Superintendent Shout Out

Supt Shout Out

CELEBRATING MILESTONES AS WE STEP INTO THE FUTURE

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” - Nelson Mandela

bannerGrowing up, my three siblings and I only went on one family vacation due to lack of resources. We only traveled about 3 hours from our home, but we experienced many exciting sights and activities along the way. We visited a snake farm, rode in a glass bottom boat, and toured a cave. My dad planned for our final destination at a very nice hotel in downtown Austin, but with our clothes packed in a laundry basket because we could not afford a suitcase, my mom could not bring herself to go inside. Instead, off we went to stay in a motel on the outskirts of town where we were able to swim for hours. I hold that special memory of my childhood close in my heart due to the journey we experienced, not the potential end destination.

At APISD, we are on a great journey. On this journey, we will encounter both exciting new experiences and difficult challenges. We have joined together to envision a great future for all students that travel with us. In just one year, we have developed a learning framework that not only encompasses all of the best practices our teachers utilize, but also challenges us to sharpen our craft. By implementing this framework, we fill our classrooms with more engaging activities centered on how each student learns. We want to celebrate the milestones reached this year by holding a special community meeting during which attendees will hear and see the inspiring student perspective, experience the learning design framework, and discover the purpose of the District of Innovation Plan. It is my belief that in education we must realize that we will never arrive at a final destination due to the ever-changing landscape of education. Therefore, it is in the journey that we focus our attention and together ensure that all students have the best opportunities we can provide so their futures are amazing.

Cara Cooke

APISD Superintendent

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