Community Visioning Sessions
Please join Austin ISD for a series of community visioning sessions, designed to gather feedback on the strengths and challenges of each region. Feedback from these meetings will be used to support the work of the School Changes Think Tanks and will ultimately inform the development of regional scenario options.
Meetings will be region-specific but not geographically exclusive and all are welcome. Meetings will be conducted in a come-and-go format and attendees can participate at their own pace.
|June 4||5:30–7:30 p.m.||Bedichek Middle School, 6800 Bill Hughes Road||South Central|
|June 5||5:30–7:30 p.m.||Burnet Middle School, 8401 Hathaway Drive||North|
|June 6||5:30–7:30 p.m.||Akins High School, 10701 S. First St.||South|
|June 11||5:30–7:30 p.m.||Bertha Sadler Means YWLA, 6401 N. Hampton Drive||North Central|
|June 12||5:30–7:30 p.m.||Pease Elementary School, 1106 Rio Grande St.||Central|
The following meetings are open to the community in all regions and are an opportunity for those who cannot attend their own regional meeting.
|June 6||11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.||O. Henry Middle School, 2610 W. 10th St.||All Regions|
|June 8||10 a.m.–noon||Eastside Memorial Early College High School, 1012 Arthur Stiles Road||All Regions|
|Child care and Spanish interpretation services will be provided at all meetings.|
Spanish Language School Changes Information Session
The below meeting will be conducted exclusively in Spanish. Participants will be given an overview of the "why" behind the school changes process and an update on where the district is at in the timeline. The intent is to bring community members up to speed if they did not attend the first round of School Changes Community Workshops. The format will include small group discussions to gain feedback on the strengths and challenges participants see in their school communities.
|May 30||5:30 –7:30 p.m.||
Pan American Rec Center/Zavala Elementary School, 2100 E. 3rd St.
|Child care and English interpretation services will be provided.|
Austin ISD opened a community-wide Thought Exchange on April 15 to hear from the community in the reimagine phase of the School Changes 2019 engagement process.
Thought Exchange is an online tool that allows participants to share their ideas in 300 words or fewer and to rate the ideas shared by others in the exchange.
The idea behind the exchange is to allow the public to share their thoughts and ideas even if they were unable to attend one of the School Changes 2019 Community Workshops listed below.
The question posed to those who took part in the exchange were: What are your hopes, concerns and/or questions regarding the Austin ISD School Changes process?
Top-rated thoughts included a need for transparency, culturally responsive teaching and building trust.
April 2019 Community Workshop Series
Help Austin ISD reinvent our public schools. Join us for a conversation regarding potential school consolidations, repurposing and program planning.
Each workshop will feature a panel of AISD staff, community members, planners and developers followed by facilitated activities to reimagine the AISD of the future.
Academics and Economic Opportunity
Focuses on the academic priorities of the district and how we are responding to the changing economic landscape in Central Texas.
|April 16||Bowie High School, 4103 W. Slaughter Lane||6-8 p.m.|
|April 24||Alternative Learning Center, 4900 Gonzales Street||6-8 p.m.|
Equity and Community Benefit
Focuses on how the district can continue meeting community needs in different capacities and how the reinvention process presents an opportunity to increase equity in the district.
|April 17||Fulmore Middle School, 201 East Mary Street||6-8 p.m.|
|April 25||Dobie Middle School, 1200 East Rundberg Lane||6-8 p.m.|