Educate Texas Winter 2022 News

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As we approach the end of the year, EducateTexas is resolute in our goal to increase the number ofTexas students attaining higher education degrees by 2025.

Building from the momentum of the collective efforts of our programs, policy work, and partners, we are headed into the holiday season and a new year more motivated and excited about what’s next. Here are some of the things that we want to share with you.

Our 2025 Strategic Plan

EducateTexas will continue to work with communities and partners across the state, while focusing on making the greatest impact in three key regions: North Texas, the Rio Grande Valley, and SouthTexas.

Together we can create bigger dreams, bigger achievements, and better lives for students and families.

Learn more about how YOU can get involved at: EdTx.org/2025

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Preparing for the 88th Legislative Session

Our Policy andAdvocacyTeam advances the Educate Texas mission by supporting state policymakers in taking evidence-based actions that ensure student success in public and higher education both today and in the future.

In the upcoming legislative session, Educate Texas is advancing policy priorities alongside the members of the Teaching & Learning Council and the Texas Student Success Council. The Policy andAdvocacyTeam convenes these councils, which represent a diverse group of stakeholders from public and higher education, philanthropy, and the workforce, with the joint mission of ensuring everyTexas student has what they need to succeed in school, the workforce, and life.

Review our policy priorities:Texas Student Success Council,Teaching and Learning Council

Learn MoreAbout Our Policy andAdvocacy Initiatives

College and Career Readiness

The Texas Impact Network’s Rural CCMRAccelerator Program isAdding 20 New Districts

Building off the success of Cohorts I and II garnering 36 districts, the Texas Impact Network is seeking to add 20 new school districts to the Rural CCMRAccelerator Program in Cohort III. Participating districts will receive expert coaching and support services among other resources to help their students achieve postsecondary success.

Applications will remain open until the end of December, and you are also invited to nominate candidates. Visit the Rural CCMRAccelerator Program webpage to learn more.

Learn MoreAbout the Texas Impact Network

Hundreds of Network Members Return for In-Person CCRSM Regional

Convenings

TheTexas EducationAgency, in collaboration with Educate Texas, hosted the first inperson College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) fall regional convenings since 2019 – a hiatus precipitated by the pandemic. The CCRSM regional convenings provided leaders opportunities to engage in regionally tailored professional development and collaborate with peers on best practices for Early College High School and Pathways in Technology implementation.

Approximately 300 CCRSM network members and partners participated across three convenings hosted in Central Texas, NorthTexas, and SouthTexas.

Coming off the heels of the in-person 2022 CCRSM Leadership Summit, the return to gathering with our network members and partners on-site has enriched the development and sharing experience and we look forward to seeing you again in the coming year!

Learn MoreAbout College and Career Readiness School Models

Educate Texas Featured In CFT’S 2022Annual Report: Where Passion Meets Purpose

As an initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, EducateTexas is proud to share Communities Foundation of Texas’2022Annual Report: Where Passion Meets Purpose.This report provides an overview of CFT's recent efforts to build thriving communities for all, including a highlight on Educate Texas and the inauguralTexas Campus InnovatorAward.

Read the Report

Educate Texas in the News

RGV High School Seniors Urged to Complete FinancialAidApplications, BusinessNews, Dec 7 Communities Foundation of Texas President David Scullin to Retire in March, Dallas Morning News, Nov 30 Lubbock Officials Met to Discuss Future of Rural Texas Workforce, Here’s WhatThey Said, LubbockAvalanche-Journal, Nov 25 Joined By Employers and Partners, NewApprenticeship Spotlights Tech During NationalApprenticeship Week, Highlights Benefits to Community, Yahoo, Nov 23 Texas Commission RecommendsTying Community Colleges’Funding to their Performance,TheTexasTribune, Oct 18 1 in 5 NewTexasTeachers Were Hired Without Certification Last Year, SanAntonio Express-News, Oct 7

Lopez: How RGV FOCUS is Making a Difference in the Valley, Rio Grande Guardian, Oct 6 NorthTexasTeachers Surprised with $200k in Grants, FOX 4, Sep 20

The Latest Resources From Our Programs

Texas CollegeAccess Network Blog: Shares the latest challenges, innovations, and opportunities to provide expert college access insights and solutions.

Texas Network for School Improvement Resource Library: Offers tools and resources to network members to assist with developing effective teaching skills.

RGV FOCUS Pre-K-12 Data Dashboard:This tool equips users with the information needed to help assess student performance in key areas and recognize opportunities for growth.

Give the Gift of Innovation in Education

Looking for additional ways to spark joy this holiday season? Consider making a year-end gift to Educate Texas. With your support, together we can achieve our mission to improve public and higher education systems and create thriving communities acrossTexas.

Donate

Interested in one or more of these initiatives, or Educate Texas in general? Contact Evan Wolstencroft at ewolstencroft@cftexas.org or visit our website and follow

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