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’Journey to True Accountability’ underway at Burkburnett ISD

Updated: Mar. 27, 2019 at 4:54 PM CDT
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BURKBURNETT, TX (TNN) - What does the ideal Burkburnett graduate look like?

That's the question that kicked off the journey to true accountability in 2017 for Burkburnett ISD.

"So we brought together community members, teachers, staff and asked them simple questions. What do we want our graduates to have the abilities to do," said Dr. Tylor Chaplin, the superintendent for Burkburnett ISD.

Responsibility, collaboration, corporation, and ownership of their actions were just some of the answers. Dr. Chaplin said this journey was set in place to help them reach their ultimate goal.

“We need to prepare them for the world that they are going into, and that world is not the world that I went into or that you went into when you were in high school,” said Dr. Chaplin. “It’s changing quickly for many reasons and so we needed to talk to parents and say how do we prepare students for that world.”

A diverse committee has been meeting throughout the last two years to discuss how they can make this happen.

Dr. Chaplin said they've agreed the school environment plays a big role when it comes to creating their ideal graduate.

“We brought that group into our buildings and they toured Hardin Elementary, Tower Elementary, Middle School and the High School,” said Dr. Chaplin. “We gave them 35 to 40 minutes at each campus.”

The goal is to tackle seven pillars but not at once. Since the journey started, the committee has changed.

Their visioning panel right now is looking at the first two pillars, student learning and progress, and quality staff/professional development.

“Our goal is to have these two pillars ready to go that will pilot throughout next year. Both at the district level and the campus level,” said Dr. Chaplin. “Then work throughout next year on the remaining five pillars, so that we have those ready to go for the following year.”

Their current visioning panel will be wrapping up soon and then they will break for the summer. The Superintendent said they will call for more volunteers to join the conversation in the fall.

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