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I Am My Child’s First Teacher

By | Education

The idea behind “I am my child’s first teacher” is to better prepare the children in our community for Pre-K and kindergarten. Through this program, Educate Midland strives to raise awareness for childhood education, begin the conversation of elementary school readiness, and provide resources for parents and family members to further educate their children. Our goal is to educate not only parents, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and society as a whole that we are responsible for being educators and teachers to our children. 

What is the EDI?

The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is an internationally recognized tool that provides a holistic, citywide snapshot of young children’s health, development, and school readiness in five key areas: 

  • Language & Cognitive Development
  • General Knowledge & Communication Skills
  • Physical Health & Well-being
  • Social Competence
  • Emotional Maturity

These five areas determine how prepared children are to enter kindergarten and whether or not they were taught necessary developmental and communication skills prior. In the spring of the 2016-2017 school year, the EDI showed nearly half of kindergarten students in Midland ISD were not ready for school. In fact, in the typical Midland kindergarten classroom, 53% of students were prepared, and 47% were not. 

What can I do?

You, as a parent or guardian, are more than capable of being your child’s first teacher. Merely loving and nurturing your child is a step in the right direction for early childhood development. Additionally, Educate Midland wants to give you as many tools and resources as possible to help you take the next step. Here are some fundamental tips to get your child on the right track: 

  • Read to your child
  • Reduce screen time
  • Sing
  • Count with them
  • Go outside
  • Play

While these may seem like basic concepts, they are each extremely important in the early growth and development of your child. 

Prepare you and your child for the road ahead

The best thing you can do for your child is to be invested in their education. Let’s come together as parents, as a community, and as a society to improve the education of the children we love so dearly. We encourage all parents and family members to visit our website and take a look at the provided resources to better educate yourself on tips, tools, activities, and guides to make sure your child can conquer kindergarten.

1 TO 1 Tutoring Program

By | Education

It is said that “heroes come in many forms.”  Our family’s hero is a 1 TO 1 tutor by the name of Eric Staib.

My daughter Michelle is a freshman at Midland College.  For various reasons, she has always struggled with algebra.  She spent her first semester at MC repeatedly taking the TSI Placement test for math.  She took the remedial class and unfortunately did not pass. She did just about everything we knew to do; she studied and even participated in the online training program.   She was so stressed out about the test that she scored poorly, and had to change from a degree plan to a certificate program as a result. Her dream is to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Development and work with our communities “littles,” and she refused to give up and let a placement test dictate her future. 

At the end of our rope and not sure which direction to go, I called my friend Laurie Boldrick with 1 TO 1 tutoring.  Keep in mind, it was summer, and school hadn’t even started yet. Additionally, my daughter was in college, not high school.  In only a few short days, I was given Eric’s contact information. Eric was willing to help as long as Michelle was willing to put in the work and do her best. The college course that Michelle was taking, an 8-week remedial algebra class, served as “TSI clear” in math. It was self-paced and online.  Eric met with Michelle and evaluated her skill level. He determined and informed her that she struggled with basic math concepts. After only one meeting with Eric, she came home very hopeful and ready to go to work. Michelle would do her review, study, and meet with Eric to “button up” and then take the chapter exams.  If she failed the exam (less than 70%), she would meet with Eric to review again and then retake it (she was required to retake it if less than 70%). She only had to retake one exam! Meanwhile, her confidence soared, not only in math but her other courses as well. Up until then, she had struggled with purpose and grades.  She began caring about her grades and wasn’t happy with less than her very best (a huge difference from her previous attitude of, “well a C is passing so it’s good enough.”) She completed the 8-week course in less than 4 weeks! She also completed it with a B. She has never received such a good grade in math before. Michelle has a part-time job in childcare and sent me the following text last week: “MOM! I am so proud of myself, this boy had to do a percentage problem in math (a word problem) and I helped him, but they taught him a confusing way so I told him there’s an easier way and I taught him how and he got the answer right, I guess there IS a reason to know algebra after all!”

I have never actually met Eric (as Michelle is 19), but he is our true-life hero. Not only did he help her with math, but he helped her self-confidence.  He actually got her excited about her future (and even math). We owe him so much, and all he asked of her was that she “do her best.” Not only has she succeeded, but she is flourishing.  If your child is struggling with any subject, I highly recommend that you try one of the tutors in the 1 TO 1 program. See the list below of available campuses, and if that schedule doesn’t work, please give us a call at Educate Midland (818-2620) and we will do our best to put you in contact with a tutor. 

Deonne Presley

Educate Midland

Office Manager


Midland ISD Schools Served:

  • Midland High School
    • Tuesdays at MHS Library (4:15 -6:00)
  • Lee High School
    • Tuesdays at LHS Library (4:15 -6:00)
  • San Jacinto Junior High School
    • Tuesdays at San Jacinto JHS Library (4:15 -5:15)
  • Goddard Junior High School
    • Wednesdays at Goddard JHS Library (4:15 -5:15)
  • Abell Junior High School
    • Tuesdays at Abell JHS Library (4:15 -5:15)


Greenwood ISD School Served:

  • James R Brooks Middle School
    • Tuesdays at James R Brooks MS (4:15 -5:15)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

By | College

Educate Midland is proud to assist our students from cradle to career, helping in every way that we can throughout their academic journey. November is here, which means this fall semester is almost halfway over, and students graduating high school in 2020 need to start finalizing plans for after graduation. For students going to college, now is the time to apply for financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic school year. If it’s your first time applying for financial aid, here is a breakdown of what it is, how to apply, and the available resources for assistance! 

What is FAFSA? 

FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an application completed annually by students to determine their eligibility for financial aid for the following school year. This form is required of all students for consideration of most types of financial aid at all higher education institutions. Many students are eligible for some form of financial aid, which is why we encourage all of our students to apply. 

Even if you are not planning on taking out student loans, it doesn’t hurt to apply! After applying, you will receive your financial eligibility, which could include grants from the government or the college you are attending, in which you do not have to pay back. Additionally, you are in charge of accepting the loan amount, which means you have the option not to accept the offer or lessen the loan amount to your needs. You never know what might come up between now and graduation, and that is why we encourage all students to apply now and make final decisions later. 

How do I apply? 

To apply for FAFSA, visit to begin your application or find more information about student financial aid. 

Need help filling out your FAFSA? Join MISD & Midland College during one of our free FAFSA assistance sessions. No reservations are required.


  •  Saturday October 19, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 AM – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Tuesday October 22, 2019 4:30 – 6:00 PM – LHS
  •  Thursday October 24, 2019 4:30 – 6:00 PM – MHS
  •  Thursday November 14, 2019 4:30 – 6:00 PM – MHS
  •  Saturday November 16, 2019 9:00 – 11:00 PM – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:30- 6:00 PM – LHS
  •  Thursday November 21, 2019 4:30 -6:00 PM – CHS
  •  Tuesday February 11, 2020 4:30-6:00 PM – LHS
  •  Thursday February 13, 2020 4:30 -6:00 PM MHS
  •  Saturday February 15, 2020 9:00-11:00 – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Saturday March 21, 2020 9:00-11:00 – Cogdell Learning Center
  •  Tuesday March 24, 2020 4:30-6:00 – LHS
  •  Thursday March 26, 2020 4:30-6:00 – MHS

In addition, every Tuesday beginning October 29, Midland College will offer assistance by appointment. Contact to schedule an appointment.

Required Information

In order to fill out your FAFSA application, there are a few forms that are necessary for completion. Before beginning the application process, make sure you have: 

  1. Parent’s completed 2018 tax return & W-2 forms. Student’s completed tax return, if filed and/or student’s W-2 form if worked and did not file
  2. Student & Parent FSA ID—Students can sign up for an FSA ID by going to

Apply Now!

Now is the perfect time to apply for financial aid. To be considered for federal student aid for the 2020–21 award year, you must complete your FAFSA form between Oct. 1, 2019, and 11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2021. Educate Midland is dedicated to helping students succeed, and applying for financial aid is an important step for our soon-to-be college students. 

For additional information regarding the FAFSA, check out the following resources: or

House Bill 3 Passed: What Does This Mean for MISD?

By | Education

Educate Midland is excited to announce that House Bill 3, (HB 3), has officially been passed and is being put into action. This school finance bill was passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Greg Abbott to better support and reward teacher excellence, focus on learning and improving student outcomes, increase district funding and equity, and reduce and reform property taxes and recapture. 

In our previous blog over this amazing new bill, Citizens Committee Bond Proposal 2019, we explained what HB 3 was generally, and the details of the bond proposed. However, we did not go into detail about what this would mean for MISD and the exciting new direction our community is heading. Here are some of the benefits our district will experience with this bill in motion: 

Improving College, Career, Military Readiness (CCMR)

Educate Midland is always dedicated to our student’s academic journey. From cradle to career, we are invested in ensuring our youth is given the right tools to succeed in whatever their goals, plans, and passions are. CCMR is just one of the amazing opportunities implemented to help students flourish after high school. By giving students specific tools and resources as early as elementary school, we are better preparing them to get where they want to go. Whether it’s college, trade school, or the military, CCMR can ensure that more students are prepared for the real world when they are handed that diploma. 

Additionally, each CCMR program requires the Board of Trustees to develop plans that set specific annual goals. If those goals are met, the district is given a CCMR Outcomes Bonus with funding paid for each annual graduate above a certain threshold percentage. 

We’ve calculated the runs (how much funding a district will receive) for both Midland ISD and Greenwood ISD to help you understand how beneficial this could be when we reward outcomes.

More Funding, More Opportunities

With this additional district funding, we are able to assist in opening many new doors for growth for our students, faculty, and families in our community. The Citizens Committee Bond approval has not only allowed for many new changes in education but the growth and expansion of many of our local schools as well. Each year, more and more students enroll in MISD, and we have reached student capacity at all secondary campuses. This bond allows for the construction, expansion, and remodeling of the following schools, including the addition of advanced technology, to ensure that our students are equipped, comfortable, and safe:

  • Construct Two New Comprehensive High Schools
  • Renovate/Expand Existing Lee High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing Midland High School Site
  • Fully Utilize and Repurpose Existing San Jacinto Junior High Site
  • Safety and Security Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Technology Upgrades at Secondary Campuses
  • Select Capital Replacement at Secondary Campuses
  • Athletic / Site Improvements at Existing JH/Freshman Campuses (going from 4-6 and reconfiguration) 
  • Add 1200 seats for Pre-k 

Educate Midland is excited to support House Bill 3 and cannot wait to see the improvement in our academic community. We hope this information helps you begin to visualize the bigger picture of our community coming together to help our students flourish in whatever path they choose. Click here for more information on HB 3 and the benefits it entails!

‘My Plan’ Initiative – A New Direction for Educate Midland

By | Education

Educate Midland has always been dedicated to giving students and their families as many resources and opportunities to expand their education. Getting students from cradle to career is at the heart of this organization. As a result, we are excited to head in a new direction to ensure that more students are prepared to take that next step after high school. 

Educate Midland has placed itself to be the ultimate resource for getting kids on a CCMR, (College, Career, Military Readiness), track early. It’s never too early to begin planning for college or career. Even as early as kindergarten, young students are beginning to understand different occupations. 

CCMR: 6th-8th Grade

In 6th grade, students start exploring different career paths that interest them. Then, in 7th and 8th grade, students will begin to explore course options they would like to pursue in high school to achieve those post-high-school goals. Deciding early between a 2 or 4-year college, apprenticeships or trade school, or even entering the military can put students on the right track early for their academic career. 

CCMR: High School

As students enter the 9th grade, they are now officially in high school! While many freshmen may not be thinking about a career after high school just yet, CCMR is a great way to get them considering career paths that interest them. It will also inform them of the local employment needs of our community.  Freshman and Sophomore year, students will begin taking courses that lead to graduation endorsements geared towards 2 or 4-year colleges, apprenticeships or training, or the military.

Entering junior year, students are well into planning for college and career after high school. At this level, course options begin to solidify programs of study that lead to five options for graduation endorsements on the foundation high school plan. Many students entering the 11th grade may qualify for multiple college-level courses offered at the high school and even choose to visit college campuses they are considering! 

As their final year approaches, senior students will be challenged to take a course load that prepares them for college and career. Students in grade 12 begin to finalize academic decisions as they plan for their lives after high school. 

Mutual Goal = “My Plan”

By encouraging and assisting students to create a plan early on, we give them the tools, resources, and courses that can prepare them to reach that goal. Educate Midland is excited to support programs such as CCMR that help get children on the right track throughout their time in school. CCMR gives students, faculty, and families an amazing opportunity to help as many children reach their goals as possible, and Educate Midland is proud to be an integral part of it.

Beacon Awards 2019

By | Events

Educate Midland is honored to have been chosen as one of the recipients for the 2019 Beacon Awards! The Beacon Awards are designed to honor excellence in Permian Basin nonprofit organizations by recognizing volunteers and staff of the local nonprofit sector. In addition to the award, the nominating organization will receive $1,000.

ReInvent: Choose to Succeed

ReInvent: Choose to Succeed is a transformative program for teen students who may have started down a less than desirable life path. With healthy mentoring, these individuals can redirect and build a future full of possibilities and potential. ReInvent at Viola M. Coleman High School, an alternative school provides students with the opportunity to recover course credits and accelerate learning in a supportive and self-paced environment. 

Excellence in Collaboration

Educate Midland is proud of its role in bringing ReInvent to life in the community. This program is a unique collaborative effort of Educate Midland, Agape Counseling Services of West Texas, Midland Health, Midland Independent School District, United Way of Midland, and University of Texas Permian Basin. 

Each organization involved played a huge role in creating ReInvent: Choose to Succeed, and receiving the Excellence In Collaboration Award for our group effort is a great example to the community that collaboration can multiply the impact. 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Through our partnership with Agape Counseling, Educate Midland was able to contribute outcome reporting based on our existing relationship with Midland ISD and United Way. Working collaboratively with other local nonprofits to create a program to help the youth of this community is always the focus of Educate Midland. Our mutual goal to assist as many students as possible, from cradle to career, will continue to be Educate Midland’s passion as well as the many other academic nonprofits in our community.

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