Starting Point2019-08-24T01:56:04+00:00

THE STARTING POINT

A NEW WAY FORWARD

Over the last year, we have listened to and learned from thousands of students, teachers, principals, district staff, families, business partners, and community members. We visited campuses, toured departments, attended sporting events and student activities, sent surveys, and hosted focus groups. Across our community, a common theme emerged: Aldine is a wonderful school district with a history of success — and there is genuine excitement for what is to come.

The feedback we received ultimately shaped A New Way Forward, Aldine Independent School District’s five-year strategic plan. This plan was developed to ensure all of our students have access to high-quality schools and learning experiences that prepare them for their futures.

To meet this goal, we need to ensure the lessons taught in our classrooms are dynamic and innovative and prepare students for success in life, the cultures of our schools celebrate the diversity of our students and communities, staff members feel supported and appreciated, systems and functions are aligned to support student achievement, and stakeholders are informed about our progress and successes.

Throughout this document, you will see a new vision, mission, guiding principles, and strategic priorities for the district. More than just a set of words, this document outlines our new way forward.

The goals, measurements, and specific tasks to implement the priorities will come to fruition over the next five years and will be introduced and communicated broadly. Our strategic plan is a dynamic document that will change and evolve as we define strategies and actions that support our commitment to ensuring all students will graduate from Aldine ISD with more than a high school diploma. They will graduate with choices and opportunities.

I look forward to working with you throughout our journey ahead.


Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney
Superintendent of Schools

MILESTONES AND ACHIEVEMENTS

August 2019

November 2015

$798 million bond referendum approved by voters

Early April 2017

Began the strategic planning process

October 2017

Partnered with the Texas Association of School Administrators to conduct a curriculum audit

July 2018

Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney became Aldine ISD’s sixth superintendent

August 2018

Opened eight new school campuses, including two rebuilds, new grade-span configurations, and new school boundaries

August 2018

Began partnership with Good Reason Houston, an education nonprofit, to implement strategies to improve student outcomes

August 2018

Superintendent Goffney convened a Superintendent’s Principal Advisory group to meet regularly and discuss the district’s priorities

September 2018–January 2019

Gathered stakeholder feedback on mission, vision, goals, and beliefs through focus groups and surveys

September 2018

Superintendent Goffney hosted first meeting with local clergy to discuss opportunities for partnership

October 2018

Presented strategic plan update to the Board of Trustees

December 2018

Commissioned external audit of communications department to assess processes and systems

January 2019

Shared priority-based budget process for 2018-2019 to ensure all resources are focused on increasing student outcomes and strategic priorities

January 2019

Began phase one of a three-phase transportation audit

January–May 2019

Conducted a personnel function analysis in collaboration with the Texas Association of School Boards to address the issues outlined in curriculum audit

March 2019

Began drafting the strategic plan based on stakeholder and board feedback

March 2019

Superintendent Goffney restructured the leadership team based on audit recommendations and comparisons to similar districts

April 2019

Launched two Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) schools, Goodman Elementary and Worsham Elementary, a model designed to dramatically improve student outcomes by bringing the district’s most effective educators to struggling schools

April 2019

Selected to partner with The Holdsworth Center to build leadership capacity at all levels

April 2019

Chosen to participate in Cohort 3 of the Texas Education Agency’s System of Great Schools, allowing the district to explore additional ways to increase the number of high-performing campuses

May 2019

Victory Early College High School was ranked the #6 best school in the Houston area and #23 in Texas according to U.S. News and World Report

July 2019

Finalized the strategic plan and presented to district leadership

July 2019

Strategic plan approved by the Board of Trustees

August 2019

Launched the new five-year strategic plan including new mission, vision, and district branding during the 2019 Welcome Back Convocation