By Dr. Elizabeth Fagen
Superintendent of Schools
What’s your vision? As Humble ISD’s new superintendent, I have received that question many times. However, from years of experiences, I learned that the vision for a school district must come from the entire community, not just one person. Each community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all for every student in America.
That’s why I need your help! This winter, Humble ISD wants to hear your thoughts as we set goals for another 100 years of success for our current students and generations to come. Please consider going on to the district website – www.humbleisd.net – and participating in an online engagement in January.
There, you’ll be able to views ideas have been generated by a committee we’re calling The Dream Team. The Dream Team – representative of the entire community — consists of approximately 80 students, parents, educators, business representatives, and community members who are dreaming about what schools should focus on — going above and beyond basic academic expectations. The Dream Team needs everyone’s input regarding the needs of 21st-century students.
When you go online, you will be able to digitally place stars by the thoughts you like best, as well as contribute your own original comments. Thoughts that resonate most with the public will rise to the top, leveraging the wisdom of crowds.
Results of this online engagement will be shared with The Dream Team and influence their thinking as they develop a “Portrait of an Humble ISD Graduate” — a statement of community expectations for student’s educational experiences.
Once the Portrait of the Graduate has been approved, Humble ISD will align our work by building implementation plans to ensure students have opportunities to develop the competencies our community values most.
Humble ISD will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018-2019, and needless to say, a lot has changed over the past century. Back in the day when assembly lines energized the modern economy, America needed fast workers who would do tasks exactly as instructed. Today, employers like Google seek thinkers with the courage to speak up and solve problems independently. What an exciting time to be in education, as we build on our past to continue to focus on bright futures for all children!