Texas Instruments, the global semiconductor design and manufacturing company, and the Texas Instruments Foundation have announced grants totaling $8.1 million to improve elementary and secondary school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in underresourced communities across North Texas.
The grants are focused on programs that enhance STEM teaching effectiveness in the classroom and lead to improvement in STEM subjects among students, with an emphasis on reaching underresourced communities and underrepresented minority students and girls. Recipients include Lloyd V. Berkner High School in the Richardson Independent School District in support of its STEM for All program; the Irving Independent School District, which will introduce the National Math and Science Initiative College Readiness Program in two of its high schools; Urban Teachers, in support of its efforts to recruit and retain effective math and science teachers; and KIPP Texas Public Schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a public charter school network that is educating nearly three thousand K-9 students in south Dallas.
"There is a pressing need to help students deepen their understanding of math and science and to encourage and equip teachers with tools and resources that address that need," said TI Foundation executive director and TI director of corporate philanthropy Andy Smith. "We're on a mission to increase the number of students who receive a quality education, which includes expanding STEM education opportunities to underresourced communities and underrepresented minority students and girls in North Texas. This includes working with like-minded partners to develop effective math and science teachers, one of the greatest influences on student success. Simply put, all children deserve a quality education, no matter their background and circumstance, and we are doing what we can to help provide that."