Wes Vanicek was named chief strategist for feedback and assessment, and Lindsay Harris was named chief strategist for leadership and culture, according to a news release.
Vanicek and Harris will join three other district leaders to form an interactive and collaborative team that will collectively be responsible for creating structures and processes by which resources are aligned in the district, the release said.
“The traditional model for school leadership doesn’t allow [for] flexibility in our system to truly empower teachers and principals with the resources they need for success,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said in the release. “By changing the structure and responsibilities, the district can provide more support for teaching and learning that impacts student performance.”
Each strategist will lead teams—made up of staff across the district—charged with building better systems that advance district goals, the strategic framework and learner profile attainment, the release said.
“This team has a passion for creating a culture of engagement for students and adults,” Brent said. “This new structure will help remove barriers to this work by supporting teachers and principals in new professional learning, technology and methods for student assessment.”
Vanicek and Harris will join Courtney Acosta, Terri Conrad and Lannon Heflin in the new team structure, the release said. Acosta, who serves as executive director for campus operations, will manage responsibilities for systems and operations under the new title of chief strategist for systems and operations. Conrad, who serves as executive director for professional learning, will assume the title of chief strategist for learning design, and Heflin, who serves as the chief innovation and technology officer, will continue to lead and support technology innovation as part of the strategist team, according to the release.