Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Designation(1)

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March 21, 2014 

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 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 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 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 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:

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 Assistance:

Designated T-STEM academies will have access to high-quality professional development and technical assistance including:

a.      Advice and information from a Leadership Coach who has successfully facilitated the design and implementation of the majority of T-STEM Academies operating in Texas.

b.      Opportunities 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 cost.   

5)     Strength of T-STEM Model:

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 Blueprint provides a framework for T-STEM Academies to access college and career opportunities that support post secondary success.

To Apply for T-STEM Designation:

The 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 2014.
  • ·    Districts must complete this application each year in order to renew T-STEM Academy Designation.
                                                     

Technical Assistance:

  • The T-STEM designation application for 2014-2015 is an online, web-based application.  Previous designation cycles completed a Word version.
  • 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.

Date/Time

Description

 

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Webinar Registration
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/200752450

 

T-STEM 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

·        Designated T-STEM Academies

·        Districts and charter schools planning on applying for T-STEM designation.


  For assistance 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.

Sincerely,

Monica Martinez
 Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs


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