Southwest Schools follows the Texas Essential for Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum. While we always adhere to our overarching mission, vision and commitments.
Our mission is to prepare college and career-ready students for postsecondary success.
We are a premiere district of choice that meets the diverse needs of all students by creating an inclusive community that fosters a strong sense of self-worth.
Southwest Schools is committed to creating an outstanding learning environment resulting in skillful, knowledgeable, well-equipped citizens who will become successful members of society, enabling them to adapt to the cultural, intellectual, and social challenges in a changing world. We aspire to be the leader and integral part of a consortium within our community that meets that goal. To achieve that ambition, we apply our collective energies, resources, and talents to all dimensions of providing high quality education to children and youth in Texas.
Along with others, we will advocate for all of our children. We will reach out with a universal embrace to all parts of our community. We will work constantly to learn more about the evolving issue of early childhood education and we will not hesitate to attempt innovative solutions to this challenge.
A student sits in tears, recounting his previous night’s struggle trying to find just one reason to get up the next day. A passionate teacher, who believes in her students, faces the brink of hope lost in reaching him; she can’t understand why he is so withdrawn or why he no longer cares about his education, or more importantly, himself. The student, in contrast, can’t understand why his teacher keeps trying to know him; he is an outcast, he doesn’t understand or even like himself, so why does she care more than he does?
Unfortunately, this scenario occurs all too often. Both the student and the teacher are communicating to each other, but the messages are lost because their individual personality characteristics drive message delivery and comprehension.
It can be said that at the core of any developing person, adult or child, is the desire to feel understood and accepted by both self and others. The recognition and acceptance of an individual’s strengths and potential limitations can be invaluable. This knowledge can be equally as beneficial in the understanding of others that have both similar and different personality characteristics.
The Challenge of Understanding
Students not only face the challenge of academics at school, but also the challenges of learning to understand themselves and others in the midst of puberty, social and peer pressure, and identity development. Unfortunately, many adolescents go through their entire school careers without the benefit of experiencing the empowerment that self-acceptance and diversity can offer. An important aspect of an education at Southwest Schools is the acquisition of social and communication skill sets that serve as a foundation for the rest of a student’s life.
The E-Colors program is a cornerstone program within our Southwest Schools E-District. We are creating an “E-Culture” through generating awareness of the E-Colors process; building personal and interpersonal moments of awareness that fosters growth, communication skills, and socio-emotional and academic success. This method is simple and effective, as it benefits in identifying various personality styles, allowing others to have a greater understanding of not only themselves, but those around them.
What is E-Colors?
The E-Colors process helps to identify different personality styles which enables people to better understand themselves and those around them.
Knowledge of E-Colors leads to a heightened awareness that we do not all think and act the same and that we all have different communication styles and behavioral tendencies which are often largely linked to our personality.
- We all have all four E-Colors within us. No E-Color combination is better than any other.
Most people tend to have primary and secondary predominant E-Colors.
- Utilizing this model there are 12 different E-Color combinations.
- A person’s E-Color combination tends to influence his or her communication style and behavioral tendencies.
- There are numerous benefits that can be gained by having an awareness of this, from improved communications to enhanced performance and teamwork to better risk management and mitigation.
- Appreciating the value of all E-Color perspectives gives us an opportunity to benefit from the DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT
What Are Your E-Colors?
To find out what your E-Colors are you need to take the Personality Diversity Indicator (PDI). The PDI consists of 35 questions and will take you approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
E-Colors at Southwest Schools
- Every student takesthe E-Colors PDI at the beginning of each school year and is mentored on how to understand their results.
- E-Champs offer peer mentorship in regards to the development and furthering of the E-Colors program including Personal Intervention. These special E-Champs are a select group of students who show leadership potential and the desire for awareness of self and others.
- E-Radars are students on the radar to becoming E-Champs. They possess the desire for understanding, and are still gaining knowledge and experience with E-Colors and Personal Intervention. These students attend E-Champ meetings and activities to gain experience.
- The E-Colors Essay is an annual competition…..(NEED INFO ON THIS PROGRAM – CAN WE POST AN ESSAY?)
School Staff and Teachers
- Every teacher and staff member takes the E-Colors PDI at the beginning of each school year and are mentored on how to understand their results.
- Campus teachers and administrators volunteer to become E-Staff members as a means of supporting the E-Colors program at both a district and individual campus level.
District Administrators and Leadership
- Every district staff member, from the company founder to superintendent, to principals, and other administrative staff are all aware of their E-Colors and work to practice the program’s self-awareness and communication tools (including Personal Intervention).
District E-Colors Coordinator
- The role of the District E-Colors Coordinators is to support the campuses with their growth and creation of their individualized campus E-Cultures – ultimately forming the Southwest E-District. The Coordinator regularly meets with campus E-Staff and E-Champs to discuss campus activities and program implementation/sustainability.