2020-2021 Funding and Partnership Opportunities
The Plano ISD Education Foundation was established in 1993, with the mission to help all students in the Plano Independent School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support benefitting students and teachers.
Funding provided by the Foundation supports differentiated and elevated programs and curriculum that are not required by the state, nor are they funded by tax dollars. These programs support Plano ISD’s Five Strategic Pillars by providing unique opportunities to help students find their passion and purpose, prepare for, and significantly impact their future. Plano ISD strives to do more than status quo for our amazing students. As part of the community they want to respond to the needs within the workforce and shape the learning experience at every stage of their schooling so that Plano ISD is graduating students that are better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.
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AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
AVID Elementary helps students develop academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, college and career. Students learn about organization, study skills, communication and self-advocacy in an age-appropriate and challenging way. AVID Elementary campuses create a strong college-going culture encouraging students to think about their college and career plans. Plano ISD has 24 AVID elementary campuses serving approximately 4800 students. AVID Elementary takes aschool-wide approach, by implementing with all fourth and fifth grade students at a campus. The AVID Elective is the cornerstone of the secondary AVID program. The AVID Elective focuses on rigorous academic preparation, student agency and opportunity knowledge to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Plano ISD has 22 secondary AVID campuses and serves approximately 3000 in the elective.
Launched 2016, the CORE Store has donated over hundreds of thousands of dollars in supplies and classroom materials to teachers throughout the district. The CORE Store allows teachers to shop for additional school supplies for their students at no cost. Across the district one out of every three students is classified as economically disadvantaged, with some campuses reaching as high as 90%. For these campuses, school supplies and classroom materials represent a day-to-day struggle for manystudents. During COVID-19 closures. the Plano ISD Education Foundation delivered school supplies to 900+ families in the district.
Employee Crisis Fund
One of the many benefits of working in Plano ISD, as noted by PISD employees, is the Employee Crisis Fund. Funded solely by private dollars from the Foundation, this resource assists PISD employees experiencing a short-term personal emergency. Examples of employee emergencies include: rent, car repairs, childcare, utility bills, and medical services not covered by insurance. A committee of district employees, facilitated by the PISD Benefits and Risk Management Department, confidentially examines employee requests for assistance and selects Employee Crisis Fund recipients on behalf of the Foundation.
Employee Recognition Program
New in 2019-2020, this program was developed to help recognize support-level employees throughout the district that help make the difference in Plano ISD. Bus drivers, office administrative employees, para teachers, and cafeteria services team members all help make sure each child is cared for in the district and this program creates a meaningful way to recognize those individuals for their great work.
Grants to Educators
Competitive grants are made available to all Plano ISD Educators, ranging in value from $250 up to $1200. Grants are submitted by individual teachers, teams of teachers, a grade level or entire school, multiple schools, or cluster. Grants provide supplemental funds to enhance projects demonstrating instructional excellence.
Back to School Fair
During the months of July and August, PISD will host three Back to School fairs for our most needy families. Held on three differnt campuses, the fairs will allows students to pick up a backpackfull of supplies, grab a haircut, and receive other necessary services to best prepare students for the upcoming school year.
Health Science Certifications
Provides students with the fees to cover Health Science certification exams. Some certifications offered include pharmacy tech and CNA (certified nursing assistant). These exams cost up to $300 per student. Many students find this fee a hardship if required to pay for these on their own. As a result, the Foundation is looking for sponsors to cover these fees.
Students who participate in Robotics are twice as likely to major in science or engineering. Over 90% of students report improved problem solving, time management and conflict resolution skills. In addition, they are 87% more interested in going to college. After a successful launch, the PISD robotics program continues to expand throughout the district at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Social Emotional Learning
Social emotional learning is an educational process through which skills for life effectiveness are intentionally taught and modeled in a safe, supportive, and culturally responsive environment. In Plano ISD, we will grow to understand and manage emotions, care for self and others, develop empathy, build resiliency, and solve problems effectively and ethically. Social emotional learning will empower students to become responsible, productive and contributing members of the global community.
Teach the Teacher
The Teach the Teacher program supports beginning educators and provides additional support to teachers new to Plano ISD. Programming is innovative and focuses on providing resources for teachers to achieve career success in the classroom.
The PISD Teacher Externship Program, unique professional learning opportunities for K-12 PISD teachers in collaboration with local partners in business and industry. Externs have access to learning that reaches beyond traditional classroom or workshop settings and engages in experiences that will enrich the classroom-to-career connections you make for your students. Working side-by-side with knowledgeable and skilled industry employees to form a partnership of shared expertise, teacherexternships build meaningful community relationships and provide valuable insights for classroom and workplace application
Teacher Recruitment Fair
Each year hundreds of teachers apply to be part of the Plano ISD family. Teacher Recruitment Fairs are held twice a year and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Fine Arts Center
The Plano ISD Fine Arts Programs have a long history of excellence. Based on the Plano ISD Mission to “educate, inspire & empower every student to activate their unique potential in a dynamic world” and in support of the district’s vision, “Committed to Excellence,” the goal of building the Fine Arts Center is to provide a professional level performance and exhibition venue for the outstanding Fine Arts students of the Plano Independent School District.Among the Plano ISD facilities today, only four have true auditoriums for performances and all seat less than 700 for a single performance. The first-class designed Fine Arts Center is scheduled to open in 2021.
COVID-Related Needs: Computer Science eBooks for Remote Learners
The new version textbook and ebook will be more accessible to all students and each student will get an account to interact with the book and associated resources, whether learning in the classroom or remotely. This resource will be used by Plano East, Plano Senior, and Plano West in Advanced Placement Computer Science A and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Computer Science Standard Level courses.
COVID-Related Needs: Individual Art Kits for K-5 Students
Visual journals have been incorporated into K12 art curriculum to help develop students' artistic process, express themselves, and work through emotions in a safe place. In order to equitably support and serve all art students we are looking for funds to support individual art supplies for students. In order to minimize sharing of supplies during art instruction individual art kits are required for all district art students.
COVID-Related Needs: Science Laboratory Simulation Software for Remote Learning
Beginning in sixth grade, science students must spend at least 40% of their instructional time conducting laboratory and field investigations following safety procedures and environmentally appropriate and ethical practices. In order to do this in a remote and socially distant environment, students need access to high quality, rigorous laboratory simulations that will allow them to test hypotheses, collect/record/analyze data, make inferences and predict trends from the data.
Students, Employees and Volunteers
COVID-Related Needs: Personal Protection Equipment and Supplies
With in-person learning starting September 9, Plano ISD will be providing PPE for students, for employees, and in our classrooms and facilities. Supplies needed includes hand sanitizer, gloves, 3-ply face masks, shields, as well as devices to provide social distancing within the classrooms. Costs for all accommodations will exceed $1.5m and not all costs will not be reimbursable.