About

The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin serves our common goal of helping all students, early childhood through high school, achieve their academic potential. IPSI provides high-quality professional learning opportunities and technical assistance to public school districts and charter schools primarily through two types of initiatives: (1) those that directly support students, and (2) those that equip and empower educators and leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare diverse student populations for college and career success in the 21st century. IPSI serves many of the educational and professional development (PD) needs through cultivated strategic partnerships with state agencies, education service centers, local education agencies, public charter schools, and other institutions of higher education.

Leadership

Matt Orem

Matt Orem, M.Ed

Executive Director

Matt Orem has led public relations, philanthropy, outreach, and service programs for The University of Texas for 23 years. He has secured...

connie-dawes

Connie Dawes

Director

Connie Dawes serves as Director of College Readiness for the Institute for Public School Initiatives, where she leads the UT Austin GEAR UP...

Staff

Chelsea Roser

Chelsea Fernandez

College and Career Readiness Specialist
Debra White

Debra White

Senior Human Resource Coordinator
Natalya White

Natalya White

Administrative Program Coordinator
Noe Benavidez

Noe Benavidez

Post Secondary Liaison
Phyllis Broz

Phyllis Broz

Sr Administrative Program Coordinator
Willie Castrejon

Willie Castrejon

College Admissions and Aid Specialist