KLEIN, TX – Envision a day when students work on a group paper simultaneously through a Google app. Imagine teachers receiving instant comprehensive feedback from students about a math formula taught moments ago. Visualize students and staff utilizing an array of devices purposefully embedded into the curriculum to make learning engaging, relevant, challenging, and meaningful.
In the Klein ISD, this is not a dream, but reality. With the successful passing of the 2015 Bond, $51 million is designated for technology. A portion of these bond technology funds support and implement the Future Ready 21 project.
Future Ready 21 places a device in the hands of every Klein ISD student in grades 3-8 over the next five years. For Kindergarten through second grade, the project calls for a ratio of two students per one device.
Students at all four high schools in the district currently have a device and this successful program has helped to shape the Future Ready 21 project.
“Everything we do is impacted
by technology,” Karen Fuller, Klein ISD chief technology officer
said. “Students are coming to us expecting to use devices that allow them to touch and manipulate sounds and activities. Digital tools enable the student to be an active participant in his or her learning process.”
As with all districtwide programs, much forethought and planning has gone into developing this program. Over the past two years, selected campuses and staff have piloted programs and devices including the Transform Academy for staff, the Chromebook project at Brill Elementary, and the bring your own device (BYOD) program at Wunderlich Intermediate. This research supported the need to move forward and expand the district’s 1:1 computer-to-student initiative.
“The power of a digital tool is very engaging,” said Dr. Susan Borg, Klein ISD associate superintendent for instruction and student services. “With appropriate guidance from the teacher and the collaboration of their classmates, students will accomplish a variety of learning experiences for success in the instructional programs offered in our district.”
Borg also said the new Klein ISD classroom will be more colorful, have flexible/mobile furniture to meet all styles of learners, have a variety of digital devices, and have a myriad of instructional materials to engage students in the instructional program.
The Klein ISD Network Operation Center (NOC) staff is working to ensure devices, connectivity, and
other digital resource needs are met.
“This has been a goal of the district for many years,” said Fuller. “The plan has always been to include 1:1 provisions for all campuses, but the cost was too high until now. Since the cost of devices has
decreased and more resources to utilize the devices are available online and in the cloud, everything has come together at the right time.”
The NOC staff are implementing their plan to migrate to the cloud for storage for both students and staff. The team will increase bandwidth and manage it to ensure secure connectivity for all digital resources.
During the 2016-17 school year, four intermediate schools, Kleb, Schindewolf, Ulrich, and Wunderlich, are set to receive devices. To prepare for that implementation, Future Ready 21 first includes focused training for Klein ISD teachers to meet this new charge. Earlier this semester, the district deployed the first cohort of professional development to thoroughly prepare staff for this shift in learning.
“In true Klein ISD style, parents will be included every step of the way,” Borg stated. Borg also said that parents will receive constant communication as to what instruction will look like with the device and how they can help their students use the device to benefit their school work. Parents will also be included in the digital citizenship courses Klein ISD provides the students.
“Students are preparing for their future, and that future involves the use of various forms of technology and learning environments,” Borg said. “Highly motivated students receiving a quality education with digital tools is a valuable component of our future in the Klein ISD and the state of Texas. We are thankful that our community is so supportive of the students, teachers, and district efforts to provide the best learning experience possible.”
KLEIN, TX – On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath notified Texas school districts that, due to ongoing reporting issues with the STAAR testing vendor, the state will remove student consequences attached to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for fifth and eighth-grade students for the 2015 – 2016 school year. TEA also canceled the June 21-22 retest administration for those two grades.
Per TEA’s instructions, campuses will conduct grade placement meetings as needed to promote or retain students not meeting the STAAR requirements in fifth and eighth-grade students. Klein ISD encourages parents whose children are impacted to contact the school to discuss the impact of this ruling.
Klein ISD is continuing with all summer school academic programming, including accelerated instruction, as previously planned to ensure that students are academically prepared for school next year.
Additionally, TEA sent notice today that STAAR scores for third through eighth-grade students, scheduled to arrive by June 15, 2016, will not be released to school districts until July 5, 2016.
To stay up to date on STAAR information released by TEA or other general education information, visitwww.tea.state.tx.us.
is the new program under State Comptroller Glenn Hegar that uses academic,
financial, and demographic data to identify school districts and campuses that
produce high academic achievement while also maintaining cost-effective
operations. Klein ISD was recently awarded the highest, five-star, rating and
is one of only 26 districts to do so, thus placing the district in the top 2.5%
of districts in the state.
are excited to be receiving this honor again,” said associate superintendent of
financial services, Thomas Petrek, CPA. “It truly shows the hard work and
dedication by all of our staff to make sure we are not only getting the best
bang for our buck, but also displaying strong academics and achievements across
star rating indicates the district’s success in combining cost-effective
spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress compared with
other districts. The rating is derived from calculations using three-year
averages. Klein ISD ranks at or above 87% of all districts with a very high
known as the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) launched by Susan
Combs during her tenure as State Comptroller, the new TXSmartSchools program
was created by the 81st Texas Legislature, directing
then-Comptroller Combs to identify districts and campuses that are using
effective resource allocation practices effectively and are in return seeing high
“The students of Klein
ISD continue to make remarkable progress each year,” said Superintendent Dr.
Jim Cain. “Our spending index, as determined by the TXSmartSchools system, is
“very low” reflecting our district’s careful use of each tax dollar.”
addition to the district’s five-star rating, campuses also earn ratings. In
Klein ISD, 12 of our 44 campuses received a 4.5 star rating or higher. For a
complete list of how Klein ISD schools performed, click here.
more information about the TXSmartSchools results, click here.
June 1, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced approximately
3,000 recipients of scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Recipients
were selected from among the finalists who plan to attend that institution.
These scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four
years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
Congratulations to the following students:
High – Kyle Sutherland
Oak – Ross Hardin
Oak – John McCrory
teams from Klein ISD schools recently competed at the Destination Imagination
Global Competition in Tennessee. These students competed against other teams
made up of more than 8,000 students from 20 countries. Congratulations to the
Hand Texas, a nonprofit advocacy organization working to strengthen and improve
public education, is sponsoring 95 principals from 61 school districts and four
charter school organizations to participate in a summer leadership program at
The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Island Elementary principal LaToya Wynne has been selected as one of the 95
attendees for this exceptional leadership academy opportunity.
strong campus leaders is one of the fastest, most effective ways to improve
education for all kids in public schools across Texas,” said Dr. Andre Morgan,
program director for Raise Your Hand Texas. “With this year’s cohort, Raise
Your Hand will have sponsored more than 10 percent of all Texas principals to
benefit from a rigorous weeklong program at the Harvard Leadership Institutes.”
will join campus leaders from around the globe in one of the following six
institutes, and engage in training and workshops led by national and
international experts in the fields of education and leadership.
- National Institute for Urban
Schools: The Art of Leadership
An Evolving Vision
the Achievement Gap
Engagement in Education
Institute lasts for 5-7 days, between June 6 and July 28, 2016.