July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019—Cypress-Fairbanks ISD was named a 2019 National Innovative District for sustaining excellence by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) at the 2019 Model Schools Conference, held June 24 – 27 in Washington, D.C.
CFISD is among eight districts from across the country to receive this honor. Criteria for being selected include being student-focused, being future-forward, having a supportive culture, and a commitment to communication, public relations, branding and diversity.
“This honor signifies the work our campus leaders and staff do every day to invest in our students,” said Dr. Linda Macias, associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction and accountability. “They’re always asking, ‘Is this what’s best for students? Will this help our students succeed?’ Our students being successful is also an example of CFISD putting students first.”
In addition to CFISD receiving a national award, Thornton Middle School was also named an ICLE national model middle school for positive campus culture and climate
“When I arrived at Thornton, there was a certain culture,” said Reginal Mitchell, Thornton principal. “We’ve been able to change that. We’ve had continued academic growth, reduction in discipline and we’ve increased teacher retention. With the support we’ve received from the district, we’ve been able to implement and utilize different resources to help support our continued growth. I feel blessed to have a staff that is so dedicated to our students.”
The International Center for Leadership in Education sets out to challenge, inspire and equip today’s educators by identifying innovative practices from across the country. To learn more about the ICLE, visit its website.