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Spring 2019 Task Forces

At the November 15, 2018 VISD School Board Meeting, Superintendent Shepherd announced our next steps as a school district, and offered the community to be a part of the change -- Designing Our Future Announcement - Nov. 15 Board Meeting.

Designing Our Future Tasks Forces

Below you will find the two focus areas broken down into three tasks forces:

 

Efficiency & Resource Management

This task force will audit and review current efficiency and resource processes to identify opportunities for streamlining and enhancing in an effort maximize effectiveness. Recommendations will be prioritized. 

 

Innovation & Student Learning Pathways 
This focus group will consider student learning pathways, instructional technology initiatives, technology needs, curricular considerations and areas of innovation within the instructional program from the Pre-K – 14 student learning continuum.  Recommendations will be prioritized.  

  • Elementary task force: To review, discuss and submit a recommendation to the superintendent and board regarding establishing dynamic learning pathways for elementary and secondary age students.
  • Secondary task force: To review, discuss and submit a recommendation to the superintendent and board regarding establishing dynamic learning pathways for elementary and secondary age students.

Task Force Members

Below, you will find a compiled list of our task force members for Spring 2019.

Task Force Meeting Notes & Resources

Designing Our Future Kick-Off Event

Friday, February 8, the VISD School Board, administrators, and members from all three task forces had their first meeting. Task force members were were broken up into their respective committees and began work! Below, you will find the PowerPoint presentation delivered by Dr. Shepherd.
Efficiency & Resource Management Task Force
April Meeting Notes
May Meeting Notes
Elementary Innovation & Student Learning Task Force
May Meeting Notes
Secondary Innovation & Student Learning Task Force
May 29 Meeting Notes
Guest speaker, Lori Gracey, shared with us how technology is impacting the workplace and how schools prepare students for a changing world.

Lori Gracey currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, and teachers across the country. During her nine years in this position, she has led TCEA in membership and revenue growth, helped to pay off their building and purchase a new, larger building, and implemented new conferences, partnerships with other associations, and professional development opportunities for members and non-members. She serves more than 17,000 members and oversees a staff of 22. Lori has also been on the Executive Committee of the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and the SXSWedu board and served as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 Convention in San Antonio.

Lori has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director. She served on the TCEA board of directors for 13 years previously. Lori is a past presenter at the International Society for Technology in Education and a regular presenter at the TCEA convention. She has served as the ISTE 2013 Conference Program Chair and the 2007 NECC International Conference Chair Person, and has conducted professional development for the Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education, Texas Association of School Boards, and hundreds of school districts across the country.

Last Group Meeting with All Task Forces 

On May 1, all three Task Force groups met. The meeting started with Dr. Shepherd sharing his “Exposure, Experience, Pursuit” pathways vision. From there, the task forces had representatives from each of their groups present on the work they have done this spring. After each presentation, all task force members provided feedback on each groups' presented ideas (see "Task Force Feedback" document below). We had a guest speaker who presented on school design, and lastly, Dr. Shepherd closed the meeting by discussing our next efforts. View the meeting notes below.

 
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Designing Our Future Task Forces' Results - Feb. 2019

Listening & Learning Tour Results - Sept. 2018

In August 2018, Dr. Shepherd is kicked off his 90-day "Listening & Learning" tour. As he visited with individuals and groups within the Victoria Community, he also provided everyone the opportunity to voice their thoughts about the district online with Thoughtexchange. By using this digital tool, community members were able to provide feedback about VISD and read/rate others' thoughts and suggestions.
 
By following the link below, you will be able to find the feedback that you and your community have provided on the Thoughtexchange website:
 
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