T-STEM 101 Presentation - Texas State Technical College Harlingen

					T-STEM 101
November 27, 2007
       Where did T-STEM
         come from?
        Texas High School Project

A Partnership to Increase Graduation Rates
          and College Readiness
 What is the Texas High School Project?
• The Texas High School Project (THSP) is
  a $261M public-private initiative:

  – $148M TEA—$118M in state and $30M in
    federal funding
  – $57M Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and
    other private funding managed by THSP staff
    at Communities Foundation of Texas
  – $55M Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  – $1M National Instruments
           Why was THSP created?
Building on previous reforms
• TAKS testing expansion
• Required college-preparatory
  Recommended High School Program
• State funding provided for ninth-grade
  initiative and high school initiative
• Personal graduation plans required for at-
  risk secondary students
Result: 84 percent of Texas students
  graduated from high school within 4
 …however, disparities persist

           Graduation Rates Class of 2005

                  77.4                77.4

       African   Hispanic   White      Eco
      American                        Disadv
Exit level disparities are particularly
               TAKS Exit Level Passing Rates
                  Preliminary Spring 2006
  60                  52                  49
  50      45
         African   Hispanic    White      Eco
        American                         Disadv
 College readiness is low for all groups

Percent of Students Meeting THECB Standard
       for Higher Education Readiness
                   ELA      Math     Both
All students       39%      49%      28%
African-American   27%      27%      13%
Hispanic           31%      38%      19%
White              48%      63%      37%
  Negative consequences are significant
• 56 % of jobs today require some college
• 80 % of the fastest-growing jobs over the
  next decade will require some college.
• The 50 best-paying occupations, only 2 don’t
  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.
      What is the vision of the THSP?
All Texas students will graduate high school ready for
    college and career success and prepared to be
       contributing members of the community.

To succeed in work and life in the 21st century, students
need the opportunity to achieve the highest level of
education they can:

•Four-year college
•Community college
•Job training
     What are the goals of the 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
Who does the Texas High School Project

• Focus:
  – Border communities and urban areas –
    Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Rio Grande
    Valley, San Antonio
  – High schools serving high percentages of
    economically disadvantaged students
     What are the guiding principles of
            THSP programs?

                  The Three R’s
•   Rigor – challenging curriculum and high
    expectations for all students
•   Relevance – meaningful course of study with
    real-life applications; clear pathways to college
    and work
•   Relationships – powerful, sustained
    involvement with caring adults who mentor,
    advise, and support students
     throughout their high school careers
      What is the T-STEM Initiative?
        Texas Science Technology
   Engineering and Math Initiative Goals
• Develop leading innovation economy workforce
  by aligning high school, postsecondary education,
  and economic development
• Establish 35 T-STEM Academies, each year
  producing 3,500 Texas high school graduates
• Create 6-9 T-STEM Centers to support the
  transformation of teaching methods, teacher
  preparation, and instruction in the STEM fields
• Establish a statewide best practices network for
  STEM education to promote broad
  dissemination and adoption of
  promising practices
                        Why T-STEM?
• High school students continue to pass the Math
  and Science sections of the high school graduation
  test (TAKS) at lower rates than the ELA or Social
  Studies sections.

          Passing Rates on Grade 11 TAKS Preliminary Spring 2006

    100                                94
                          77                         75


             ELA          Math     Social Studies   Science
                  Why T-STEM?
• Texas has lower percentages of students taking Advanced
  Placement exams in Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, and
  Physics than the nation and lower percentages of students
  scoring a 3 or higher.

• The number of Hispanic and African American students in
  Texas who score a 3 or higher on the Chemistry and
  Physics AP exams is fewer than 500.

• Two of the most common reasons campuses were
  Academically Unacceptable under the state accountability
  system were failure to meet the TAKS math standards and
  failure to meet the TAKS science standards.

• Math performance was one of the top reasons that
  campuses failed to meet federal AYP standards.
           What is STEM Education?

• Teaching and learning strategies
  that challenge students to innovate
  and invent
• Model real world contexts for
  learning and work
• Integration of math, science, and
  technology with other subject areas
• The design process driving student
     How do we help children make sense of the
     world and solve new and novel problems?
T-STEM Academies and Centers
         T-STEM Academies Design
• Mix of charter schools, traditional public schools,
  and schools created in partnership with an institute
  of higher education (IHE).
• Stand alone campuses or small learning
• Approximately 100 students per grade
• Grades 6 – 12 (or 9 – 12 and actively work with
  feeder middle schools)
• Serve a population with a majority representation
  of high-need students
• Open enrollment and non-selective
         T-STEM Academies Goals
Produce Texas graduates in areas of high need
  across the state with the preparation to pursue
  postsecondary study and careers in STEM-
  related fields by:

  – Providing a rigorous, well rounded education
  – Establishing a personalized, college- and work-ready
  – Providing teacher and leadership development
         T-STEM Centers Design

• Located at universities, regional ESCs,
  LEAs, and other non-profit organizations

• Create regional partnerships among
  businesses, higher education entities,
  school districts, and other organizations to
  support the T-STEM initiative
                 T-STEM Center Goals

• Identify and develop innovative instructional materials
  that integrate math and science concepts with the practical,
  problem-solving elements
• Deliver professional development to teachers in STEM
  fields based on national best practices
• Train administrators and principals in effective leadership
  strategies for supporting innovative math and science
• Provide technical assistance, training, and coaching to the
  T-STEM Academies and other schools
• Support regional partnerships between businesses and
  school districts around STEM

How does this fit into our region?
          International Relationships

The City of McAllen & M.E.D.C. maintains a strong international
relationship with Mexico. We work closely with Mexican officials in
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, to attract new investment, develop
infrastructure, enhance workforce education and training, and
promote the construction of worker housing.
International Clients

    •   CANADA
    •   DENMARK
    •   ENGLAND
    •   CHINA
    •   FINLAND
    •   FRANCE
    •   GERMANY
    •   KOREA
    •   NORWAY
    •   SWEDEN
    •   TAIWAN
                        Population Density

   10 Million People
Within a 150 Mile Radius

                  Source: CIESIN, Columbia University
National Worker Deficit
               National Worker Deficit
• Shortages of labor constitutes the foremost challenge
  confronting U.S. manufacturers

• In 2005 90% of manufacturers surveyed by the National
  Association of Mfg. reported moderate to severe
  shortages of production workers and 65% indicated a
  moderate to severe shortage of scientists and engineers;
  54% say this is causing moderate to high negative impact
  on customer service.

• NAM estimates U.S. mfg. will face a deficit of 10 million
  workers by 2020.

• According to a recent article in Forbes magazine it was
  stated that currently there is a person turning 60 yrs of
  age every 7 seconds in the U.S. and in 3 years
  40% of the existing work force will reach
  retirement age.
Future National Worker Deficit
Future Texas Workforce
              Future McAllen Workforce
                Greater McAllen Region Working
                  Age Population (Ages 18-64)
      2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040

                    McAllen, Texas is
                    designated as an
                     Attainment Area
                     as shown on the
                      from the Texas
                Environmental Profile

                          McAllen Metro
Maquiladora Employment
Maquiladora Employment
Maquiladora Employment
                              Trans Texas Corridor
New Global Shipping Routes
• 25% cost reduction over traditional routes
• Avg 3 day reduction over traditional routes
• Distribution of globally produced products from
  one point
                                                                                    Provides direct connection
• Makes Texas the “3rd Coast”                                                       from one of the largest
                                                       Dallas Ft. Worth
                                                          5,600,000                 Cities in the world to the
                                                                                    population centers of

                                        McAllen/Reynosa Metro Area
Distance from Reynosa To:
            Miles Km
Monterrey 140 225
Manzanillo 833 1341
Altamira     316 508
                                                                          Port of Altamira
Mexico City 636 1024                                Mexico City
                        Port of Manzanillo          20,000,000
                Current Distribution Channels

                                                                               goods arrive at
                                                                                 U.S. Ports
 arrive at
U.S. Ports                Mexico
                         Produced                  Current South
                          Goods                      American
                                                   goods arrive
                                                   at U.S. Ports

   The requirement to ship complete orders to customers require companies to have
  multiple distribution centers – Products must be moved to those cities to be staged for
        Emerging Distribution Channels

                                         Inventory maintained in piece
                                         part state – manufactured per
                                           customers specification –
                                         shipped directly to customers
                                         regional DC; stores, or home.
Ports of Manzanillo   Port of Altamira   Estimated cost reduction of a
And Lazaro Cardenas                       minimum 12% over current
            T-STEM Academies Benchmarks

• BENCHMARK 1: Leadership is Mission Driven

• BENCHMARK 2: School Culture and Design

• BENCHMARK 3: Student Outreach/Recruitment,
               Selection and Retention

• BENCHMARK 4: Teacher-Leader Selection, Development
               and Retention

• BENCHMARK 5: Curriculum

• BENCHMARK 6: Instruction

• BENCHMARK 7: Strategic Alliances

• BENCHMARK 7: Budget Finance
          Design Blueprint Definitions

          • Program Requirement: (1) In
            engineering, a requirement is a singular
            documented need of what a particular
            product or service should be or do. (2)In
            the classical engineering approach, sets
            of requirements are used as inputs into
            the design stages of product
            development. (Wikipedia, 2006)

• Indicator: An indicator provides evidence that a
  certain condition exists or certain results have or
  have not been achieved. Indicators enable decision-
  makers to assess progress towards the achievement
  of intended outputs, outcomes, Program
  Requirements, and objectives. (Little, 2002)
Design Blueprint Example

BENCHMARK 1: Leadership is Mission Driven
 Program Requirement 1.1: Every academy will create design blueprint
 for a STEM-focused learning environment with explicitly high
 expectations for all students with a focus on a relationship-based,
 rigorous, relevant, and standards-driven curriculum
  1. The Individualized Academy Design Blueprint is used as a guidepost document.
  2. The academy has high and consistent learning expectations and performance
     standards for all students.
  3. The academy’s STEM initiative is clear about the specific skills that must be
     addressed that are essential to STEM literacy skills, i.e., the types of skills
     necessary to meet demands of advanced high school coursework, higher
     education, the world of work, and lifelong learning.
  4. School leaders facilitate consensus on how the academy will help diverse
     learners build the requisite skills and strategies to become highly functioning
     STEM literate graduates.
  5. Academies report to stakeholders data on student performance, attendance,
     persistence, and annual surveys of stakeholders’ satisfaction.
  6. The academy produces outstanding student results, particularly in math and
    Schema of Support

•   Innovation Coaches
    –   Duties include at monthly visits to the T-STEM Academy
    –   Regular weekly contact with Academy leader via email and/or phone
    –   Submittals of site visit reports using the needs assessment tool to T-STEM staff
    –   Collection of academy progress indicators against the school goals.
    –   The T-STEM coaches network resources to further the success of the T-STEM schools.

•   T-STEM Academy Training
    –   Kilgo Data-Driven Decision-making
    –   Target conferences

•   Centers Support
    –   Developing new science, technology, engineering, and math instructional materials
    –   Providing teachers with professional development opportunities, including specially-trained
        coaches that support educators working to achieve T-STEM goals
    –   Create partnerships between businesses, institutions of higher education, and school districts
        to support TSTEM.
    –   Evaluate the practices used at T-STEM academies and will identify and document the most
        successful techniques.

•   T-STEM Innovation Network
    –   Face-to-face convenings and Online convenings
          • Knowledge Network: Resources, Lesson Plan Builder, etc.
          • Knowledge Management: Project Management
          • Knowledge Capture: Work Product Storage, Digital Portfolio, etc.
 What are the kinds of questions that
each team needs to ask themselves as
    they enter the design phase?

   Physical location of Center?
   Fiscal agent of grant award?
   Major Goals, in priority order?
   Timelines, staffing patterns, and
    collaborating partners?
             Many Challenges
• Build trust relationships with partners,
  collaborators, clients, and stakeholders
• Move past historical work of our institutions,
  yet build on combined strengths to do difficult
• Move past institutional inertia, deal with
  politics of making changes in the way we
• Deal with required areas of work that are not
  necessarily our greatest strengths
• Develop an appropriate enterprise model
   Who ought to be part of the design
   phase so that this work is insured?

At the informational level, a broad range of

At the design level for the actual start-up
  work, a smaller team….including
  practitioners and leaders
―Our Children are the most important assets of our country;
they deserve at least the heritage that was passed to us…a
level of mathematics, science and technology education that
is the finest in the world, without sacrificing the American
birthright of personal choice, equity and opportunity.‖
                    National Science Board Commission a generation ago

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
Academies will provide a rigorous, well-rounded
education with outstanding science and math instruction
with technology integrated across the curriculum.
How do you make it come alive?
    What do you have to look forward to?

• Engaged Students
• Higher Success Ratings
• Higher Graduation Rates
• Higher Completion Rates
• Increase in students graduation with
  college credits
• Long lasting partnerships to develop new

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