AISD All Staff Virtual Convocation Hosted by Superintendent MeriaCarstarphen August 16, 2011
If we prioritize our work to target our greatest needs; stabilize our plans around a set of proven practices; and optimize our resources by eliminating what doesn’t work, and redirecting it to what works well, then we can focus on the whole child, streamline our systems management and improve human capital. Theory of Action
TOP 10 LIST 10. This year we will serve seven-times more students in our revamped, research-based bilingual design – that’s dual-language immersion! 9. Of the approximately 1,100 teachers and staff who were affected by the RIF, AISD helped 800 of them find new employment in the district, retire, or get placed in vacant positions. 8. This year, the district achieved the greatest overall gains in math and science, the two lowest academic subject areas in recent years. 7. AISD received a $63 million Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant and paid $6.7 million in bonuses to 1,330 teachers and administrators in the REACH program. 6. AISD continues to lead the state for the 10th year in a row in the number of National Board Certified teachers, now with 216 in total.
TOP 10 LIST 5. AISD has been chosen to partner with two national organizations – CASEL, a leader in Social Emotional Learning, and the Kennedy Center, which sponsors the Any Given Child program to support arts education. 4. AISD had the highest percentage of students scoring at the “Commended” level,in comparison to any of the Big 8 districts in Texas. 3. Student attendance improved by 0.5%, and all school levels had attendance rates above 90 percent for the first time. 2. Since 2003, we have closed the achievement gap by 20 percentage points in reading and social studies; 27 points in writing; 30 points in math; and 39 points in science. 1. 4,182 students graduated on time, and 84% of those graduates applied to college; both numbers are up from last year.
Whole Child Prioritize, Stabilize, Optimize • Dual Language Immersion • Response to Intervention • Social Emotional Learning • Child Study Teams • Fine Arts • Health and Wellness • Attendance (In addition to the core curriculum) Human Capital • Staffing to Maximize Learning • Performance and Accountability • New Performance Based Appraisal System • Staff Wellness and Attendance • Cloud Computing – Anywhere, Any Time! • Performance-Based Empowerment • Integrated Curriculum Management System • Long-Term Facilities Master Plan • Long-Term Fiscal Planning & External Resources • Multicultural Outreach • Focus on Efficiency and Environmental • Stewardship and Sustainability Systems Improvement
7 Expectations for Moving Together • Be in school – students and staff! • Learn and model social emotional skills – handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically • Model health and wellness • Reduce disciplinary actions and over-identification to special education for African American and Hispanic students • Raise the roof on reading in Austin ISD! • Get in “The Cloud” – use data and information to ensure greater access, mobility, equity and consistency district-wide • Be an ambassador for AISD – every employee, every day