Sponsor Insights www.gomasa.org 31 entire community is encouraged to share feedback through a web-based listening tool called “Let’s Talk!” accessible on the district’s website. EDUCATE by Choice: In today’s public education landscape, “choice” is a loaded word, seen by some as a way to undermine public schools. Not so in Grand Prairie, Texas. Dr. Susan Hull, Superintendent of Grand Prairie Independent School District (GPISD), embraced the school board’s goal to “promote 21st century learners who are college and career ready” by working with staff to launch Schools of Choice and Programs of Choice. Along with traditional schools, GPISD offers a variety of school and program options (see chart at right). Common across these three examples is the desire to engage the public in public education in order to identify innovative solutions to educate the next generation. Public involvement is at the heart of new designs for change. K12smallrevisedbull.indd 1 11/17/13 6:05 PM Dr. Gerald Dawkins is a former Michigan superintendent and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Superintendent and District Relations for K–12 Insight, a MASA Presidential Sponsor. Contact him at email@example.com or 703.542.9557. Elementary School and Program Options • Global Leadership Academy (Project-Based Learning) • David Daniels Elementary Academy of Science and Math • Garner Fine Arts Academy • GPISD Uplift Lee Preparatory (Charter) • Ellen Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milan Elementary • World Language Academy at Travis Elementary Secondary School and Program Options • Young Men’s Leadership Academy • Young Women’s Leadership Academy • Crosswinds High School (Blended Learning) • HOPE Academy (Non-traditional Middle School) • Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute (In-District Charter) • Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy • Junior Cadet Corps • Center for Law and Public Safety • Sports Medicine (Grand Prairie High School) • Environmental Science Program (Middle School) “The quality of education of our children is essential to the performance and long-term success of our society. In light of global competition for jobs and a growing demand for more effective, student-focused experiences, we believe that parents and their children must have a portfolio of choices in selecting their educational experience. The Grand Prairie Independent School District is pleased to offer Schools of Choice and Programs of Choice to meet this need.” — Dr. Susan Hull Superintendent of Schools For more information, go to www.gpisd.org/Page/17795.
MASA Leader - Spring 2015
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