Education: Primary/secondary education initiatives: United States

Some of TI’s top programs in the U.S. have been implemented in collaboration with effective education partners and programs, including the National Math & Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program, TI MathForward™, Educate Texas initiative with Lancaster ISD, the Plano ISD Academy High School, robotics competitions, High Tech High Heels, Teach for America, T3 - Teachers Teaching with Technology™,  UTeach and STEM teacher recognition programs.

College Readiness Program

The National Math & Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program encourages students to take more rigorous, college-level coursework in high school. The TI Foundation funds incentives for both teachers and students in several North Texas school districts because the program prepares students for college and career success and motivates teachers to teach the more rigorous AP classes. Tens of thousands of students in the AP Incentive Program have benefited from monetary incentives through TI Foundation support.

TI MathForward™

Started in 2005 in Richardson, Texas, MathForward combines instruction, professional development, curriculum integration and classroom technology to help middle and high school students build confidence and achievement in math. Implemented in more than 60 school districts and organizations across 16 states, this program has helped thousands of middle and high school students improve achievement in mathematics.

Educate Texas/Lancaster ISD

The TI Foundation has committed as much as $7 million to Educate Texas, a public/private initiative of the Communities Foundation of Texas, to improve STEM education throughout the Lancaster Independent School District. Educate Texas is creating a “STEM district” model that uses proven best practices to transform the way STEM subjects are taught and learned.

Plano ISD Academy High School

TI committed $5 million to help create the new Plano Independent School District (PISD) Academy High School, which opened in August 2013. The school combines a STEM curriculum with the digital arts to help prepare a future workforce for technology and design companies in North Texas and around the globe.

Robotics competitions

Robotics competitions have been shown to be effective in helping students see and apply engineering skills and get excited about the field, which leads them to consider related careers.

TI continues to support three robotics programs to help generate interest in engineering:

High-Tech High Heels

The High-Tech High Heels (HTHH) fund, established with TI employee contributions, has been effectively preparing girls to pursue degrees in STEM since 2003, working with educators, counselors and students in North Texas. TI corporate and TI Foundation grants over more than 10 years have helped three programs originated by HTHH – equity training for educators, STEM career workshops for educators and Physics Camps for high school girls.

Junkins Scholars

We also offer college scholarships through the Jerry R. Junkins Memorial National Merit Scholarships program in honor of our former chairman, president and CEO. Children of active, retired or deceased employees who are National Merit Program finalists are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Since its inception in 1996, TI's Junkins Merit Scholarship program has awarded 367 scholarships, amounting to more than $1.3 million.

Teach for America

Teach for America recruits, trains and supports top college graduates who commit to teach for two years in underserved public schools.

T3 - Teachers Teaching with Technology™

TI’s Education Technology business unit sponsors the T3 - Teachers Teaching with Technology program that has reached hundreds of thousands of teachers worldwide since 1986 with face-to-face and online professional development for math and science educators.


UTeach started at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin in 1997 as a new way to prepare secondary teachers in STEM fields. Since 2009, the TI Foundation has invested millions of dollars to expand UTeach programs at the University of North Texas and University of Texas at Dallas, as well to create a new UTeach program at the University of Texas at Arlington.

STEM teacher recognition programs

We recognize and reward teachers and schools that make significant advancements in STEM education. These include:

  • Since 2007, the TI Foundation’s Innovations in STEM Teaching Awards have honored outstanding STEM middle and high school teachers in four North Texas districts. The TI Foundation has invested more than $900,000 in this prestigious teacher recognition program.
  • TI supports the California Department of Education’s California Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes 15 exemplary teachers who symbolize the profession’s contributions to quality education. We also support the Santa Clara County Office of Education Teacher of the Year event and provide TI STEM Teaching Awards to exemplary science and math teachers in Silicon Valley.