Announcements

Board Considers Planning Partner Ahead of Possible November 2022 Bond

By Anne Drabicky Austin ISD will take the first step toward updating plans for buildings and other infrastructure as trustees on Thursday discuss hiring a planning partner to update the district’s Long-range Facilities Plan. Formerly known as the Facility…

Superintendent: No Concurrent Teaching in 2021-22

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said teachers will only have to provide instruction one way when asked if hybrid learning will continue into next year.  “At this point, we anticipate and are planning for a much more traditional school environment,” she…

In-Person Learning is Up as Coronavirus Cases Decline

By Eddie Villa More students are coming back to campuses in the last weeks of school following a decline in the number of COVID cases across the district. Since March, Austin ISD has seen a 7.1% increase in the number of students attending school on-campus…

Joseph Alan Sosa, Teacher of the Year finalist

By Patricia Fraga The path that led to 8th grade science teacher Joseph Alan Sosa being named a Teacher of the Year finalist was his parents, who were both special education teachers.  He said their passion for education created a desire in him to teach and…

Sanford Jeames, Teacher of the Year Finalist

Sanford Jeames, Teacher of the Year Finalist

By Anne Drabicky As the Health Sciences teacher at Eastside Early College High School, Sanford Jeames has made it his mission to expand what’s possible for his students.  A clinician and researcher, Jeames—a finalist for Teacher of the Year—said he wants…

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AISD Students Receive Hands-On Healthcare Experience at GPA

By Jack Orloff On a standard Tuesday morning, students wearing scrubs, latex gloves and face masks gather around a hospital bed observing and taking notes on a subject. A medical dummy sits nearby and healthcare-industry tools are gathered for easy access. 

Lisa Richardson Teacher of the Year finalist

By Eddie Villa Teacher of the Year finalist Lisa Richardson’s life has been shaped by her experiences. Richardson is now a bilingual second-grade teacher at Walnut Creek Elementary. But she started as the daughter of immigrant parents. After growing up,…

Angie Baca-Ross Teacher of the Year finalist

By Jack Orloff Teacher of The Year finalist Angie Baca-Ross, a bilingual kindergarten teacher at Joslin Elementary School, has served the district for four years, making a tremendous impact on her community by showing the value in communication between…

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Students, teachers will see more standard face-to-face instruction in 2021-22

By Scott Thomas Next school year will “absolutely” look more like a typical year, Austin ISD’s superintendent said at a community meeting Thursday. “There is no substitution for the majority of our students, they need to be in a face-to-face type…

Families To See Higher Quality Special Education Services (En español)

By Eddie Villa Download the PDF that outline positions impacted.  The wait will soon be over for special education families who have had overdue evaluations. As soon as July 1, families can expect big, structural changes to the special education department…

Community Conversations

More AISD Families to Have Access To Transportation in 2021-22 School year

By Eddie Villa More families will have access to transportation services in the 2021-22 school year, the Superintendent said Monday, April 26. “At Operation Reconnect, we learned that one of the reasons many students are leaving to attend a charter school…

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Bowie Sophomore Wins State Wrestling Championship

By Jack Orloff When the final whistle blew at the class 6A state wrestling tournament on Saturday, Bowie sophomore Olivia Moreno knew that she had just accomplished something no one else has done before, becoming Bowie's first-ever female state wrestling…