The Re-Making of an Urban School District - the Power of Us!

3:30 PM
 4:30 PM 


San Antonio ISD’s Mission Statement is: To transform SAISD into a national model urban school district where every child graduates and is educated so that he or she is prepared to be a contributing member of the community. This session will focus extensively and exclusively on one word in this mission statement: TRANSFORM! First SAISD transformed the academics and now it’s time we transform our schools. San Antonio ISD will demonstrate how we have risen from a F rated school district to a B, in five short years. Superintendent Pedro Martinez’s Blueprint for Excellence is supported by five pillars of success: Academic Excellence, Talent Management, Culture Shift, Stakeholder Engagement and Fiscal Management. This session will demonstrate how these pillars led to the development of the SAISD 5-Year Goals and how those 5-Year Goals led to academic improvement across SAISD. Now it’s time we transform our schools. Today, our facilities lag 30 years behind our academics. SAISD needed a comprehensive plan to align our facilities with the academic success of our students. SAISD will share the challenges we face in providing the next generation of teachers the tools they need and the students the opportunities they need to succeed in facilities that are 30, 60 and even 90 years old. In a city so rich in history and culture, how do you prepare students for an unknown future while reflecting and respecting the past? This session will demonstrate how SAISD developed the District’s first ever comprehensive master plan. Master Plan 2030 lays out a comprehensive plan to replace or renovate all 89 schools in the District. The transformation of SAISD will require more than administration or academics or technology or facilities: it will take the Power of Us!

#1: Demonstrate how to ensure proficiency, growth and a personalized graduation plan.
#2: Demonstrate how to cultivate high performing students.
#3: Share strategies to increase students attending high-quality schools.
#4: Share strategies to align the built environment with District-wide academic goals.

Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educationalleadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner.

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy. 

Kedrick Wright, Director, Planning & Construction, San Antonio Independent School District
For more than 15 years, Kedrick has designed and built educational facilities, commercial developments, low-income multi-family developments and healthcare facilities. He has planned, programmed, designed and built educational facilities from beginning to end, as a consultant, an owner’s representative and an owner. Prior to joining San Antonio ISD, Kedrick worked for consultant firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as a Program Manager. While with LAN. Kedrick’s projects included Sheldon ISD’s $285 million bond program, New Caney ISD’s District-wide educational specification and Educational Specialist for Leo A Daly in Arlington Public Schools (Virginia). Previously, he served Houston ISD as the senior manager of facilities planning and design. In this role, he managed a team of facilities planners and designers, program and project managers and architects who helped replace or build over 40 schools across the city as part of the district’s $2 billion capital improvement program. Prior to that, he served as a construction project manager for the Houston Housing Authority where he managed the construction of low-income housing projects across the City of Houston. Kedrick’s other professional experience has been as an architectural project coordinator and manager for various architecture firms in Los Angeles and Houston designing K-12 facilities, higher education facilities, healthcare and commercial developments.

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