As part of the transition to the Teacher Excellence Initiative, the Dallas Independent School District’s Teacher of the Year selection process is being adjusted to align and coincide with teacher effectiveness results to be completed in September.
The Teacher of the Year recognition program will be expanded to allow significantly more teachers from each campus to be honored for their efforts to go the extra mile on behalf of their students, Superintendent Mike Miles said. The Teacher of the Year program will now be aligned with the Teacher Excellence Initiative, the district’s effort to identify, support, and reward effective teachers.
“We recognize that any adjustment in the Teacher of the Year program, which has served this school district well for many years, represents a culture shift,” Miles said. “So too, of course, does the Teacher Excellence Initiative. Aligning the Teacher of the Year program to fit with TEI makes sense for the district in the long run.”
The adjustment will be similar to how principals are recognized. This past fall, a program was held to honor 22 principals for their work the previous school year, rather than honoring just one. Miles added that Teacher Appreciation Week is coming in May and that the district and schools will take advantage of the opportunity to recognize all teachers for their hard work this school year.
Read a note to staff from Superintendent Miles to learn more.