WSD - Windham School District

Division of Instruction

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Windham School District programs are designed to meet the unique needs of adult offenders and address the legislatively-mandated goals of reducing recidivism, reducing the cost of confinement, promoting positive behavior during confinement, and increasing offenders’ success in obtaining and maintaining employment.

Offenders are selected for enrollment in WSD programs based on the Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP) process. The ITP is a plan of treatment for an individual offender. The plan outlines programmatic activities and services for an offender, and prioritizes his/her participation in recommended programs based on the offender’s needs, program availability, and projected release date. Offenders who are less than 35 years of age have the highest priority for enrollment in academic classes. Offenders who are less than 35 years of age and within five years of projected release have the highest priority for placement in academic and vocational programs.

Windham Programs

WSD educators teach students by combining real-world contexts and workplace skills.  Teachers create lessons that address each different learning style within the student population.  All programs emphasize workplace skills such as tolerance, teamwork, and problem solving.

1. Basic Academic Program emphasizes literacy training and GED preparation. The curricular framework includes the development of skills necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment.

2. Special Education Program provides individualized instruction for students with disabilities so they can learn and be successful.

3. Title I Program provides a supplemental academic program for eligible offenders who are less than 21 years of age.

4. English as a Second Language Program (ESL) provides English language instruction for offenders with limited English proficiency.

5. The CHANGES II Program (Pre-Release) prepares offenders for return to the "free world". The program addresses personal development, healthy relationships, living responsibly, drug education, health, emotional development and employment.

6. The Cognitive Intervention Program is designed to improve behavior during incarceration and after release by addressing thinking patterns which lead to criminal behavior. The program includes instruction and exercises in problem solving, anger management, impulse control, overcoming criminal thinking, creating positive attitudes and beliefs, goal setting and relapse prevention.

7. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program integrates career path planning and technical training to prepare offenders for today's workforce. Career and technical training is offered in more than 30 occupations. The competency-based curriculum is designed to meet entry-level industry standards, including certification and licensure requirements. The CTE program also supports apprenticeship and On-the-Job-Training programs.

 

Counseling, Testing and Records

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The Counseling, Testing and Records Department is responsible for the district’s testing program, including one of the largest GED testing programs in the nation.  The department is also responsible for the management of educational assessments as offenders enter the correctional system and for maintaining educational records.  Staff respond to legal and offender requests for educational records and  process high school diploma, GED and college claim verifications.

The Counseling, Testing and Records Department provides administrative support and supervision to unit education staff.  WSD employs certified counselors to provide a comprehensive guidance program at the unit level. The counselors provide program information to potential students and enroll eligible students in appropriate educational programs. Counselors maintain career information centers, provide career guidance activities, and assist offenders with the development of career path plans to enable them to make informed educational and occupational choices. In addition, counselors coordinate the administration of standardized educational achievement tests, coordinate and administer the GED tests.  They also assist students in developing problem solving skills, communication skills, self-awareness, and stress coping abilities.

WSD Counselors are an integral part of  the district’s testing program.  Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) are administered to all incoming TDCJ offenders to determine each offender’s educational level. In addition, offenders enrolled in WSD academic programs are tested periodically throughout the school year to monitor student progress. Offenders also participate in an assessment of vocational aptitude and interest prior to enrollment in Career and Technical Education programs.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions and more information on how to Request Educational Records (GED, Transcripts, NCCER Industry certificates).

 

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Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Congratulations to Windham's first two students who completed the secure online Certification for Professional Communication!
"I would hire every student in this class, right now" (Brian Robinson, Kiewit/TIC)
Thoughts of a Windham literacy teacher: Why NOT teach in prison?
Bridging the gap: Former WSD student Davila returns, brings job talk to new welding class for women in Gatesville
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 IconWelding Success Story -
"I'm thankful for the welding program I was allowed to take while locked up".

Success Story IconPolunsky Unit Success Story -
"He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."

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."

Success Story IconNEW - I can now make a living. I’m free - "The welding program helped me build character. Mr. Perry taught me how to talk like a welder..."

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