Klein ISD Honored in Houston Business Journal’s Innovation Awards


Klein ISD was recognized as one of the 26 most innovative, pioneering companies in the greater Houston area by the Houston Business Journal in its first-ever Innovation Awards. 

This award is the product of a long-standing commitment to going above and beyond in all aspects of education, from utilizing and nurturing valuable business partnerships to encouraging thoughtful, student-led initiatives. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized as the first and only school district for the Houston Business Journal’s 2019 Innovation Award,” Klein ISD Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “We continuously strive to provide the best possible learning experiences for our students, and this award is truly a testament to our district’s tradition of excellence and commitment to building strong business partnerships in our community.”

What caught the judges’ eyes was our district-wide innovation challenges, from Klein Water Warriors to our unique student-produced hackathon known as “Klein Hacks.” Klein ISD is truly changing the game by empowering students to own their learning and solve real-world problems.

One of the most well-known Innovation Challenges was none other than Klein in Space, in which Klein ISD partnered with the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), a model U.S. National STEM Education Initiative. The challenge was applauded for being an authentic research experience.

“It was a great opportunity to use the things I learned in class and apply them to something real, rather than just problems on a test,” Klein High graduate Max Hall-Brown said. “For me, it was an opportunity to take my knowledge to the next level and find a way to innovate.”

Klein ISD will be featured in a special section of the Houston Business Journal’s September 27 weekly edition and celebrated at the Fast 100 and Innovation Awards event on September 26. 

We are so proud of everyone who made this happen! Keep innovating, Klein Family!