By: Karen Liu Pang
The importance of a strong education and academic excellence have always been emphasized in my family. I grew up in the suburbs, planning to go to UT and law school since I was 12 years old. The question for me and my five older sisters was not IF we were going to school (and obtaining our Masters/J.D.), but WHERE.
When I was invited to participate in Principal for a Day (PFAD), it looked like the perfect opportunity to learn about what it’s really like in DISD schools and see if there were ways I could help. I went into it with a skeptical, excited and inquiring mind and left completely inspired.
Where do I start with one of the most powerful, life-changing experiences in my life? To start, the marquee welcoming me as Principal for a Day, was pretty amazing. Continue reading
The DRC convened a community brainstorming session to discuss improving career readiness for high school students. Joining in the conversation were nearly 50 representatives from Dallas ISD, parents, Work Force Solutions, DCCCD, Dallas ISD trustees, non-profit organizations working with students, as well as industry representatives from a variety of companies including Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Bank of America, TDIndustries, Capital One Bank, and representation for manufacturers. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how to better equip students for the work force, regardless of whether they are going directly to college or immediately to work. The employers identified some specific gaps in work force readiness, and DRC and Dallas ISD captured the information to further explore curriculum and out of school time intervention strategies.
The Dallas Bar Association has announced their Annual Education Symposium for October 29, from 8:30 am – 1 pm (lunch included), at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue.
Tuesday Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees member Bernadette Nutall won our second ever “Courage in Public Service” Award.
“I am honored to have been chosen for this award by the Dallas Regional Chamber,” said Nutall. “Our students and Dallas area citizens deserve our support when it comes to improving our education system. Students within the Dallas ISD deserve every opportunity we can provide.” Continue reading
The Dallas Regional Chamber invites you to hear Dallas ISD Superintendent, Mike Miles, at the 2012 State of the District luncheon September 18 at the Sheraton Dallas. Hear from Miles as he discusses his Destination 2020 plan and upcoming challenges facing the district. The event starts at noon and is presented by Capital One Bank. For more information and to buy your tickets click here.
Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles invites you to join business and community leaders to be a Prinicpal for a Day.
For more information and to apply, click here to login. Username: IMPACT Password: DallasISD!2 The deadline is September 14. Please contact Kamica King with any questions about this program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Lanet Greenhaw, Director of Education and Public Policy
Closer examination of data from by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) reveals Dallas ISD is narrowing the gap with statewide averages on the four-year graduation rate, complete rate and dropout rate, and has made considerable progress during the last five years. Beyond that, Dallas ISD’s gains are even more pronounced among African-American, Hispanic and Limited English Proficient student groups.
Charts are provided below to illustrate the gains graphically. Here are the highlights:
Four-Year Graduation Rate: More than three-quarters of Dallas ISD students are now graduating on time, up 15 percentage points from 62.5 percent five years ago. Dallas ISD has narrowed the gap with the statewide average from 16 points five years ago to eight points today. Continue reading
By Kamica King, Program Coordinator, Education
Each year, after the kids have returned to school, Dallas ISD invites adults to return to school too, through its Principal for a Day program. Mark your calender for October 9th and join your fellow business and community leaders for a firsthand look into the daily operations of a Dallas ISD school as you shadow a Principal and partake in other educational experiences for a day. A collaboration between the Dallas Regional Chamber and Dallas ISD, Principal for a Day is presented by Capital One Bank and also serves as a great stepping stone for future collaboration with the District.
Ken Malcolmson, Regional CEO of Humana, shares his experience as a principal for a day last year.
“As the son a former public school Principal and Administrator, I was intrigued by the invitation to be a “Principal for a Day” last year. The innovative program presented by DISD and the DRC afforded a cadre of community leaders the opportunity to gain a firsthand perspective on what happens in our public schools. I was fortunate to be assigned to serve side-by-side with Principal Mark Ramirez at Molina High School in southwest Dallas, where I was exposed to a disciplined, engaged and spirited student body. I can truly say it was an enlightening and encouraging day that gave me great hope for the future. I eagerly look forward to volunteering again this year and I encourage you to do so as well. Based on my experience last year, I’m quite confident you will be rewarded for your commitment of time.”
This year, in addition to an honorary reception held the afternoon of October 9th for all Principals and their Principals for a Day, an orientation session featuring a District welcome by Superintendent Miles, will be held prior to the event date.
For more information and to apply, click here to login. Username: IMPACT Password: DallasISD!2 The deadline is September 14. Please contact Kamica King with any questions about this program at email@example.com
By Lanet Greenhaw, Director of Education
Promising news comes from Dallas ISD with the report that the percentage of students graduating from Dallas ISD schools in four years has increased for the fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Dallas ISD numbers show that the percentage of students dropping out of school also fell in every ethnic group for the fourth consecutive year.
“Strong student academic gains and increased graduation rates are great assets to our community and our regional workforce,” said Angela Farley, Vice President of Education and Public Policy for the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We applaud the hard work of Dallas ISD students, staff and administrators who have put Dallas ISD on this positive growth path, preparing students for college and our area workforce.” Continue reading
By Lanet Greenhaw, Director, Education
The Dallas Independent School District has scheduled 24 Budget Town Hall Meetings in June to present information to parents and the community concerning the district’s 2012-2013 budget, and to respond to questions they may have.
For stakeholders’ convenience, the meetings have been scheduled by feeder pattern and will be held June 18-21 and June 25 at high schools throughout the district. Due to bond work at Woodrow Wilson High School, however, the Town Hall meeting for that feeder pattern will be held at Lakewood Elementary School. Continue reading