DALLAS, Aug. 15 /CSRwire/ – Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) announced today that its corporate and foundation grants to improve kindergarten through 12th grade science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education will total $6.2 million in 2017.
TI and the Texas Instruments Foundation have committed grants to a variety of nonprofit partners and educators in targeted communities across the U.S. where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence, including California, Maine and Texas. Giving is focused on programs that enhance STEM effectiveness among teachers and improvement among students in STEM subjects. Emphasis is given on reaching under-resourced communities and under-represented minority students and girls.
“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.”
Of the total TI corporate and foundation grants, $5.3 million (85%) will go toward STEM teacher effectiveness, and includes a strategic mix of investments to recruit, develop and retain top teacher talent:
- Funding for Urban Teachers to recruit and train STEM teachers to be placed in public and charter schools in the Dallas area.
- National Math and Science Initiative to implement, expand or solidify the Advanced Placement® Strategies program to high schools in two districts in California’s Bay Area (East Side Union High School District and San Jose Unified School District), and in three north Texas independent school districts (Garland, Dallas and Lancaster).
- The Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) to continue building on progress in transforming LISD into a STEM district. The new grant will focus on teacher professional development and student college and career readiness.
- The Dallas, Garland, Lancaster, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson school district foundations to honor outstanding STEM teachers with the annual TI Foundation Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards.
Additional grants will be allocated to:
- The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas STEM Center of Excellence, a 92-acre urban camp in southwest Dallas estimated for completion in the spring of 2018. The Center will offer STEM programs to 24,000 students in north Texas through volunteerism, immersive expert-led workshops, and exposure to STEM role models and career paths. The grant will fund the new TI Innovation Center, which will be housed within the STEM Center of Excellence.
- Teaching Trust, for a two-year principal effectiveness training program for Dallas ISD and Uplift Education. This includes a full year of coursework and a residency/internship in a school leadership positon, and culminates in a master’s degree and certification from Southern Methodist University.
- Other supported STEM education initiatives include The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas; Girls Inc.; Real School Gardens; and support of middle school and high school robotics competitions — a proven way to increase STEM engagement among participating students.
Bay Area, California
In addition to the NMSI AP grants for California’s Bay Area, grants will be made toward partnerships in the Santa Clara, San Jose and surrounding areas. Funding will include Somos Mayfair, to support parent engagement and leadership development; the California Teacher of the Year Foundation; and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
South Portland Maine
Grants in Maine will support programs with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance and Learning Works to train K-12 science teachers on next generation science standards.
TI’s commitment to education, which dates back to the company’s inception, remains its highest priority for employee volunteerism, and corporate and foundation giving. For more information about TI’s support of education please see www.ti.com/education. Read about TI’s approach to giving at www.ti.com/giving or in the Corporate Citizenship Report at www.ti.com/ccr.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping approximately 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.
About the Texas Instruments Foundation
The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization solely funded by Texas Instruments providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where TI operates. Committed to supporting educational excellence, the foundation works to create measurable, replicable programs and initiatives. The focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve STEM education and increase the percentage of high school graduates who are math and science capable. More information can be found at www.ti.com/education.
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