On April 1, Spring Branch ISD virtually held its annual State of the Schools event, titled TOGETHER SBISD. Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine proudly provided an update on all of the work the district and community has done over the course of the past year.
Bob Harvey, CEO and President of the Greater Houston Partnership, shared his appreciation for the district’s efforts and the impact they have had on our local economy. Today, Spring Branch ISD has nearly 81% of students back in school learning in-person. That is just one of the many successes to celebrate despite challenges faced this school year.
From progress on the $898M 2017 Bond program, to the launch of a CTE Advisory Board, and the exciting work supporting our T-2-4 goal and Strategic Framework, the work being done is a testament to the power of Collective Greatness and exciting times ahead in the 2021-2022 school year.
Literacy remains Dr. Blaine’s leading priority and was the main focus for TOGETHER SBISD. Longtime friend of the district and Good Neighbor, Julie Baker Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, delivered a keynote address around the national literacy crisis and the efforts being led locally to address this.
Dr. Kristin Craft, Associate Superintendent of Academics, shared what the district is doing to ensure Every Child is reading on or above grade level by the time they reach 3rd grade, including a look at how teachers are being empowered by quality assessments to build customized literacy supports for Every Child.
Dr. Blaine provided a recap of programs and resources available including Reading Buddies, Parent U sessions, the Parent Reading Guide, as well as partnerships with Good Neighbors, who support a range of programs that reinforce literacy. Through these efforts, Spring Branch ISD is doubling down on the priority of literacy and moving the needle toward T-2-4 success for Every Child.
The Good Neighbors Class of 2020 was also celebrated and recognized for their great work and continual engagement in support of Spring Branch ISD. Thank you, Good Neighbors.
“I am so proud of our system, our schools, our staff, our students and our community,” said Dr. Blaine. “Together, we are inspiring the minds and shaping lives of our students in Spring Branch ISD.”