SUBJECT: Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Designation
purpose of this letter is to inform school districts and open-enrollment
charter schools of an upcoming opportunity to apply to participate in the
college and career readiness model: T-STEM Academy Designation. Information
regarding T-STEM Designation and timelines for application are provided below.
authority of Texas
Education Code (TEC) §39.235 and Texas Administrative
Code (TAC) §102.1093, the Texas Education
Agency (TEA) has developed a designation process for T-STEM Academies. The
designation process identifies districts that operate T-STEM Academies by maintaining
the integrity of the model, which was designed to improve instruction and
academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at secondary
accordance with TAC §102.1093, the designation
process is required for all existing and proposed T-STEM Academies. Schools that receive the
T-STEM designation will receive a number of benefits, including:
1) Recognition as an Approved T-STEM Academy:
Schools designated by TEA as state-approved
T-STEM Academies will receive various forms of media recognition including, but
not limited to: identification on TEA’s website as a state-approved T-STEM
Academy and recognition in press releases.
2) Participation in T-STEM Convenings:
Special events hosted by TEA for T-STEM Academy
administrators and principals to provide input on policies and procedures that
impact T-STEM Academies.
3) Membership in the T-STEM Network:
Opportunities are provided for principals,
teachers, and students in designated T-STEM Academies to share best practices
through conferences and technical assistance sessions. Membership in the T-STEM
Network allows T-STEM Academies to access online exemplars, professional
development, and webinars.
4) Access to Technical Assistance:
Designated T-STEM academies will have access to
technical assistance including advice and information from a leadership coach
who has successfully facilitated the design and implementation of T-STEM
Academies operating in Texas (provided based on legislative appropriation).
5) Strength of T-STEM Model:
the designation process, TEA will recognize those T-STEM Academies that
effectively incorporate T-STEM Design Blueprint elements. The designation
process will enable districts and their partners to engage in the research and
planning necessary to ensure that their T-STEM Academies are set up in the most
effective way possible.
T-STEM Blueprint provides a framework for T-STEM Academies to access college and
career opportunities that support post secondary success.
To Apply for T-STEM
T-STEM Designation application is available online at the following address: thetrc.org/TSTEM_2015/.
- Applications must be
submitted to TEA through the online application interface on or before Friday,
April 3, 2015 at 5 pm in order to be identified as a designated T-STEM Academy
during the 2015-2016 school year. The TEA will notify each applicant of its
approval status to operate a designated T-STEM Academy in June 2015.
must complete this application each year in order to renew T-STEM Academy
T-STEM designation application for 2015-2016 is an online, web-based
technical assistance webinar is not required; however, attendance is strongly
encouraged and will provide potential applicants the ability to learn how to
access and navigate the online, web-based application system.
recorded version of the webinar will be available for individuals unable to
attend the live webinar.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Academy Designation Overview
and Technical Assistance
The webinar provides an opportunity to learn
about the T-STEM Academy designation requirements including benefits and
application requirements. An overview of the online designation system will
Who Should Attend
of designated T-STEM Academies
and charter schools planning on applying for T-STEM designation.
completing the application:
- The current 91 designated T-STEM
Academies may contact their T-STEM coach and should incorporate
information from the self-assessment conducted in 2015.
- New applicants may contact Stacy
Avery at firstname.lastname@example.org.