Strong Foundations Approved Provider Information

Apply to Become A Strong Foundations Approved Provider 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is developing a Strong Foundations Approved Provider List to support local educational agencies (LEAS), including districts and open-enrollment charter schools, in the creation of a research-based math or literacy framework. Technical assistance (TA) providers will be approved through an application process in addition to TA providers completing a series of trainings offered through TEA.  

Approved providers will assist LEAs in creating a math and/or literacy framework, work with LEAs to complete deliverables and key milestones, deliver a collective learning series, and create a case study to document the process. LEAs typically complete the development of an instructional framework in 4-6 months, but timelines may be customized based on the LEA’s local context and with approval from TEA. This grant will have at least two cycles, Fall 2022 and Winter 2022. TA providers will be approved to support LEAs on both timelines and additional training requirements will be required for approved providers throughout the duration of the grant. 

Approved Providers will be responsible for:  

  • Helping with project management and stakeholder engagement across the entire process 
  • Helping LEAs turn-key exemplars to fit their local context 
  • Facilitating a collective learning series on the research of how students learn in math and/or literacy (depending on the LEA framework focus) including how the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are aligned with this research
  • Assisting LEAs in creating, editing, and finalizing framework 
  • Providing additional approved services to support with implementation of the framework (supports may require additional trainings for approved providers)  
  • Developing a case study outlining the LEA’s process from start to finish and highlighting successes and challenges in the process  

Next Steps  

  1. Access and review the technical assistance providers application. The application window is from June 24, 2022, to July 22, 2022. 

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  2. Submit a completed application by July 22, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. CT.  
  3. TEA will notify those eligible to be a Strong Foundations Approved Provider by early August 2022 and will post the provider list to districts shortly after that date. Approved providers will be removed from the Strong Foundations Approved Provider List with failure to complete required trainings from TEA by September 2, 2022.  
  4. TEA will post the final Strong Foundation Approved Providers List on September 2, 2022.

Note: Education Service Centers (ESCs) do not need to submit an application; please see the ESC Resources section below. ESCs should submit ESC Assurances by August 5, 2022. 

Additional information and Resources 

Strong Foundations Math and Literacy Framework Development Resources

Technical Assistance Providers Webinar

Technical Assistance Providers Resources

Education Service Center (ESC) Resources

Contact Information

Contact TEA at StrongFoundations@tea.texas.gov with any questions about this opportunity.