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 will ensure that districts operating T-STEM Academies
maintain the integrity of the model, which was designed to improve instruction
and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects at
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,
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:
Frequently opportunities are provided for
principals, teachers, and students in designated T-STEM Academies through the
T-STEM network 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 Professional Development and Technical
Designated T-STEM academies will have access
to high-quality professional development and technical assistance including:
and information from a Leadership Coach who has successfully facilitated the
design and implementation of the majority of T-STEM Academies operating in
to attend high-quality, effective professional development and training
provided by the T-STEM technical assistance provider. The training provided by
these organizations may be offered to designated Academies at a reduced
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 will be available online beginning Friday, March
21st, 2014, at the following address: http://www.thetrc.org/TSTEM_2014
Applications must be
submitted to TEA through the online application interface on or before Friday,
May 2nd at 5 pm in order to be identified as a designated
T-STEM Academy during the 2014-2015 school year. The TEA will notify each
applicant of its approval status to operate a designated T-STEM Academy by June
must complete this application each year in order to renew T-STEM Academy
T-STEM designation application for 2014-2015 is an online, web-based
application. Previous designation cycles
completed a Word version.
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.
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Academy Designation Overview
and Technical Assistance
An opportunity to learn about the T-STEM
Academy designation requirements including benefits and application
requirements. Overview of the online designation system will be provided.
Who Should Attend
and charter schools planning on applying for T-STEM designation.
completing the application:
- The current 77 designated T-STEM
Academies may contact their T-STEM coach and should incorporate
information from the self-assessment conducted in 2014.