Texans Can Academies

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aka America Can!   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.texanscan.org

Mission

Our mission is provide the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

Ruling year info

1999

Superintendent

Dr. James Ponce

Main address

325 W 12th St Suite 250

Dallas, TX 75208 USA

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EIN

75-2251099

NTEE code info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

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Dropout Prevention and Recovery

Texans Can Academies is a statewide network of fourteen dropout prevention and recovery schools serving nearly 5,000 students. Through focus on literacy, basic needs, and career education, Texans Can provides solutions that help students remain in school and realize positive academic, social, and economic outcomes.

Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence.

Our core values are student-centered decision making, rigorous curriculum based on reading and thinking skills, and fulfilling every aspect of our mission with a sense of urgency.

Our philosophy is that reading is the key to empowerment, personal fulfillment, success, and employment; personal responsibility, character, values, and passion lead to good citizenship; and learning is best accomplished in a nurturing yet structured environment.

In all it does, Texans Can Academies strives to instill hope in its students, break the cycle of poverty through literacy and education, begin new cycles of success for future generations, and add value to the local economies in each of its communities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students
Dropouts
Low-income people

Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) is a program developed by the Israel-based, internationally recognized Feuerstein Institute. Utilizing a series of enrichment exercises of increasing complexity, FIE encourages students to reduce impulsivity, increase concentration, and build new neural pathways that promote higher-order thinking skills. Classes devoted entirely to FIE training help students repair cognitive deficiencies and build confidence as they approach academic tasks.

Informed by the principles of FIE, Cognitive Development through Reading across the Curriculum (CDRAC) is used in all Texans Can core classes. Through CDRAC, students read aloud in each class, focusing on small details in the day’s reading, and then refine their understanding through guided discussion. CDRAC is designed not only to increase reading fluency, but also to turn reading into an opportunity and support for critical thinking.

Both FIE and CDRAC are crucial academic components in Texans Can’s approach to dropout prevention and recovery. The Feuerstein method assumes that people of all ages can increase cognitive function, and students of all levels can benefit from the Feuerstein method; Texans Can utilizes it to target those skills students need most to develop fluency, self-efficacy, and success. To date, Texans Can Academies is the site of the largest systematic implementation of the Feuerstein method in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Dropouts

Where we work

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Financials

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Texans Can Academies

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board co-chair

Rudy Oeftering


Board co-chair

Regina Thompson

Michael Casey

Grand Bank of Texas

Anna Torres

Robert Nelson

Michelle Rankine

Penny Rayfield

Bill Schonacher

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

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