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Welcome to the Office of P-16 Initiatives

Dr. Barbara Lerner
Contact information:

Barbara Lerner, Ph.D.
Coordinator for P-16 Initiatives
(940) 898-2739

Our Mission
To provide collaboration and coherence in P-16 education for the TWU community.

What is P-16 education?
“P-16” describes an integrated system of education spanning preschool (“P”) through a four-year college degree (“grade 16”). P-16 Initiatives are collaborative efforts designed to improve student achievement and encourage student success by smoothing transitions from one level of learning to the next.

The focus of P-16 education is on helping all children meet the proficiency levels needed to succeed at the next education level and in the workforce.

At TWU, the Office of P-16 Initiatives works to ensure effective partnerships between the University community and public and postsecondary school, business, and community stakeholders.

Our partners include area school districts, community college districts, other four-year colleges and universities, area businesses, and community and state agencies.

Message from the Coordinator for P-16 Initiatives:
TWU Receives $200,000 Grant
thanks to three grants from the Greater Texas Foundation.

Putting Excellence to Work
Below are examples of TWU's community partnerships:
A-PLUS Project
The A-PLUS project supports an alternative certification program for school librarians developed in partnership with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). Funded by a $905,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the project will support 45 students. The goals of the A-PLUS project are two-fold: First, to improve the accessibility and quality of library services for a diverse student population in the DISD, and second, to extend the education of newly certified librarians through completion of their professional degrees. Although state rules do not require a university partner, DISD chose to develop its program in partnership with Texas Woman’s University’s School of Library and Information Studies. Specifically, 45 students will complete the alternative district-based School Librarian certification program with practical, mentored experience and go on to complete all requirements for the Texas Woman’s University Master’s in Library Science (MLS) degree. This project will have a powerful and enduring impact on individuals attracted to librarianship from underrepresented communities, and, most importantly, on the children they serve in the Dallas Independent School District.
The BRIDGES Program
Part of a nationwide endeavor to increase the number of underrepresented groups in biomedical research. Introduces students to the field of biomedical research through hands-on training. Students in the program receive hourly wages for conducting research with a TWU mentor, while still enrolled at the community college. TWU is partnering with TCC, CCCC, and NCTC on the BRIDGES Program.

On the MARC – Math Advancement and Readiness Collaborative

On the MARC encourages students to keep up their math skills during their senior year and help them perform better at the college level. Research shows that not having to take math in the senior year of high school is a primary reason students are not ready for college-level math courses.

High school seniors can take college algebra and receive high school and college credit through a partnership between Denton Independent School District and North Texas Central College, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

Beginning in August 2006, seniors enrolled in the program can take the class on their high school campus through NCTC or enroll in courses on the UNT and TWU campuses.

For additional information, contact the students’ high school: Denton High ((940) 369-2000, Guyer High (940) 369-1000, or Ryan High (940) 369-3000.

Foundation for the Education of Young Women

The mission of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women is to support single-sex, college preparatory, public education in Texas that will give young women in urban schools the academic skills to achieve success in college and in life by thinking critically, leading purposefully, and living active, healthy and responsible lives.

In early 2001, Lee Posey Posey and his wife, Sally, established the Foundation for the Education of Young Women and began a conversation with the Dallas Independent School District about single gender education.

The first all-girls public school, Irma Rangel Leadership School, opened its doors in August 2004. The Foundation and its Board are now planning to open similar schools in other Texas cities.

Chancellor Stuart serves on the Advisory Board to the Erma Rangel Leadership School.

Dr. Lerner serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for the Education of Young Women.

Texas Scholars

A team of nine volunteers from Texas Woman’s University in Denton stressed the importance of education in high school and beyond during a visit Tuesday, Oct. 10, with eighth-graders at John B. Hood Middle School in Dallas.

The visit is in partnership with the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Independent School District and the Texas Scholars Program, an initiative of the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC). more...

HQ-ED: Highly Qualified Educators for Diversity

Texas Woman’s University and the Fort Worth Independent School District will partner to address critical teacher shortages in the FWISD using a $1.65 million Transition to Teaching grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

One of only 20 Transition to Teaching grants awarded nationally, the grant covers five years, with first-year funding of $236,315. more...

For more information on the Transition to Teaching grant, visit www.ed.gov/programs/transitionteach. For more information on TWU’s MAT program, visit www.twu.edu/mat.

Leveraging Title I: A University-District Partnership to Improve K–12 Literacy
In an initiative designed to help teachers meet the Highly Qualified Teacher requirement of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the Arlington Independent School District (AISD) in Arlington, Texas has partnered with Texas Woman’s University (TWU) to offer a master’s degree in reading to any teachers working in Title I schools. This initiative is intended to help uncertified teachers gain state certification, qualify as "highly qualified," and to attract highly qualified teachers to work in Title I schools in Arlington. The program began in 2001 and is funded with monies from Title I, a federal funding stream for schools with a concentration of low-income students. more...

Edible Car Contest
Each spring, the TWU College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science host an edible car contest. This year the contest will be open to students in grades 6-12 as well as TWU students.
Teams of middle school and high school students are invited to enter this annual event.  Each team must consist of four students (at least two female students per team; university teams must have at least 2 TWU students).  Cars must be built using only food items edible to humans. Cars are judged by professional engineers and on criteria including aerodynamics, detailed design and speed. more...


Transition to Work

Internship/Cooperative Education

TWU students have the opportunity to work in positions related to their fields of study, gaining valuable professional experience while enhancing their academic preparation.




P-16 Roundtable Discussion

TWU hosted a roundtable panel discussion on issues related to P-16 seamless education in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. Presented by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the event, held on Friday, July 28th, 2006, included representatives from the THECB, TEA, DFW higher education partners, P-16 collaborators, and area public school administrators.  


Following are excerpts from Commissioner Raymund Paredes’ message to roundtable participants:


"The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) are working closely together to ensure that an additional 630,000 Texans enroll in post-secondary education by the year 2015. We are especially committed to increasing the participation, retention, and graduation rates of Hispanic, African-American, and first-generation college students. Significant increases in these participation rates are crucial for the economic stability of all Texans.


"Building a college-going culture requires cooperation and collaboration of educators from throughout the P-16 pipeline. With the assistance of the three P-16 Field Specialists working in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex, we are dedicated to creating and implementing a plan that will achieve the Closing the Gaps by 2015 goals."


State Teams K-16 Summer Institute

The National Association of Systems Heads (NASH) conducted a State Teams K-16 Summer Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota from

July 29-31, 2007. The goals of the institute were to enhance educator quality, accelerate student success across P-12 and post-secondary education, and enhancing P-16 data systems crucial to informed decision-making. 

Page last updated July 25, 2008

Office of P-16 Initiatives
Barbara Lerner, Ph.D.
Coordinator for P-16 Initiatives
(940) 898-2739

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