Hope is central to success. As superintendent of Wylie ISD, I am proud that our students are among the highest achieving school district in Texas because our “Achievement Education” program inspires hope – the biggest predictor of academic success. By setting a standard that every student will have at least one positive relationship with an adult mentor, we create an environment that fosters student success long beyond graduation. Mentors and faculty work with students to identify their strengths, map potential career pathways and develop their social and emotional savvy. Results are remarkable: “Achievement Education” has led to an increase in engagement and a decrease in the achievement gap.
Success is rooted in hope. Our goal is to create an environment that fosters success long beyond graduation day.
Our focus on “Achievement Education” embodies our efforts to build hopeful, engaged and achieving students by nurturing relationships and cultivating values.
- Research has shown hope is the biggest predictor of academic success.
- We work to inspire students and instill values that build hope to ultimately close the achievement gap and promote overall success past high school and into their careers.
A culture of hopefulness, rooted in relationships and student interests are the drivers of achievement.
- We work with students to explore their strengths and interests to begin mapping a meaningful career.
- Students learn values to develop social savviness and gain support from positive adult mentors that increase overall hope, well-being, and engagement.
- We establish a standard that every student will have at least one positive relationship with an adult mentor, then measure what happens in every classroom.
“Achievement Education” aka “The Wylie Way” have established the Wylie ISD as the highest achieving school district in Texas
- According to the Dallas Morning News, our students scored higher on standardized tests compared to other school districts across Texas.
- SAT scores have increased 112 points in 5 years.
- Students enrolling in college have increased by 31% in five years (50-81%)
- Parent and student engagement, as measured through benchmarking surveys, have increased year-over-year
About Dr. Vinson
Dr. David Vinson is the Superintendent of Schools for the Wylie Independent School District in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Wylie ISD is a large school district with 20 campuses and over 17,200 students and is located in Collin County, one of the largest and fastest-growing counties in Texas.
He is a national leader in character education, a devoted believer in GRIT, WELL-BEING, HOPE, and HAPPINESS and in July was selected by the Texas PTA as their 2016 Superintendent of the Year and the Wylie 2016 Citizen of the Year.
Dr. Vinson holds three degrees from Texas Tech University: a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management/Marketing, Master of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction. He and his wife, Cristy, have two children, Kate and Cal.