I am ecstatic about the innovative and inspired work happening across the district!

Our I AM EPISD slogan is based on the premise that each of us should take responsibility for and own the positive change we want to see in the District. As Mahatma Gandhi said:You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

I AM EPISD is powerful because it is the signal that we are an organization that is empowering its leaders across every area of our district to shape its own future. Because we can each play a role in creating the new EPISD, we can each have a hand in creating the district we want to be.

From the innovative work being done to open New Tech Schools at Franklin and Irvin to the open dual language campuses across the district, along with the Mesita Early Childhood Center (not to mention all the creative ideas often shared with me), I am 100 percent certain we are heading in a very positive direction.

This past Saturday morning I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with inspired TEAM EPISD members working on reviewing the curriculum that is used in every campus in the District. We were also joined by community members and parents.

First, I want to thank all the individuals who have worked tirelessly on the CMSi analysis and planning. This work is important for us as we closely examine our Curriculum and Instruction organization to make sure it is properly aligned to best support schools and the teaching and learning in our classrooms.

Midway through our session, we transitioned to a strategic discussion regarding “what should our EPISD grads know and be able to do”. This was a thought-provoking and invigorating couple of hours as we tackled this question while considering what should be occurring in our schools and classrooms. This question elicited a couple of hours of inspirational discussion. Participants shared many great ideas about what is happening in our schools and how we might (or should) look in the future.

This spirited conversation encouraged me and others to start a larger community conversation on this topic. To that end, we will soon provide info and dates on upcoming community conversations which will be led by our teachers, administrators and community members. I look forward to seeing the results.

Below you will find a few pictures from our Saturday event. Enjoy.

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