DEVELOP STRONG LEADERS THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Aldine ISD has prioritized the need to ensure all district leaders receive in-depth coaching and development to increase strategic capacity. Leadership training will benefit the leaders who receive it as well as the people managed by the participating leaders. As such, all training and support will be funneled down to deepen capacity at department and school levels.
CREATE A NEW EVALUATION SYSTEM
Through a newly designed performance evaluation system, the district will clearly and accurately differentiate performance and establish a vision of excellence across the district, especially all school-based staff. This tool will allow for focused feedback and will also be used to design professional development programs and career pathways.
EMBED FOCUSED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Throughout the superintendent’s listening tour, staff shared a desire to have more meaningful opportunities to learn and grow. To meet their needs and immediately impact student achievement, a customized professional development focus will be led by a new Executive Director of Professional Development. His or her charge, in conjunction with the human resources department, will be to roll out professional learning plans for district leaders, school leaders, and teachers that are grounded in improved instruction, which will lead to increased student academic outcomes.
STRATEGICALLY RECRUIT NEW TALENT
Aldine ISD has developed a renowned grow-your-own teacher pipeline through partnerships with colleges and universities and has also ensured high school graduates return to the district to teach after college graduation. As the need for highly effective teachers and leaders increases, the district must find new ways to source and hire talent. Partnerships with organizations like Teach For America and Relay Graduate School of Education will ensure the district has candidates who are prepared to immediately lead classrooms and schools.
BUILD STRONG CAREER PATHWAYS AND TALENT PIPELINE
In addition to sourcing new talent, Aldine ISD must strategically develop clearly articulated career pathways to develop and retain staff. These pathways provide employees opportunities to grow and take on new roles based on their interest, knowledge, and skills.
Research suggests that teachers determine the success of a student more than any other factor. Strong school leadership is also key. School leaders set a vision and maintain the systems and culture required to ensure instructional excellence. While research doesn’t expound on the importance of other district staff, we know every member of the Aldine ISD team needs access to exemplary training designed to help them learn and grow.
- a strong school leadership team who sets a vision and maintains the systems and culture required to ensure instructional excellence;
- teachers who are prepared to offer meaningful learning experiences every day; and
- to be supported by school and central office staff who create engaging experiences.