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History

A History of Success

The Education Institute’s programs stand on a solid foundation of expertise, diversity in both approach and population served, and substantiated success. The following programs reflect the history of TEI. They are listed in chronological order, from current to past:

Texas State Family Literacy Resource Center
Texas LEARNS has funded a statewide family literacy resource center at Texas State. The center’s primary functions are professional development and technical assistance. In late 2004, the center concluded a statewide family literacy professional development needs assessment. Results were presented during the family literacy track at the TALAE Conference in January 2005. The center offers a variety of professional development, such as traditional institutes and workshops as well as research-based alternatives using technology, including Web-based meetings. In addition, the center is involved in research and evaluation activities to enhance curriculum and instruction in the family literacy environment.

High School Equivalency for Migrant Workers
Texas State’s High School Equivalency Program is an educational program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that offers families with migrant or seasonal farm work backgrounds a unique opportunity to obtain a General Educational Development (GED) credential. The program provides GED instruction in both English and Spanish, individualized tutoring, life skills training and cultural awareness courses at no cost to qualified applicants.

Even Start Evaluation Team
Texas State’s Even Start Evaluation Team provided comprehensive evaluation services for local Even Start projects. The team assisted with the development of an evaluation design, plan and timeline; provided research-based technical assistance on each Even Start program component; and provided data collection assistance for the adult education and early childhood education assessments. Additionally, the team developed the Preliminary TEA Evaluation Report and the Comprehensive Final Evaluation Report. This project was a collaboration with Texas State University graduate faculty in developmental and adult education.

Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI)
The RAI project developed and piloted the use a risk assessment instrument for use at detention intake in collaboration with local juvenile probation departments.

Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC)
The TxSSC provided quality school safety presentations to Texas school districts and campuses and annual Texas School Safety conferrences to stakeholders statewide.

New Teachers: Professional Development for Teachers New to Adult Education
This program involved the development of standardized, consistent and accountable pre-service training for adult education teachers to serve as a new teacher orientation throughout the state. New Teachers was a collaborative effort with Texas State’s graduate program faculty in developmental and adult education and the Texas Adult Education Professional Development Consortium.

Project Inter-ALT: Interactively Advancing Literacy through Technology
Project Inter-ALT was an investigation of learning technologies that promote engaged student learning in Texas adult education and literacy programs. Through a series of on-site, regional and statewide trainings, the project provided professional development and technical assistance to implement technology and maximize its use for instruction. Project Inter-ALT also provided technical assistance to Texas adult education programs in developing their technology plans. The project collaborated with Texas State’s graduate program faculty in developmental and adult education and the Texas Adult Education Professional Development Consortium.

Project VITAL
This project provided quality training and technical assistance to literacy and adult education providers and was designed to serve both adult literacy program administrators and adult literacy volunteers. Project VITAL collaborated with the Texas State University graduate program faculty faculty in developmental and adult education and the Texas Adult Education Professional Development Consortium.

Juvenile Justice Video Instruction Project
This project developed and distributed training tools on the procedures for proper apprehension of juvenile offenders to every law enforcement agency in Texas.

Ten County Adult Education Cooperative
This cooperative offered a wide variety of adult education services in more than 20 individual communities.

Adult Education Professional Development Center 
This center ceveloped and provided adult basic education professional development to adult educators statewide in conjunction with the Texas Adult Education Professional Development Consortium. The center collaborated with Texas State’s graduate program faculty in developmental and adult education.

Classroom Management and Discipline Program
This program developed a school team approach to action planning for improving student behavior and school safety, assisting 500 school districts solve local problems at the local level.

Schools Against Substance Abuse and its successor program, Communities Against Substance Abuse
These programs provided training to 400 school districts in a school-community team approach to preventing substance abuse.

Project SEED (Special Educators Eliminating Drugs)
Project SEED conducted training for 2,700 school personnel in the specific concerns associated with substance abuse among students with disabilities.

Spruce Cluster Partnership
This dropout prevention program involved 10,000 students within 14 cooperating schools in the Dallas Independent School District.

Educare Training Institute
This institute provided training and technical assistance to teachers and caregivers in early childhood settings to address effects of violence and poverty on young children.

Youth Empowerment Project
This project facilitated youth gang and drug prevention and led to the creation of a local youth chamber of commerce and annual youth summit.       

Workforce Instructional Network
This network improved basic skills and job performance of adult workers and developed a replicable instructional guide. It was a collaboration with Texas State’s graduate faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.