Commissioner of Education speaks at Windham GED® Ceremony
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams congratulates a GED® recipient during ceremonies honoring Moore Unit and Cole State Jail GED® recipients. Commissioner Williams praised graduates for their accomplishments and thanked attending family members for support and encouragement.
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Partners and Pathways for Empowering Change
Windham School District’s Review of Achievement and Opportunity
The Windham School District (WSD) has been dedicated to empowering incarcerated men and women in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to transform their lives through academic and job training since 1969. In School Year 2016, many new initiatives and solutions were implemented to improve programming.
The WSD’s viable partnerships and educational efforts create second chances for brighter futures; however, effectively serving adult offenders with limited or non-existent academic experience presents real challenges.
The WSD recognizes its responsibility to constantly review programs and services for offenders to better prepare them for transition back into society.
Advancing the WSD to provide higher quality learning opportunities involves identifying and applying interventions that lead to a high probability of success.
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