District of Innovation

District Of Innovation Plan

The Innovation District Advisory Council voted on December 20, 2023 to approve the proposed update to the District of Innovation Plan which was shared with the District Advisory Council on January 16, 2024. Please see the final February 2024 District of Innovation Plan approved by the Board of Trustees.

What is a District of Innovation?

The District of Innovation concept, passed by the 84th Texas Legislative Session in House Bill 1842, gives traditional public school districts many of the flexibilities available to Texas charter schools. The law is intended to give district more local control to suit their individual needs. In order to be granted these flexibilities, the district must adopt a District of Innovation plan. The plan can be developed to impact the entire district, a certain level of schools (i.e. only elementary schools), or individual campuses. Final plans must be approved by the District Advisory Council and the Austin ISD school board.

See the Members & Meetings Archive panel below for Agendas and Minutes from the former Innovation District Advisory Council who helped in the development of the plan.


Previous DOI Days for 2020-21

Meetings 2023-24

Dates Agendas Minutes Materials
Dec 20, 2023 - Zoom Videoconference, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (see agenda for details) Agenda PDF (12/20/23)   Proposed DOI Change

Committee Members


  • Mike Cranor: Business, Apple
  • Edward Doan: Business, Google
  • Katie Duffy: Parent, Baranoff ES
  • Amir Emamian: City of Austin
  • Erica Gordon: Parent, Brentwood ES
  • Choni Hajibashi: ACPTA
  • Gerard Jimenez: Parent, Austin HS
  • Betty Johnson: Parent, LBJ HS, DAC, LBJ CAC
  • Anthony LeClair: Community
  • Monica Lopez Magee: Parent, Pease ES
  • Alex Mancevski: Student, LASA
  • Juan Pablo Martinez: Community
  • Helen Miller: Community Member
  • Amelia Monzon: Student, Reagan HS
  • Rosa Peña: AAPSA
  • Monica Sanchez: Parent, Bedichek MS, DAC
  • Lauren Sicarelli: Parent, Oak Hill ES
  • Hal Speed: Business, Dell
  • Jarrad Toussant: Business
  • Enrique Trejo: Parent, Fulmore MS
  • James Valadez: Community
  • Ken Zarafis: Education Austin


  • Beth Newton: Principal, Hill ES
  • Amy Taylor: Principal, Austin HS
  • Taylor Hawkins: Teacher, Lanier HS (Math)
  • David Segura: Teacher, Sunset Valley ES (5th Grade)
  • Josephine Rubio: Teacher, Blanton ES (Literacy Coach)
  • Mario Piña: Teacher, Perez ES (5th Grade), DAC
  • Arthur Thompson: Teacher, Bailey MS (CTE), DAC
  • Claudia Torres: Teacher, Webb MS (Spanish), DAC
  • Mary Ghazinezhadiansh: Teacher, McCallum HS (Art)
  • Angela Salas: Teacher, Zavala ES (1st Grade)
  • Danny Ramos: Librarian, Padron ES
  • Becky Cardenas-Salinas: Counselor, Linder ES
  • Angela Iglehart-Woods: School, Family, and Community
  • Edmund Oropez: Central Administration
  •   Central Administration

Meetings 2022

Dates Agendas Minutes
Feb. 9—Zoom Videoconference, 5:30–8 p.m. (see agenda for details) Agenda PDF (2/9/22) Minutes (2/9/22) PDF
Feb. 23 - Zoom Videoconference, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (see agenda for details) Agenda PDF (2/23/22)  
July 26 - Zoom Videoconference, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (see agenda for details)  Agenda PDF (7/26/22) Minutes (7/26/22)
August 4–Zoom Videoconference 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (see agenda for details)  Agenda PDF (8/4/22)  

Innovation District Advisory Council Charter (PDF)


Dates Agendas/Materials Minutes
January 11, 2017
6–8 p.m.
January 11 Minutes 
January 18, 2017
6–8 p.m.
 January 18 Minutes
January 25, 2017
6–8 p.m.
January 25 Agenda  January 25 Minutes

February 1, 2017
6–8 p.m.

February 1 Agenda   February 1 Minutes

February 8, 2017
4:30–8:30 p.m.
at Skyline Center
1949 S. IH 35, Austin, TX, 789741 on the 3rd floor

February 8 Agenda   February 8 Minutes

February 15, 2017
5:30–8:30 p.m.
at Baker Center
3908 Avenue B, Austin, TX 78751

February 15 Agenda  February 15 Minutes

February 22, 2017
5:30–8:30 p.m.
at Baker Center
3908 Avenue B, Austin, TX 78751

February 22 Agenda  February 22 Minutes