Schools began using Opportunity Culture models in:
Learn more about the Opportunity Culture initiative in Aldine ISD by visiting the district website.
In 2020, Aldine ISD began designing their Opportunity Culture plans for implementation in fall 2021. Aldine ISD, along with Klein ISD, designed Opportunity Culture with paid teacher residencies in partnership with the University of Houston, the University of Houston-Downtown, Sam Houston State University, and Relay Graduate School of Education.
The universities are members in the University-School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP). As a members of US PREP, the universities will spend the next three years piloting, scaling and sustaining the Teacher Preparation Quality Objectives, which will result in the training of teachers who are ready to meet the needs of their K–12 students. Taken together with the Opportunity Culture model, candidates will receive compensation during their residency year.
Superintendent LaTonya M. Goffney, said: “We are super-excited to be a part of Public Impact’s Opportunity Culture partnership with the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Downtown. Anything we can do to bring new and exciting ideas in teacher training is welcomed in Aldine ISD and we are honored to be one of seven school districts in Texas selected for this prestigious teacher training program.”
Aldine ISD Demographics
When Aldine ISD began designing its Opportunity Culture in 2020, the district had 82 schools serving 63,324 students. Of those students, 73 percent were Hispanic, 23 percent were Black, and about 89 percent were economically disadvantaged.
- Public Impact Press Release: Texas Initiative to Add Paid, Financially Sustainable Opportunity Culture Teacher Residencies Expands