The Taft ISD is
responsible for preparing its students to live and work in a
changing society. The District will best fulfill this responsibility
by providing its students with an environment characterized by
strong instructional leadership, high expectations for success for
all students, sufficient time for teaching and learning, a safe and
orderly school environment, frequent monitoring of students
progress, and effective home-school communication.
To be successful,
our District is committed to:
to be lifelong learners,
with a balanced curriculum,
instruction at the highest level of quality,
in improving in the areas of math, reading, and writing, and
in developing citizenship and economic responsibility.
The Taft ISD
believes that all students can learn the necessary basic skills
to be independent, productive citizens.
motivated by our vision.
We will develop the skills and capacities of our people to
whatever level necessary to be successful with whatever students
come our way.
We will provide employees and students with the most up to date
tools they need to work and learn successfully in this new era
of information and communication.
We will keep up with the research, identifying and applying
what works best in every work situation each day in each
classroom with each student.
We will reach whatever standards necessary to enable our
employees and our students to work and live in a global
We will use our resources in our operational support of teaching
and in our classrooms in ways that produce the highest levels of
learning possible for the dollars we produce.
guided by our Core Values
We are about educating the
"whole child." We think about the total development
of the students as persons in all that we do with, to, and for,
them. By whole, we mean their physical, mental, moral, social,
and spiritual dimensions. What we do or not do makes a
difference. We help shape their future and the future of the
We are family. We
care about each other as human beings. We are all in the same
boat. We give the same degree of respect to each other
regardless of job assignment or level of education, but we give
our teachers the benefit of the doubt. We cultivate friends and
partners and are inclusive in our thinking.
We are learners. We
denote time and energy to being continuous learners
individually. We support each other's learning. The district
supports our learning. We want to learn from experiences from
others and from research. We are future oriented and have a
dream of success for all employees and all students.
We are efficient. We
know we must be highly efficient because we have fewer resources
to work with. We maximize every opportunity to multiply the
usefulness of what we do have. We are accountable and welcome
We are proactive. We
do not wait for things to be forced on us. We anticipate and
plan well. We do not like to be surprised. We are always
searching for what is out there and what we should be paying
attention to and to that which could make us better. We are
goal oriented and want to be known for our foresight and how we
follow up with action.
We are shaped by our beliefs-
All children can
rather be led than managed.
change better if we understand the needs first.
We are either
declining or improving as a school district.
We are willing to
learn more if the new learning is perceived to be relevant to
We are more
influenced to change by modeling, teaching, and encouragement by
Our people are
our most powerful resources.
We are to be life
long learners if we are to be successful.
The quality and
character of our relationships determine our success.
All of us want to
We want to be
part of something bigger than ourselves that can add meaning to