Vaccination clinics for staff start Sept. 27

The Benefits Department is hosting flu shot clinics this fall at district buildings and campuses from Sept. 27 through Nov. 2. To view the locations and times of the clinics, visit

Passport Health accepts the following PPO insurance plans:

  • TRS-Aetna ActiveCare 1-HD and 2 Plans – covered at 100%
    • TRS SELECT plans cannot be accepted. *
    • Scott & White Plans cannot be accepted. *
  • Aetna*
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield*
  • Cigna*
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Medicare Part B (Flu shots only-please provide a copy of any supplement plans also)

For employees who do not have an accepted insurance plan, the cost is $20 for the Quadrivalent flu vaccine, payable by cash or check, made out to Staying Healthy Medical Services.

To take advantage of the clinic, sign up online or with the campus organizer. Locations with low sign up counts may be cancelled prior to the clinic date. For additional information, contact the Benefits Department at or (972) 925-4300.

*TRS Aetna ActiveCare Select plans and Scott & White plans cannot be accepted. Employees on these plans must see a Baylor Scott & White physician for all services, including vaccinations for the plan to cover the services. We are unable to accept HMO plans, Aetna & BCBS Bronze, Silver and Gold plans and Cigna Local Plus. Please see consent form for other known exceptions.

Toastmasters offer weekly speaking and leadership development

Dallas ISD Talk It Up! Toastmasters invite you to join us to grow your public speaking and leadership skills and improve your self-confidence. We offer two opportunities per week to learn from Toastmasters’ time-tested, proven curriculum. Feel free to try us out at either of our one-hour meetings: Mondays at 11:30 a.m. at the Linus Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building, 9400 NCX, or Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. at the H.B. Bell School Support Services Building, 2909 N. Buckner Blvd. Both sessions feature opportunities to deliver speeches, practice leadership roles and learn to think on your feet. Attend a meeting soon to find out what Toastmasters can offer you. Got questions? Call 214-779-2311.

Nominate an outstanding special education teacher for a cash award

The Dallas ISD Special Education Department is looking for nominees that demonstrate qualities of a distinguished special education teacher, setting high standards and demonstrating commitment for improving outcomes for students who receive special education services in Dallas ISD.

These teachers assume formal and informal leadership roles, mentor and develop others, share new ideas and best practices for serving students with disabilities, and are collaborative, solutions-oriented team members.

Nominations may be made by Dallas ISD parents, district staff and/or administrators.  One winner will be selected for a cash award of $250 each quarter. The cash award, sponsored by Carter Financial Management, must be used toward materials, resources and supplies for the winner’s special education classroom.

Nominations can be made HERE

The winning teacher will have a presentation at his/her school which may be included in District media channels. Mia Witt, the program’s inaugural winner, was honored in May.

Dallas ISD has already surpassed enrollment projections

Dallas ISD has already surpassed its student enrollment projections for the school year, with more than 156,100 enrolled as of Sept. 7.

The district, which originally projected an enrollment of 155,089 students this school year, is on track to top last year’s enrollment of 156,832 students.

District officials said one reason for the higher-than-projected enrollment is that more Dallas-area families are learning about and choosing best-fit schools in Dallas ISD. From collegiate academies—where students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit or an associate degree while still in high school—and innovative choice schools to the district’s growing high-quality pre-K program, district officials said there is an ideal school for every student in the Dallas area.

But more than any other factor, district officials credited the higher-than-projected enrollment to the Texas Education Agency’s accountability ratings showing tremendous gains across the district. The new TEA state accountability rating known as “A through F” graded school districts on student achievement, school progress/growth, and closing the achievement gap. Dallas ISD received a “B” letter grade and is home to six of the 12 schools that achieved the highest-possible score on the 2018 STAAR test, according to the TEA.

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD has also achieved a steep decline in the number of Improvement Required campuses, from 43 in 2013-2014 to four in 2017-2018.

“We are proud of our tremendous gains in Dallas ISD, and our families, teachers and staff should feel great accomplishment in what we have done together,” Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “But this is not the finish line, we have just started this race. We still have much more work to do.”

New principal selection process to attract, prepare, develop and retain the best educators

School Leadership has established the Leader Excellence, Advancement and Development program, or LEAD, to develop a principal pipeline strategy focusing on attracting, preparing, developing and retaining the best educators. Coordinating with internal and external partners, LEAD will spearhead several key initiatives for the district.

LEAD’s first initiative this year is to revise the principal selection process, ensuring the highest quality leaders and best-fit candidates for all schools will be identified and selected. This new process will launch on Sept. 1.

Those who are interested in applying for a principal position, meet the qualifications, and wish to take part in the selection process for the 2019-2020 school year can apply via Applitrack no later than Sept. 30.

For additional information, please contact Menay Harris, executive director for the LEAD program, or (972) 925-4627.