The deadline for voluntarily joining Superintendent Mike Miles’ New Education System (NES), a plan that will reform and bring about significant changes for participating institutions, was passed by Houston Independent School District schools at noon on Monday.
Miles chose 28 schools, including Kashmere, Wheatley, North Forest high schools and other campuses that feed into them, to be a part of the initial cohort of the NES program after being nominated as the district’s leader by the Texas Education Agency.
By 2025, Miles said he wants to implement the NES program in 150 HISD schools as part of what he calls a “wholesale systematic reform.” The 28 NES schools, which are located mostly in low-income areas, will start making modifications in the 2023–2024 academic year.
Some instructors will be required to reapply for their jobs under NES, with enhanced pay that could total up to a $10,000 stipend in addition to salary bases ranging from $81,000 to $86,000. In addition to teachers, other professionals including as principals, assistant principals, counsellors, and special education support staff are also eligible for the stipend.
Employees having contracts with the district will keep their jobs, and those without contracts may be transferred to another campus of HISD.
Schools will adopt a “hospital model” in which instructors and “learning coaches” collaborate in the classroom. Both roles are designated as support personnel by HISD and are in charge of creating and grading instructional materials for teachers. The instruction of students is the sole concern of teachers. A new common curriculum for reading and math classes will be released by HISD.
Additionally, the NES program has a unique approach for evaluating teachers that takes into account both classroom observations and results from standardized tests.
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