The Teaching and Learning Community is composed of teams of professionals who create curriculum, work with school communities to develop and coordinate programs, and provide vital services to students in need of additional academic supports.
Edmund R. Oropez, Chief Officer of Teaching and Learning 512-414-4820. Other contacts and departments are listed in the Austin ISD directory.
Section 504 Services are designed to provide a system of identifying eligible students with disabilities as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Once identified, these students are ensured access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) by providing accommodations that allow equal access to the curriculum in the general education setting. While many students who receive 504 status and services are Dyslexic or have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), services are not limited to only these areas of disability. Any student with a disability that substantially limits one or more life activities may be considered for 504 services.
Advanced academics are educational programs designed to move students with high ability at a pace appropriate to their rate of learning through studies that go beyond the age-level or grade-level expectations which include depth and complexity, provide academic acceleration, and address the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of the students.
AISD guarantees a viable curriculum aligned with standards that promotes acquisition of knowledge and skills with a continual emphasis on student learning and performance. District curriculum is grounded in the implementation and integration of three primary initiatives: whole child (Social Emotional Learning, Creative Learning Initiative, Cultural Inclusiveness, Coordinated School Health), literacy, and the transformative use of technology.
The Early Childhood Department provides support for the implementation of a rigorous research-based early childhood curriculum as well as develops curriculum that ensures best teaching practices and developmentally prepares students for the rigors of kindergarten and beyond.
The mission of Austin ISD libraries is to nurture a life-long appreciation of reading and learning by assuring that students have opportunities for successful access, evaluation and use of information, technology, and literature.
The Austin ISD Multilingual Education Team develops and administers the district's bilingual education and support programs serving approximately 23,000 English Language Learner students. This includes support for students and families new to the United States.
The Department of School, Family and Community Education offers a variety of support services and programs that enrich the school experience; provide and connect families with vital resources; as well as build strong community partnerships to ensure the success of all students.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a process for helping children and adults develop fundamental skills for life effectiveness. SEL teaches the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. Coordinated School Health, creative learning strategies, social and emotional learning and culturally responsive strategies in all classrooms collaborate to develop and support the Whole Child.
The Special Education team exists to support the Austin ISD mission of ensuring children who receive special education services are provided with access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Our goal is to provide students a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and participate fully in future social, economic, and educational opportunities.
The Office of Student Services provides families with a wide range of services, such as enrollment, attendance, transfers, student records, guardianships, and transcripts.
The Mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students, especially those who are in the academic middle of their class will succeed in rigorous curriculum, complete a rigorous college preparatory path, enter mainstream activities of the school, increase their enrollment in four-year colleges, and become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.