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Basic Academic Program

Literacy Programs provide adult basic education for offenders functioning below the sixth grade level and secondary level adult education for those who are working toward attainment of a high school equivalency certificate (GED). Based on individual achievement, students are assigned to beginning (Literacy I), intermediate (Literacy II), or advanced (Literacy III) level classes. Literacy classes are non-graded, competency-based, and operate on a 12-month scholastic year. Students generally attend literacy classes three hours per day. Students with reading skills below the fourth grade level may be enrolled in Literacy I—Reading, a special program designed to provide intensive instruction in reading.

Understanding the wide range of learning needs, learning styles, prerequisite skills, and interests of their students, literacy teachers provide differentiated instruction using a variety of teaching strategies. Literacy teachers also work collaboratively with Career and Technology Education (CTE) teachers to promote workplace competencies and learning in real-world contexts. In all programs, emphasis is placed on the skills employers demand, such as personal qualities, cultural sensitivity/tolerance, teamwork, decision making, and problem solving.

Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI) labs are available at most campuses, providing opportunities for diagnostic, prescriptive, computer-based instruction to support and enhance the academic program.

 

Additional Information:

Basic Academic Program
Special Education Program
Title I Program
English as a Second Language Program (ESL)
CHANGES II Program
Cognitive Intervention Program
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

Special Education Program

A comprehensive referral and assessment process is used to identify offenders who may be in need of Special Education services Special instruction is provided for students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, vision and/ or hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, traumatic brain injury, and speech impairments. Certified Special Education teachers employ a wide variety of instructional strategies and materials to address each student’s individual learning style. Special computer equipment is used to meet the unique needs of students who are blind or have significant visual impairments. Related services are provided when needed. These services include interpretive services for deaf students, assistive technology, and needed support services. Students in the Special Education program who are not able to demonstrate progress in the regular academic curriculum may be considered for placement in an Adaptive Skills class. Adaptive Skills is a Special Education class that focuses primarily on functional literacy and life skills.

Windham also provides a special program for eligible students who exhibit limited English proficiency. A language assessment is administered to determine a student’s level of proficiency in English. Students who demonstrate a significant lack of English proficiency are recommended for placement in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Certified ESL teachers provide intensive instruction in English language development, reading and writing.

Personal and Social Development

Changing Habits and Achieving New Goals to Empower Success (CHANGES)II is a 60-day life skills program designed to prepare offenders for release. Offenders who are within two years of projected release are eligible to participate in the program. The program content includes personal development, healthy relationships, living responsibly, drug education, health maintenance, emotional development, employment and other related life skills.

Cognitive Intervention, a 60-day program developed with the help of the National Institute of Corrections, teaches students to meet their needs without trespassing on the rights of others.

Through instruction and exercises in interpersonal problem solving, the program helps offenders:

Develop personal accountability and responsibility
Develop anger management
Develop impulse control
Overcome criminal thinking
Create positive attitudes and beliefs
Set goals.


WSD offers a 30-day Parenting & Family Wellness program at a few facilities. The curricular content of the Parenting & Family Wellness program includes The Middle Way Parent Education Program, a communication-based, interactive program that supports the development of healthy family relationships. The program addresses compassionate assertiveness, empathic/active listening, empowerment and other skills to strengthen family relationships. Participants engage in an introspective process of positive personal change.

A 15-day program entitled Perspectives and Solutions is offered at intake facilities. In this progressive program, students explore cultural diversity, personal identity, stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination (including racial, ethnic, religious, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical disability). Students also receive extensive exposure to problem solving techniques.

 

The other 6 programs:

     Basic Academic Program

     Title I Program

     English as a Second Language Program (ESL)

     CHANGES II Program

     Cognitive Intervention Program 

     Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

Title I Program

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Programs

A supplemental Title I program is provided for educationally underachieving students who are 20 years of age or younger. These students are enrolled in a three-hour Title I class in addition to another regular program of instruction. The Title I teacher works collaboratively with the other teacher to reinforce and/or reteach literacy and math concepts. Interactive computer equipment and computer-assisted instruction are used in the Title I program to provide remediation of basic skills and encourage participatory learning.

WSD uses Title II, Part A – Teacher and Principal Training & Recruiting funds to support professional development activities for teachers and principals. Title II funds are also used for class size reduction at two facilities that house the TDCJ Youthful Offender Program for offenders ages 14 to 17.

 

Additional Information:

Basic Academic Program
Special Education Program
Title I Program
English as a Second Language Program (ESL)
CHANGES II Program
Cognitive Intervention Program
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

Changes II

Changing Habits and Achieving New Goals to Empower Success (CHANGES)II is a 60-day life skills program designed to prepare offenders for release. Offenders who are within two years of projected release are eligible to participate in the program. The program content includes personal development, healthy relationships, living responsibly, drug education, health maintenance, emotional development, employment and other related life skills.

 

Additional Information:

Basic Academic Program
Special Education Program
Title I Program
English as a Second Language Program (ESL)
CHANGES II Program
Cognitive Intervention Program
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program

A message from Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter & Martha Fields, Interim Director of Instructional Division:

THANK YOU, Windham Principals,  for your outstanding work in leading our schools!

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has proclaimed October 2017 as “Principals Month” in Texas. Across the nation, states are taking the time to thank principals for their dedication to creating student success and school safety. Windham School District principals are no exception!

Principals are expected to be educational leaders, disciplinarians, community builders, spokesmen, budget analysts and guardians of policy mandates and initiatives. Principals set the academic tone for their schools and work collaboratively with teachers to set performance objectives and maintain high curriculum standards.  Despite the challenges of working within the physical confines of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, these educators provide the leadership, hard work and vision required to help their adult students rebuild their lives and reach for second chances.

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'We are Windham' video proudly explains why, how WSD changes lives. Now available online

Success Stories

Success Story IconTo a WSD welding teacher from a former offender student -
"I got a job welding and I had to write and just thank you so much for putting me ahead of the game."

Success Story IconNEW - Thank you for this program - "My son received his GED through Windham School District. I just wanted to thank you for this program."

Success Story IconNEW - Making a positive impact - "I am very excited to be learning a new trade and to be securing employment for myself in the 'real world.'"

Success Story IconNEW - I’m so grateful I took welding -
"I’m so grateful I took welding; I’ve come so far in my career because the things I was taught in that program".

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