Congratulations to Axtell ISD for reaching a Stage 4 in the Digital Convergence Framework.  Much has been accomplished in Axtell over the last year.  The Axtell MC2 Team, (Meeting Challenges in Modern Classrooms,) has worked to develop systems for long-term, ongoing communication as it relates to modern learning and continues their pursuit of excellence as they strive to ensure each and every child has exposure to a world class education.  Axtell’s Instructional Model is front and center in each of the district schools.  Modern Curriculum includes the use of VitaNavis, Success Maker, World of Work, Gallup, and locally developed curricula to provide great educational experiences for kids.  Teachers are knee-deep in professional learning centered around district goals to make the instructional model come alive in each and every classroom.  School based leaders are versed in leading staff through 2nd order change and have stayed the course as stakeholders have moved in and out of the phases of change and transition.  The journey toward modern learning calls for ongoing motivation, commitment, accountability, and inspiration, all of which requires leaders to ask more of their stakeholders.  Axtell staff continues to give more and more of themselves and the results are evident.

Axtell began to tackle measuring student outcomes beyond quantitative state assessments by positioning itself as a District of Innovation.  In the state of Texas, Districts are eligible for designation if certain performance requirements are met and the district follows certain procedures for adoption as outlined in Statute. The designation provides the district will be exempt from certain sections of the TEC that inhibit the goals of the district as outlined in the locally adopted Innovation Plan.  This, and the use of Gallup as a means of measuring student outcome metrics, propels Axtell into a new landscape when it comes to student success and modern learning.

Reaching a Stage 4 is courageous and monumental.  Congratulations to all at Axtell ISD.