About four years ago, Socorro ISD in El Paso was lagging behind other schools in Texas in nine out of 17 STAAR exams given to students in third through eighth grades. So says the district’s superintendent, Dr. José Espinoza.
“I was determined to work hard and change this ever-present gap by inspiring Team SISD to educate and treat our students as if they are our own children,” he wrote to Raise Your Hand Texas.
Two short years later, after Espinoza implemented a slew of new initiatives, there was a major shift — for the better. That success prompted Espinoza to use his own experience as a vulnerable child to launch the “WIN” Academy.
Dr. Espinoza’s story of the academic turnaround in his district is extraordinary, so much so Raise Your Hand jumped at the chance to publish his submission detailing the “WIN” Academy and how it’s changing outcomes for students. Read his My Story article to find out what “WIN” is all about. Plus, the blockbuster film Stand and Deliver he says perfectly depicts his philosophy on turning a school around.