When we last left our superheroes within the Pasadena ISD Team “R” Effect,
they faced a meteor shower of rigorous state testing standards, academic
challenges and extracurricular competition. But with their powers combined,
the team prevailed over the challenges.
back at the
the group watch
in the video
from the ashes of
the meteors …
Rising first out of the ashes is a technology being...TechPhlem!!
The creature threatens change in education driven by new technology and is
infected with viruses. Team “R” Effect realizes it must stop TechPhlem from
destroying the empire by continuously meeting the demand and the need
for technology in the 21st century.
TechPhlem, sick with viruses, sneezes
violently. Knowing the Internet dangers
that await the students, Prime Example
thinks fast. Using his X-Ray vision,
he looks into TechPhlem’s head to
see what makes him tick.
OH NO! This
monster is FULL
of viruses!! We
MUST protect our
Prime Example sighs in relief knowing the students are safe
from Internet dangers. But the threat and promise of changing
technology still lurks...Suddenly…TechPhlem shocks the empire
with an electric charge full of technological changes…
We have to keep our
students safe as long
as they have access to
and their students
out for those boring
They don’t help us
Prime Example seizes the Pasadena ISD
Internet safety plan to protect the
students as they use the Internet at school
and home and hurls it at TechPhlem.
A bolt nearly zaps General Knowledge, but Mighty Smart, in all his
speed, flies over her with a Promethean board to reflect the electric
current. Regaining her strength, General Knowledge uses her powers to
levitate hundreds of Promethean boards above the empire, protecting
it with the latest in instructional technology.
Technology is always
changing! We must
prepare our students to
think critically so they
can use technology now
and in the future!
That’s right, TechPhlem!
We refuse to let the
continuous change in technology
slow us down! Instructional
technology allows us to
engages and motivates
Take your virus
Facing the new technology’s
interactive lessons, TechPhlem’s
electric shocks bounce off the
high-tech Promethean boards and
send him to his own demise..
That was close!
TechPhlem almost got
us, but our use of
technology in the
classroom saved us!
Every day, Pasadena ISD works to prepare students for the 21st century by integrating
state-of-the-art technology into classroom curriculum.
More than 350 Promethean boards districtwide provide a classroom without walls, taking students on
educational journeys across the world.
Internet Safety Plan
Pasadena ISD’s Internet Safety Plan educates parents on how to monitor their child’s Internet use and how to identify
online predators. It also educates children on cyber bullying, e-mail and social networking, maintaining privacy and
how to take precautionary measures when using the Internet.
Videoconferencing allows students and teachers to develop presentation and communication skills, attend training
sessions, conduct interviews, take courses, participate in multi-school projects, view surgeries, take electronic
field trips, learn how to use technology effectively, have live interactive experiences and learn from other students,
teachers and experts from around the world without having to leave the classroom. More than 10 schools and the
administration building have videoconferencing capabilities.
Pasadena Virtual School allows busy students to take quality high school classes online, on their own time, wherever
there is access to the Internet and a computer. Online learning helps students master course content, as well as
develop communication, collaboration and creative problem-solving skills.
As sparks continue to fly out of the sizzling TechPhlem, General Knowledge realizes she can’t
move! General Knowledge looks down frantically at her immobile feet and sees… what is that…
goo?!?! Suddenly… a shadow creeps over her and the rest of the team. Looking up,
General Knowledge recognizes Sludge… a monster oozing thick globs of stagnant teaching
methods all over the empire!
Oh noooo… Sludge!
He will ruin the empire if we
don’t carry out our mission
of continued professional
growth! Mighty Smart …
get me the ETP! Move fast
before he covers the entire
empire with his goo!
Struggling, General Knowledge levitates herself out of the goo that was preventing her from moving. Mighty
Smart grasps the bottle of Effective Teaching Practices and zips it over to General Knowledge. She quickly
begins to clean up Sludge’s globs of goo threatening educators with boring and unoriginal instruction …
worse... we must...
help! Do something...
As General Knowledge continues to mop up
Sludge’s growing mounds of goo, Master
Skills uses her brain power to freeze Sludge
...Sludge keeps jiggling with life, about to
break free from Master Skills’ hold...
It’s our duty as teachers
to ensure the best education for our
students by increasing our effectiveness
and skills! With professional growth
opportunities offered by Pasadena ISD,
stagnant teaching methods will never make
it into our classrooms!
We can do this!
Max Talents uses his powers to grow in size. He looms over Sludge and crushes him with the district’s
Alternative Certification Teaching Program, bursting Sludge into a million pieces.
This is for
With its award-winning professional
development program, Pasadena ISD continues
to provide training and resources to staff so they
prepare students to be life-long learners.
Alternative Teacher Certification Program
This year alone, the district’s ATCP provided training in Bilingual
Education, Special Education, mathematics, English/Language
Arts and Reading, Social Studies, Life Science, Science,
Physical Science and other content areas to 180 individuals
from different professions who offer students a unique
perspective and belong in the classroom.
Effective Teaching Practices
More than 1,100 first-year teachers and teachers new to the
district attended the district’s ETP workshop in 2007 providing
them with an in-depth look at Pasadena Plus, TEKS and other
good teaching strategies to help teachers start their new year.
Online Resources and learning
Teachers districtwide have the opportunity to receive online
training and resources from programs including SAILOn, Atomic
Learning, PDAS, NetTrekker, United Streaming, BrainPop,
Blackboard and more.
Statewide professional development
Teachers and administrators gain statewide professional
development through leadership and involvement in more than
10 state organizations.
Our teachers are always
bringing innovative teaching
strategies into the classroom to meet
the needs of every learner!
We’re closing the door on you,
Districtwide staff development
More than 1,700 staff development courses were
presented last school year and summer with teachers
and administrators completing 70,408 hours of staff
The team cheers in victory, but the chilling sound of metal
abruptly slices through the group’s triumphant shouts.
Team “R” Effect glances up in time to see a giant pair of
scissors slash through the sky landing above the empire.
It’s Budget Slasher, and he has come to cut budgets
districtwide! If he succeeds … he will surely destroy
the district’s focus on student achievement …
It’s the Budget Slasher!
We have to continue our quest
for academic excellence even
though funding is scarce!
find a way
to make it
Mighty Smart tries to distract Budget
Slasher, zipping and flying around quickly.
But the Budget Slasher is moving fast,
creating a tornado of shredded budgets!
Mighty Smart! We are always
applying for and receiving grants
for innovative programs. I’ll get
you the GRANTS screwdriver!!
HELP! I can’t get to
him! He’s moving...too...
fast...and he’s cutting
so much! We need....
General Knowledge levitates the GRANTS screwdriver up to
Mighty Smart as the shredded budgets swirl faster and faster
around them. Realizing Mighty Smart and General Knowledge
can’t stop the beast alone, Max Talents immediately enlarges
and grabs Budget Slasher holding him in place.
I’ve got him!
You can do this!
Mighty Smart takes off soaring in circles, turning the GRANTS
screwdriver. Budget Slasher’s screw holding his sharp blades
together begins to loosen …Finally …the screw falls out and
Budget Slasher splits in half, falling to the earth!
We did it!
I knew we could do it!
Our teachers use
that are sure to receive
funding help from our
local businesses and
community! Way to go!
Facing budget cuts districtwide, Pasadena ISD is maintaining its commitment to the education
of its students by taking advantage of available grant opportunities.
Since 2004, Pasadena ISD has received $18,464,493 in grants to help provide innovative instruction
and continued staff development training for teachers.
More than $115,000 in educational grants were distributed districtwide to teachers for innovative educational
programs last school year by the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation.
Last year, the district received a $1.2 million grant for GEAR UP, a six-year grant designed to encourage students to
attend a college or university after their high school graduation and to prepare them for college success.
The program is in place at eight of the district’s 10 intermediate schools.
The McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament has brought in $160,000 for the Pasadena ISD Education
Foundation over the past four years.
The Texas Education Agency awarded a $692,000 Beginning Teacher Induction and Mentoring Grant to
Pasadena ISD last year. The grant will allow Pasadena ISD to support 237 experienced teachers in mentoring
the same number of alternative certification and newly certified teachers at 15 schools.
Team “R” Effect cheers joyfully, thankful for the opportunities provided by the district and
community for state-of-the-art instructional technology, professional development and funding
for innovative educational programs - all of which help the district maintain its mission of
continuous student achievement through vigor, relevance and relationships.
But what will happen next? Are the challenges Team “R” Effect faces over?
Are there more villains waiting in the shadows? Stay tuned for more …
Board of Trustees
Marshall Kendrick, President
Vickie Morgan, Vice President
Jerry Speer, Secretary
Frank Braden, Assistant Secretary
Fred Roberts, Member
Carmen Orozco, Member
Nelda Sullivan, Member
Pasadena ISD Administrative Staff
Kirk Lewis, Superintendent of Schools
Vicki Thomas, Deputy Superintendent,
Campus Development and Planning
Candace Ahlfinger, Associate Superintendent,
Communications and Community Relations
Joyce Eversole, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction
Dee Ann Powell, Associate Superintendent, Campus Development
Steve Laymon, Associate Superintendent, Campus Development
Gloria Gallegos, Associate Superintendent, Special Programs
Jerry Dennis, Associate Superintendent, Human Resources
John Piscacek, Associate Superintendent, Finance
Julian Garcia, Associate Superintendent, Facilities and Construction
Barbara Fuqua, Associate Superintendent, Administrative Services
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