The mission of the Windham School District is to provide appropriate educational programming and services to meet the needs of the eligible offender population in TDCJ and reduce recidivism by assisting offenders in becoming responsible, productive members of their communities.

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NEW NEWS RELEASE - 2014 MEDIA HONOR ROLL includes J.T. Street/Fox News - (Austin) --J.T. Street of Fox 29 News was named to the 2014 Media Honor Roll, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) and by the Windham School District (WSD) and its Board of Trustees. 

NEW HUNTSVILLE ITEM: TDCJ’s Windham School District: Safe, successful stories being told here now - Time heals all wounds, or so it’s been said. Some say time covers wounds with scar tissue. The pain lessens, but it’s never truly gone. A look back at a terrifying prison siege.

Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Criminal Justice Volunteer Award Literacy Highland Lakes received an award for volunteering its literacy services to female inmates at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer ceremony in Austin on April 17.

2nd Annual Felony and/or Misdemeanor-Friendly Community Career Fair (Dallas) - Event date: Friday August 29, 2014.

Literacy Highland Lakes Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award During ceremonies in Austin, Sally May of Granite Shoals accepted the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer “Judy Burd – Windham School District” Award on behalf of Literacy Highland Lakes. For 27 years, this 501(c)(3) volunteer-based non-profit group has conducted GED classes at the Ellen Halbert Unit in Burnet, Texas.

Sour Lake Man Receives Governor's 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award Lloyd Michael Warren of Sour Lake, Texas was presented the Windham School District Employee Volunteer award during the Governor’s 2014 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

Brick masonry class builds up vocational skills  The Windham School District (WSD) Bricklaying/Stone Masonry class, held on the Allred Unit, teaches students both trade and life skills.

TDCJ's Windham School District gives inmates a shot at academic success  Offenders and their families feel a sense of accomplishment on graduation day.

26 inmates at Polunsky Unit in Livingston earn GEDs  Rep. James White encouraged Windham correctional educators, students, and family members of offenders to strive for success when he served as a commencement speaker inside the prison system.

Commissioner of Education speaks at Windham GED Ceremony  Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams congratulates a GED recipient during ceremonies honoring Moore Unit and Cole State Jail GED recipients. Commissioner Williams praised graduates for their accomplishments and thanked attending family members for support and encouragement.

Inside the wire: Two longtime educators now teaching GED classes to inmates at TDCJ’s Polunsky Unit  Inside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's Polunsky Unit - past the rolls of barbed wire, past the security checkpoints, past the seemingly endless gates, one of which leads past Death Row – there's a door marked "Education." Inside the door is a classroom, one no different from any high school classroom save for the guards outside the door.

DOORS initiative offers hope to Dallas area ex-offenders - One of the most daunting challenges the newly-released ex-offender faces is the reentry process. Reentry requires the ex-offender to decide to do everything within his/ her power to transition from living a life in which all necessities are provided free to living a life where the basics must be procured by effort and resourcefulness.

 

Success Stories

Inspiration Success StoryRole Model - Success Story - "I talk to them about how important education is and how hard I'm trying to prove that to them."

Inspiration Success StoryPolunsky Unit Success Story - "He [Mr. Leblanc] taught me things that even the guys rebuilding transmissions for many years didn't know."

Inspiration Success StoryInspiration Success Story - "You are inspiring people you haven’t even met!"

Inspiration Success StoryCognitive Intervention Success Story - "I graduated from Cognitive Intervention and the course has had a major impact on me and my behavior".

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WSD in Images

Vocational and academic skills are integrated in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, such as this Small Engine Repair class in Huntsville, Texas.
Female offenders in Gatesville, Texas, study to improve their literacy skills during a WSD academic class.
Each day WSD correctional educators pass through prison gates across Texas to work with men and women incarcerated within TDCJ.
Offenders often experience academic success for the first time in a Windham classroom.
Students at the Huntsville “Walls” Unit strengthen writing skills during a literacy class.
Texas State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill congratulates GED recipients during Spring, 2014, ceremonies. “I am very impressed with the program and with the commitment of the staff and teachers,” she said.
An offender at the Polunsky Unit prepares for graduation after earning his GED through the Windham School District.
WSD’s Business and Image Management & Multimedia (BIMM) class offers students the opportunity to learn viable graphic arts and computer skills, helping them prepare for jobs after release.

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