Bright Spots

Bright Spots is a collaboration between Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD spotlighting District elementary schools making meaningful academic progress, specifically in the areas of early childhood literacy.

Literacy: Bonnie Brae Elementary School

The ingredients all existed at Bonnie Brae Elementary, at least as far as Principal Samantha Gonzalez was concerned; Good kids, happy teachers, neighborhood campus.

So, why go above and beyond at a school that no one had an issue with? Something didn’t sit well with Principal Gonzalez.

“The standard drives what we do here and if we’re really starting there then we’re teaching at a much higher level than we were before,” Gonzalez said. 

Literacy: Westcliff Elementary School

Data is at the heart of just about every success celebrated at Westcliff Elementary. Along with a big ole dose of heart.

Westcliff Principal Sara Gillaspie has made it her mission over the last 15 years to the blend contemporary use of data with classical theories of education, while empowering her staff to reach new heights. The result is a Fort Worth ISD elementary school that scored an ‘A’ on the state’s latest Accountability ratings.

Attendance: Manuel Jara Elementary School

Data is at the heart of just about every success celebrated at Westcliff Elementary. Along with a big ole dose of heart.

Westcliff Principal Sara Gillaspie has made it her mission over the last 15 years to the blend contemporary use of data with classical theories of education, while empowering her staff to reach new heights. The result is a Fort Worth ISD elementary school that scored an ‘A’ on the state’s latest Accountability ratings.

Mental Health Services: Supporting Children

In a time of school closures and social distancing guidelines, servicing the mental health and emotional needs of children is both challenging and necessary. Organizations such as Communities In Schools of Greater Tarrant County and Cook Children’s Medical Center make a difference by supporting children with care and understanding.

Remote Learning: Learning At Home

Fort Worth ISD is meeting the challenge of remote learning head on, providing its families and students the tools necessary to continue their educational journey outside the walls of their schools. Student success during these uncertain times will be built on a combination of factors and everyone working together.

“We know that a virtual learning environment is not the same as an in-school environment,” said Jerry Moore, FWISD’s Chief Academic Officer.