KISD: Texas Education Commissioner Tours Eagle Ridge ES Friday, March 8
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will begin his day at Keller ISD’s Eagle Ridge Elementary School before heading to the Region XI Education Service Center on Friday, March 8. The Commissioner will get a firsthand look at a school that has transformed its learning environment and campus culture this school year.
“The change is palpable,” said Keller ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall. “Eagle Ridge Elementary is challenging students academically, socially, emotionally, and creating a climate of success.”
With the staff’s vision and major support from parents, PTA, community members, and the M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation, ERES was able to physically transform the halls and walls of the campus to a magical place “somewhere over the rainbow.” From the front door to the playground, there are familiar design elements, including a yellow brick road, ruby slippers, and a giant Tin Man slide.
“Research shows that when students are engaged, and feel both valued by adults and take an active part in their school, they achieve more,” Eagle Ridge Principal Stacy Blevins said. “Our students have loved the campus transformation. We have kids that don’t want to miss school because of the learning environment we’ve created, and we truly believe that if they are excited to be here, they’re going to learn.”
The school also adopted the “house” model this year, sorting students into groups that span grade levels, building camaraderie and belonging as they compete for house points.
Morath will follow up his visit at ERES by meeting with superintendents at the Region XI Education Service Center.
Commissioner Morath will arrive at Eagle Ridge Elementary School at approximately 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, and stay for about 45 minutes, visiting classrooms and talking with teachers. Eagle Ridge is located at 4600 Alta Vista Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76244.