CISD Administrators are Students for a Day
To better understand today’s educational environment, from a student's perspective, Coppell ISD administrators recently shadowed students to experience "A Day in the Life" (of a student) firsthand. According to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Marilyn Denison.
Campus Principals, Curriculum Directors, and Assistant Superintendents were paired with students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. They accompanied the students from the time the morning bell rang, through the lunch period, until afternoon dismissal in an effort to better understand their point of view and, according to Dr. Marilyn Denison, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, "Learn what it feels like to ‘walk in their shoes'."
Dr. Denison added, "This visit was part of a larger ongoing effort by central administration that will include collaboration with teachers and principals to assess needs such as resource availability, professional learning requisites, as well as technology use by both the teachers and the students. I was excited to see the high level of engagement in the classrooms I visited: students were so welcoming and eager to show us their work."
The district's efforts for the 2011-2012 school year, in alignment with the Strategic Plan, include a continued focus on rigor, student engagement in relevant course work, individualization, and relationship-building. "As the first six weeks was coming to a close, it was great to walk alongside such excited students, witness the tremendous amount of individual care and concern exemplified by our teachers, and the overall campus operations running so smoothly,” added Brad Hunt, Assistant Superintendent for Administration."
Kay Neuse, CISD Director of Mathematics, participates in a Tai-Chi class with students at CMS East. Mike Jasso (CHS Principal ) and Tabitha Branum (Director of Strategic Initiatives), shadowed a CHS student to experience "A Day in the Life" (of a student).