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How are we doing? Make ‘Your Voice’ heard

2015 April 30
by HISD Communications

Engagement is important to HISD year-round. We work hard to make sure parents feel connected to their children’s classrooms and teachers and that they become involved with their schools. We have committees to bring everyone, including parents, alumni, teachers, administrators, and staff, to the table on important matters.

For the third year, we’re extending our reach through a comprehensive “customer service” survey known as Your Voice. Your Voice is conducted by an independent research firm, and participation is done anonymously, with confidentiality guaranteed. Through about 40 questions (which should take 10-15 minutes), you are asked about everything from safety to teachers’ expectations to how parents are treated. You even get the chance to grade us on a scale from A to F.

We take Your Voice seriously at HISD. We study it as a district to see where we need to do better, and individual campuses use the results in formulating their required school improvement plans.

At The Rusk School, parents felt it was sometimes difficult to speak with an administrator and said so on Your Voice. The school juggled front office duties to make sure an administrator was always available. Wheatley HS listened to comments about teacher communications and now requires all teachers to keep a calling schedule with parents. Safety concerns at Thomas Middle School inspired a volunteer Parents on Patrol program.

Your comment could be the next great idea at your school or at the district, but not if you don’t participate. Parents and teachers can complete the survey from May 1-30; students in grades 3 through 12 from May 11-28. We’re anxious to hear what you have to say.

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