Apply Now for the Central Staff Leadership Development Program

If you’re early to mid-management (coordinator, supervisor, manager, or director) and you are ready to take your leadership ability to the next level, consider applying for Dallas ISD’s Leadership Development Program. The program, a 10-month experience held in conjunction with The University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management, is designed to help central staff leaders grow in meaningful ways. Join us for an information session at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 31 at the Dallas Education Center to learn more about the program and requirements. To learn more about the program, click here.

The application process will open on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Four district teachers travel to Honduras for library project

This summer, four Dallas ISD teachers traveled to Honduras for a professional development and supply donation for a library/computer lab project in San Rafael, Choluteca.

Richard Lagow Elmentary teacher Jenny Gutierrez Le organized the trip, and took along fellow teachers Joseph Ellis (special education), Merarí Garcia (mathematics) and Samantha White (science).

“I was very proud to represent our school Richard Lagow in Honduras,” Le said. “And I was blessed to have taken with me such as terrific team of teachers: Ms. White, Ms. Garcia, and Mr. Ellis.”

Teachers enjoy personalized professional development (video)

Teachers over the summer participated in professional development that was tailored to their individual needs.

The sessions provided an engaging environment for educators to learn from the best content-based instructors. Teachers could also explore new technology and practices, delve into content areas, discover the benefits of Social and Emotional Learning, and much more.

Watch the above video for an inside look into the sessions.

Construction, maintenance workers stretch to prep for first day of classes

While most workers have spent the summer pursuing at least some rest and relaxation, it’s been just the opposite for hundreds of construction crews and maintenance workers toiling up to the last minute readying Dallas ISD schools. They’ve been racing the clock to complete projects before students pour back into the buildings on August 28.

Their work has ranged from relatively modest jobs like paint and window installation to asbestos removal, roof repairs, and major classroom additions. At virtually every district campus, workers have tweaked air conditioning units, shampooed carpets, replaced light bulbs and touched nearly every nook and cranny of schools getting ready for the big day.

At W.T. White High School, construction workers spent the summer completing work begun last June on a three-story, 50,800-square-foot addition. The new wing includes 27 classrooms, three science labs, teachers’ lounges, and spaces for custodians. The crew formed to construct the addition numbered some 250, including electricians, plumbers, heating and air conditioning specialists, concrete contractors, and tradesmen experienced in cabinetry, painting, drywall, and landscaping, among others.

The two team members most responsible for keeping the job moving forward on time and within budget are Project Manager Phil Garcia and Superintendent Rob Cortez. They agree that two major challenges of such large projects are keeping everyone safe and mindful of safety and building a working team at the same time you’re constructing a building. “If you don’t have a solid team, you don’t have anything,” said Cortez.

After weeks, months and holidays spent working alongside dozens of contractors, conforming the structure to the architect’s vision, ensuring the quality of materials and labor, and making sure everyone gets paid, Garcia said the biggest payoff is the pride of a job well done. “We’re all proud of what we accomplished and of our commitment to our client, the Dallas ISD.”

Dallas ISD is excited to announce the LearnStorm challenge from Khan Academy

Dallas ISD has partnered with Khan Academy, the popular nonprofit online learning site, to give teachers access to Khan Academy’s LearnStorm six-week national learning challenge. Teachers can sign up to share the free learning challenge with their students in grades three through 12 anywhere in the country. LearnStorm combines Khan Academy’s thousands of free, standards-aligned exercises with new, limited-time-only incentives to engage, celebrate and reward every student, no matter their level.

The window for teachers to sign up for the challenge is now open, and the challenge runs from September 12 to October 20. The  link to more information about the six-week learning challenge is available at Teachers can go here to view the Khan Academy video explaining the challenge.

District launches leadership development program

Mid-management staff who are ready to move to the next level of leadership are invited to participate in a new leadership training program.

The Central Staff Leadership Development Program is a 10-month learning opportunity to be held in conjunction with the University of Texas at Dallas.

An information session is planned for 4 p.m. Thursday, August 31, at the Dallas Education Center. Go here for a flier with more information, or call Staceye Randle at 972-925-3381.

Teachers and staff bring district to the doorstep during Neighborhood Walk

Rosemont Elementary students Idaliz and Ozandro Rios were having a typical summer morning—sleeping in, watching “Lab Rats” on Disney, eating cereal—when they heard a knock on the door.

They looked out the window and saw a most unusual sight: Mrs. Rachel Moon, their school principal, and several teachers standing in their front yard. After their mom opened the door, Moon and the teachers explained they were visiting their students’ houses to say hello and give a friendly reminder that school starts Aug. 28.

“This is very, very surprising!” Ozandro said with a laugh.

All Dallas ISD campuses participated in the first districtwide Neighborhood Walk on Aug. 21. District staff and community members canvassed throughout the nearly 400 square miles that make up Dallas ISD. In addition to reminding families about the first day of school, teachers and staff talked about the new school hours and upcoming meet the teacher nights.

Delia Rios, the mom of Idaliz and Ozandro, thanked the principal and teachers for stopping by their house.

“I think it’s a great idea that you come and let students know you are ready for them to start school,” she said. “This adds a personal touch so we know our principal and teachers care about our kids.”

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde thanked the teachers and staff for spending the time to go out and meet families.

“You are the heartbeat of the campuses because you fuel student learning every day,” Elizalde said. “We could never thank you enough for that rewarding work that you do.”

Department Directory

Athletics (972) 749-2450

Communications Services (972) 925-3900

Dallas ISD Connect/Main District Hotline (972) 925-5500

Dual Language (972) 925-6490

Early Learning/Pre-K (214) 932-7735

English Language Learners (Bilingual/ESL) (972) 925-6490

Extended Day Services/ Before-and After-School (972) 925-5421

Food & Child Nutrition (214) 932-5500

Gifted and Talented (972) 925-6431

Health Services (972) 925-3386

Homeless Support Services (972) 749-5789

Immigrant and Refugee Services (972) 502-4189

Magnet Schools (972) 925-8936

Office of Family and Community Engagement (972) 925-3916

Office of Transformation and Innovation (School Choice) (972) 925-3306

Personalized Learning (972) 925-3308

 Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (972) 925-4253

School Menus (214) 932-5500

Special Education (972) 581-4100

Specialized Data Management Support (972) 794-3550

Student Activities (972) 749-5721

Student Discipline (972) 925-5540

Student Records (972) 925-3645

Student Transfers (972) 749-5720

Transportation (972) 925-4953

Visual and Performing Arts (214) 932-5090

Youth and Family Centers (972) 925-4190

Elrod’s Grocers again offers grants to pay for field trip buses

Teachers making plans for an exciting new school year have until 5 p.m., Friday, August 18, to apply for grants funded by Elrod’s Grocery to cover the cost of field trip transportation. Last school year, Elrod’s generously donated more than $20,000 to help schools provide students with out-of-school learning opportunities. Go here to download a memo with full details and instructions to submit applications.