The Texas Instruments Foundation has announced grants totaling $5.4 million to nonprofit organizations and educators working to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math education.
Awarded through the foundation's Power of STEM Education program, the grants will support strategies aimed at improving student success and teaching effectiveness in STEM education in communities where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence.
Grants announced by the foundation include $1.7 million over four years to Southern Methodist University, which will use the funds to train more than two hundred Dallas Independent School District middle school science teachers; $1.3 million to Teach for America, which will use the funds to support sixty math and science teachers in the Dallas ISD and at Uplift Education schools; and $1.1 million to the National Math and Science Initiative in support of a college readiness program that provides Advanced Placement teacher training and mentoring, student AP study sessions, and financial awards for students (and their teachers) who earn a score of 3 or higher.
"Our focus is on collaborative strategies to improve teaching effectiveness and student success in STEM education," said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation and TI director of corporate philanthropy. "We seek out effective partners who share our goals, make strategic investments and develop long-term relationships with educators and their organizations to support proven, successful programs that can be scaled and replicated. Working together, we believe all students can move forward and experience greater success in STEM."