With over 375 business professionals, media outlets, and elected officials, our 2014 State of the District was a big success in connecting industry directly with public education.
Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles and Board of Trustees President Miguel Solis took the stage to present their plans and goals for the district. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas City Council members, state representatives, a state senator, Dallas ISD Trustees, area superintendents, and university representatives also attended the sold-out event in support of public education.
President Solis emphasized the importance of improving results at Dallas ISD because the District is a major provider of the area’s future workforce. He stressed the need for individuals in the business community to get directly involved with local schools.
Following President Solis, Superintendent Miles shared his focus on “thinking differently and acting courageously.” He provided specific examples associated with the new rigorous principal evaluation system. Superintendent Miles also highlighted the District’s improvements in recruiting and retaining teachers, stating that there were very few open teaching positions at the beginning of this school year.
Superintendent Miles answered questions from the audience regarding graduation rates, splitting the district, parent engagement, and potential legislative issues. The business community is now well-informed about Dallas ISD, and several executives agreed to serve as Principals for a Day (a DRC volunteer program) as a result of the meeting.
Career and Technical Education students and teachers from seven Dallas ISD schools showcased their programs to attendees before and after the luncheon. Superintendent Miles also recognized the District’s exemplary principals.