The Welding Innovative Academy from PSJA ISD will get new equipment in the upcoming months. This is a grant the district received from the Texas Education Agency. More than $300,000 will be given to the district to purchase the necessary equipment to expand its current welding program. One district official said students will not only be able to get good jobs once they go through the welding program, but possibly become entrepreneurs. view article arw

Some Waskom ISD teachers got a big boost for their classrooms on Wednesday thanks to the Waskom ISD Education Foundation. The foundation awarded more than $11,500 to teachers at each of the district's three campuses. "We were able to award grants to every teacher that applied this year," Waskom ISD Education Foundation President Terry Slone said Wednesday. "It's very important every year for our teachers to continue to apply for grants." view article arw

Diana Schneider, a teacher at Henderson Middle School in Hardin-Jefferson ISD, is among the finalists for the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards, the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas and among the largest in the nation.San Antonio-based H-E-B representatives visited her classroom and school with balloons, cookies, and flowers last week. Scheider was presented with a $1,000 check for herself and a $1,000 check for her school. The finalists are:  view article arw

During their board meeting Thursday night, Big Spring ISD trustees agreed to earmark $6,000 to be used to start a foundation for the district. “We are creating a foundation so anybody who wants to contribute money to the school district can do it and get a tax break. Write it off as a tax deduction,” said Superintendent Chris Wigington. “Right now they can’t do it.” According to Wigignton, the $6,000 of district funds will be used to pay for the start up costs and will be returned once the foundation is stable. “Once we get enough money, the taxpayers will get their money back,” he said. - See more at:  view article arw

 Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is challenging teachers across Texas to come up with innovative ways to improve education. As part of the challenge, Rather introduced the Rather Prize, a $10,000 award for educators who come up with the best idea to improve education in Texas. Katie Landaverde is this year’s winner of the Rather Prize for her plan to improve education in Texas. Landaverde and Rather joined us in the KXAN studio to discuss their efforts. view article arw

The 2017 Rather Prize award to a Dallas-area teacher was announced this morning at SXSWedu in Austin. The winner is Katie Landaverde, a teacher at Lake Dallas Elementary School, awarded for her idea to implement workshops targeted at elementary students and taught by high school students where students attend morning seminars on the topics of their choice. The goal of the program is to provide younger students the opportunity to explore their passion while simultaneously allowing older students to develop expertise by teaching the subjects of their interest. “I felt strongly there was a way to pull everyone’s talents together,” Landaverde said following the announcement. view article arw

A blank expression spread across the face of Michael Richard, a theater arts and communication teacher at Stacey High School. And then he grinned as a large red check bearing his name and the figure $1,000 was placed in his hands. Across San Antonio just a few hours later, Georgette Carrasco, slack-jawed, put her hand over her mouth as tears spilled from her eyes. Her Northside ISD class erupted in applause. Another large red check with her name and $1,000 was slipped into her free hand. “Oh my God,” she said breathlessly. view article arw

The Temple Independent School District is one of 26 Texas school systems invited to apply for the inaugural Holdsworth Center leadership institute this June. The Killeen Independent School District also was invited to apply. At a TISD board meeting this week, Superintendent Robin Battershell said that it was an honor to be selected and her understanding is that the district has a high chance of being accepted if it chooses to pursue the opportunity. view article arw

The Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) today unveiled the 2017 State of the Arts report that highlights the impact of the arts on the state of Texas. The report was released in conjunction with Arts Advocacy Day at the Texas Legislature, which is hosted by Texans for the Arts. Newly released data shows the arts delivered record contributions to the state’s economy in terms of jobs and sales tax revenue generated, and travel and tourism dollars collected. Additionally, the report highlights key findings from a recent statewide poll on Texas parents’ overwhelmingly positive attitudes on arts education, and statewide data on the availability of arts education in every public school in Texas.  read more arw

The Westlake High School Technical Entertainment Crew became the first recipient of Eanes ISD’s newly established Kathryn and Beau Ross Excellence in Education Fund Jan. 24. view article arw

Last month, CEO and chairman of H-E-B Charles Butt announced he would invest $100 million into statewide public education through the founding of the Holdsworth Center, a leadership institute based in Austin dedicated to the professional development of teachers, staff and administrators. Twenty-six schools districts have been invited to apply for the center’s inaugural program, beginning in June, of which six will be selected. Austin and Round Rock ISDs are among those districts. Twenty-six schools districts have been invited to apply for the center’s inaugural program, beginning in June, of which six will be selected. Austin and Round Rock ISDs are among those districts. The program’s first round is by invitation only; however, in subsequent years school districts statewide will be welcomed to apply. view article arw

Brownsboro ISD Doesn’t Need a Ground Hog! read more arw

Punxsutawney Phil was not needed to predict the next six weeks at Brownsboro Independent School District.   view article arw

From talks of a Lego-mania wall to a brand new weather station, it was no ordinary day at school in Brownsboro ISD on Thursday. Students and teachers gathered there as the district handed out grant funding from private donors, thanks to the work of the Brownsboro ISD Education Foundation.  view article arw

Grocery magnate Charles Butt tries to tap into his natural optimism when thinking about the future of public schools and Texas’ children. But he can’t help seeing stumbling blocks: weak curriculum, under-supported teachers and not nearly enough strong leaders.  “I don’t like that,” the 78-year-old. “I’m an optimist at heart - for my business, for my friends and for people. But do I see an educated America for the future? It’s hard to say. Believe me, I obsess about this.”  That’s why Butt, the quiet billionaire and head of H-E-B stores, has spent much of his life - and family fortune - focusing on public education. He’s now upping the ante with a $100 million investment to create a new institute dedicated to training school principals and superintendents. view article arw

The Socorro Independent School District is a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education District Award for the second year in a row. It is the only school district from West Texas to be named a finalist in the awards program that was opened last year to school districts across Texas outside of H-E-B markets, according to a release from the school district. view article arw

Following the announcement this morning that H-E-B CEO Charles Butt will invest $100 million into the creation of a leadership institute to foster the advancement of Texas public school education, Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz voiced his support for the program, calling it an “exciting opportunity” to improve learning environments for students. view article arw

Program’s mission is to impact the quality of public education available to Texas students through transformational leadership development read more arw

Charles Butt, CEO of Texas' HEB Grocery Co., is making a $100 investment in the future of Texas education. view article arw

Two area school districts and an early childhood program are finalists in H-E-B’s annual Excellence in Education awards, the biggest awards ceremony for education in Texas. view article arw

Of the 171 days on the school year calendar, there’s nothing quite like Grant Announcement Day in Caddo Mills. view article arw

A few players from the Texas Rangers baseball team visited Blooming Grove ISD Thursday to help present a $10,000 grant that will go towards new score boards for the high school and local community. view article arw

Some exciting education programs got a big boost in the community, thanks to the efforts of the Spring ISD Education Foundation's Grant Express. About 20 foundation members handed out checks to teachers at four Spring schools, funding four innovative learning programs that had been proposed earlier in the year. The foundation has been working to enhance education in the Spring community for over two decades. The group hosts an annual golf tournament in the fall to raise money and distributes the monies raised for teacher grant requests through the Grant Express, as well as funding scholarships for graduating seniors. view article arw

Some exciting education programs got a big boost in the community, thanks to the efforts of the Spring ISD Education Foundation's Grant Express. About 20 foundation members handed out checks to teachers at four Spring schools, funding four innovative learning programs that had been proposed earlier in the year. view article arw

Christmas came early for two dozen Keller district educators at 16 campuses who received grants from the Keller ISD Education Foundation. The foundation officers, along with district officials, visited schools Dec. 9 and 12 to hand out giant checks totaling almost $49,000 and let teachers and librarians know they had won. Projects ranged from robotics and virtual reality devices to musical gadgets and traveling museums. “They really are like Santa Claus for us,” said Cheri Baxter, art teacher at Sunset Valley Elementary School. Read more here: view article arw

The Round Rock school district awarded $1.9 million in grants to 34 campuses to help foster innovation in schools through programs, models or initiatives that enrich learning. The grants range from $7,500 to $100,000 and support the district’s strategic goal of implementing, enhancing and reinforcing innovative teachings and learning models, according to a district news release. view article arw

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN)announced today that its 2015 corporate and foundation giving to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education totals almost $6 million. Focused on collaborative strategies to improve student success and teaching effectiveness in STEM education, TI and the Texas Instruments Foundation designate "Power of STEM Education" grants to a variety of nonprofit partners and educators in targeted communities where the company has a major design or manufacturing presence. Special emphasis is given to programs that reach female and minority students who are underrepresented in science and engineering careers today. view article arw

A local school that has been underperforming for years, is shaking things up for the new school year with the help of a $4.8 million grant. Indian Spring Middle School is under a state mandate to turn things around and their principal is hoping this multi-million dollar grant will help them do just that. view article arw