STEM Partnership Up For Discussion – Odessa American

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A partnership with the University of Texas Permian Basin STEM Academy will be discussed by the Ector County ISD Board of Trustees during their work session set for 6 p.m. today.

The meeting will be held in the first floor board room of the ECISD administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave.

A STEM Task Force consisting of STEM parents, teachers and university leaders was charged with identifying viable options that addressed the goals of maintaining the STEM academic model; maintaining access for teachers, staff and students; and providing a pathway for permanent facilities to meet the long-term needs of the school, according to an Odessa American article from June 30.

Supplemental agenda material said through ECISD’s Call for Quality Schools, UTPB STEM “successfully completed a rigorous process conducted by a diverse committee that included: application screening, partner capacity interview, and overall evaluation using a TEA model rubric. ECISD and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin have a strong partnership represented by student Dual Credit offerings, Opportunity Culture collaboration, talent pipeline support, and CTE offerings.”

“This innovative partnership with UTPB STEM will allow ECISD to expand high quality choice offerings to students in the district with an opportunity to learn on the campus of our local university,” the material said.

The board will also hear presentations on early childhood and special services.

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