College of Education Receives Private Donation

The College of Education at Texas Tech University announced a gift of $75,000 from The Meadows Foundation, which assisted in the college receiving a $3.44 million grant. This gift completes the required 15 percent match in private donations needed to support the U.S. Department of Education’s “Investing in Innovation” or i3 grant, awarded to the College of Education in October 2011.

The college had to raise the match of the funds it was seeking before the proposal was submitted. Dean Scott Ridley, Elizabeth Haley and Karen Jacobsen, development officers, raised the needed $450,000, which was contributed by six public/private entities, including The Meadows Foundation.

The College of Education, Lubbock Independent School District (LISD), Teachscape, Texas Instruments and the Haberman Educational Foundation will pilot a university-based teacher preparation program that integrates technology and in-depth observation/feedback to improve teacher impact on student achievement in mathematics. This gift from The Meadows Foundation will help support this program.

“This project is just the type of grant making in which The Meadows Foundation engages,” Ridley said. “While it has supported education, as well as other areas, since its inception in 1949, its current initiatives in support of public education are particularly in the areas of early child development, enhanced reading and math instruction, teacher and administrator preparation.”

According to Ridley, this contribution by The Meadows Foundation enables the college to establish the type of reforms, which “Our Future, Our Teachers,” released by the Obama administration calls for, and which will lead it to become a national model of how schools of education should be preparing educators to influence the students and schools of the future.

The Meadows Foundation is among the most recognized private philanthropies in the country, both for its grant-making practices and for its active engagement in advancing the field of private philanthropy. Please see The Meadows Foundation at

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