Focusing on Opportunity over Adversity — Connecting and Impacting a Community

Mark Ruffin, Superintendent, Normangee ISD
Tera Phillips , Curriculum Director, Normangee ISD
Trae Davis, Principal, Normangee ISD

In the midst of school closures, Normangee ISD focused on using the opportunity to impact and connect with its community on a whole new level. A culture that is committed to optimistic thinking and building positive relationships helped drive decisions in reacting to COVID-19 in spring 2020.

A+: Enlisting Community Partners to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

Matthew Neighbors, Principal, Galveston ISD
Elizabeth Brown, Galveston ISD
Michelle Hammonds, Assistant Principal, Galveston ISD

Beginning in 2019, Austin Middle School in Galveston ISD launched an innovative “A+” period to begin each school day. Created with express social-emotional goals based on campus survey data, the innovative program has increased parent and community involvement. Hear how a comprehensive focus on student growth has captivated stakeholders and driven partnerships to support student outcomes.