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The Foundation's commitment to support quality education for Plano ISD students remains strong. We continue to identify and fund needed programs an work to increase community and corporate involvement in support of our schools.

The Board of Directors consists of business and community leaders who recognize the importance of excellent public schools to the Plano community. Support generated by the Plano ISD Education Foundation ensures Plano ISD remains one of the best public school districts in the nation. 
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STEM Initiatives

The school district and Foundation are dedicated to graduating STEM ready students. The objective is for all PISD graduates be knowledgeable and skilled in the most advanced Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) coursework available to high school students. The Foundation supports STEM initiative that engages local partners and corporations to support STEM instructional improvement initiatives that focuses on middle school and high school science improvement efforts.

2016-2017 TI

The Foundation partners with the Texas Instruments Foundation to make possible the annual Texas Instruments Foundation Innovations in Outstanding STEM Teaching Awards.  For the past nine years, TI Foundation has supported annual awards of $31,500 that benefit individual educators and their school awards.

Grants to Educators gte 2012

The Foundation provides grants to teachers, schools and school parent groups to support specific programs or projects that benefit students. Over the last twelve years, the Foundation has distributed more than $630,000 in incentive grants. The demand is great—the available funds are limited.

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Academic Enrichment

The Foundation is strongly committed to enhancing the education of all Plano ISD students and sponsors several district wide projects that includes the fifth grade student Collin County Adventure Camp scholarships, Science Fair and funds programs to promote literacy through the Family Literacy Program.

The Foundation provides support to programs focused on filling the achievement gap and ensuring students are college ready.  The Foundation along with community partners supports the AVID program. which ensures that all students, and most especially the least served students in the middle, will have the skills and tools they need to enter college.

Beginning in 2012, the Foundation supports the Academy Programs of Plano.  These are public school choice institutions that specialize in STEAM, Health Sciences and IB World Program. At the Academy High School, learners are engaged in project based learning community that deals with real-world problems with an interdisciplinary curriculum. The Health Sciences Academy offers a rigorous program that prepares students for the demands of a four-year univeristy of pre-med program.  And the IB World School is a school-within-a school that creates a fulfilling four-year experience for students interested in understanding the world from different perspectives.

Emergency Assistance for Teachers/Staff in Crisis

Through the Employee Crisis Fund, the Foundation assists teachers and staff who are facing emergency situations and who are unable to meet their immediate financial obligations.  Emergency grants are awarded by a volunteer district committee facilitated by the PISD Benefits and Risk Management Department.  Confidentiality is maintained for all applicants. 

Recruitment, Retention and Recognition of Quality Teachers

Open House The Foundation supports programs that recruit, retain and recognize the very best teachers and partners with Ebby Halliday Realtors to sponsor the annual Plano ISD Recruitment Open House, a comprehensive, spring job fair drawing applicants from across the nation. The Foundation also funds professional development to teachers across the district.

To foster excellence, the Foundation proudly sponsors the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet and the Foundation partner Park Place Lexus provides the PISD Teachers of the Year with Summer of Luxury and Fun Package including the loan of a Lexus.

Connections With Community

In addition to building bridges with community patrons through fundraising activities, such as Ski Plano, Community Honor Roll and other donor events; the Foundation partners with businesses in the community to to sponsor student academic calendar magnets for 65,000 PISD students and employees.  This helpful tool is posted on refrigerators and work stations throughout Plano reminding all of critical PISD dates.