Prosper ISD Leaders Design for 5X Growth

Prosper ISD is one of the best school districts in Texas, and many families want their children to be part of it. The district served 12,000 students in the 2017-18 school year, and is projected to grow to 45,000 students in the next five years.

In a two-day Project Culture Shift session, teams of district leaders defined key issues related to growth and designed solutions for them. Topics included prioritizing for effectiveness, deepening community ties, celebrating the range of cultures and experiences present in the district, and developing a central resource that serves staff across Prosper.

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“[The O’Briant Group has] helped our district not only to reach into deeper levels of innovation but to also truly start talking about things we need to be discussing and figuring out a way we as a leadership team … can better serve kids, families, and the staff of Prosper ISD.
— Holly Ferguson, Associate Superintendent

Design thinking was not something I was previously familiar with prior to this workshop…. I am now anxious to begin implementation of design thinking to develop solutions to the many challenges I am facing in my role and the district is facing as a whole. Design thinking certainly is applicable to the work of school districts. – Project Culture Shift participant, Prosper ISD

I will use and adjust this process of Design Thinking with my new staff, new campus, and returning staff in order to create buy in, ownership, build capacity, clarity, and shared vision for our school so that ALL students get what they need. — Project Culture Shift participant, Prosper ISD