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The mission of the Coppell Independent School District, as a committed and proven leader in educational excellence, is to ensure our learners achieve personal success, develop strong moral character, and become dynamic leaders and global citizens with a zeal for service by engaging each individual through innovative learning experiences led by a visionary staff and progressive community.

CISD Spotlight

Janelle Bence, a facilitator at New Tech High @ Coppell (pictured third from left) recently offered her expertise as a guest speaker at the National Writing Project (NWP) spring meeting in Washington, D.C. As one of four panelists, Bence was invited to address over 100 educators, policy-makers, and education advocates during a three-hour presentation titled “Do Now: Civic Engagement in the 21st Century.”

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  • Kastrounis Named Lee Principal

    Chantel Kastrounis, currently serving her third year as the Assistant Principal for Cottonwood Creek Elementary, has been named Principal for Coppell’s newest elementary school, Richard J. Lee. Chantel has 19 years of experience in public education including sixteen years as a teacher and administrator in the Coppell ISD.

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  • North Students Flip Over Their Newly Refurbished Classroom

    Coppell Middle School North’s transformed multi media lab room is no longer a typical dreary classroom filled with mismatched furniture and chairs symmetrically lined toward the teacher’s desk. Room A203, now a hybrid of high tech think tank, classroom, and upscale cafe supports technology-based collaboration and physical interaction between students.

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  • CISD Superintendent Learns from Grads

    Dr. Jeff Turner, Superintendent of the Coppell Independent School District, is on a mission to visit CISD graduates - predominantly college freshmen - on several campuses across Texas. His goal…to gain firsthand knowledge about their college readiness. Specifically, Dr. Turner is trying to ascertain whether the district did everything it could to prepare learners for the rigors of college. The higher education visits will include stops at Baylor University, The University of Texas, Texas Tech University, & Texas A&M.

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    Following five years as the Defensive Coordinator for the Coppell Cowboys, Michael (Mike) DeWitt, Jr., will succeed Joe McBride as the new head football coach pending approval by the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees. (McBride was recently hired as the head football coach in Dripping Springs ISD.) Inside linebackers coach, Kirk McBride, will assume DeWitt’s former duties as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator in the coming season.

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  • Campus Teachers of the Year Announced

    Congratulations to our 2014 Campus Teachers of the Year. (Back L-R) Jennifer Francis/Denton Creek, Andi Feille/Wilson, Michael Upchurch/Pinkerton, Kolby Kurr/NTH@C, Jennifer Martin/Town Center, Jodie Deinhammer/CHS (Middle L-R) Missy Schliep/West, Torrin Garrison/Cottonwood Creek, Shannon Weaver/North, DianaLyn Perkins/East, Teresa Raney/Austin, Cyndi Carlton/Mockingbird (Front L-R) Parrish Nolan/Valley Ranch, Gayla Cockrell/Lakeside

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Digital Learning

  • CHS Learners Learn in 3D

    The STEM Academy at Coppell High School offers learners the opportunity to apply what they are learning in all of their classes through the use of industry standard software and equipment. SolidWorks is a 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software package used by universities and industries all over the globe. A sample of companies includes Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), NASA, Ford, Garmin, and Bausch & Lomb. SolidWorks is utilized at over 80% of the world’s top engineering schools. Our learners have access to both the SolidWorks mechanical and electrical design packages, allowing them to visualize things in 3 dimensions. The ability to visualize and manipulate 3D objects makes subjects like geometry much more accessible.

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  • Mobile Learning at Denton Creek is on the Rise

    Denton Creek works to ensure a seamless integration of the use of technology. Technology is viewed as a tool for learning and communicating. Educators collaborate together, along with the campus Technology Integration Specialist, to determine which technology tools will meet learner needs when designing learning experiences. Educators include opportunities for learners to evaluate which digital tool meets the needs of the learning objective and how to communicate their understanding of newly acquired concepts and connections. Educators leverage technology resources as they design and facilitate engaging and rigorous learning experiences.

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  • Formative Assessment with Technology: Improving Learning and Teaching

    Formative assessment provides information to learners and educators that is used to improve teaching and learning, making it a crucial part of the classroom. By pausing to check for understanding throughout class (and not just at the conclusion of a unit), educators discover what learners know and what they do not know.

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  • Austin Learns Use Live Streaming to Engage and Connect

    Recently, learners in grades 3-5 were provided the opportunity to participate in a Brown Bag Lunch featuring Be-Wind Technology whose goal is to see our communities, cities and country grow into a clean tech future. Due to the overwhelming interest of students at Austin in learning more about alternative energy solutions, the live session quickly became full. In order to accommodate additional learners, the decision was made to live stream this event on Austin’s Ustream channel. This channel was then shared so that other learners at Austin could participate virtually.

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  • Mockingbird's Journey to Create a Digital Culture

    At Mockingbird Elementary, educators intentionally design engaging lessons that include digital learning in order to empower “…learners with authentic, purposeful learning experiences to make their dreams and aspirations a reality." As we say at Mockingbird, “Technology is just a part of who we are.”

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  • CHS Learners and Educators Leverage the Power of iTunes U

    At Coppell High School, several educators have unleashed the full potential of the iPad by using iTunes U to streamline and curate their course content in one location. Ideas are shared in a powerful new way, and learners are exposed to rich, immersive learning experiences.

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  • NTH@C Learners Collaborate with Learners in the New Tech Network

    New Tech High @ Coppell learners utilize Echo for daily collaboration with project briefcases, facilitators, and in content specific resources. The use of Echo to bring learners together across local courses as well as expanding collaboration across the full network of schools helps provide NTH@C learners with resources and learning experiences on a daily basis.

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  • Learner Empowerment is Enhanced with Technology

    Coppell Middle School North is an Understanding by Design (UbD) campus that creates lessons based on the 3E’s – Engagement, Enrichment and learner Empowerment. Flipped instruction allows educators to maximize class time for more engaging and hands-on learning opportunities. The use of technology allows educators to create more customized and individualized experiences for learners through the use of iPads, Macbooks, smart notebooks and Netbooks. Programs such as Edmodo, I-station, and Think Through Math help individualize and enrich learner experiences. Various iPad apps that are used include (but are not limited to) Edmodo, Educreations, iMovie, Skype, Google Drive, Blogger, QR code generators, and Socrative. Not only do these apps enrich learning but they empower learners to drive their own learning and creativity in the classroom. Learning in a 3E environment simulates real world activities, questions, problems and strives to incorporate community partners.

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  • Bridging Time and Space with Skype

    Valley Ranch 2nd graders, on the Project Based Learning campus of Valley Ranch Elementary, are learning about the weather in other parts of the country from the students who live there. Their project is all about weather around the United States including the regions of California, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Vermont.

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  • Inquiry-based Model of Learning

    At Pinkerton Elementary, instruction is delivered through the inquiry-based model of learning. Educators focus on specific learner profiles and attitudes that foster collaboration, risk-taking, creativity, and independence, as well as other future ready outcomes. Learners engage in units of inquiry that build on prior knowledge and integrate diverse subject areas. Learning experiences are significant, relevant, and challenging, with learners spending a great deal of their day exploring and inquiring into their units of study, sparked by their interests and curiosity. Learning is highly individualized, therefore, technology is distributed among grade levels, allowing for a variety of platforms to be employed by all learners.

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  • Learning Through the Lens of S.T.E.M.

    Town Center Elementary is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) campus who seamlessly incorporates technology allowing for constant interactive learning experiences both inside and outside of the school. Educators and learners leverage a variety of technology tools as powerful and current resources for learning, creating and communicating both locally and globally. Blended and flipped lesson strategies are utilized to allow for voice and choice in learning experiences. These strategies also help to provide learners opportunities to work at their own pace and focus on their specific learning needs.

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  • iWest: Blended Learning

    iWest is an eighth grade blended learning program at Coppell Middle School West. Blended learning is a combination of face-to-face instruction and online learning within the school setting. The program is designed to allow learners to construct their own knowledge and understanding at their own pace. In addition, it offers a small learning community with the same four educators allowing for more personal learning relationships. It also creates connections between the core classes allowing the educators to work together to enhance the learning experience.

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  • Cottonwood Creek: Making Connections Through Twitter

    At Cottonwood Creek Elementary, a Club 21 campus, technology not only empowers the learners and educators, but also opens the school to invite the parents and the world to experience the transformational learning taking place in their classrooms. The Colts are avid Twitter users. If you follow any of the educators at Cottonwood Creek, you will discover the unique and meaningful learning experiences that happen everyday using digital tools-and it will probably make you want to go back to school.

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  • Club 21: Feeding the Digital Natives

    The term “Club 21” was initially used in Coppell ISD to identify a group of 21 of the most forward-thinking, creative, and tech-savvy educators in the district. Those first-adopters, back in 2009, also valued the skills deemed necessary to ensure learners would be future-ready for the 21st Century – skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, information literacy, creativity and innovation, and responsible citizenship.

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  • Social Studies Pilot Marked First Learning Environment Changes in CISD

    Coppell ISD’s first blended learning pilot was launched at Coppell High School in the fall of 2012. The pilot included two fully virtual courses (Government and Economics) taken by every senior at CHS and two fully blended learning courses (Advanced Placement United States History and Advanced Placement Human Geography). More...

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Pinnacle 2020

2014-02-28 CISD Pinnacle 2020 Video (compressed for web) from Coppell ISD on Vimeo.

Call to Action

The Call to Action is a statement of vision that provides a catalyst for action for an organization and all of its stakeholders. The Call to Action describes a desirable end result for learners that prompts and frames actions and behaviors from students, parents, community and staff that will lead to that end result.
Empowered with knowledge and skills, each CISD learner courageously pursues individual passions and meaningfully contributes to the evolving world.


  1. We will find creative solutions to address increasing enrollment while maximizing opportunities for individual learners.
  2. We will leverage our resources to provide opportunities for our learners to explore and discover their passions.
  3. We will foster proactive and reciprocal communication for learner success.
  4. We will respect and leverage the diversity that exists in our community to provide a world class learning environment.
  5. We will design comprehensive learning services that empower all learners with skills and knowledge to ensure their individualized growth and success. 


The Pinnacle 2020 long-range planning process began in November 2013 and has included the following steps:

Step 1 - Information Sessions (lasting 30 minutes each) were conducted by the curriculum team in November on each campus to provide an overview of the district’s current initiatives and changing needs.
Step 2 - Three Idea Summits were hosted by an outside consultant in mid-January to provide parents and the community an opportunity to share their ideas about the future of Coppell ISD.
Step 3 - A survey was then developed (based on the thoughts shared at the Idea Summits) and sent to parents, staff and the co

Pinnacle 2020

mmunity. (1,185 responses were received during the survey period from 1/24 – 1/31.)
Step 4 - The Pinnacle 2020 committee (a team of forty people comprised of parents, community members, staff, students, and trustees) came together for two days last week to develop the framework for CISD’s next five-year plan
Step 5 - The formation of several Action Teams (to be comprised of parents, staff, and community members) will begin at the end of February/early March. A list of Action Teams and how you can participate will be coming soon.

Committee Members

 Cynthia Alaniz  Staff
 Jill Allshouse  Staff
 David Apple  Board Member
 Anna Arceo  Parent
 Heather Ashby  Staff
 Clara Caussey  Staff
 Elizabeth Chappell  Parent
 Nick Coenraad  Staff
 Karen Cook  Community
 Tracy Fisher  Board Member
 Ann Frosch  Parent
 Cheryl Gengler  Staff
 Gema Hall  Staff
 Ellie Halpin  Parent
 Deana Harrell  Staff
 Brianna Hinojosa Flores  Parent
 Kristin Huckle  Staff
 Stephen Jackson  Parent
 Mike Jasso  Staff
 Annie Jinyuan Wen  Student
 Kim Kindred  Staff
 Leonora Kwan  Parent
 Patrick Maher  Parent
 Chelston Mbakwe  Student
 Jason McCann  Community
 Stacey McNeely  Staff
 Anthony Poullard  Staff
 Sajani Ravi  Staff
 Beth Reynolds  Parent
 Gino Rossini  Parent
 John Rutch  Parent
 Stephanie Ryon  Staff
 Douglas Stephan  Parent
 Nancy Tao  Parent
 Roya Tompkins  Parent
 Penny Tramel  Staff
 Wes Vanicek  Staff
 Leigh Walker  Parent
 Shari Zoda  Staff


“iLead CISD” is a leadership training series for interested parents and community members. Participants will gain insight into the operations of the CISD and learn more about committee service opportunities.

Sessions are 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Vonita White Administration Bldg., 200 S. Denton Tap Road
Wednesday, February 26
Thursday, March 20
Tuesday, April 22
Wednesday, May 14 

Full Agenda 

Session I – Wednesday, February 26 - Vonita White Administration Building 

Board Room (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) 

Vision & Leadership 

  • Brief history (past, present, Pinnacle 2020) 
  • Map of school district 
  • Vision Document/Education Transformation 
  • District strategic plan overview (2003, 2009, 2014) 
  • Demographics - school district Report Card and community; new developments 
  • Board of Trustees 
  • Organizational Chart 
  • District-wide committees (SHAC, DEIC, Calendar) 
  • TEA/SBOE (legislative bills, HB5, etc.)  

Session II - Thursday, March 20 – CISD Service Center (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) 

Business & Support Services (Q&A with the Business Office) 

  • Budget summary & FIRST/FAST ratings 
  • Tax Rate History/Comparison 
  • 2013 Bond update 
  • Enrollment/North Lake/open enrollment 
  • Energy management/sustainability 
  • Custodians (sanitization), ARAMARK, maintenance 

Session III - Tuesday, April 22 - Vonita White Administration Building 

Board Room (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) 

Curriculum & Instruction Part I 

  • Elementary, middle school, and high school initiatives 
  • Technology Integration 
  • The Learning Framework 
  • Professional Learning 
  • Assessment/Testing 

Session IV - Wednesday, May 14 - Vonita White Administration Building 

Board Room (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.) 

Curriculum & Instruction Part II 

  • Distinctive programs 
  • Advanced Academics 
  • Intervention Services 
  • Dual language 


  • Future 

How to Sign Up

iLead will include four, two-hour monthly sessions. A session fee of $49 will help defray district expenses incurred (t-shirt, materials, food, awards, etc.). In addition, each participant must commit to attend all four sessions. Sessions are set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the following dates 2/26, 3/20, 4/22, 5/14. Limited seating will be on a first-come, first serve basis.
If you are interested in participating, visit to sign up. To confirm your spot, please bring cash or check payable to Coppell ISD no later than February 12 to the Vonita White Administration Bldg. (C/O Brad Hunt).