GenTX middle school 'bell ringers' available for download

GenTXIn September, the North Texas Regional P-16 Council celebrated the end of GenTX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board focused on creating a college-going culture across the state.

As part of GenTX, College of Education graduate students developed 'bell ringers' for 6th-8th grade students in English language arts & reading, mathematics, science and social studies.

A bell ringer is an activity meant to take place at the beginning of the class period as a warm-up. The activities included information about local colleges combined with review of STAAR objectives in the four core subject areas.

The bell ringers can now be downloaded from the council's website.

The North Texas Regional P-16 Council is housed at UNT and works across the various levels of education along with families, business, faith-based groups, local, state and federal agencies, and community organizations to advance the education of all students and to close the gaps in students' academic achievements at all education levels.


From May 2013:

UNT to celebrate state-wide education initiative May 3

The North Texas Regional P-16 College and Career Readiness Marketing Project, headquartered at the University of North Texas, will host a visit for 60 middle school students on May 3 to encourage participation in higher education as part of the state-wide celebration of GenTX day.

The North Texas Regional P-16 Council works with schools; families; businesses; faith-based groups; local, state and federal agencies; and community organizations to support the success of students from pre-school to their fourth year of college. The council is co-directed by Jean Keller and Mary Harris, professors in UNT's College of Education.

"The outcomes associated with the North Texas Regional P-16 Council are: better prepared students, healthier and productive schools, improved educational standings in communities and educated citizens and workforces in communities in the north Texas region," Keller said.

On Friday, eighth-grade students from Edward H. Cary Middle School in Dallas will interact with UNT students in a series of small-group activities and informal question and answer sessions. The activities are sponsored by the UNT Office of Outreach.

Generation TX is a statewide initiative, supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which focuses on creating a college-going culture across the state. Generation TX is working to clarify the path to college for Texas students and families by providing information on college readiness, college application and financial aid. The first annual GenTX Day launched on May 2011 in Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston.

Funding for the North Texas Regional P-16 council project is provided by a $50,000 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Participation in GenTX day includes wearing a college T-shirt and either filling out a college application, taking a college tour or being a college mentor.

For more information on GenTX day contact the UNT Office of Outreach at 940-369-7391.

-Mollie Jamison, News Promotions