Fort Bend ISD is an award-winning school district dedicated to inspiring and equipping its students to pursue futures beyond their imaginations.
Almeta Crawford High School in Rosharon opened this fall as part of the 2023 bond approved by voters, boasting state-of-the-art lab equipment and classrooms featuring stairstep riser seating that allow students to collaborate or study individually.
Whole Child Health Initiative
Educational, public health and school health fields have long advocated for closer alignment, integration and collaboration between education leaders and their counterparts from public health.1 This approach could aid students’ cognitive, physical and social-emotional development.1
The new Whole School Community Care (WSCC) Model illustrates links between health and learning, drawing upon both coordinated school health (CSH) and whole child approaches to education as foundational concepts. It represents decades of research, practice and lessons learned – it represents a triumphant victory of scientific inquiry!
WSCC components align with FBISD Skyward Board of Trustee Goals and Profile of a Graduate attributes by emphasizing student health, safety, engagement, support, and challenge so that each can reach his/her fullest potential. Furthermore, it recognizes the vital contribution made by communities towards supporting children’s wellbeing and their health.
Career and Technical Education
Career technical education programs (CTE) of today offer students a vast range of career pathways. Compared with the vocational schools of decades past, today’s programs are much more closely aligned with industry needs and trends, providing careers such as automotive repair, architecture, sustainable agriculture, engineering, entrepreneurship, computer science theater arts production healthcare etc.
The James Reese Career and Technical Education Center gives students at FBISD’s eleven high schools access to advanced CTE courses through multiple pathways. Students either drive themselves or utilize district transportation when coming to this facility, remaining active members of their respective campuses during the remainder of their school day.
Students enrolled in the Arts, Audio-Visual Technology and Communications cluster study the visual art that drives our culture forward while also learning about the technology involved in creating it. Career options available through this career track may include photography, music composition, filmmaking, graphic design and advertising among many others. In contrast, Law and Public Safety serves emergency services while all legal related occupations.
Student recruitment is key to reaching enrollment goals at any school, but as higher education competition intensifies, enrollment teams must work smarter and more effectively in order to attract the ideal students.
Integration of relevant technologies such as student engagement tools and agile CRMs into a centralized platform that delivers data in real time is the best way to do that. By using these tools, schools can track prospect behavior and customize communications accordingly to increase conversion chances.
Schools can leverage physical or virtual open house events to collect prospective student contact details. After collecting this data, schools can follow up with prospective students using personalized and automated messages aimed at keeping them engaged. Carleton University uses Carleton360 – an interactive hub where prospects can personalize their experience and view content tailored specifically to them – which keeps their institution top of mind while simultaneously showing care for its prospective student population.
Extended Day Program
The Extended Day Program offers before school care (Early Start from 7:15 am until school start time) and after school care (Wrap Up, school end to 6:00 pm) at all elementary schools for registered students. Here, supervised environments offer educationally enriching activities while parents are at work.
In 1987-88 and 1990-91, higher percentages of high minority public and private schools than low minority ones provided extended day programs to serve parents’ needs for childcare, recreation and academic enrichment (table 1). Such programs could serve multiple functions for parents: child care, recreation or academic enrichment.
Before they can leave the facility, children must be signed out by an adult and present photo identification. Families will pay monthly fees and may switch days if available – the only exception to this being holidays or teacher planning days.