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Innovation & Student Learning Pathway

The Innovation and Student Learning Task Force has five sub-committees:

  1. System of Great Schools: Purpose will be to develop a call for quality schools, analyze and recommend a local accountability system structure, and develop a school performance framework.
  2. School Actions: Purpose of school actions is to work in several areas related to planning grants that VISD has obtained that include: Pre-K Early Childhood Center, School Re-start for O'Connor Elementary using the ACE model, and PTECH School-Within-A-School.
  3. Designing 21st Century Programs of Study: Purpose is to continue to explore options and recommendations related to Project-Based Learning, Blended Learning Environments, STEM, and to design programs of study that meet the needs of our students.
  4. Social Emotional Learning: Purpose is to research and analyze best practice as it relates to "Students as Learners" and "Students as People."
  5. Effective Schools Framework: Purpose is to define "Quality" as is relates to educational programs and staff.  Additionally, this sub-committee will review talent recruitment and development as well as quality mentor programs.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
Date Time Location
Thursday, October 10 4:00pm - 5:30pm VISD Admin.Building, Renaissance Center
Leaders: Melissa Correll, Carla Schaefer, Amber Godby
Date Time Location
Thursday, October 24 4:00pm - 5:00pm VISD Admin.Building, Renaissance Center
Wednesday, November 13 3:30pm - 5:00pm VISD Admin.Building, Renaissance Center
Thursday, November 19 3:30pm - 5:00pm VISD Admin.Building, Renaissance Center
Leaders: Ann Avila, Natalie Ambrameit, Carol Dipple
Date Time Location
Tuesday, November 12 3:00pm - 5:00pm VISD Admin.Building, Renaissance Center
Thursday, December 12 3:00pm - 5:00pm VISD Admin.Building, Renaissance Center
Leaders: Sherri Hathaway, Martin Sanchez, Tammy Sestak
Date Time
Location
Wednesday, November 20 3:00pm - 5:00pm Dr. Robert A Jaklich Conference Center, Room D
Tuesday, February 4 All Day Facility Visits at Spring ISD
Wednesday, March 4 3:00pm - 4:00pm Dr. Robert A Jaklich Conference Center, Room D
 
Leaders: Brandi Henke, Michelle Yates, Kelli Cotton
Date Time
Location
Tuesday, October 29 4:00pm - 5:00pm VISD Admin. Building, Renaissance Center
Tuesday, November 19 12:00pm - 1:00pm VISD Admin. Building, Renaissance Center
Tuesday, January 21 12:00pm - 1:00pm VISD Admin. Building, Renaissance Center
Thursday, February 6 4:00pm - 5:00pm VISD Admin. Building, Renaissance Center
Leaders: Tammy Sestak, Clark Motley
Date Time
Location
Tuesday, November 12 3:30pm - 5:00pm VISD Conference Center, Room C
Thursday, January 16 3:30pm - 5:00pm VISD Conference Center, Room C
Monthly Meeting Overviews
Systems of Great Schools: Members of the SGS task force met on 10/28/2019 to begin the work on developing a School Performance Framework. The goal of the meeting was to develop a shared understanding of what an SPF is and the process VISD will use to develop an SPF. Duncan Klussmann, our SGS Executive Advisor, will facilitate this work. The next meeting is scheduled for November 13, 2019. The presentation for the meeting can be found here. A SPF provides a metric based-score card of the communities shared definition of quality centered around equitable access for all students. The SPF will be used as an improvement tool to set priorities to provide support to improve student outcomes. It will also serve the state’s accountability rating and provide a broader understanding of school performance based on Victoria’s definition of a great school. It creates a more holistic portrait of our schools that reflects community values
Systems of Great Schools: We are currently working in Lever 1 of SGS (Managing School Performance) which includes the development of a School Performance Framework (SPF) and the development of a regular portfolio review process. We are also working on Lever 2 of SGS which is Developing Great Options.
 
School Performance Framework: The SPF provides a metric-based score card of the community’s shared definition of quality centered around equitable access for all students. We have closed the “quality classroom and quality schools” exchange and have analyzed the results. Those results were shared with the Strategic Planning task force and we will be using the information gleaned to help guide our efforts in discussions about local accountability models and school performance frameworks. The SGS task force met on December 10, 2019 and worked toward identifying broad categories for evaluation based on the community’s definition of a quality school.