Annual Performance Report SY19 (2018-2019)

Annual Performance Report SY19 (2018-2019)

Thank you for your interest in the Windham School District (WSD) and our services within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).

The Windham School District provides incarcerated students opportunities that support meaningful, productive lives. A strategic planning session was held in July of 2019 that resulted in an update of goals and objectives with a focus on communication, collaboration, engagement and student employment.

WSD provides renewed focus to developing career pathways with students. Student engagement begins with providing access to programs that are relevant and interesting. Potential students complete interest and aptitude inventories and meet with certified school counselors to discuss course options that support meaningful employment as they return back into society. WSD purposefully reviews career and technical education program options regularly to ensure that the offerings align with the employment outlook in our communities. This includes access to relevant technology and learning objectives that meet the needs of employers. For example, emphasis has been placed on trade offerings for occupations in which women are underrepresented in the workforce. Integrated instruction that addresses academic, life skills and career and technical education leads to student success during and following incarceration.

WSD provides additional support and improves opportunities for young students. The youthful population, including students who are eligible for special education services, continues to be a high-priority group within the WSD. During the past year, the district, in partnership with a state university, initiated Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to incentivize our young students to increase participation and progress in adult education and literacy programs. The Growth in Occupation, Advanced Literacy and Social Skills (GOALS) program commenced to provide students with career exploration and employability skills training components. Students also participated in a music-based social/emotional learning program. Ongoing efforts and innovative methods of engaging young students and supporting transition into the community continue to be a focus within the WSD.

WSD expands connections with employers. During the recent strategic planning session, principals, teachers, counselors and representatives from various departments developed a goal for student employment. The continued focus on the award of thirdparty, industry-recognized certifications and collaboration with employers continues to support employment-ready returning citizens.

We are pleased to highlight the progress and efforts within the WSD that are detailed in this report, and will continue to develop and implement innovative programs that support student success, provide the community with capable, reliable employees and result in improved lives for individuals and their families during and following incarceration.

Respectfully,

Kristina J. Hartman, Ed.S.
Superintendent, Windham School District

 

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Success Stories

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 IconIndependent Data Contractor Success Story -
"Due largely to the training I received from my teacher, I am able to be an independent ...

Success Story IconNEW - I had given up on myself - "I could barely read or write and didn’t even realize I had given up on myself… a great teacher from WSD taught me how to believe in myself..."

Success Story IconNEW - They didn’t give up - "It makes me feel really good to know that these guys aren’t giving up just because they’re in prison."

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