ACE Demonstration Schools

Goodman and Worsham were selected through a review of various data points including data that illustrates student achievement and growth. We also looked at internal data including attendance rates, discipline referrals, and mobility rates.

ACE Demonstration Schools

Goodman and Worsham were selected through a review of various data points including data that illustrates student achievement and growth. We also looked at internal data including attendance rates, discipline referrals, and mobility rates.

Goodman Elementary

Consecutively “IR” more than any other Aldine ISD school

Meet the Principal

LaDon Ward

Principal LaDon Ward has been selected as the new Principal of Goodman Elementary School. For 30 years, she has served the Aldine community as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, skills specialist, counselor, assistant principal and most recently as principal of Conley Elementary School.

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Worsham Elementary

Rated “comprehensive” in 2018 – in the bottom 5% of all Texas elementary schools

Meet the Principal

Sandra Doria

Sandra Doria will serve as principal of Worsham Elementary School. She has been in education for more than 10 years and has served as a math teacher, math department chair and math skills specialist, all before becoming a campus leader. Sandra has served Thompson elementary school as its principal since 2013.

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FAQ

ACE Demonstration Schools bring the most accomplished educators to the most struggling schools. The program’s model is based on five pillars that, when implemented with fidelity, dramatically improve student outcomes:

Effective Principals and Teachers
We have selected our top teachers and leaders in Aldine based on student achievement data and classroom walkthroughs.
Instructional Excellence
We will provide schools with high-level professional development and coaching support that allows for the integration of strong instructional practice every day.
Extended School Day
Our two ACE Demonstration schools will have an extra hour of learning embedded into the day.The campus will remain open until 6:00 p.m. so that students can participate in planned, after-school enrichment activities. Dinner is also provided every day for all students at no cost.
Social and Emotional Support
Both students and staff are provided extra support — programs and resources — to improve their social and emotional health.
Parent and Community Partnerships
Principals and teachers will work to include and welcome parents as partners in their child’s educational journey.

Student achievement in Aldine lags behind Harris County in multiple student achievement outcomes.

  • Third grade reading (27% vs. 40%)
  • Fourth grade math (42% vs. 48%)
  • Eighth grade reading (33% vs. 46%)
  • Eighth grade math (42% vs. 48%)
  • College readiness (32% vs. 48%)
  • Postsecondary completion (17% vs. 29%)

To ensure we are serving all of our students at the highest level, we must disrupt our current state by transforming how we serve our students. ACE Demonstration Schools will allow us to show that it IS possible for all students to succeed, regardless of background. The ACE model has also seen dramatic success in multiple districts with similar student demographics. Several of the state’s largest and most diverse districts: Dallas ISD, Richardson ISD, and Fort Worth ISD, have implemented ACE with notable success. Out of 18 schools within the ACE cohort in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, all but ONE school came out of IR.

We chose both campuses by reviewing various data points including data that illustrates student achievement and growth. We also looked at internal data including attendance rates, discipline referrals, and mobility rates.

We know that all schools in Aldine need access to additional resources and innovative ways to increase student achievement. We hope to learn from best practices and successes at Worsham and Goodman. The experience will determine how we expand the program at other campuses across the district.

Aldine ISD will launch two ACE Demonstration Schools next year – the 2019-2020 school year.
Students at both campuses can take advantage of enrichment activities until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are optional but strongly encouraged. If students participate, they will receive free dinner and transportation home, if needed.

Each campus will provide a unique set of enrichment programs that support the learning community; however, after-school activities could include:

  • Enrichment programs
  • College prep opportunities
  • Small group tutoring
  • Sports and wellness activities
  • Student clubs (ex. Robotics club, chess club, etc.)
  • Reserved time to do homework at school 
Although the campuses will receive additional supports, the elements of a traditional campus will remain. The school will follow the same academic calendar and teachers will follow the same curriculum.
Yes, bilingual students at Goodman and Worsham will be a part of all ACE programming and benefits.
The ACE initiative will not affect the student attendance zones of Goodman or Worsham. Students currently enrolled (or are set to attend next year) will continue to attend the same school.
Students who are eligible for transportation services will continue to receive them.

Parents are asked to ensure students:

  • Arrive at school on time every day and in uniform.
  • Complete their homework every night.
  • Take advantage of the after-school support for homework, tutoring, and enrichment activities.
  • Maintain consistent and positive communication with the teachers.
  • Uphold the Aldine ISD Student Code of Conduct, maintain positive behavior, and build good habits to strengthen character.

Family members will be asked to participate in campus activities and events and work closely with school leaders and teachers to impact their child’s academic progress.

We think it’s important to learn from all types of schools that have proven results. This particular initiative has been adopted by traditional districts across the state and we are excited to implement all the pillars of ACE here in Aldine.

The district has a history of finding innovative and creative ways to increase student achievement and have partnered with organizations – Texas A&M University, Yes Prep, Houston A+, Sam Houston State University, and Rice University to reach students.

The ACE Demonstration School principals were selected based on their history of leading schools to high academic achievement as well as a reputation for positive leadership skills that inspire both adults and students.

We have several excellent principals who fit these criteria, but Sandra Doria and LaDon Ward stood out as the right leaders for this opportunity. Sandra and LaDon eagerly accepted the challenge and are ready to lead this exciting work.

Operating costs for the campus are funded by the district’s general fund and federal funding. Any additional costs associated with the targeted efforts of the ACE Demonstration initiative are offset by local philanthropy and grants from the Texas Education Agency.