January 18, 2016
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
SUBJECT: Texas Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics (T-STEM) Designation The 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 Academy designation and timelines for application
are provided below.T-STEM Designation Under the 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 schools.In 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
Recognition as an Approved T-STEM Academy:
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. Participation in T-STEM Convenings:
events hosted by TEA provide opportunities for T-STEM Academy administrators to
provide input on policies and procedures that impact T-STEM Academies. Membership in the T-STEM Network:
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 Academy staff to
access online exemplars, professional development, and webinars. Access to Technical Assistance:
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.Strength of T-STEM Model:
To Apply for T-STEM Designation: The T-STEM designation application is available online at the
following address: thetrc.org/TSTEM2016/.
a.) Through 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.
b.) The T-STEM Design Blueprint
provides a framework for T-STEM Academies to access college and career
opportunities that support post secondary success.
- Applications must be submitted to TEA through the online application
interface on or before Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5 pm CST in order to be eligible for designation as a T-STEM Academy during
the 2016-2017 school year. The TEA anticipates notifying each applicant of its
approval status to operate a designated T-STEM Academy by June 2016.
- Districts must complete this
application each year in order to renew T-STEM Academy designation.
- The T-STEM designation
application for 2016-2017 is an online, web-based application.
- The 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.
- A recorded version of the
webinar will be available for individuals unable to attend the live
For assistance completing the
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
T-STEM Academy Designation Overview
and Technical Assistance
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 be provided.
Who Should Attend
- Representatives of designated
- Districts and charter schools planning on applying
for T-STEM designation
- The current 103 designated
T-STEM Academies may contact their T-STEM coaches and should incorporate
information from the self-assessment conducted in 2016.
- New applicants may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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