Spring Branch T-2-4 for EVERY CHILD

The Journey

What is The Learner's Journey?

We are all learners.

Spring Branch ISD’s five- year plan, The Learner’s Journey, represents our commitment to EVERY CHILD, every family and every employee of SBISD as we boldly reconsider what education can and should be.

It represents our continued commitment to Spring Branch T-2-4 for EVERY CHILD through designing learning environments and delivering learning experiences that value and build on the individual talents, needs, interests, and aspirations of ALL learners.

It also is our commitment to nurture the strengths, gifts, and development of our employees, our families and our community in new and bold ways while holding fast to our Core Values.

Our children deserve it.

Their future demands it.

Values & Vision

The Learner’s Journey builds on SBISD’s strongest assets – our supportive community and our people – and is undergirded by our sustained commitment to Spring Branch T-2-4 and SBISD’s Core Values. (Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity, Moral Compass)

We continue to focus on the sustained vision of Spring Branch T-2-4
for EVERY CHILD, by which we align and target our collective work.

SBISD's Local Innovation Plan (District of Innovation), approved in April 2016, is a foundation upon which the work of The Learner’s Journey stands.

As a District of Innovation (DOI), SBISD has the ability to leverage freedom, flexibility, and local control, as it pursues specific innovations in relation to curriculum, instruction, parent or community involvement, school calendars, budgeting, and governance.

The District of Innovation is part of Texas House Bill 1842.

(DOI) in Action

Unless and until the SBISD Board of Trustees takes action to enact a particular exemption from the Texas Education Code and related regulations, nothing changes in SBISD’s compliance with state laws and local policies.

If the Board of Trustees considers a change under the DOI law, they give parents, students, employees, and the community an opportunity to weigh in.

The Board is committed to requiring a super-majority, or two-thirds vote, for any policy change considered under the DOI law.

Click here to view information on Board Approved DOI Exemptions.

Click here to learn more about SBISD's District of Innovation (DOI).




The Roadmap

How will we know if we're doing the 'right' work?


What is The ROADMAP?

The SBISD Roadmap is comprised of the strategies and tactics we'll adopt to align and focus our collective work.

Click here view the 2016-17 ROADMAP (.pdf).

SBISD's Roadmap will evolve over time, in a process of discovery and learning. As we develop new models and methods to reach and exceed goals, we'll see an evolution of our tactics and work. While not a traditional model, it's one that allows each of us to engage actively as learners at every level with a focus on doing the 'right' work at the 'right time' for EVERY CHILD.

We believe that learning is not just a student experience. We believe each of us, to be successful, must strive to be a life-long learner. The SBISD Roadmap provides a flexible framework to do just that.

Year One of the Learner's Journey Roadmap will be posted and available here in the fall semester of 2016. Bookmark and visit this page often as we journey toward T-2-4 Success for EVERY CHILD.

Development of SBISD The Roadmap begins by asking some very important questions:

For Students

How do we improve learning outcomes for children? What specifically will we do to make sure that every child in Spring Branch ISD is receiving a high-quality education that meets their personal needs?

For Teachers & Staff

How do we improve professional development? How can we ensure our staff is bring nurtured and grown?

For the Community

How do we organize resources to meet the diverse needs?
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The Work

The Themes, The Tactics & The Results

Learning Ecosystems

The student learning environment, including both traditional school and “beyond school” time

Extraordinary People

The care and development of every SBISD employee

Customized Supports

The people, places, partners, programs and processes that provide students, families and staff with personalized resources

Resilient Foundation

How we will be an aligned, well-functioning school system

How long will this work take?

The Learner's Journey will take us well into the next five years. While this is a somewhat standard timeline for strategic and tactical implementation, the way in which we will approach this body of work is unique.

The Learner's Journey is designed based on learning cycles. These cycles are rooted in a model called Design Thinking. What is Design Thinking? Design thinking is the repeatable process that employs unique, creative techniques, with results that usually exceed initial expectations.

How do we measure success?

In SBISD we're establishing a set of long-term outcomes/metrics to define progress in achieving our goal of Spring Branch T-2-4 for EVERY CHILD.

These outcomes are based on a set of specific questions designed to frame the results we want for EVERY CHILD when they've experienced 'success' in our schools.

These questions help us measure specific targets for achievement within The Learner's Journey plan timeline/roadmap:

  • How academically prepared is EVERY CHILD?
  • How much progress is EVERY CHILD making?
  • How is EVERY CHILD doing beyond the classroom?
  • How are our alumni doing after they graduate?
  • Are we providing effective supports for our employees, students, and families?
  • Are we developing a sustainable talent model?


The Voices

Voices on the Journey

Working for EVERY CHILD

In My Voice


We believe the only way we can succeed at serving EVERY CHILD is by working together. COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT and COLLECTIVE GREATNESS are identified as core values for a reason in SBISD. Included here are voices from a range of stakeholders engaged in the planning, implementation and work of SBISD's strategic plan.

Look for more blog postings and videos to be added as the work continues!

Video Spotlights:

The Learners

How will this work impact me?

Everyone is a learner.

One of the exciting things about The Learner's Journey is the shared belief that we're all learners! It's not just about students or educators; our journey is about all of us. Learning is human. It's about relationships, and the experiences and the personal path each of us takes every day. Where those paths intersect, and how we elect to invest our energy and time, are what change lives and shape futures.

As we journey, together, we'll be sharing stories from our learners. From the students and educators thinking differently about learning to our volunteers, partners and families engaging to support meaningful outcomes for all kids, to our school district rethinking and reshaping what public education can and should be, you'll find insights and highlights from this exciting body of work here.