The #1LISD community cultivates each student individually to produce the most sought after creators of our future world.


We will cultivate each individual student by:

  • Knowing and appreciating them
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment to nurture their personal growth
  • Partnering with each family

District Goals

  1. Maximize academic growth for each student.
  2. Prepare each student for college and career success.
  3. Inspire the whole child.
  4. Engage each student in relevant learning. 
  5. Ensure a world class workforce focused on student achievement.
  6. Manage district resources effectively. 
  7. Communicate effectively with our community to build relationships. 

Guiding Documents

The district’s guiding documents consist of the Strategic Plan, Core Beliefs, Graduate Profile, the 10 Ethical Principles, The Leander Way and the Learning Model. Another foundation document used in Leander ISD is the Student Learning Behaviors.

Strategic Plan

2022 Leander ISD Strategic Plan: Leading to a Bright Future

The district’s Strategic Plan, approved February 2022, sets out a five-year plan to help guide the district on its journey of continuous improvement and to realize its vision of cultivating each student individually to produce the most sought-after creators of our future world.  

The plan, grounded in the district’s core beliefsvisionmission and graduate profile, illustrates the most important aspirations for our students into a clear plan that reflects our diverse community.

The plan is divided into five focus areas:

  • Empowered Student Learning
    • Goal: Empower students through meaningful learning experiences to optimize growth and embody the Leander ISD Graduate Profile.
    • Impact: Students will have agency over their learning, build a growth-centered mindset, and feel empowered to pursue their dreams.
    • High-leverage Strategies:
      • Create and support a culture of deeper learning for all students and staff.
      • Refine existing and develop new systems to promote student ownership of learning.
      • Align processes to support students and staff in the acquisition of the LISD Graduate Profile.
  • Empowered Staff
    • Goal: Attract, grow and retain a collaborative community of first-rate employees who are empowered to meet the needs of each and every student.
    • Impact: Students and staff leverage impactful relationships and high-quality learning experiences to inspire curiosity, interests and passions.
    • High-leverage Strategies:
      • Continue to expand and enrich recruitment and retention efforts to attract and retain high-quality candidates and identify campus-specific needs.
      • Improve professional learning opportunities and ensure alignment with the district’s core beliefsvisionmission and graduate profile.
      • Improve processes for recognizing and support LISD staff
  • Impactful Family Engagement
    • Goal: Engage our diverse community by fostering positive relationships through reciprocal communication and collaboration.
    • Impact: Students will experience support for academic and social-emotional success through strong school, family and community partnerships.
    • High-leverage Strategies:
      • Review and redesign systems to improve trust, mutual respect, and shared responsibility within Leander ISD.
      • Strengthen partnership opportunities within the community to benefit students.
      • Improve processes for reciprocal communication at all levels and to all audiences.
  • Equitable Access
    • Goal: Ensure equitable access to opportunities by eliminating barriers for each and every student.
    • Impact: Each and every student will have opportunities to actively participate in their learning and grow to become the best version of themselves.
    • High-leverage Strategies:
      • Develop and promote a shared understanding of equitable access.
      • Create and implement processes to identify and eliminate barriers to equitable access to high-quality programs and resources in LISD.
      • Promote equity in access to resources, including technology tools and digital resources.
  • Safe and Innovative Learning Environments
    • Goal: Provide safe, supportive, inclusive and innovative environments to inspire each individual learner.
    • Impact: Students will feel valued and inspired to embrace challenges, take risks, advocate for their learning, and leverage their strengths as they grow and contribute to their community.
    • High-leverage Strategies:
      • Update the long-range facilities plan to meet the changing needs of LISD’s growing population for safe, inclusive and innovative learning environments.
      • Develop processes to elevate student voice in decision-making and challenge learners to own their unique pathways to success.
      • Support inclusive and safe spaces for all students to own their learning and pursue their interests and passions.
      • Implement flexible structures and strategies that focus on student engagement in meaningful learning.

Core Beliefs

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As a public school organization, we hold these truths as our core beliefs:

  • Each and every student is at the heart of our decisions. This requires a focus on students and all elements that impact their overall student experience in order for them to reach their maximum potential.
  • LISD life-changers (each and every staff member) should be empowered so they can inspire our students to own their learning.
  • Our LISD family, which includes our students and their families, life-changers, board, and community members, thrives when we ensure a welcoming, safe, and caring environment in which we treat one another with integrity, respect, fairness, and acceptance while appreciating our differences.
  • A deliberate and intentional focus on relevant and deeper learning for each student will optimize individual outcomes and personal growth.
  • Developing and maintaining meaningful, collaborative relationships between all our LISD family is vital for a whole child, student-driven experience.

Graduate Profile

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Leander ISD learners are empowered to enrich our world and excel in a rapidly changing global society through a life-long journey of character development, academic success and fulfillment.

Critical & Creative Thinkers

Students who seek and solve problems through curiosity, flexibility and innovation.

Skilled Communicators & Collaborators

Students who listen to understand, express ideas with empathy and work collectively toward shared outcomes.

Compassionate Community Contributors

Students who value diverse perspectives and share their unique gifts with the world.

Adaptable & Reflective Individuals

Students who confidently embrace their strengths and challenges while pursuing their interests and passions.

More information about the Graduate Profile

10 Ethical Principles

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  • Honesty: telling the truth
  • Integrity: doing the right thing
  • Promise-keeping: doing what you say you are going to do
  • Loyalty: supporting someone or something
  • Concern for Others: caring for and helping others
  • Law-abidance/Civic Duty: obeying rules and laws/making the world a better place
  • Respect for Others: being polite and kind to everyone and everything
  • Fairness: treating everyone equally
  • Pursuit of Excellence: doing everything the best you can; looking for ways to improve
  • Accountability: taking responsibility for your actions, and taking pride in what you do right

Learning Model

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Leander ISD’s Learning Model is a research-based model for instruction in LISD. It was implemented district wide in 2006 as a tool to provide LISD with guidance on how classrooms and schools can effectively enhance student achievement.

At the center and heart of the Learning Model is “Focus on Student Learning.” This is district’s singular purpose for existing and is considered in every new opportunity and decision made throughout LISD.

The result of three years of collaborative work by principals, instructional leaders and teachers at all levels across the district, the Leander ISD Student Learning Model is both a target and a guide as the district seeks to become the best in the world at guiding student learning.

More information about the Learning Model

The Leander Way

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  • Relationships
  • Trust
  • Ethical Behavior


  • Students First
  • Systems
  • Continuous Improvement


  • Passion for Working / Learning
  • Excellence

Student Learning Behaviors

Student Learning Behaviors PDF

What is “IT” in the Classroom?

When students are highly engaged in their learning, what does it sound like? When students are enthusiastic about their learning, what does it look like? What student behaviors and mindsets will ensure that they will exit our system with the same passion for and joy in learning they had when they entered, without economics determining success? In short, what is “It”?

As a student, I will own my learning when I consistently:

  • Explore Learning Targets …
    by knowing what I need to learn, finding meaning and making connections in my learning.
  • Assess for Learning …
    by determining my progress toward achieving the learning target.
  • Plan for Intervention and/or Challenge …
    by seeking support when I’m struggling and discovering ways to remain challenged in my learning.
  • Use Learning Strategies …
    by applying a variety of strategies and tools to help me learn.
  • Collaborate and Engage …
    by interacting with other students and remaining actively engaged in my learning.
  • Analyze Data and Set Goals …
    by creating learning goals and tracking my progress on an ongoing basis.
  • Show Evidence of Learning …
    by determining how to demonstrate my learning.