To shed the negative image that often comes with wearing a
badge, HISD Police Chief Pedro Lopez Jr. is following the lead of police chiefs
nationwide to bring relational policing into HISD classrooms and neighborhoods.
That idea, along with a recent significant boost in
department funding, paved the way for the district’s new police community
outreach team CORE (Community Outreach Responsive Engagement).
“We are determined to go out into the communities, build
back those relationships and bridge that gap that has increasingly widened with
what has been happening throughout the country,” said HISD Police Officer
Steven Bennett, who is one of the six officers serving on the CORE team. “We
just want to get out there and do everything we can to repair this relationship
between the community and law enforcement.”
To guide district decision-making, particularly
moving forward on virtual learning, the HISD Research and Accountability
Department is launching a districtwide Fall 2020 Virtual/Remote
Learning Parent Survey.
The Student Information Verification
application will allow parents the opportunity to verify or update their
information to stay connected to their student’s school, such as home
addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and emergency contacts.
Houston Independent School District Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan engaged in a school safety discussion on Friday with key community leaders to discuss strategies to ensure student safety and security.
The meeting was an additional measure to engage with HISD stakeholders in the wake of the tragic shooting at Bellaire High School last month, which resulted in the death of a student.
The Houston Independent School District has received the
Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) from a worldwide association of school business
officials for producing a 2019-2020 budget that is accurate, informative and
easy to comprehend.
HISD earned the award from the Association of School
Business Officials International (ASBO), which has been in existence for 110
years. To receive the honor, the association required the district to submit a
substantial packet of detailed budget documents, which were evaluated by a
confidential panel of school finance experts.
Principal Reginald Bush knew it was “challenge accepted” when he was named principal at Kashmere High School, an Achieve 180 campus, prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
On a typical school day at Kashmere, you can find Bush in his signature military-style fatigues, mingling with students in the halls and checking in with teachers and staff to monitor the ongoing instruction happening in classrooms.
“From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I knew that I needed to focus on supporting the teachers, building their toolkits and modeling effective practices that would quickly move the data,” Bush said. “I built the campus’ culture on the idea of ‘No Teacher Left Behind,’ and I wanted to make sure we kept the human element at the forefront of everything we did with our faculty and students.”
Kashmere High School rewrites history by earning passing grade
The Houston Independent School District earned
an overall high “B” rating by the Texas Education Agency under the state
accountability system for the 2018-2019 academic year, exiting nine campuses
from the state’s “Improvement Required” list. The district earned a grade of
According to the ratings released by TEA, 92
percent of HISD schools (250 out of 271 rated campuses) earned a passing grade.
For the first time, all HISD schools received a letter grade under the state’s
new A-F rating system, which was implemented in 2018. Fifty-seven HISD campuses
earned A’s, 78 earned B’s, 86 earned C’s and 29 earned D’s. A minimum
grade of “D” is required for a school to receive a passing rating.
“We are extremely proud of all of our
teachers, principals, school support officers, and area superintendents for
working diligently to help our students succeed,” HISD Interim Superintendent
Grenita Lathan said. “Our students demonstrated significant gains, and we are
committed to empowering them to thrive academically.”
With the end of school year around the corner, preparations for the 2019-20 school year are under way for the Achieve 180 program and will continue with principals and administration conducting planning sessions over the summer.
One of the major events that will assist school leaders is the district’s annual Professional Learning Series (PLS), which is scheduled for June 17-19 at Kingdom Builders’ Center. The event is an opportunity for district leadership and principals to begin drafting their school improvement plans, also known as SIPS.
The Houston Independent School District will host a public meeting next week to explain the annual Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR).
The annual report, which is required by the Texas Education Agency, includes data on academics, student and staff demographics as well as comparison data from the region and the state. HISD’s research and accountability team helps gather the statistical information needed to complete the report.
The public meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 14 at Hattie Mae White Education Support Center (4400 West. 18th St., 77092).
Under TEA law, every Texas school district must offer an opportunity to discuss the TAPR results with the local community. The final 2017-18 TAPR report was published on Dec. 21, 2018 and must be shared during a public hearing within 90 days of its release date.
As part of the Achieve 180 program, it takes an all-hands-on deck approach from the district to ensure a campus yields positive results. Whether it’s members from Special Education or Interventions, support is needed from nearly all district-level departments for a school to experience a complete turnaround.
Two roles in particular—Teacher Development Specialists (TDS) and Data Driven Instructional Specialists (DDIS) play a significant role in helping transform student achievement outcomes within the classroom at Achieve 180 campuses.
“it’s important that we have both a TDS and DDIS at each of our Achieve 180 campuses as they build capacity inside and outside the classroom with teachers and campus administrators,” Assistant Superintendent Felicia Adams said. Continue reading →