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Texas Tech, Lubbock ISD Partnership Receives Award

Both parties received the Texas Association of Partners in Education's Crystal Award.

Written by Callie Jones

The award specifically honors the programs developed between Texas Tech’s IDEAL and Lubbock ISD.

Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) were recognized today with the Texas Association of Partners in Education (TAPE) Crystal Award in the Community Partnership STEM category.

Texas Tech’s Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) and LISD partner on a number of projects and programs, including Building a College Going Community academic club, Iles Crusader Raiders and Dunbar’s Distinguished Panthers. LISD also distributes information about IDEAL activities and programs to its students.

“LISD has been instrumental in helping us reach students who will benefit most from our programs,” said Cindy Parnell, IDEAL unit coordinator.

TAPE identifies award-winning partnerships in order to share best practices that positively impact student outcomes. IDEAL will be featured in the fifth edition of TAPE’s publication, “Soaring to New Heights in Education: Powerful Partnership Practices across Texas.”

“The importance of the relationship between Texas Tech and our K-12 partners, in this case specifically LISD, cannot be understated,” said Senior Vice President Juan Muñoz. “Together we are creating the circumstances for students and families to succeed in higher education and beyond. Nothing could be more vital to our mutual institutions, our region and the state.”

The IDEAL and Lubbock ISD partnership was recognized today at the TAPE Awards Luncheon and Annual Meeting in Austin.

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The mission of the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) is to provide distinctive and unique academic enrichment programs that promote academic excellence, citizenship/leadership, diversity, and an appreciation of the arts for children in grades kindergarten through 12. IDEAL is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

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