Dr. Benny Soileau, right, celebrated its board members including Ray Burt, left,

The Huffman ISD school board continues to keep its promise to the students, staff and community by holding true to the goals set forth at the commencement of the 2021-22 school year. This is especially evident in Goal No. 3, where district leaders have made it a priority to provide district support and innovative practices and technologies to address the instructional needs of the students and the development needs of staff.

Board members and staff discussed the progress at the Jan. 24 meeting.

There are three main areas of focus for the board, which include offering best practice delivery methods, emphasizing remediation strategies, and giving teachers and staff members a multitude of professional development opportunities.

David Carpenter, Huffman ISD technology director, stated, “In terms of our best practice delivery methods, we are in our second year of Canvas implementation. Even though remote instruction is no longer being offered as a part of our district, our staff members are finding ways to incorporate not only this tool but also several other technology-based tools by grade level. For instance, at Huffman Middle School we have committed to providing Smart Boards or Clever Touch, laptops and more. We have also added tools to enhance student performance, such as Kahoot, Quizlet, Wix.com, Blooklet, Edlio, Kid Blog and more.”

Texas House Bill 4545 requires students that did not pass the STAAR test to be given 30 hours of instructional remediation. Dr. Joel Nolte, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, added, “As yet another way of supporting our students, back in October, we put our district plan for remediation in action starting with Falcon Ridge Elementary and Huffman Middle School, which will be continued into 2022. The high school will be adding content-specific instruction in after-school STAAR camps to meet the students’ needs.”

Carpenter continued the report of education progress by focusing on the teachers and staff and excitedly added, “Since August, staff members have received several professional growth opportunities to both engage and encourage interactive curriculum design daily. Several of the options came in the form of conference-styled development days, and other times in the form of coaching sessions to devise specific strategies in Engage2Learn.”

These are just some of the ways that the district is caring for and continuing its support for both students and staff. This ideal is evident in the Huffman ISD Strategic Plan Balanced Scorecard 2021-25. This document was presented to the board and complemented the focus on technology. The objectives in this guide are aimed at student safety and well-being, student engagement, extracurricular or co-curricular events, academic achievement, staff quality and satisfaction and more.

Nolte concluded, “Even though we are battling empathy issues and lower-than-desired attendance rates between 93-93%, you can see evidence of the focus of our district and desire to move forward in changing times.”

The next Huffman ISD school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Huffman Administration Building.

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