Dallas Education Foundation - Programs
  • Community-Campus Connection

    The Dallas Education Foundation energizes our community to respond to campus needs by providing a centralized forum to present projects and collect online donations. Project funds are secured in the DEF Fund and distributed to schools. The DEF Fund is managed by the Dallas Foundation.

    Dallas ISD schools can submit their Campus Connection projects here

    Through an annual competitive selection process, the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation presents its Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teaching Awards to teachers from the Dallas, Plano, Richardson and Mesquite Independent School Districts. The grants are awarded through the Dallas Education Foundation, the Richardson ISD Excellence in Education Foundation, Plano ISD Education Foundation and the Mesquite ISD Education Foundation.

    Since 2007, the TI Foundation has invested more than $750,000 in the STEM Awards program to recognize and help retain excellent teachers in North Texas school districts.

    The awards honor local secondary math and science teachers who consistently demonstrate quality instruction and build student achievement in these critical subjects. Each honoree receives $10,000, of which $5,000 is directly awarded to the teacher. The other $5,000 is used at his or her discretion for professional development or instructional technology.

    The selection process for the 2016 Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards will be announced on this page in January 2016. The Dallas Education Foundation will administer the selection process for Dallas ISD.

    Funding District Priorities

    The Dallas Education Foundation will work to secure resources for District-wide initiatives to enhance learning and help students thrive. The DEF Board of Directors will consider many opportunities to assist the District with these priority projects, and they commit to raise money for one or more projects each year.

    Project Amplify: The DEF Board has committed to raising funds to bring reading mentors to Dallas ISD elementary schools to help children improve their reading skills. Project Amplify began in 2014, and DEF is working with the University of Texas at Dallas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research to evaluate the program.

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