Texas Instruments, the global semiconductor design and manufacturing company, and the Texas Instruments Foundation have announced grants totaling $6.2 million to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in targeted communities across the country.
During 2017, TI and the TI Foundation will award grants to nonprofit partners and educators in communities where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence, including California, Maine, and Texas. The funding is and will be focused on programs that enhance STEM teaching effectiveness in the classroom and improvement in STEM subjects among students, with an emphasis on reaching underresourced communities and underrepresented minority students and girls.
The commitment includes $5.3 million toward STEM teacher effectiveness, with a mix of investments in the recruitment, development, and retention of top teacher talent. Recipients include Urban Teachers, which will use its grant to recruit STEM teachers to public and charter schools in the Dallas area; the Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative, which will use the funds to implement, solidify, and/or expand the Advanced Placement Strategies program to high schools in the Bay Area's East Side Union and San Jose Unified school districts, and the Garland, Dallas and Lancaster independent school districts in north Texas; and the Dallas, Garland, Lancaster, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson school district foundations, which will use the funds to honor outstanding STEM teachers with the annual TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards.
Other grant recipients include the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence, in support of a new TI Innovation Center; Dallas-based Teaching Trust, in support of a two-year principal effectiveness training program that will include a full year of coursework and a residency/internship in a school leadership position, culminating in a master's degree and certification from Southern Methodist University; and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and Portland-based Learning Works, in support of next-generation science standards training for K-12 science teachers.
"We are seeking to improve STEM education at its root by arming teachers with the tools they need to teach math and science more effectively," said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation and TI director of corporate philanthropy. "By working together with partners who share our goals, TI aims to help bring STEM subjects to life in learning environments and to open the eyes of students to the potential of STEM careers. Our strategic investments include lasting relationships with educators and their organizations to support proven, scalable programs that can be replicated so that students are better prepared for future opportunities in STEM."