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WSD Volunteer

Windham School District acknowledges the fact that each volunteer brings their own unique talents, skills, knowledge, and abilities gained through training and/or individual life experiences. Volunteers bring this wealth of knowledge and become valued participants on advisory boards and committees pertaining to educational, vocational and life skills training programs. “People helping people” is the guiding principal of volunteering in correctional education partnerships. Volunteers provide assistance with specific activities and programs for incarcerated individuals that promote personal growth and educational opportunities. The goal is to facilitate the offender’s successful reentry back into their communities, to aid in the transition between confinement and society as well as reduce recidivism.

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Programs Offered by Volunteers:

The Pen-City Writers Program is a college-level creative-writing certificate program for men incarcerated at the Connally Unit. It is sponsored by the English Department at University of Texas at Austin as a university extension program. The incarcerated students who complete the program will earn a certificate, earn UT college credits, publish their own journal, have their own library, and are learning to be writers and thinkers behind bars.

The Pen-City Writers Program

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Reading is Freedom Program is a volunteer reading program that was piloted at the Clements Unit in Amarillo. Windham School District (WSD) Special Programs Division and TDCJ’s Rehabilitative Programs Division (RPD) Chaplaincy department joined forces to coordinate services and develop a program which targets incarcerated individuals who are at a Literacy I level. Field Ministers who are graduates from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary College at the Darrington Unit are paired up with volunteers who will receive training in the selected Language! curriculum. Language! is a comprehensive reading intervention program for students in grades 3-12 who are 1-2 grades below grade level. The volunteers will participate in a two-day Language! training session provided by Windham academic specialist preparing them to be the reading instructors for the program. The education and chaplain departments on the unit will coordinate the days the program will be offered.

Reading is Freedom

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Women’s Storybook Project (WSP) of Texas builds relationships between mothers behind bars and their children on the outside. Windham School District (WSD) partners with the storybook program at several Texas prison sites, coordinating efforts with the WSD parenting program. This special program help incarcerated mothers do what moms have always done to comfort and nurture their children such as read them bedtime stories, using their own voices to love, reassure, and encourage them from miles away. Volunteers visit women’s prisons in Central and East Texas once a month to record mothers reading books aloud to their children. The children receive a copy of the recording and a new book each month. In 2018, nine prisons and over 2,500 women are participating.

Women's Storybook Project

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Volunteering stories that may interest you:

Women's Storybook Project - Simple idea with big impact allows mothers to connect with children.

TDCJ Public Information Office - Austin woman receives 2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award - Judith Dullnig was presented the Governor's 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of her dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

San Antonio Man Receives Governor's 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award(AUSTIN) – Charles M. Fisk of San Antonio, Texas was presented the “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award during the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. The award was presented by Oliver Bell, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. “We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”

Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award - During ceremonies in Austin, Sally May of Granite Shoals accepted the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award on behalf of Literacy Highland Lakes. For 27 years, this 501(c)(3) volunteer-based non-profit group has conducted GED classes at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet, Texas.

TDCJ Public Information Office - Manvel Woman receives 2012 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award - Carolyne Fox of Manvel was presented the Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her dedication in helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Open Records

Public Information Act (Open Records Requests)Pursuant to Chapter 552.201, Texas Government Code: 
The Superintendent of the Windham School District (WSD) has designated the WSD Office of the General Counsel as the recipient of all transmitted EMAIL and FACSIMILE requests under the Public Information Act. For such requests the address, email address and facsimile number shall be as follows:

Windham School District
Office of the General Counsel
P.O. Box 40
Huntsville, TX 77342-0040

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facsimile: (936) 436-4031  

ATTENTION: FOR STUDENT RECORDS REQUEST SEE BELOW

Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (Student Records Requests)

Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. Section 1232g:

The WSD Superintendent has designated the WSD Counseling, Testing and Records Department as an alternate recipient of FACSIMILE requests under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Email requests shall be accepted only if a signed release is scanned and emailed as an attachment, as FERPA allows the release of educational records only through a signed request or in response to a subpoena. For requests of student records, the address, email address and facsimile number of the WSD Counseling, Testing and Records Department shall be as follows:


Windham Records Department
P.O. Box 40
Huntsville, TX 77342-0040

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facsimile: (936) 291-5344

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Subcategories

News

NEW Congratulations to Windham's first two students who completed the secure online Certification for Professional Communication!
NEW "I would hire every 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 IconGED® Success Story -
"My son received his GED® through Windham School District. I just wanted to 'Thank You' for this program."

Success Story Icon NEW - I learned to change my perspective - "It’s the education I learned in Cognitive Intervention class that changed me. I learned to change my perspective."

Success Story IconNEW - Education taught me... - "Education taught me how to think and analyze problems, which helps me daily in my current employment."

Success Story Icon NEW - Tools to change my own life - "What can I say about Autobrakes? I guess I need to start by saying it's one of the best classes I have ever taken!"

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