The district developed A New Way Forward to ensure all students have access to high-quality schools and learning experiences that prepare them for their future.
Aldine Independent School District officially kicked off the new school year with a Welcome Back Convocation held on August 8. The celebration gave Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney a chance to celebrate district achievements and points of pride with every single district employee. It also served as her first opportunity to share with all stakeholders the district’s new strategic plan, A New Way Forward. The plan state’s the district’s vision and outlines the mission of providing a rigorous and enriching educational experience that prepares every student for success in college, career, and life.
“A strategic plan has been in the works for the last few years. The strategic design committee was meeting before I arrived. Rather than start over, we capitalized on their momentum. We finalized a plan that outlines where we are going as a district,” said Goffney.
Goffney, who is beginning her second year, also used feedback from her looking, listening, and learning tour to shape this comprehensive five-year plan.
The district’s plan includes five strategic priorities that are designed to ensure students have increased access to choices and opportunities. They include:
- Student Achievement
- School Culture
- Mission-Driven Leadership
- Organizational Efficiency
- Community Engagement and Outreach
The specific tasks for each priority are aligned to address the plan’s overall anchor goals. They include:
- All students will learn in highly rated schools.
- All rising first-graders will enter school-ready.
- All third-graders will read on or above grade level.
- All eighth-graders will perform math on or above grade level.
- All students will graduate college and career ready.
“One of our top priorities is providing students access to highly-rated schools where they will have countless opportunities to thrive,” said Goffney. “In addition to aligning our work, we are focused on continuous improvement, which includes monitoring implementation and reviewing programs along the way.”
She also added that the plan is not designed to sit on a shelf. Instead, the plan is designed to be a dynamic document.
“The goals, measurements, and specific tasks to implement the priorities will come to fruition over the next five years and will be introduced and communicated broadly,” Goffney said. “Our strategic plan will change and evolve as we define strategies and actions that support our commitment to ensuring all students graduate from Aldine ISD with more than a high school diploma.”
The first year of the plan will focus on building the tools, processes, and systems required to ensure the strategic plan becomes a reality. Specific focus will be placed on strengthening teaching and learning. Additionally, emphasis will be placed on professional development offerings that provide better systems of support for teachers and staff.