The Houston Independent School District is in the midst of developing a long-term Strategic Direction that will provide a road map for the future as the district strives to become the best public school system in the nation.
To ensure that all key stakeholders are engaged and involved in this process, HISD is inviting any member of the Houston community to give their input at open discussions tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center’s board auditorium, 4440 West 18th Street.
In addition, HISD will be holding two interactive, live TV shows in June to gather more input and feedback from the community. The first will be on June 28, from 7 to 8 p.m., on the HISD channel, and will be hosted by KPRC’s Khambrel Marshall, Board President Greg Meyers, and Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier. Viewers will be able to phone, email and Twitter their comments during the live show.
The second show will be broadcast on Univision 45 Houston from 5 to 10:30 p.m. on June 29. The program will be hosted by Board Trustees Diana Dávila and Manuel Rodríguez along with Univision on-air news talent. Throughout the evening there will be periodic updates and interviews during Univision’s regular programming.
To develop a long-term Strategic Direction, HISD is working with the Apollo Consulting Group in a six-month effort that started in February 2010 and will culminate in August with the release of a final plan. The goal is to create a set of core initiatives and key strategies that will allow HISD to build upon the beliefs and visions established by the HISD Board of Education and to provide the children of Houston with the highest quality of primary and secondary education.
Over the past two months, HISD has been gathering input from members of Team HISD, as well as from parents and members of the Houston community, including faith-based groups, non-profit agencies, businesses, and local and state leaders. After analyzing feedback and conducting diagnostic research, a number of core initiatives have emerged. They include placing an effective teacher in every classroom, supporting the principal as the CEO, developing rigorous instructional standards and support, ensuring data driven accountability, and cultivating a culture of trust through action.
“True transformation cannot happen overnight and it cannot happen without the input from everyone at Team HISD and those in our community who hold a stake in the education of Houston’s children,” said Grier. “In order for it to be meaningful, we need everyone to lend their voice to the process and help us shape the future direction of HISD.”