E3 Alliance was born from conversations held in the mid 2000s among members of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), an organization of business and community leaders committed to the economic and social well being of Central Texas. AARO is one of the few truly regional organizations, and its 95 members are known as “the keepers of a dynamic strategic vision for Central Texas and facilitators of projects important to that strategic vision.”
After grappling for many years at the state, district and school levels to try to impact fundamental positive change in the realm of education, a number of AARO members expressed frustration that, while education outcomes have been incrementally improving for almost all groups of students, we continue to fall behind other nations in a 21st century global economy. Thus a conversation ensued: Were we approaching this the wrong way? Could a top down solution from the federal or state level really work? Perhaps if as we do with transportation, water resources, and other complex community issues, we address education as a regional system, and combine our resources and leadership capacity to align and optimize that system, we can have a much more sustainable and scalable impact.
Thus the E3 Alliance was born. It has has become a regional collaborative of education, business, and community members working together to align educational systems and improve outcomes based on objective data.
E3 Alliance is the P-16 Council for Central Texas. The Texas Legislature created regional P-16 Councils to serve as the change agents that can create a college-going culture and well-educated communities in Texas.
Since 2006,E3 Alliance has become a nationally-recognized model for collective impact, and represents a broad range of cross-sector community partners working collaboratively.
Together, we utilize objective information and community engagement to advance the goals and action strategies of The Blueprint for Educational Change. Our alliance partners include 15 public school districts, the regional education service center, and all eight higher education institutions based on the Central Texas region. Additionally, well over a hundred community and industry partners support our research and initiatives by providing funding, staff-time and expertise to improve student outcomes across every age and every demographic for all our ~600,000 children and students throughout the region – from cradle to career.