Equifax offers security resources in wake of cyberattack

As you may know, the credit rating firm, Equifax, was recently the target of a cybersecurity attack.  Dallas ISD has a contract with Equifax under Equifax Workforce Solutions for assistance with the management of I-9 services. We have been contacted by Equifax and informed they have found no evidence that the recent cybersecurity incident impacted Equifax Workforce Solutions.

The intrusion has been stopped, and Equifax has engaged an independent cybersecurity firm to conduct a comprehensive forensic review to determine the scope of the intrusion.

The following resources are available for U.S. consumers concerned about the security of their personal information:

  • An established dedicated website is available at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection, which Equifax is offering to all U.S. consumers for one year at no charge.
  • A dedicated call center at 866-447-7559 is available to assist consumers.The call center is open every day (including weekends) from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. eastern time.

Summer is ending and with it goes the summer dress code for staff

As fall approaches, Human Capital Management Chief Karry Chapman reminds all employees that the summer dress code expires Sept. 29. All employees are expected to resume professional business attire October 2. Her memo with references to board policy is available here. Employees with questions about the dress code may direct them via email to HCM or call the department at (972) 925-4200.

Six Dallas ISD math and science teachers honored as TI STEM Fellows

Six Dallas ISD teachers were recognized during a special event on Sept. 20 as 2017 Texas Instruments STEM Fellows, each receiving a $10,000 prize as part of the honor.

This year’s TI STEM Fellows are:

  • Marcelo Migoni, science teacher at Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School
  • Luis Araiza, math teacher at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Steven Murray, math teacher at W.B. Travis Vanguard and Academy
  • Caitlin Hull, science teacher at Bryan Adams High School
  • Davide McLoda, robotics and science teacher at the School of Science and Engineering
  • Chenay Taylor, math teacher at Skyline High School

This is the 11th year of the TI STEM Fellows program. To date, $1.6 million has been awarded to STEM teachers in six Dallas-area districts. Eighty-four winners who have received a total of $864,000 are from Dallas ISD.

The $10,000 prize includes $5,000 for professional development/technological classroom enhancement, and $5,000 as a personal reward.

“Hopefully that will be a plus to you personally,” said Lewis McMahan, chairman of the Texas Instruments Foundation. “And that it may help motivate you to continue with the great work you have done.”

To qualify for the TI award, a Dallas ISD STEM teacher must be eligible to become a Distinguished teacher, be nominated by their principal, complete an application and be observed by central staff members who are experts in the specific content areas.

A seventh Dallas ISD teacher won the award this year, but has since left the district. Anne Papacostas was a science teacher at James Madison High School.

Dallas Mavs offer Dallas ISD staff, students discount tickets to October games

See Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of your Dallas Mavericks take on the Bucks, Bulls, or Magic for as little as $5 an upper level seat or $30 for lower level seats.

This discounted offer is exclusive for Dallas ISD teachers and staff including their families and friends and applies to the following preseason games:

· Monday, Oct., 2nd vs. Milwaukee, 7:30pm

· Wednesday, Oct. 4th vs. Chicago, 7:30pm – Breast Health Awareness Night-Wear pink with your Mavs blue, to support breast health!

· Monday, Oct. 9th vs. Orlando, 7:30pm

To purchase tickets go to: www.mavs.com/DISD, and use Promo Code: DISD

Dallas ISD Toastmasters Club invites staff to Sept. 20 speech contest

The Dallas ISD Talk It Up! Toastmasters Club invites district employees to attend the club’s upcoming speech contest at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20. The contest will feature Talk It Up! club members performing speeches in two categories: Humorous Speeches and Speech Evaluations. Audience members are invited to laugh along with the humorous speeches and witness how Toastmasters perform speech evaluations. The contest will be held in room 247 of the H.B. Bell School Support Services  Building. Admission is free, and everyone’s welcome. The club’s regularly scheduled meetings are held in the same space from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays and are open to all employees. To learn more about Toastmasters, visit the club’s Facebook page, or call (972) 925-3915.

Help salute excellence; nominate a Core 4 colleague

Core 4 Friday is back! The district is eager to highlight district employees who do an outstanding job providing great customer service to external and internal publics. The search is on for those who go above and beyond to exemplify the Core 4: Focused on student achievement; Fast and Flexible in the delivery of services or products to every customer; and Friendly—no matter the answer.

Help celebrate these dedicated employees for their commitment to serving others by nominating them for Core 4 recogition. Each month, nominees are recognized on the Core 4 website, and their names are entered in a random drawing for one of four $25 gift cards courtesy of the organization Love in Motion that seeks to make Dallas a city where love is the change agent for positive growth and direction. Gift card winners will be announced on the last Friday of each month on Core 4 Friday.

No self-nominations, please. All nominees will be vetted with supervisors from their service areas. Go here to nominate, or visit the Core 4 webpage.

Why I Teach: Lauren Closner at Arthur Kramer Elementary School

“I teach so I can see that spark in my students when they read that word or sentence for the first time. It’s the best feeling for them, and it’s the best feeling for me”

Lauren Closner is a first-grade teacher at Arthur Kramer Elementary School, and she has taught in Dallas ISD for two years.

Why I Teach asks teachers across Dallas ISD why they love being an educator.


Health/PE Department taps new name to reflect broader duties

The Dallas ISD Health and Physical Education Department has a new name to reflect its additional role to provide districtwide support for the physical, social and emotional well-being of students, families and staff.

Now called the Urban School Wellness Department, it will continue to provide curriculum, assessment and professional development for health and physical education for grades K-12.

The department has become responsible for supporting district compliance with many local, state and federal mandates related to the overall health and wellness of the school community. That means it has to help build an infrastructure to support activities to achieve those goals.

One way it accomplishes such a broad mission is to provide a coordinated wellness message across classroom content areas and departments using the “Connecting Wellness Calendar.” Each six weeks, highlights include theme days, national observances, Dallas-based events, district initiatives and staff wellness programs.

As the department’s role has expanded, so have the district’s recognitions because of its work. Some of the recent awards include a USDA Healthier US School Challenge Award for all elementary and middle schools; Texas Catch (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) Champion Award; It’s Time Texas, Health Advisory Council Award and more.

Urban School Wellness Department director Barbara Johnson credits the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Michael Hinojosa with their support of health programs for students.

“Academic achievement will improve with healthier students,” Johnson said. “Quality instruction includes educating the whole child. All students can achieve if they are in a healthy and supportive school environment.”