In August 2019, I stood before you at convocation and announced that a design team made up of teachers, students, administrators, parents, and community members would begin working in January 2020 to develop a comprehensive vision for learning and a strategic plan to ensure a culture of high performance that prepares students who are ready for the next grade level and ready for life beyond high school.
In January 2020, we started meeting bi-weekly in the evenings at the at the ESC. To begin our work, we studied multiple types of district data, and we read and analyzed Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas. This document was developed by the Public Education Visioning Institute. It was born from the work and ideas of thirty-five public school superintendents who came together as a community of learners to create a new vision for public education in Texas. Former DISD Superintendent, Leland Williams, is one of the 35 who were actively involved in the creation of this document. After studying data and research, we rolled up our sleeves, and the work began. By March 2020, we were well on our way; however, after our March meeting, COVID completely shut us down.
Determined to accomplish our goal, the Design Team began meeting via Zoom. The work for this plan requires a lot of interaction and collaboration, and at first, we were worried about an 80-person committee doing this work by Zoom. The conditions for which we had to operate did not hold us back. From September 2020 to March 2021, we met often, and the design team actively participated, sharing thoughts and ideas, collaborating, and reaching consensus. The Dickinson ISD Strategic Plan, our roadmap for the future, is now a reality. I am very proud of the Strategic Plan created and developed by the Design Team and supported and approved by the Board of Trustees, and I am extremely grateful to our consultant, Roz Keck from N2Learning, and to the many design team members who were committed to this work for over one year.
- Carla Voelkel, Dickinson ISD Superintendent