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Dr. Ralph H. Draper


Spring ISD

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Spring ISD

30 P.M. 16717 Ella Blvd.

Houston, Texas 77090

United States

Company Description

The Spring ISD Education Foundation was established in 1993 to benefit the students and teachers of the District. The non-profit (501c(3)) organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a collaborative effort that includes local busines ... more

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Background Information


Board Member
Education Foundation

TASA's Public Education Visioning Institute


Doctor of Education degree

Stephen F. Austin State University

Master of Education

Stephen F. Austin State University

associate degree

Southwestern Christian College

bachelor's degree

David Lipscomb University


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In July of 2012, Dr. Ralph ... [cached]

In July of 2012, Dr. Ralph Draper, Superintendent of Spring ISD, invited Dr. Calzada to join his executive leadership team as an area superintendent supervising thirteen schools (K-12) with over 14,000 students.

Board of Trustees - Spring ISD [cached]

Back row, from left, are Mel Smith, Calvin Tang, Superintendent Dr. Ralph H. Draper and Ron Crier.

Board of Directors - Spring ISD Education Foundation [cached]

Dr. Ralph H. Draper

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Items for a Board meeting agenda must be submitted in writing to Superintendent Dr. Ralph Draper at least 11 days prior to the Board meeting.

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"Hyundai's support has been critical to our ability to expand," says Ralph Draper, superintendent of Spring (Texas) ISD. ST Math was implemented at one school in the Spring district last year and five are being added this year.

The district is currently coping with two budgetary issues: a reduced overall budget, and sequestration, which is limiting its federal title funds. "If the latter situation is not resolved, we won't have those funds reestablished," Draper says.
Draper attended Peterson's presentation at the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendents Summit in Colorado Springs last year, and saw an immediate connection to fulfilling a need in his district. "I came back and shared my thoughts on ST Math with my curriculum staff and we introduced it at Thompson Elementary School mid-year. It's too early for hard metrics, but anecdotally, Draper says test scores there have already shown a significant improvement. One of the largest benefits to ST Math, Draper feels, is that it introduces problem-solving at the elementary level. "Algebra is generally a high school subject with a high level of failure," he says. "But I believe that algebra failure is rooted at an elementary level, because we're not teaching conceptual math at that lower level. I think it's going to take public-private partnerships such as these and technology like ST Math to make this possible. If we do that, then I think our kids will experience some real gains in being able to solve problems. Draper was attracted to the program's ability to remove language barriers for ELL students.
Draper agrees. "ST Math is not about teaching students to memorize how to solve a problem, it gives students conceptual understanding of how to solve a problem," he says.
"What I call the 'global classroom' is going to be an expensive endeavor, and that puts a tremendous burden on tax dollars," says Draper.

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