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Notable grants, gifts and endowments through the history of the Center for College Readiness.

Grants for Current Programs

Houston Endowment: 2012-2014

The AVID Rice College Readiness Initiative addresses the need for a comprehensive college readiness system in a consortium group of thirteen Houston-area school districts. The collaborative is committed to helping students in the consortium schools prepare to succeed in academically rigorous courses. The collaborative engages educators (including teachers, administrators, and counselors), parents, and students in carefully constructed learning opportunities to build awareness among all stakeholders of the importance of college and to increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for college. Participating Houston-area school districts include Alief, Alvin, Channelview, Deer Park, Dickinson, Fort Bend, Goose Creek, Houston, Humble, Klein, La Porte, Pasadena and Spring.

Texas Regional Collaborative: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching is a network of P-16 partnerships that provide sustained, high-intensity professional development to P-12 teachers of science and mathematics. The Center for College Readiness works with Humble ISD’s Math and Science Collaboratives; providing a forty-hour, content-rich, summer professional development workshop.

STARTALK: 2012, 2013

The STARTALK Chinese Student Enrichment Program is established by the Institute of Chinese Language Teaching through funding from the National Security Language Initiative. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking and teaching foreign languages by offering K-16 students and teachers creative and engaging summer language education and teacher development programs. The Rice University grant has served multiple districts in the Houston-area; providing Chinese language enrichment for more than 600 students.

Select Past Grants

Department of Education, 2009-2013

Teaching American History Grant with Fort Bend and Spring Branch ISDs Through the support of a Department of Education Teaching American History grant, Fort Bend and Spring Branch ISDs will work with Rice University to provide content-rich teacher professional development for district American history and social studies teachers. The "Teachers as Historians" program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teacher’s knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history.

ProjectGRAD - 2009 College and Career Institute

Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies hosted 10th-grade students from ProjectGRAD Houston. The students participated in a week-long College and Career Institute that provided them with resources to maximize their high school years and optimize their chances for college admissions. Five local area high schools from Houston ISD were represented: Jefferson Davis, Sam Houston 9th Grade Campus, Reagan, Wheatley and Yates.

The Rice Summer Enrichment Program, Cesar E. Chavez High School

Rice University implemented a math, science and language arts enrichment program at Chavez High School in Houston ISD. This program served students entering 10th and 11th grades enrolled in the school's "Project Lead the Way" program. The program’s goal was to engender a strong sense of excitement about the practical applications of math, science and language arts.

2008 Funders: Cesar E. Chavez High School, Goodyear, Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, LyondellBasell, Rhodia, Texas Petrochemicals, Inc., and Valero Refining Company, Texas

2009 Funders: Cesar E. Chavez High School, Houston East End Chamber of Commerce, Goodyear, and Houston ISD

Freeman Foundation 2007 – 2009 Institute for Chinese Language Teaching (ICLT)

Created in response to a growing demand for certified teachers of Chinese language in Texas and the southern United States, this program was designed to build on the substantial strength that Rice has in Chinese language teaching and Asian studies. The courses are taught by Rice faculty or those from other higher education institutions and provide content not readily available in other area teacher certification programs.

Baker Hughes Foundation 2007 4x4 Science Symposium

In response to recent "4x4" graduation requirements compelling all high school students (beginning with current freshmen) to earn four credits in math and science, Rice University offered a one-day symposium highlighting a variety of science electives that schools may choose to fulfill the fourth-year science requirement. The event was designed for classroom teachers, department heads and school administrators, among others.

Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) 2007 Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology Workshop

Rice University offered a five-day multidisciplinary course to enhance high school teachers’ knowledge of petroleum exploration and production technology. The course curriculum included advanced content lectures from industry experts and academics as well as field trips to points of interest within Houston’s world-renowned energy sector. Sponsored by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, this hands-on teacher workshop was designed for high school educators interested in learning the science of the energy industry.

Arthur Vining Davis Foundations 2007 Academies for High School Teachers of Advanced Courses

Texas High School Project: Exemplar Grant Program 2007 Academies for High School Teachers of Advanced Courses Advanced Topics in AP*

The Texas High School Project Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas recognizes the Rice University Advanced Topic Academies as an Exemplar. The Exemplar Program is a grant program designed to showcase and support existing successful and innovative secondary school design programs that are associated with increased student performance in schools serving high-need student populations. Exemplars are used to provide secondary schools across the state with models of best practices and recommendations for replication.

Washington Mutual 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Rice University AP Summer Institute

Micron Foundation 2004, 2005 The Micron Foundation renewed a $25,000 grant to Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies for the academic year 2005-2006. With this grant, Advanced Placement (AP) and Pre-AP biology, chemistry, and physics teachers’ had FREE access to the APDL’s Personal Research Assistant service. This service was an efficient way for teachers to get information in a timely manner. Visit the site of the online research assistant >

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Project GRAD 2003 – 2006 Collaborating Entity: Project GRAD USA

Rice University's Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies was engaged in a three-year project with Project GRAD to provide online mentoring for teachers of AP and Pre-AP English courses in six under-served schools, four in Houston and two in Atlanta.

National Science Foundation 2002 – 2004

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