Global Graduate
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    That’s why we place an emphasis on ensuring our students graduate ready for the world — possessing the characteristics they need to be successful in college and to compete in today’s global workforce.

    With the help of community and business partners, as well as leaders from Houston’s largest industries and institutes of higher education, HISD has developed the Global Graduate profile. The profile contains six characteristics or qualities that we want all students to develop and grow during their time in elementary, middle, and high school.

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    Global Graduate Competencies

    Local corporations and community and business partners helped HISD to develop the Global Graduate profile. Watch the videos below to learn more about the profile, the six competencies, and hear from some of the leaders of Houston’s largest industries on why the skills outlined in the profile are necessary in order for students to succeed in today’s global workforce.

    Caught in the Act

    The “Caught in the Act” — or CIA — video campaign was started by HISD to recognize highly effective teachers who are delivering instruction that will lead to students becoming Global Graduates: young men and women who possess the skills necessary to ensure success in college and the ability to compete in today’s global workforce. Click here to view more videos.

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    HISD has created a variety of resources to help all stakeholders — including staff, parents, and community members — understand HISD’s goal of producing Global Graduates.

  • Programs and Support
    With signature programs and schools with unprecedented connections to corporations in our city, our schools are preparing students to enter the global workforce. The journey from pre-K student to Global Graduate is supported every step of the way.

    Focus on Literacy
    Because being a skilled communicator is a vital tool to compete in a 21st century workplace, HISD emphasizes reading and writing competencies across subjects. All of the elements of literacy — speaking, listening, reading, writing, and thinking — are supported through a rich curriculum.
    Dual Language
    HISD has doubled the number of its Dual Language programs, allowing students to spend a portion of their day learning in English and the rest of the day immersing themselves in culture and languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish.
    Contemporary Schools
    In 2012, HISD passed the largest bond in Texas history, which will ensure 40 schools — the bulk of them high schools — will offer modern learning spaces that support emerging technology and contemporary teaching practices. HISD plans to have the most modern portfolio of urban campuses in the country.
    By 2016, high school students in HISD will be learning on district-issued laptops they can use at school and at home — developing digital and interpersonal skills for the real world. The district is launching an online platform for educational information and curriculum that will also give parents an easy way to monitor their child’s progress and interact with teachers.
    Personalized Learning
    Each learner brings their own background, strengths, needs, and interests to the classroom. HISD realizes a one-size-fits-all approach does not work, and effective instruction requires unique learning opportunities for every student. Teachers receive the professional development they need to be effective in the classroom.
    College and Career Readiness
    HISD is combining core academics with career-based knowledge and skills in collaborative and research-intensive learning environments. Business, medical, and energy leaders across Houston are partnering with HISD to offer students work-based experiences and certifications. AP courses are offered at every high school, and more students than ever are passing their AP exams. All HISD students in grades 9-11 have the opportunity to take the PSAT test for free, and since March 2012, every HISD junior has taken the SAT exam during regular class time for free.
    Early College High Schools
    HISD was the first district in Texas to pioneer the concept of an early college high school. In addition to earning their high school diplomas, students also may earn associate’s degrees across a variety of subjects. HISD’s five early college campuses provide an opportunity for students to get a head start on their college aspirations, as well as save money on college tuition.
    International Baccalaureate
    This challenging educational program helps students develop their intellectual, personal, emotional, and social skills to work and live productively as citizens of the world. Students can enter Texas public universities with 24 credit hours if they score 4 or higher on their IB exams.

    Teacher & Leader Profiles

    HISD’s ability to develop Global Graduates is dependent on our ability to develop teachers and leaders with the skills they need to be effective. To guide us in our work to support, develop, evaluate, and hire effective teachers and leaders, HISD has created profiles of each. Similar to the HISD Global Graduate profile, each contains a list of characteristics or competencies.


    In order to ensure all HISD students are Global Graduates and ready for the world, teachers must provide them access to personalized learning opportunities that allow them to develop the skills needed to succeed in today’s global economy.

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    HISD must ensure that every school is led by an effective principal who creates an instructional learning environment on their campus that allows students to develop the skills needed to compete in today’s global economy.

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