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Klein ISD Named a 2020 TAEA District of Distinction

Klein ISD Named a 2020 TAEA District of Distinction

Klein, TX — The Texas Art Education Association recently announced Klein ISD as a 2020 District of Distinction Award winner.

Klein ISD received this honor for providing a well-rounded education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum to inspire creativity and reach a variety of learners.

“It is a well-deserved honor for our visual art department, recognizing the hours of hard work and passion that goes into providing a robust visual art program opportunity for every student in the district,” Klein ISD Fine Arts Director Joel Wren said. “This is even more impressive when you consider the barriers that COVID-19 has presented. We are proud to be placed in the top 4 percent of visual arts programs in the state of Texas.”

This is the second year that TAEA, the leading advocate for the visual arts in the state, is honoring districts around Texas as Districts of Distinction.

“I am extremely proud that Klein ISD has been recognized again as a 2020 TAEA District of Distinction,” Superintendent Dr. Jenny McGown said. “This award honors the hard work of our outstanding art educators, celebrates the talent of our incredible student-artists and demonstrates that Klein ISD continues to lead the way for visual arts education.”

For the 2020 award, more than 1,000 districts were eligible to apply. Each district submitted documentation they met from the 12-point rubric over the 2019-2020 school year. Only 42 districts statewide met the high standard and will receive the outstanding honor indicating they are in the top 4 percent of districts in the state.

“Klein ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity and community participation,” Stacia Gower, Chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA said. “With the challenges educators faced this past school year it is a true testament to their skill, dedication, and the flexibility that the quality of their programs continued strong and comprehensive.”

TAEA, which is the largest state professional organization for art educators in the United States, looked at field experiences, community service, and community exhibitions to name a few as part of the rigorous rubric for the award.


Klein ISD is AAA in Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

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About Klein ISD
Klein ISD is a school district in Klein, Texas, located in northwestern Harris County. The district spans approximately 88 square miles and serves more than 53,000 students in 33 elementary schools, 10 intermediate campuses, one high school program of choice, and 5 high schools.

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