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Lago Vista ISD
Academics & Student Services

Professional Learning & Development

The Lago Vista ISD District Education Improvement Council (DEIC) crafted a District Improvement Plan that includes six goals that guide our day-to-day work and improvement processes through the next year:

  • Commitment #1: We will maximize student achievement by providing educational programs that engage all students, by developing an extensive curriculum that emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity, and by using high quality instructional strategies.
  • Commitment #2: We will provide a safe, nurturing educational environment that reflects a commitment to leadership, digital citizenship, service, integrity, character, and high expectations for all students
  • Commitment #3: We will prepare graduates for success in college and career by promoting leadership, digital citizenship, service, integrity, and character in a nurturing educational environment committed to high expectations for all students. 
  • Commitment #4: We will attract, develop, and maintain high quality professionals by offering competitive pay and benefits, and by working collaboratively to determine, meet, and facilitate their specific professional needs.
  • Commitment #5: We will welcome, inform, and nurture partnerships with our families and community partners to ensure active involvement in promoting high expectations, strong values, and the academic achievement and success of all students.
  • Commitment #6: We will develop an efficient, transparent, and collaborative approach to planning & decision-making that communicates the priorities, processes, initiatives, and challenges of the District to all stakeholders.

Our fourth commitment compels us to examine professional development in Lago Vista ISD and look for areas of improvement. We know that professional learning is most useful for improving instruction when it occurs in real time when participants can meet specific needs. We also know that it is most effective when participants are able to participate in professional learning that is in a focused environment, free from the distractions of day-to-day school business.

To meet these needs, Lago Vista ISD uses Professional Development Exchange Days. By providing for Professional Development Exchange Days, Lago Vista ISD will allow and encourage our instructional staff to pursue professional learning when it is most appropriate for them. Furthermore, exchange days allow teachers to participate in self-selected activities that are differentiated to meet their individual needs.


NexGen Teacher Appraisal System

In accordance with TEC §150.1009 and local policy, Lago Vista ISD worked with teachers and the District Educational Improvement Committee (DEIC) to develop a local teacher appraisal system to support our learning model.  Our NexGen Teacher Appraisal System is designed to serve as an effective tool to help gauge teacher proficiency in key areas, to provide instructional leaders with data to better support teachers, and to align our teacher appraisal system with the instructional priorities defined in our NexGen Learning Model.

NexGen Teacher Appraisal System Manual (Updated July 2023)
NexGen Teacher Appraisal System Framework (Updated July 2023)
NexGen Learning Model

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