Special strategic planning committee meets for life skills review

Updates and effective revisions to WSD life skills programs were the focus of a two-day strategic planning meeting held Jan. 21-22 in Huntsville. WSD teachers, academic specialists, regional administrators and principals; former Board of Trustee members, current TDCJ partners, university researchers, and community stakeholders came together as a special committee to offer input on WSD life skills curriculum revisions.

"The committee is tasked with reviewing existing CHANGES and Cognitive Intervention Program curriculum and identifying necessary components based on the most current life skills research," WSD Superintendent Dr. Clint Carpenter said. "Our desired outcome is to incorporate an assessment instrument and introduce a prescriptive method for the identification and placement of students in WSD life skills and vocational programs.

"We were appreciative of the very energy, effort and input shared during this meeting," Carpenter said.

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