Teachers, counselors, and campus administrators are encouraged to participate in an April 3 Twitter chat hosted by Teaching and Learning highlighting best practices for instruction, intervention strategies and information supporting Multi-Tiered Systems of Support at each campus. A new initiative being implemented throughout the district, the MTSS framework is aimed at providing support for students in the areas of reading, mathematics, language, and engagement. The Twitter chat is set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, @DallasISDMTSS. For more information, contact Teaching and Learning at 972.925.8804.
District staff members are reminded that all Dallas ISD facility and school names and name changes require approval by the district’s Board of Trustees. Board policy spells out the naming process and requires that proposed names of new facilities and changes to names of existing facilities be submitted to Board Services on the approved nomination form by April 1 of each year for consideration by trustees in June. Community members and employees are urged to go here to review the policy on facility/school namings. The site links to the required nomination form with guidelines for names and instructions to submit proposed names. Nominations should be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, March 29, to meet the April 1 deadline. Questions about the process should be directed to Board Services at 972-925-3720.
Teachers looking for funding for classroom projects should mark their calendars for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, for the Junior League of Dallas’ live webinar designed to help teachers craft winning proposals. The webinar aims to help teachers prepare to submit grant proposals by the March 18 deadline and will feature tips and answers to common questions about creating effective grant proposals. Interested teachers can go here to download a flyer with instructions to access the webinar, which will also be available for later viewing.
Grants for Innovative Teaching is the Junior League of Dallas’ signature project. The grants provide up to $2,000 for special classroom projects. In 2018, the grants were awarded to 50 Dallas ISD teachers to fund projects ranging from large-scale art sculptures and educational videos to Lego robots and games designed to promote literacy and social skills.
Dallas ISD Talk It Up! Toastmasters Club is recruiting employees who want to improve their leadership and communication skills. The club is hosting an open house at 6 p.m., Wed, Feb. 27, at the H.B. Bell School Support Services Building, 2909 N. Buckner Blvd., which is also the location of regular Wednesday meetings. The club is part of Toastmasters International, a global organization that offers public speaking and leadership training opportunities. Go here for a flyer with more info.
Educators looking to continue their education and service to Dallas ISD students can apply for the annual $20,000 scholarship offered by Credit Union of Texas in honor of former Dallas ISD administrator William H. Cotton Scholarship. The scholarship offers $20,000 in financial assistance to a Dallas ISD educator seeking to pursue post-baccalaureate education to further their career in the field of education at Dallas ISD. The deadline to submit the application is March 29, 2019. Go here to download the application. Finalists for the award will be contacted by April 30, 2019, and the winner will be named by May 30, 2019.
Teachers new to DonorsChoose.org can receive help getting their classrooms set up for the start of the new school year. Through Friday, Aug. 10, teachers who submit their first DonorsChoose.org classroom project will receive an automatic $50 kickoff donation for the project from the DonorsChoose.org team. Whether teachers want to refresh their classroom library, create a new activity kit, or try out a welcome back activity, the team from DonorsChoose.org wants to help teachers jumpstart the new school year. Go here for full details.
What do a Black History Month essay contest, rewards for students who excel in STEM/STEAM, a teacher recognition program, a reading program and scholarship competition all have in common? In this instance, they’re all sponsored by the Dallas Mavericks and are all available to Dallas ISD students and staff.
As part of the Mavs’ Black History Month Challenge, eighth through 12th-grade students are invited to submit an essay honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The essay on the topic “Advancing the Dream: Taking the Next Step to Improving My Community,” will win one lucky student a trip to Atlanta to visit the home of Dr. King and the King Center. The deadline to submit essays is Monday, January 15, 2018.
In concert with ExxonMobil, the Mavs are sponsoring the Honorary Co-Captains program to reward students who enjoy and excel at STEM/STEAM programs. Teachers, counselors and administrators can nominate students for the honor. Selected students get two game tickets, a chance to join in a pre-game shoot around and a seat on the team bench during pre-game introductions. Nominations are due Friday, February 28, 2018.
As a boost to teachers, the Mavs are sponsoring Classroom Champions, a program created to recognize educators for their work in the classroom. The organization will select a pair of teachers every month through March as Champion Teachers of the Month for recognition at a home game and online. At season’s end, the public will be invited to vote for the top five, one of which will receive a cash award of $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school.
Avid readers of all ages can get in the game for the Mavs Reading Challenge, a 15-week effort designed to improve reading and literacy and promote a love of reading among kids of all ages. Dallas parents, students and teachers can sign up online or at any of the 29 Dallas Public Library locations, track their reading from December to March, and qualify to win prizes from the Mavs and Whataburger.
Last but certainly not least, is the Dallas Mavericks Scholarship Program offering high school seniors in financial need the opportunity to apply for one of four $5,000 college scholarships funded in corporation with Century 21 Mike Bowman, Inc. Visit the scholarship program website to view the qualifications and requirements. Applications are due Friday, February 23, 2018.
Getting ahead professionally requires strong leadership and communication skills. Both are bedrocks of the Toastmasters global professional development program. Learn how Toastmasters can help you get better and get ahead. Attend the Dallas ISD Talk It Up! Toastmasters open house at 5:45 p.m., Wed., Nov. 1, in room 257 of the H.B. Bell School Support Services Building, 2909 N. Buckner Blvd. Join us for free pizza, fun and fellowship.