IPSI Projects

Since 2004, IPSI has provided technical assistance to public school districts and charter schools, developed face-to-face and online PD materials, and organized large-scale educator conferences. IPSI has provided PD and technical assistance for various stakeholder groups including educators, literacy coaches, and campus and district administrators. Below are examples of how IPSI developed and/or delivered early childhood through high school literacy PD for multiple projects or initiatives:

Project or Initiative Description
K–Grade 3 Literacy Achievement Academies and Grades 4–5 Reading to Learn Academies Supported the development of Academy content, organized and oversaw TOT sessions, and conducted TOT sessions in collaboration with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
OnTRACK for College Readiness Designed and developed supplemental English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies lessons for students in grades 6–12
Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Assisted in the development and facilitation of the Texas State Literacy Plan online course and provided PD and technical assistance for districts supporting age 0 through grade 12
Write for Texas Supported the organization and development of face-to-face and online PD sessions for English language arts and reading educators to support effective writing instruction in grades 6–12 in collaboration with The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
GEAR UP Provide educators, counselors, administrators, parents, and community members with tools and resources to support underrepresented student groups with college awareness and readiness
Student Success Initiative Developed and provided educators with videos, instructional strategies, and other artifacts highlighting best practices in intervention and acceleration from exemplary schools; artifacts illustrate how schools are successfully meeting the varied needs of their students across all grade levels and content areas
English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading State Standards (ELAR/SLAR) Developed PD materials for educators and administrators to understand the purpose, structure, and classroom implementation of ELAR/SLAR TEKS
Reading First Initiative Provided PD and technical assistance for kindergarten through grade 3 educators in over 700 elementary campuses

As evidenced in the table above, literacy has long been a founding staple for The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Public School Initiatives. Statistics from the National Institute of Literacy (2015) highlight the significance and need for effective literacy instruction.

  • 70% of prison inmates cannot read
  • 32,000,000 U.S. adults cannot read
  • 13% of U.S. adults read at a proficient level
  • 19% of high school graduates can’t read
  • 85% of juvenile offenders have problems reading
  • 3 out of 4 people on welfare are illiterate
  • 50% of the unemployed between the ages of 16 and 21 cannot read well enough to be considered functionally literate
  • Between 46 and 51% of American adults have an income well below the poverty level because of their inability to read
  • Illiteracy costs American taxpayers an estimated $20 billion each year
  • School dropouts cost our nation $240 billion in social service expenditures and lost tax revenues

We believe the findings above are alarming and should be a sign of intervening early. Literacy can have an impact on all aspects of life and is an essential element for success in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and all other content areas and electives.

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