Plano ISD Academy High School:
Texas Instruments Partnership
January 7, 2013
The project/problem-based learning community of Plano ISD Academy High School will foster a professional environment, inspire
creativity and empower students to collaborate and compete in a rapidly changing world.
Watch this video in HD about the Plano ISD Academy High School produced by the Plano ISD communications department.
With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), student learning will focus on real-world experiences and problems with an interdisciplinary curriculum as they collaborate with others both inside and outside of school. The academy will be housed in a repurposed office building located at 1701 Alma Drive in Plano.
"It's crucial that we provide opportunities for students to be able to thrive," said Plano ISD Academy High School Principal Renee Godi. "We believe by offering these specialized programs students are going to be able to connect to what they're learning."
The academy will use corporate partnerships to create mutually enriching learning relationships and help prepare students for the global workforce. "Corporations can be involved on many levels including internships, onsite student mentoring, involvement in lecture series and submission of project ideas and problem cases for the curriculum," said Plano ISD Education Foundation President Mitch
Bramlett. "At the same time, our students are going to be seeing what corporate life is really like."
Texas Instruments (TI) has signed on as the founding corporate partner with a five-year, $5 million commitment. Both TI and the TI Foundation have had a strong, collaborative partnership with Plano ISD for many years. "TI and PISD have very similar visions about the role of technology. It's important for students to use technology if they are going to be the innovators of tomorrow," said Lisa Brady Gill, TI's executive director of North American Marketing.
Students will have access to TI's latest developmental products and benefit from having TI staff onsite. "We'll sit with students on their projects, help to facilitate those projects, help to grade and coach them through these projects and actually be a part of their capstone presentations. We are extremely excited about that," said Aleta Stampley, K-12 education & community relations director, TI.
"It's going to take innovation for us to continue to help students succeed," said TI Chief Citizenship Officer Trisha Cunningham. "Science and math skills are very important for our next generation of engineers and innovators. Critical thinking and collaboration are skills you can get from a problem-based learning environment. These are the things what will help move us forward as a country and help our students be successful."