February 23, 2017
Throughout my first year, I’ve been witness to some incredible district efforts to provide the highest
quality educational opportunities for our students. As part of TEA’s strategic planning process,
we have attempted to identify how we can modify our operations to more effectively support and
empower districts and campuses across Texas.
As a result, TEA is launching two new initiatives that may be of interest to some districts:
A System of Great Schools
This spring, TEA will launch the System of Great Schools (SGS) Technical Assistance Network. This
is an optional technical support program, that is designed with a cohort model allowing interested
districts to apply and participate.
Districts that join the network will be provided with intensive system-level supports intended to:
Districts that pursue the SGS strategy will design and implement a continuous improvement
process that annually evaluates school quality, parent demand, and neighborhood needs to take
strategic actions to improve schools and provide parents with the programs they desire. A detailed description and application can be found on
the DSSI webpage.
Transforming Schools and Creating New Options
Additionally, TEA will develop and manage new grant programs. These competitive grants will
support school districts to take actions to provide students in persistently low-performing schools
with better options, whether through redesigning existing schools, replicating existing schools that
serve students well, or supporting groups of schools with intensive supports. These efforts must
provide the school leadership teams with the operational flexibility necessary to succeed.
The goal, as always, is to provide educational environments that maximize student outcomes.
Expect more details in the future, as these grant opportunities become available.
It’s important to note that while we want to establish interest and awareness, these programs may
not be appropriate for every district at this time. Please review the attached information and, if you
have any questions, contact the Division of System Support and Innovation at DSSI@tea.texas.gov.
Commissioner of Education