MIDWAY ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Moving Education Forward

Waco, TX   |  www.midwayisd.org/foundation

Mission

The mission of the Midway ISD Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to the Midway ISD for programs and projects that enhance the quality of education.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Mrs. Suzi Pagel

Main address

13885 Woodway Drive

Waco, TX 76712 USA

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EIN

74-2914982

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Education Foundation seeks to fund those educational programs and activities that have not been funded or have been under-funded by the normal operating budget of the school district. Members of our staff dream of ways to more effectively prepare their students for the global society, but often their department or personal budget cannot provide the materials to carry out these objectives. Graduation requirements are becoming more and more challenging, and our teachers are committed to exceeding state expectations. Our teachers are looking for creative ways to help all of our students meet this new goal, but state funding for this mandate has not been provided. Our teachers have been encouraged to envision more effective ways to educate the citizens of the future not only in the subjects of science, technology, and math, but in all academic pursuits. Our community seeks an effective way to support the students and staff of Midway ISD.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants for Great Ideas

This program provides funding for classroom programs and projects that are beyond the typical school district budget. Applications are accepted each semester to fund up to $1,500 for single classroom projects and $5,000 for departmental or campus-wide requests. Smaller requests of less than $1,000 are considered monthly during the school year.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of alumni (regardless of last date of enrollment) who submit updated contact information to the alumni office within the most recent academic year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Education Foundation maintains the alumni database for Midway ISD. Graduates can register here to receive information about reunions and district events as well as ways to give back.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Grants for Great Ideas

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Midway staff members apply for classroom grants to provide creative, innovative programs not provided by the regular classroom budget.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Foundation will achieve its mission by
directing resources toward the following goals:
• Encourage all students to work at their
highest potential.
• Support and recognize teachers for
innovative efforts and exemplary teaching.
• Build public awareness and confidence in
our schools
• Involve the community in assuring a quality
education for the leaders and workers
of tomorrow.

The Midway ISD Education supports students and teachers in the following ways:
1. Provide classroom grant programs to allow staff members to implement creative learning strategies
2. Recognize academic achievement of high school students maintaining a 93 cumulative average for 3, 5 or 7 months by awarding academic letter patches and jackets.
3. Evaluate and promote the success of implemented grant programs
4. Provide additional professional development for staff members
5. Recognize teachers and staff members who have impacted the lives of children through our Showcase of Stars program
6. MEF Board members serve as school district ambassadors to promote the achievements of students and teachers throughout our community.

By generating revenue through donations, our Board members are able to provide funds for recognition and grant programs. The MEF Board has the flexibility to fund programs and projects deemed appropriate as needed.

The Education Foundation also maintains an active presence in print and social media to "tell the good news" of the successes achieved through our classroom grant and academic recognition programs.

We have been able to provide more than 865 classroom grant programs since 2001, awarding over $2.1 million in funding. One grant, for example, provided funds to establish a 5th grade Girls' STEM club at a local intermediate school. Using these funds, we the club spent last school year studying water conservation issues, culminating in a virtual STEM science activity night that was open to all MISD students.

We continue to strive to recognize outstanding teaching excellence in our district. We feel that we have done an excellent job of recognizing most classroom teachers, but we still seek a better way to recognize the teachers of our special populations.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Midway ISD Students Midway ISD Staff

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We surveyed our teachers about the grant application process. We determined that grant applications were down due to time constraints brought on by teaching during the COVID pandemic. In response to this finding, we offered a special round of Grant Express to allow video submissions of 3-5 minutes in addition to our traditional online submission process. In response, we received more grant applications during the last month of school than any other month during the '20 - '21 school year.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our teachers and staff feel that we are listening to their suggestions concerning ways to enable them to more easily apply for classroom project funding.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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MIDWAY ISD EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Lisa Lewis

Kristen Pool

Mrs. Glenda Strum

Eric Shero

Alliance Bank

Kristi Miller

Big Creek Construction, LTD.

Gail Bartay

Extraco Banks

Anna Johnson

Camille Johnson, Realtors

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/5/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/03/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.