Catalyze Change, Teach in HISD

The Vision for HISD:

By the Year 2030, HISD will conduct wholescale systemic reform of 150 schools in order to significantly narrow achievement gaps and prepare students for a Year 2035 workplace and world.

Click below to learn more about how you can be a catalyst for change:

The number one variable in raising student achievement is the quality of instruction.

The HISD system currently serves some students far worse than others.

Houston ISD’s Reading and Math Proficiency scores are where they should be:


% of fourth grade students at proficient or above:


% of fourth grade students at proficient or above:


% of eighth grade students at proficient or above:

Eighth GRADE Reading

% of eighth grade students at proficient or above:

Gaps between White and Black and White and Hispanic students has gotten worse:

Fourth Grade Math

% of fourth graders at proficient or above in math by demographic:


% of fourth graders at proficient or above in math by demographic:

We are announcing three exciting new opportunities for teachers to change the trajectory of HISD:

Special Education Teachers and Specialists

New Education System

Central Office School Supports

Significantly Narrow Achievement Gaps

Students prepared for a year 2035 world and workplace


  1. Expand leadership density
  2. Improve the quality of instruction
  3. Strengthen Central Office effectiveness
  4. Improve reading instruction Pre-K through 4th grade
  5. Improve SPED and SEL services


  1. Create a new education system
  2. Implement new staffing model
  3. Implement new principal and Teacher Evaluation systems
  4. Create an Earned Autonomy System
  5. Develop and implement Year 2035 Competencies and Experiences

Outcomes, Impact, and Inputs


  • Recruit 1,200 lead teachers
  • Provide incentives for reading and math teachers at D and F schools
  • Implement spot observations and on-the-job coaching at F, D, and C1 schools
  • Conduct NWEA MAP and DIBELS assessments District-wide
  • Improve summer school instruction and rigor



  • Change the academic trajectory for over 200,000 students
  • Be the first, large urban district to narrow the achievement gaps to single digits
  • Prevent the growth of a Year 2035 competencies gap
  • Create proof points for the broader district and the HISD communities for wholescale redesign


  • Break the myth that it takes years to turn-around failing schools
  • Create proof points for wholescale systemic reform
  • Support or help guide districts to use split screen strategy for transformation
  • Help catalyze the creation of a new education system

Design Principles:

  • Learning is increasingly focused on how to think and on Year 2035 competencies
  • Instruction is highly differentiated in every class period
  • Students are provided with both content knowledge and required experience
  • Staffing model provides high-quality instruction 100% of the time
  • Learning happens everywhere and anytime
  • Employees spend their time honing their craft, for which they are compensated fairly.