Final redistricting

Following a comprehensive public engagement process, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has approved a new voting map.

Every 10 years, Dallas ISD participates in redistricting to better ensure appropriate representation based on the shifts in population trends captured by the decennial U.S. Census that took place in 2020. Redistricting is the process by which the boundaries of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees single member districts are periodically redrawn.

Nine criteria adopted by the board were used to draw the new map, including but not limited to maintaining communities of interest such as neighborhoods, observing geographic boundaries when possible and adopting SMDs of substantially equal size.

Leading up to the map’s adoption, trustees held over 35 community meetings and the district hosted two TeleTown Halls. Twice community members were invited to take a survey and provide feedback through an interactive map.

The new map will be used during next May’s trustee elections. Several district schools are now in other trustee districts. 

School Trustee District 2011 Trustee District 2021
North Dallas High School 2 8
Raúl Quintanilla Sr. Middle School STEAM Academy 7 8
Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr. Early College High School at El Centro College 5 7
Arcadia Park Elementary School 7 8
George B. Dealey International Academy 1 2
Stephen C. Foster Elementary School 8 1
Arthur Kramer Elementary School 1 2
Jesús Moroles Expressive Arts Vanguard 7 8
John J. Pershing Elementary School 1 2
Stevens Park Elementary School 7 8
Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School 5 8
Maria Moreno STEAM Academy 6 7
Arlington Park Early Childhood Center 8 5
Downtown Montessori at Ida B. Wells Academy 9 5
Ignite Middle School 8 9



W-2s are here!

Employees’ Wage and Tax Statements, or W-2 forms, will be available for viewing starting Jan. 21 for all the employees who have set up their delivery preference as online.

To access inside the district network

  • Through Oracle, select Human Resources/Payroll Employee Self-Service, choose Payroll Information and then Employee W-2, or
  • Through the Dallas ISD Main Page, select Staff and then Oracle. Once logged in, select Human Resources/Payroll Employee Self-Service, choose Payroll Information and then Employee W-2.

To access outside the district network

  • Through the Dallas Portal, go to the Apps Login Links and choose Oracle, select Human Resources/Payroll Employee Self-Service, choose Payroll Information and then Employee W-2.

If you have any problems, please send an email to with your employee ID number, name, and the issue or question you might have, and someone will assist you promptly.


Employees who have not set up the online delivery option will receive their W-2 form at the home address available in Oracle by Jan. 31.


Go for dual credit

Are you a high school teacher interested in becoming credentialed to teach dual credit courses? The Post-Secondary Partnerships and Programs Department is holding an information session next week to share details on how you can become one.

The Post-Secondary Partnerships and Programs Department maintains and manages a list of high school teachers who are credentialed by Dallas College to teach dual credit courses, which are available throughout the PTECH high school programs. A high school dual credit credentialed teacher is someone who has completed the Dallas College application/credentialing process and has received official approval and notification from Dallas College.

The information session is an effort to support the districts’ early college high school initiatives and dual credit programs by recruiting teachers who may be interested in becoming credentialed to teach dual credit courses.

The session will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. To register for the session, visit For more information about the program, visit:



Transition into teaching for free

Dallas ISD is calling all who are interested in teaching—and not just those who have a teaching degree. Through the district’s Alternative Certification Program, anyone with a college degree who is passionate about student success can get a teaching certification for free.

Degreed professionals who want to transition into teaching will receive free program fees and tuition, high quality professional development, guaranteed employment in Dallas ISD and ongoing program support as they seek certification in these critical need areas:

  • Core subjects (early childhood-sixth grade/ESL) with Science of Teaching Reading
  • Bilingual (early childhood-sixth grade)
  • Special education (early childhood-12th grade)
  • Math (seventh-12th grades)
  • Science (seventh-12th grades)
  • English language arts and reading (seventh-12th grade)

Live information sessions are available every Tuesday before the Jan. 31 application deadline for the next cohort. Download the flyer to find out more about the sessions.

To apply or for more information, visit the Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Program at


A new STEM lead

Longtime educator and Dallas ISD principal will now lead the district’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Department as its new executive director. Michael J. Ruiz brings years of experience as a teacher, parent and campus leader to the role in addition to his experience outside education as a marketing professional at Microsoft.

During his tenure as principal of Geneva Heights Elementary School, he successfully navigated through an unprecedented global pandemic while increasing enrollment—from 369 to 518 students—and academic achievement at the IB World School. As assistant principal at Woodrow Wilson High School, Ruiz led the school’s science and math departments to consecutive years of academic gains.

In his nine years as a dual language teacher, he worked with a diverse population of students and staff—at L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, he served students from 17 different countries. In 2015 he was named Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year and the following year was named the Jose Martí National Dual-Language Teacher of the Year at the National Association of Bilingual Education conference.

Ruiz has served as a member of the Hillcrest Leadership Academy, the initial cohort of the district’s Bilingual Cadre, Dallas ISD’s Academic Advisory Council and the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association.

Honoring a legacy

Join Dallas ISD virtually at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and watch fourth and fifth graders compete in the 30th Annual MLK Oratory Competition. The event is co-presented by Dallas ISD and Foley and Lardner, LLP.

Eight talented orators will present their self-composed speech on the topic: “How would Dr. King assess our progress in achieving his vision for America?”  The competition begins at 11:00 a.m. and will be streamed via the district’s website and Facebook page at

Finalists are:

  • Zihair Douglas, fourth grade, T.L. Marsalis Elementary School
  • Arianna Garcia, fifth grade, L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School
  • Daniella Goffney-Mitchell, fourth grade, Thomas Tolbert Elementary School
  • Kiyan Harrison, fourth grade, Jack Lowe, Sr. Elementary School
  • Diamond McKinney, fifth grade, Clara Oliver Elementary School
  • Jaliaha Rodgers, fifth grade, J.P. Starks Math, Science, and Technology Vanguard
  • Chance Taylor, fifth grade, Charles Rice Learning Center
  • Tristan Whitfield, fifth grade, Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center
  • Jackson Smith, fourth grade, Martin Luther King, Jr Arts Academy*

*Will compete should one of the finalists be unable to participate.

January board briefing

During its regular monthly briefing, the Board of Trustees will consider several items and reports from district departments.

Superintendent’s Report:

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Student Recruitment Update

The Board will also consider and take possible action to adopt the resolution ordering a general election to be held May 7, 2022, for the purpose of electing three members to the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Independent School District in Districts 4, 5, and 7. Other items are also up for consideration.



Cash for days when you retire

Dallas ISD employees who retire this year can get cash for their unused local days through the district’s Retirement Service Award. The more days remaining, the higher the payout.

To participate in the Retirement Service Award, employees should notify Human Capital Management no later than April 15 of the date they intend to retire. Notification should be made by entering the intended retirement date in Oracle Self-Service.

The Retirement Service Awards pays employees a flat daily rate of pay for any unused local days accrued by July 31. The exact rate to be paid will be determined upon calculation of the total of all participants’ remaining local days (calculated by July 31). There is no cap to the number of local days paid. There is no time in service requirement.

If employees complete the separation process in Oracle by April 15 and work the remainder of the year, they will continue to have pay and benefits through Aug. 31.

Those who do not enter their separation date in Oracle Self-Service by the April 15 deadline will not be eligible for the award.

For additional questions, employees may contact the HCM Benefits Department at 972-925-4300 or email




IT appointment

Dallas ISD Chief Technology Officer Jack Kelanic has been appointed to the Governor’s Broadband Development Council. The council was created by the 86th Legislature in 2019 and expanded by the 87th Legislature in 2021. The council studies and identifies ways to provide internet access to underserved areas of Texas.

Kelanic is also co-chair of the Internet for All Coalition and a member of the Texas Education Technology Leadership Council and Consortium for School Networking. He previously served as an advisory board member of The University of Washington Tacoma Institute of Technology and a board member of the Schools Federal Credit Union. Kelanic received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

SMU scholarship helps teachers, students

Wilmer-Hutchins Elementary School teacher James Mims’ life calling is supporting marginalized communities, specifically students receiving special education services who are also English language learners.

Seeing that these students were often overlooked, Mims transitioned four years ago from a general education classroom to become a special education teacher helping English language learners.

“For me to have the skills and passion that I have, it was an easy change to make,” Mims said. “And I haven’t regretted it for one day ever since.”

To help support educators like Mims, Dallas ISD has partnered with Southern Methodist University for a $3 million endowment to provide a full scholarship for identified teachers to get their master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Bilingualism or ESL and Foundational Literacy. The scholarship was created by Kathryne and the late Gene Bishop to support Dallas ISD teachers pursuing master’s degrees. The couple worked together as longtime supporters of children’s health and education, among other philanthropies.

Mims is in the first cohort of Bishop Scholars and is set to earn his master’s later this year. He calls the Bishop Scholars program a game changer.

“SMU designs their lessons to create real-world, practical scenarios that you can bring to the classroom,” he said. “It really is a degree designed for teachers. I’m incredibly thankful to Dallas ISD for providing me this opportunity.”

Dallas ISD Special Education Services and the Dual Language/ESL Departments worked with SMU to develop the curriculum. Dallas ISD is now recruiting eight K-5 teachers for the second cohort of Bishop Scholars program. The district has two upcoming information sessions for interested educators to learn more.

The information sessions are scheduled for Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Educators can click here to register.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Dallas ISD educators who are passionate about helping kids,” said Michelle Brown, Dallas ISD executive director of Special Education.

Mims has seen the real-world impact the Bishop Scholars program is making. Using techniques he’s learned in the program, he’s had students go from failing to mastering the STAAR within a year, for example.

“To take these amazing research-based practices and apply them in my classroom and to see these students grow is an incredible feeling,” Mims said. “I feel like the students don’t know what they are capable of until someone brings it out of them. And at the end of the day, look at the data, and the data shows that this program works.”