TEA Commissioner of Education visits Klein ISD, sees ‘excellence in every classroom’
Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath spent time in Klein ISD on Wednesday visiting campuses with Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown.
During his visit, Commissioner Morath spoke with students, teachers, and principals about Klein ISD’s history of excellence and innovation and the district’s continued work to produce equitable learning outcomes for every student.
“It was great to see the focus on excellence in every classroom,” Commissioner Morath said. “We were able to see teachers innovating in their lesson design and execution to push students to a very high level of achievement.”
The Commissioner talked with a variety of students and teachers about how Klein meets the needs of every learner: from students receiving special education services to students learning in a dual language environment to on-level and advanced learners benefiting from a blended learning platform, which allows them to pursue learning objectives at their own pace.
“We enjoyed showing Commissioner Morath the excellent work our outstanding educators and students do every single day in Klein ISD and are so pleased to work in partnership with the Texas Education Agency to ensure equitable outcomes for all students,” said Dr. McGown.
Joining Superintendent McGown and Commissioner Morath was Klein ISD Board of Trustees President Georgan Reitmeier and State Representative, Mr. Sam Harless.
At Zwink Elementary, Commissioner Morath spent time in a Dual Language Immersion classroom, where native English speaking students and native Spanish speaking students are learning in both English and Spanish together. Students are acquiring a second language beginning in Kindergarten and will continue learning in both languages throughout elementary school. Research has shown that a dual language immersion classroom approach not only gives every student the gift of bilingualism but also directly correlates with overall greater educational achievement.
At Hofius Intermediate, Commissioner Morath saw how teachers leverage technology to offer students a more personalized approach to learning. Blended learning capitalizes on both educator expertise and digital platforms to engage students in achieving specific learning objectives at a more personalized pace. In addition, students become creators in their learning, choosing paths that are of interest to them, while mastering essential standards and skills. The blended learning platform also allows students to collaborate together while mastering the content, benefitting from the shared knowledge of each learner.
Dr. McGown was so pleased that Commissioner Morath was able to see Klein’s students in a system that supports unleashing their talents, embracing their creativity, and empowering their learning.
Klein ISD has an established 91-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for students in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life-ready. Klein ISD relentlessly pursues its singular, shared vision that Every Student Enters With A Promise and Exits With A Purpose. We bring this shared vision to life through our commitment to five areas of missional focus:
- Pathways: Providing every student with a rich, relevant, and clear pathway to success
- Challenge: Focusing on the whole student so that every student will engage in rigorous learning and build excellent character
- Equity: Closing gaps by personalizing learning and knowing every student by name, strength, and need
- Leadership: Retaining, attaining, and growing excellent leaders throughout our system so that every student learns in a quality environment
- Continuous Improvement: gathering feedback from every voice in order to eliminate silos, build strategic partnerships, and foster a culture of learning
Here are but a few of our most recent recognitions. Our Gifted and Talented program was one of two programs in the state to receive the Innovation in Giftedness Award from the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. Klein ISD’s Family Engagement program was named by the Texas Education Agency as the model program for the entire state. Klein High and Klein Forest were 2 of 10 National Schools of Character. Klein has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for 21 years and was named a District of Distinction by the Texas Art Education Association, only 1 of 20 districts in the state.
With state, national, and international recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, service-learning, and academics, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors.
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Klein ISD has an established 81-year history of excellence and innovation in education with unique pathways for EVERY student in our care to ensure learners are college, career, military, and life ready. With recognition for STEM, athletics, fine arts, and academics from highly-esteemed organizations, it is clear that Our Shared Vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose is a reality for EVERY student who walks through our doors. https://kleinisd.net/results
About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 87.5 square miles and serves more than 54,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.
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