Lamar CISD chosen for Equity and Excellence Project

Jul 20, 2015 | Community Relations
Equal Opportunity Schools has selected Lamar CISD to participate in the AP/IB Equity and Excellence Project. This nationwide program aims to help historically underrepresented students succeed in challenging high school courses.

The program, which is supported by the Google Global Impact Awards and research fellows at Harvard Education Labs, only selects 120 school districts from across the country to participate.  

EOS recently announced more partnerships, including the White House's My Brother's Keeper Initiative, the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board, IBO and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
“We’re so excited to partner with Google Global and the Education Innovation Lab at Harvard University,” said Valerie Vogt, Lamar CISD’s Academic Administrator. “This program provides the tools necessary to identify and support more and more student groups with access to advanced coursework."  
Vogt said the Project asked the District to apply for the program based on Lamar CISD’s ongoing efforts to enroll more students in Advanced Placement classes. 
“Whether it’s forming direct partnerships with our local business community or providing the PSAT to every single sophomore across the District, Lamar CISD has always been committed to helping every child reach his or her full potential,” said Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle. “I’m thrilled to learn our efforts are being recognized on a national level. Without a doubt, this program will help more students reach their ultimate goals.”

As a member of the program, Lamar CISD will receive specialized tools, guidance and assistance from Equal Opportunity Schools to improve equity at the highest academic levels in K-12 education.

“Our focus has been on finding leaders like Dr. Randle and his team of educators who are doing extraordinary things for students. Our work together will be a testament to the teachers and Principals who’ve built incredibly strong academic programs and who want to ensure more students are succeeding in challenging course work,” said EOS’s founder and Executive Director, Reid Saaris.