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WATCH or READ: Checking In with Charles (4/11/19)



In Fort Bend ISD, we believe that everyone is a leader, and I’m excited to begin this week’s video update with details about Fort Bend ISD’s first-ever elementary leadership conference!


It was an honor to meet with more than 120 fourth and fifth-grade students from 12 of our elementary schools last Saturday, who were nominated by their campus principals and counselors. The students learned more about the District’s Profile of a Graduate and what it takes to become a leader through various interactive sessions and group activities. We encouraged students to take what they learned back to their friends and classmates, because it’s important that we have “each one, teach one.”


Our Board of Trustees helped make the event possible by contributing part of the $25,000 cash prize they received as winner of the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education school board award. Our board cares about our students and their futures… and we look forward to seeing even more of our students participate as these conferences continue in other areas of the District this month.


On Monday, our Board held their monthly agenda review workshop… and during the meeting, they adopted a resolution in support of legislation related to the discovery of a historic cemetery at the James Reese Career and Technical Center. House Bill 4179 would amend a state statute to allow Fort Bend County to own and operate the abandoned cemetery… and allow Fort Bend ISD to continue with our collaborative efforts with the county to memorialize the 95 individuals who were discovered at the site.


During the same meeting, the Board also received an update on the District’s work to incorporate this discovery into our curriculum. The next step in this process is the adoption of a local standard that would address local history and promote critical thinking. Since the fall, the curriculum team has been engaging with an advisory committee and other teacher groups to gain input, and there will be an opportunity for the community to provide feedback on this local standard Tuesday, April 16. Focus groups will be held at the FBISD Triplex at 6:00 p.m., and you can learn how to register on the District’s website.


Fort Bend ISD has a unique opportunity to teach future generations about the realities of the convict leasing program, and we know our students will benefit from this historic discovery. We look forward to continuing this important work together with our community and our board of trustees.


I’d like to take a quick moment now to recognize all of our campus and District staff members who joined us to scout new talent at the recent FBISD All-Star Talent draft.


Fort Bend ISD is committed to recruiting and retaining the very best employees… and as our District grows, so does the demand for new teachers and staff. This year, we had more than 1,100 attendees at Constellation Field as staff worked to identify new members of the best team in the state!


And, speaking of the best team in the state… if you haven’t already, be sure to join Fort Bend ISD in this month’s Million Mile Month challenge. We’re promoting wellness and making each mile, each step and all physical activities count.


Fort Bend ISD needs your help to remain unbeaten in this annual challenge, and this year, have competition from our fellow Texans in the hill country!


Make sure to join us… together, we can do this!

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Charles Dupre