Educational Institutions

Austin Partners in Education

  • Austin, TX
  • www.austinpartners.org

Mission Statement

Austin Partners In Education (APIE) creates and fosters effective community and school partnerships that provide all Austin ISD students preparation for college and career.

Main Programs

  1. 2nd Grade Reading Classroom Coaching and Compañeros en Lectura
  2. Math Classroom Coaching
  3. College Readiness
  4. Mentoring
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Austin Partners In Education serves elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools across the Austin Independent School District.

ruling year

2005

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Dr. Cathy Jones

Keywords

Self-reported

Educational, Supportive, Empowering, and Life Changing

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Also Known As

APIE

EIN

20-1024501

 Number

0638583463

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Austin Partners In Education's school programs have consistently increased students' self confidence, active engagement in class, and motivation to learn for many consecutive years, according to our Annual Evaluation Reports. These key factors are essential for academic excellence within primary, secondary, and post-secondary classrooms, ultimately leading to success in their future careers.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

2nd Grade Reading Classroom Coaching and Compañeros en Lectura

Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students developing reading skills in either English or Spanish.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

Math Classroom Coaching

Volunteers in the classroom work weekly with students to build a strong foundation in middle school math, putting them on track to succeed in high school algebra.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

College Readiness

Paid Advocates deliver college advising and academic tutoring to students who are qualified to graduate high school but do not yet meet Texas College Readiness standards

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

Mentoring

Trained community members work one-on-one with students, serving as positive role models and providing support by building relationships.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Adopt-a-School was created in 1983 as a joint project of Austin Independent School District (ISD) and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Adopt-a-School evolved into Austin Partners in Education (APIE), which became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in April 2004. Focusing on Austin ISD's Title I schools in under-resourced communities, APIE delivers best-practice, scalable, and results-driven learning models in math, reading, and college readiness to a predominantly Hispanic and low income student population. APIE's flagship Classroom Coaching programs support Austin ISD students in academic excellence and prepare them for success in college and career.

    Each year, approximately 1,500 community volunteers regularly work with APIE students at pivotal junctures in their education, adding to the quality and capacity of Austin ISD's campus programs and providing a vital extension of academic and social/emotional support to students. Students in APIE's Classroom Coaching programs benefit from same-level, small group instruction from a dedicated cadre of volunteers drawn from over 200 Austin area government agencies, businesses, and community organizations.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    APIE has developed 4 programs that utilize best practices to help provide academic, social, and emotional support to students who are predominantly low-income, under represented, and at-risk of dropping out of school before high school graduation.

    We observed that strengthening our students' academic knowledge has led to positive improvement in their self-confidence. In all 3 of our academic programs a majority of students expressed, through an end of year survey, that because of their respective program they became better at the subject at hand, understood more about the subject, and enjoyed the subject more.

  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In the 2015-2016 school year, APIE expects to serve at least 2,600 Austin ISD students through 4 established programs: 2nd Grade Reading Classroom Coaching and Compañeros en Lectura, Math Classroom Coaching, College Readiness, and Mentoring.

    APIE's programs are built on collaborations with our founders—Austin ISD and the Austin Chamber of Commerce—and about 250 community organizations that engage volunteers in direct service to the classroom. These organizations include the City of Austin, the Texas Teacher Retirement System, the University of Texas, and IBM. Moreover, APIE works daily with Austin ISD teachers and staff to implement MCC and ensure an aligned curriculum.

    Each year, over a thousand volunteers are brought into our partnering Austin ISD schools to teach and mentor the youth of our community. APIE also employs dedicated and professional leaders to manage and direct our programs to ensure they continue to grow and benefit the students of Austin.

  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    APIE seeks continuously to refine its programs' best practices by way of the APIE Evaluation Task Force. The task force is comprised of Austin ISD Department of Research and Evaluation (DRE) researchers Karen Looby, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate II, Carol Pazera, M.S., M.A., Research Analyst II, and Laura Stelling, M.Ed., MPAff, Research Analyst; APIE Executive Director Cathy Jones, Ph.D.; and other APIE staff. The group meets regularly to design and conduct reliable, objective, and methodologically sound assessments of APIE's programs.

    An important aspect of the evaluation for the Middle School Math programs includes measuring student performance on the STAAR (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) math test at the end of the school year, and comparing the results with those from classes with similar ethnic and socio-economic profiles that do not receive the intervention. The progress made by each group will then be compared to determine the impact of the coaching. Refinements to the research design will determine whether performance is correlated with dosage (the number of coaching sessions attended) and with changes in behavior and attitudes toward school. The task force is also responsible for reviewing and refining the program's logic models, including program goals and outcomes. A longitudinal component of the study will look for long lasting consequences of the coaching during the high school years.

    The Evaluation Task Force will evaluate the College Readiness program by measuring student performance on state college readiness assessments. To determine college readiness outcomes, a matched comparison group will be selected to determine whether students who participated in CR are more likely to pass college readiness testing than are other demographically-comparable Austin ISD students. The task force will then analyze which procedures led to the most significant outcomes, and review and adjust the programs accordingly.

    Reading Classroom Coaching and Compañeros en Lectura will be evaluated by distributing surveys to teachers and APIE volunteers and compiling classroom observations from our program coordinators. These survey results and observations will help refine our evaluation process and contribute to the continual improvement and efficacy of our programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Austin Partners In Education has partnered with 10 of Austin ISD's high schools, 5 of its middle schools, and 11 of its elementary schools.

    We are continually developing our programs to enhance their efficacy to improve our students' knowledge of the subject at hand, engagement in the classroom, and self-confidence in their own skills to achieve.

    In an effort to further improve our students' aptitude for future success, we are currently developing, and will soon pilot, a program that will complement the district's STEM endorsement.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Austin Partners In Education serves elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools across the Austin Independent School District.

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Financials

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AUSTIN PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31
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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Austin Partners in Education

Leadership

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Executive Director

Dr. Cathy Jones

BIO

Cathy joined APIE in 2012 and is an experienced teacher, campus administrator & assistant superintendent. She has 2 kids and enjoys running & cycling. Being a Classroom Coach is her weekly highlight.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark Curry

Wells Fargo, Community Bank President

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity