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DISTRICT OF INNOVATION PLAN
JANUARY 2017-DECEMBER 2021
HB 1842 was passed during the 84th Texas legislative Session in Spring 2015, and provides
Texas public school districts the opportunity to be designated as a District of Innovation. To
access these flexibilities, a school district must adopt an innovation plan, as set forth in Texas
Education Code Chapter 12A.
Districts of Innovation may be exempted from a number of state statutes and will have the
• Greater local control as the decision makers over the educational and instructional model for
• Increased freedom and flexibility, with accountability, relative to state mandates that govern
educational programming; and
• Empowerment to innovate and think differently.
Districts are not exempt from statutes including curriculum and graduation requirements and
academic and financial accountability.
The direction provided by this local Innovation Plan is a culmination of collaboration among community
members, parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. This plan was designed to facilitate the
implementation of the District’s strategic plan which was adopted in April 2017. This plan provides an
opportunity for the Pine Tree community to make local decisions on the best ways to educate our children.
On February 13, 2017, the Pine Tree Independent School District’s Board of Trustees initiated
the process by passing a Resolution to Adopt a District of Innovation in order to support
innovation and improve student learning. On March 6, 2017, the Pine Tree ISD Board of
Trustees held a public hearing for public discussion on whether the District should develop a
local innovation plan for the designation of the District as a District of Innovation. With there
being no objection from the hearing, the Board of Trustees supported the plan to create a District
of Innovation Committee to begin researching and recommending a plan for approval. This Pine
Tree ISD District of Innovation committee was approved by the Board of Trustees at the April
10, 2017, regular board meeting. The committee represents various stakeholders across the
district including teachers, instructional paraprofessionals, instructional coaches, parents, campus
administration, district administration, local higher education, and community members. The
committee met initially in March and April 2017 to discuss and develop a plan. The District of
Innovation plan followed the development of the Pine Tree ISD Strategic Plan. The options discussed and recommended for consideration in the District of Innovation plan support the goals
and strategies of the Pine Tree ISD Strategic Plan.
The District notified Commissioner Morath of its intent to file a plan with the Texas Education
Agency after the April 10, 2017, Board of Trustees meeting.. The plan was posted on the District
website for 30 days before being presented to the Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees on May 8,
2017. The Pine Tree ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the updated plan on May 8,
2017. Pine Tree ISD notified the Texas Commissioner of Education of the District’s final
District of Innovation Plan and the plan was submitted the approved plan to TEA on May 10,
Goal 1: All students will reach their full potential.
Goal 2: All students will thrive in a global society.
Goal 3: All students will discover and pursue their unique passions.
Strategy 1: We will create a customized learning environment that ensures a culture of innovation.
Strategy 2: We will maximize learning through the use of advanced resources and digital literacy.
Strategy 3: We will boldly support the social and emotional needs of all students.
Strategy 4: We will ensure student leadership is an integral part of our learning culture.
Strategy 5: We will recruit, develop, support, and retain the highest quality staff.
February 13, 2017
Board of Trustees passed the resolution to research the District of
March 6, 2017
Board of Trustees conducts a public hearing to discuss the District of
Innovation process and possible options
District of Innovation Committee formed
March 29, 2017
First District of Innovation Committee meeting
April 3, 2017
Draft of District of Innovation Plan discussed and revisions made
April 6, 2017
Posting of the District of Innovation Plan for Pine Tree ISD on the
District website and notification of the Board of Trustees intent to
consider and adopt a District of Innovation plan sent to TEA
April 10, 2017
Discussion of the District of Innovation draft plan with the Pine Tree
ISD Board of Trustees
April 20, 2017
District Improvement Committee discussed and approved the District of
April 26, 2017
District of Innovation committee reviews the final plan and comments
provided from the staff or public
May 8, 2017
Board of Trustees vote and approve the District of Innovation plan
for Pine Tree ISD and approved plan submitted to Commissioner
Morath at TEA
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