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Klein ISD School Board Approves Guiding Documents
May 02 2017 - 05:17:00 pm
‘Awe-inspiring words define who we are and what we do.’

Klein, TX – Each action in Klein ISD revolves around the district’s shared vision of every student entering with a promise and exiting with a purpose. Achieving this vision, known as Promise2Purpose, occurs through a strategic plan that focuses on pathways, challenge, equity, leadership, and continuous improvement. Along with these areas of focus, the strategic plan is designed using three guiding documents developed by collaborative design teams that define critical components for successful student learning.

Klein ISD students, alumni, parents, teachers, clergy, business owners, community members, state leaders, and others helped to design the guiding documents that include Profile of a Learner, Profile of a Leader, and a Definition of High-Quality Teaching. Superintendent Bret Champion said, “Each of the voices helped us to create guiding documents that are powerful and meaningful. Our community of learners will benefit from the awe-inspiring words which define who we are and what we do.”

“Guiding documents within a professional setting create and empower individuals to identify their alignment to the characteristics outlined and it helps us to improve continuously,” said Nitsch Elementary teacher, Shatara White.

The first guiding document, Profile of a Learner, is comprised of four traits: Pathway Explorer, Equipped Scholar, Values-Driven Leader, and Forever Learner. Rebecca Li, a Klein Collins senior, is excited about the direction the district is headed in defining a Klein ISD Learner. “It balances us, identifies us, equips us, interconnects our differences, moves us forward, and educates us on a deeper level.”

The cultivation of the Profile of a Leader guiding document originated with the Administrative Collaborative Team, a group comprised of all campus principals and district-level leaders, who worked together with members of the Holdsworth Foundation to formulate the vision of an effective and student-focused leader.

The Leader document also has four key components: Student Focused, Relationship Driven, Promise2Purpose Investor, and Forever Learner. All of these components will be critical as develop leadership within Klein ISD and look for external talent. The partnership between Klein ISD and The Holdsworth Institute is crucial in bringing this leadership pipeline to fruition for the future.

Nicole Patin, the Klein Cain High School principal, worked on bringing this guiding document to life and is excited about its possibilities: “I think Klein will continue to be a fantastic place to work, attend school, and live. The only difference is that, once we are all aligned with this profile, we will be empowering more leaders – both informal and formal leaders.”

High-Quality Teaching The final document is a definition of that consists of the following characteristics: Relationship-Driven, Results Focused, Intentionally Personalized, and Student-Owned. Wunderlich Intermediate teacher Pamela Kibbles loves this guiding document. She said, “Relationships, relationships, relationships. In my opinion, relationships always come first, when working with students and colleagues. I focus on results, intentionally personalize lessons in a way that students own their learning, and I continually foster a safe, judgment-free classroom.”

Klein ISD Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Jenny McGown, said it best when describing the importance of our guiding documents as more than words on paper: “The guiding documents represent the collective voice of thousands of Klein ISD stakeholders and are designed to be both inspirational and aspirational. Each guiding document expresses who we will be and what we will do to ensure that every student exits our district with a purpose and a clear pathway to success."

The Board approved the three guiding documents at the April meeting and are set to approve the strategic plan in May. Follow the progress of the district in moving Klein ISD toward our shared vision of having every student enter with a promise and exit with a purpose.

To learn more about Klein ISD's shared vision and draft guiding documents, visit the Promise2Purpose Vision website at http://vision.kleinisd.net.

Profile Video Links:
Learner - http://kisd.us/2oqgfXm
Leader - http://kisd.us/2ptKNuY
High Quality Teaching - http://kisd.us/2pVxO72

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