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Windham School District (WSD) provides appropriate educational programs to meet the needs of the eligible offender population, thus reducing recidivism by assisting offenders in becoming productive members of society. Studies show that education and employment reduce recidivism and save tax dollars. Many of the offenders in the Texas Departments of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) lack the educational background and basic skills necessary for attaining employment upon release. The typical Windham student functions at the sixth grade level.

WSD academic and career and technical programs are designed to provide offenders with the skills they need to obtain employment upon release.

Windham provides a variety of academic classes and Career and Technical Education (CTE) to offenders incarcerated in the TDCJ, along with behavioral change programs.

WSD operates schools on 89 sites serving TDCJ.

 

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History

The WSD was established by the Texas Board of Corrections in October 1969, as authorized by the Texas Legislature, to provide educational opportunities to offenders incarcerated in state prisons. WSD was named after James M. Windham, who served on the Texas Board of Corrections for 24 years.

 James M. Windham

The WSD began with a staff of eight instructors and grew along with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Today the WSD is one of the largest correctional education systems in the nation, offering a variety of literacy, life skills, vocational and post-secondary classes to eligible offenders incarcerated in the Correctional Institutions Division of the TDCJ.

 

 

Our Philosophy

Adults in the United States are facing the challenges of life in a rapidly changing technological age. Successfully addressing these challenges requires adults to employ educational processes that are the basic tools of human growth and development. Adult prisoners as a group lack basic educational tools needed to successfully adapt to the economic, sociological and cultural dimensions of society. Confined people need to develop the academic skills to process knowledge and information. They need skills that allow them to contribute to a productive society. They need social skills that give them self-confidence and the ability to interact successfully with peers.

 

 

 

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News

NEW "I would hire every female [student] in this class, right now" (Brian Robinson, Kiewit/TIC)
NEW Thoughts of a Windham literacy teacher: Why NOT teach in prison?
NEW Bridging the gap: Former WSD student Davila returns, brings job talk to new welding class for women in Gatesville
NEW City of San Antonio presents Official Appreciation to the Staff, Students and Community of Windham School District
WSD's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Electrical and Welding teachers had an opportunity to tour the Bechtel LNG job site located in Corpus Christi
Windham School District (WSD) Hosts Arkansas Corrections School System
Board Appoints Kristina Hartman Next Superintendent
TL Roach Unit Graduation - June 2019
Windham School District Superintendent Finalists
Windham Diagnosticians, Regional Principals, select group of Counselors attended Motivational Interviewing training
Positive Behaviors Intervention and Support (PBIS) Initiative brings WSD and TDCJ together in an interagency collaboration
Partnership certificates presented during Windham School District visit to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemical Corporate Headquarters in Houston, Texas
NCCER Corporate representatives from Alachua, Florida, toured the Terrell and Stringfellow Units
Project 180° brings ex-offenders back to share firsthand experiences, advice, reentry plans with Torres Unit students
Thanks to an anonymous request, Romance author Debbie Macomber donating collection of 100 of her books to Mountain View prison school library
WSD holds graduation at Stringfellow Chapel
Units Bulletin Board - April 2019
Windham School District tours OK Pipe & Fittings Inc in Moscow, Texas
The City of Austin has named January 15 as Windham School District Day
Windham School District continues to create opportunities for success. Windham recently introduced its truck driving program on a female unit
TINY HOUSE: WSD rebuilds lives at Dalhart
Winning the job: Workforce Solutions helping job seekers strengthen resume writing, interview skills
Windham School District’s (WSD) tours Kiewit Offshore Services, Ltd. (KOS) one of the leading fabricators in the oil and gas industry
Windham School District (WSD) signed a partnership agreement with Clean Scapes Landscaping from Austin, Texas
Windham School District (WSD) tours Kiewit Offshore Services Ltd (KOS)
Chairman extends Board’s appreciation to the City of Houston for recognizing WSD
The City of Houston commends the Windham School District for its commitment to enhancing the opportunities for former inmates and wishes the district continued success in its worthy endeavor. Mayor of the City of Houston, proclaim December 10, 2018, as Windham School District Day in Houston, Texas.
Lowe's Market meets with Windham School District
Career driven: Truck Driving Program Steering offenders to self-improvement
Windham School District offers females expanded course offerings, career options.
Windham School District (WSD) is pleased to announce our upcoming partnership with Workforce Solutions South Plains (WSSP)
Windham School District educators, students welcome Workforce Solutions to Wynne Unit
Windham School District Superintendent and Workforce Specialist thank Regional Recruiting Manager of TIC for partnership support.
Miller, supports Windham efforts with their increasing technology in the welding field which will help our students with welding skills and increase once release
Great news about Windham School District and its collaboration with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Solutions Board
Workforce Solutions Partners with Windham School District
San Saba Woman Receives Governor's 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award
Windham Workday video takes look at hands-on vocational training
Campbell Concrete visits Polunksy Unit, tours Windham School District CTE programs
Walker County Educator of the Year: Terry Murray’s students learn how to shine in prison classroom
WSD Appreciates its Board of Trustees & Their Service!
'New guiding lights': Representative James White praises graduates at Wynne Unit
Windham School District: Enhancing job opportunities through industry partnerships, updated career clusters, and apprenticeship training with TDCJ
Technology education supports job training
In Dallas: Habitat for Humanity partners with WSD
Industry support: WSD thanks Fluor
TDCJ Windham School District: An Ongoing Success Story (Reprinted from The Paducah Post)
Building the Workforce: Correctional educators from Windham School District sign collaboration agreement with Gulf Coast Workforce Board, affiliate of Workforce Solutions
Preparing tomorrow's workforce for industry: TIC training manager explains benefits of WSD partnership
Media Honor Roll: WSD joins TASB to recognize outstanding journalists
San Antonio Food Bank training cooks up Second Chance for newly-released offenders
Windham School District working with TDLR, strengthening employment opportunities by helping offenders earn state licensures
Austin businesswoman lists education, faith, sobriety as powerful life savers
WSD's first summer school offers reentry skills to Texas offenders
Industry employers partner with WSD to provide increased job opportunities
Why I Teach for Windham: Brent Frailicks
Life re-wired: Houston electrical superintendent credits WSD vocational training for career
WSD implements training by The Flippen Group for educator development, student leadership
Sen. Charles Perry speaks to graduates in Childress 
Cartel to Counselor: Finding HOPE through education
Livingston graduation ceremony: Rep. James White joins WSD in marking success
Congressman John Cornyn observes job training at San Antonio Food Bank
Central Texas welders thank CTE teacher for training, influence
Career Expo business presentation empowers former offender to succeed
Bastrop Man Receives Governor's 2016 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award
Windham Career Expo inside TDCJ's Terrell Unit brings employers, hiring support directly to offenders
Pablo Gonzales: Thanks to job-focused training, project manager enjoys work,  family, life
WSD Career and Technical Education: Preparing students for work, success 
WSD receives support from NCCER with efforts to connect trained offenders and employers
'We are Windham' video proudly explains why, how WSD changes lives. Now available online 
WSD Success Story:  Safety manager, former offender returns to prison to encourage job-readiness

Success Stories

Success Story IconNEW - After more than 16 years - "I graduated from the electrical program in 1998. I found my Windham teachers were real people, and they..."

Success Story IconEducation changed my life -
"These opportunities [GED® classes or learning a trade] are great, but WSD is so much more than that; for me it was a change of life."

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 IconFormer Windham student becomes successful electrician -
Garrett Stanley, a wonderful story of success in life after incarceration.

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