News from Dr. Cruz: Innovation and Excellence

Team AISD,

Throughout our district, innovation and excellence occur every day. At this week's SXSWedu conference, Austin ISD students and teachers led the pack with innovative ideas.

Travis Heights Elementary School Principal Lisa Robertson and Education Austin President Ken Zarifis talked about how teachers, parents and students are authentically engaged in a new in-district charter school model.

Zavala Elementary School Principal Sean Fox described how strategic partnerships with local libraries, museums and businesses enrich educational opportunities for his students.

Anah Wiersema and Kristina Waugh from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders demonstrated how MakerSpace helps bring STEM to life with hands-on projects.

Lanier High School students and teacher Tara Bordeaux showcased the trailer for the film they're producing about the ghost that's rumored to haunt Lanier.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten visited Reagan Early College High School to highlight a successful community school model and an innovative approach to improving student performance.

My goal as superintendent is to foster a culture of innovation and excellence throughout the district. I hope every educator and student feels confident about  productive change and is willing to embrace new approaches and ideas. I want to challenge real or perceived barriers to change that will benefit students and staff in the future.

I wish each of you a restful spring break with friends and family.  I hope you’ll return on March 23 recharged and ready for the important final months of the 2014-15 school year.


Paul Cruz, Ph.D.