Office of Innovation

  • The Office of Innovation includes Career and Technical Education, Gold Seal Programs and Schools of Choice, Collegiate Programming, Advisement, Call for Great Schools, and Charter Authorization / External Partnerships.


    Guided by the shared philosophies of the FWISD Mission, System of Great Schools, and Lone Star Governance, the Office of Innovation will rigorously define and evaluate programs to ensure long-term solutions for student success!


     Fort Worth ISD’s Innovation plan includes five components, which are modeled from the System of Great Schools: oversee the district’s school development strategy, offer strategic school support, transform state-identified, Improvement Required campuses, expanded school access, and offer new, high-quality educational options for students.  


    Theory of Action

    If we recruit, retain, and develop great leaders in a system of autonomy and accountability and take strategic school actions to increase access to quality options, we will improve student outcomes.


    Definition of a Great School in FWISD

    A high-quality school in FWISD successfully prepares all students to enter college or the workforce, or both, armed with the academic, social, and emotional skills required to survive and thrive in the modern world and to contribute to society through a life long learning journey.

       System of Great Schools FWISD Office of Innovation     Lone Star Governance



    David Saenz
    Senior Innovation Officer

    Daphne Rickard
    Executive Director of Career and Technical Education

    Lisa Castillo
    Executive Director of Choice and Enrichment Programming

    Dr. Anita Perry
    Executive Director of Collegiate Programming and Advisement

    Arista Owens-McGowan
    Executive Director of School and External Partnerships

    Dr. Lezley Lewis
    Executive Director of Professional Learning and Innovation

    Karen Ponder
    Choice Programming Coordinator

    Mary Helen Hill
    College and Career Readiness Coordinator



    Teaching and Learning Center
    1050 Bridgewood Drive
    Fort Worth, Texas 76112