Fort Worth ISD Board Hears Report on Long-Range Facilities Master Plan
Fort Worth, Texas – The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education heard a “first reading” of the District’s proposed Long-Range Facilities Master Plan at Tuesday’s (June 27) board meeting.
Almost two years ago, the District began the process of taking a realistic look at all District facilities for both immediate and long-range needs. The mission was to determine how facilities support academic success and prepare ALL children for success in college, career and community leadership.
“Our intention all along was to make a connection between the best possible outcomes for our students and how their success relates to the future of Fort Worth ISD, and vice-versa,” said Superintendent Kent P. Scribner, as he introduced the presentation.
Throughout this process, Fort Worth ISD worked with Engage2Learn and PBK Architects to conduct community engagement, develop the learning model, evaluate the space on each campus, and to identify priorities to be addressed.
But, the Facilities Master Plan goes beyond the concept of a traditional master plan.
The centerpiece of the plan is the new Fort Worth ISD Learning Model, a revolutionary learning method that will make a significant impact on students now and in the future. The FWISD Learning Model is built on relationships and shared ownership and will change the culture in our classrooms.
“Our Learning Model demonstrates the overarching belief for how learning take place in Fort Worth ISD,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Khechara Bradford. “It takes the student from a passive receiver of information to an active learner who leads their thinking in doing their own work, and it takes the teacher from someone who delivers information to the role of facilitator who designs the learning experiences in their classroom.”
It is important to note that while the facilities assessment is still in the process of completion, the numbers reflected in the report do not imply or reflect any intended scope of work.
The next step in the Facilities Master Plan is to develop a committee to prioritize activities going forward. Their assessment will be brought back to the Board for Trustees’ further consideration.