TEKS K-12 Initiative

Michael Cooper serves as Chairman of the Education Committee of the Texas Energy Council.  Please contact Michael (michael.cooper@haynesboone.com) if you are interested in participating in a workgroup to develop and introduce an energy curriculum into the Texas public school system for kids in grades Kinder – 8th.  Below is some background information concerning this initiative and the application process.

  1. The guidance committee for TEKS-approved content for Career and Technical Education (grades 9-12 ) is complete. They apparently had good energy industry participation (Shell et al).
  2. However, no concerted effort has been made for a K-8 energy curriculum. The TEKS curriculum revision process only occurs once in 10 years, so it is imperative that the energy industry move quickly to participate in this process.
  3. The invitation for workgroup applications will close in April, but it is possible that the call for applicants could be closed earlier.
  4. According to the State Board of Education (SBOE):
    • If an applicant for the workgroup has expertise and/or experience at a certain grade level, then that grade level should be their first preference,
    • If an applicant selects K-12, then they would probably be considered first for vertical alignment of all grades,
    • It is likely that travel and lodging will be reimbursed for any required trips to Austin,
    • Content Advisors get a stipend in addition to travel and lodging,
    • The TEA staff accepts all applications and sorts them based on the SBOE District in which each applicant resides. The SBOE Board member for that district then has a veto right over any applicant. Once the SBOE Board member accepts an applicant, the applicant goes into a pool to be further evaluated and recommended for placement on a work group by TEA staff.  There’s no assurance that an applicant will be selected, but at least they will have a good chance being selected all things being equal,
    • Interested applicants who are members of the Dallas Bar Energy Law Section should inform Michael Cooper of their interest. Michael will share this information with the SBOE to see if it can visit directly with the relevant SBOE member to let them know of the desire  for “our” applicant to at least pass the initial screening process.
    • Applicants must respond to this initiative quickly.
    • Here is the Texas Education Agency Service Centers Map link and  contact information:  https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/other-services/education-service-centers/education-service-centers-map
  1. The following is the link to the TEKS Science Content Advisors with their background information: https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-texas-essential-knowledge-and-skills-teks-review/science-teks-1

This is the link to their Science Content Advisor Consensus Recommendations: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/consensus%20recommendations_science_Jan%202020.pdf

Their individual Initial Reviews of the Science TEKS can be found through links here: https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-texas-essential-knowledge-and-skills-teks-review/science-teks-2