality of Project Evaluation   10 points possible

 F. Appropriateness of Budget       13 points possible


T-STEM Centers
2006 Application Priority Points
T-STEM Centers Specific Review Criteria:

   G. Applicants that provide a plan for developing an enterprise
       model that will ensure sustainability and enable the
       program to reach scale within the region may receive
       between 0 and 10 priority points, depending on the quality
       and scope of the proposed plan.
                                            10 points possible




        Total Maximum Number of Points = 110



T-STEM Centers
Critical Sequence of Events
           WHEN                                         EVENT
 Thursday, March 2, 2006    Publication of Request for Application

 Monday, March 13, 2006     Information Meeting from 10:00-2:00 at the Communities
                            Foundation of Texas in Dallas, TX
 Tuesday, March 21, 2006    Letter of Intent to Apply due to TEA by 5:00 p.m., Central
                            Time
 Thursday, March 30, 2006   Technical Assistance Meeting – Capitol Marriott, Austin
                            from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 Thursday, May 18, 2006     Application due to TEA by 5:00 p.m., Central Time
 Wednesday, June 14, 2006   Oral Interviews for selected applicants in Austin.

 Tuesday, August 1, 2006    Beginning date of project
 Sunday, May 31, 2008       Ending date of project
 Monday, June 30, 2008      Final Expenditure Report due to TEA
 Monday, June 30, 2008      Final Evaluation Report (and final product, if applicable)
                            due to TEA


T-STEM Centers
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.


T-STEM Centers
T-STEM Centers Grants
   To Download the Centers RFA:

    http://www.tea.state.tx.us/opge/disc/index.html

    (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.



T-STEM Centers
Clarifying Information

       Any person wishing to obtain clarifying
  information about this for grant application may
           submit questions in writing to:


                     Program Information
                   tstemgrant@cftexas.org

                      Funding Information
                 karen.harmon@tea.state.tx.us




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