The Employers for Education Excellence (EEE) award was established in 2007 by the Texas Legislature. Its purpose is to recognize Texas employers that encourage and support employees who actively participate in school activities and promote voluntarism in the public schools.
The State Board of Education (SBOE) will select employers that meet the criteria for bronze, silver, or gold levels of recognition. The employer selected for an award will receive a certificate that includes their level of recognition. Certificates will be mailed to each awardee and the recognition is valid for three years.
Any Texas employer is eligible to win the award, including private companies, nonprofit organizations, and state, local, federal, and educational entities.
Three Levels of Recognition
Employers are eligible to receive one of three levels: Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award. Eligibility for recognition is based upon the business meeting the following criteria for any of the
Bronze-level award recognizes an employer
that implements a policy to encourage and support employees who attend
parent-teacher conferences during regular work hours.
- Has a policy or procedure that allows employees to attend parent-teacher conferences during regular work hours.
- Maintains records that show evidence that employees attended parent-teacher conferences, or provides a signed letter from the human resources director or president/chief executive officer confirming that employees may attend parent-teacher conferences during business hours.
Silver-level award recognizes an employer
that meets the requirements of bronze, and implements a policy to
encourage and support employees who volunteer in school activities.
- Has a policy or procedure which tracks employees' volunteer hours. Maintains records that show evidence that employees attended parent-teacher conferences or took part in school volunteer activities, or provides a signed letter from a supervisor confirming this participation.
- At least 1% of the employer's workforce with school-age children attends parent-teacher conferences or takes part in volunteer activities on an annual basis.
Gold-level award recognizes an employer
that meets the requirements of silver, and implements a policy to
encourage and support employees who participate in student mentoring
programs in schools.
- Has a policy or procedure that allows employees with school-age children to attend parent-teacher conferences, take part in school activities, or participate in student mentoring activities during regular work hours.
- Establishes a mentoring program in partnership with a local school or district for employees to meet and mentor students with the goal of promoting academic success and social interaction. Structured mentoring activities may include traditional one-to-one, group, team, or online mentoring and should be built around regular, frequent contact.
- Has a designated employee who oversees internal coordination of the mentoring program. Has a policy or some procedure which tracks employees' volunteer hours and mentoring activities.
- Maintains records that show evidence that employees attended parent-teacher conferences, took part in school volunteer activities , or participated in student mentoring activities, or provide a signed letter from a supervisor confirming the participation.
- At least 1% of the employer's workforce participates in mentoring activities for a minimum of one year (or school year) commitment.
Nominations are accepted each year. The
commissioner of education or his designee reviews the nominations and
makes recommendations for the award recipients. The recommendations are
reviewed by the chair of the State Board of Education.
To nominate an employer, completely fill out the Employers for Education Excellence application form. Include the level of recognition (bronze, silver, or gold) that best fits the employer's qualifications based on the criteria mentioned above.
Application for this award is on-going. To submit, please use the application form link above. Recipients of this award are notified at the end of each year. They are being recognized with a plaque and a resolution during a State Board of Education meeting in Austin, TX in January or in April. Winners need not be present to receive the award but are encourage to come. If unable to attend, the plaque and resolution are mailed directly to the employers or to their partner school or district.
Both small and large businesses were among those recognized for their continuing support of Texas public school students. The 2017 recipients are:
Colinas Federal Credit Union
its history, the Las Colinas Federal Credit Union has made education a top
priority. It gives employees time off to attend school conferences and
activities and, since 2004, has had a formal volunteer program with the Coppell
Independent School District. It
initially began this partnership by creating the Valley Ranch Elementary Star
Savers Bank. The credit union put together new account information packets and
fourth-grade students began applying for jobs at the Star Savers Bank. They
were hired for jobs such as the manager, teller, bookkeeper and security. This
new bank opened for business on Oct. 1, 2004 and began opening savings accounts
LCFCU Student Run Branch Program has expanded to five elementary schools. Along
with Valley Ranch, it is now in Austin, Mockingbird, Pinkerton and Lee
elementaries. The bank is open before school twice a month. An adult credit
union employee is on hand to help the junior bankers. More than 1,000 students
have saved about $400,000 since the inception of this childhood financial
literacy program. LCFCU also sponsors The Star Saver Education Foundation,
which has awarded 12 scholarships, totaling $11,000, and holds financial
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
a market infrastructure provider for the global financial services industry,
also partners with Coppell ISD on multiple efforts. The company provides paid
time off for employees who participate in volunteer activities and offers an
annual workplace giving and matching gift program. The company has focused on Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects in the schools. It has
partnered for two years with Town Center Elementary School, providing
professionals to speak at a Career Day about coding utilizing technology in the
classrooms. DTCC sponsored a “Women in STEM Careers” seminar as part of the
Tech Titan partnership. Its employees have also served as reviewers for the
capstone presentations of New Tech High School’s senior projects. During
a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) partnership
with the Coppell Education Foundation, DTCC developed a stock market simulation
curriculum and assisted with a summer camp for 100 seventh- and eighth-grade
Silver Award Recipient: Bronze Award Recipient:
Past EEE Winners
The following links will take you to archived press releases announcing EEE winners: