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Preparing Houston’s Children for the Global Economy

2011 October 5
by HISD Communications

Today, we were honored to have Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, join us for our monthly meeting with HISD principals.

Dr. Klineberg has done extensive research about Houston’s economy and the changing demographics of this city. He shared some of his findings with us this morning, and they underscore the need to provide a high-quality education for every child. A person’s earning power is closely linked to his or her education, and, Dr. Klineberg says, never before has education been as critical as it is now in the global economy. During the meeting, I expressed my confidence in HISD’s outstanding school leaders. We are on the right track, and our principals and teachers are preparing students to compete in a world of higher standards. One of those outstanding principals is Art Castillo from Memorial Elementary School. I was proud to recognize him and present him with a Team HISD baseball cap.

Art is doing a phenomenal job. In this video, you will see the way he connects with his students, including those with special needs. Across the district, we are working hard to improve the quality of services for special needs children. We recently purchased computer workstations, which are also featured in the video. The computers are helping to ensure that students with severe disabilities have access to software that can help them with their math and reading skills.

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