Parents, students share ideas that could shape long-term future of Dallas ISD


A W.T. White High School student who wants to run a business with her older brother. A teacher interested in how technology can shape teaching and learning. A group of parents excited to brainstorm ideas on the future of Dallas ISD.

These were just a few of the stakeholders at Tuesday’s education summits who shared ideas that could help shape the long-term future for Dallas ISD learning, technology and facilities design.

Deputy Superintendent of Operations Scott Layne tells stakeholders how their ideas could shape the long-term future of the district.

Dallas ISD is holding six of these education summits to kick off the strategic planning process. Parents, students, district staff, business leaders and community members are invited to the summits to share their innovative vision of the future. W.T. White High School and South Oak Cliff High School hosted the first two summits on Nov. 7, and the remaining sessions are:

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
Emmett J. Conrad High School

6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9
W.W. Samuell High School and Early College

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14
James Madison High School

6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14
Justin F. Kimball High School
(*Free childcare and refreshments will be provided at each location.)

During the summits, citizens will have the opportunity to learn more about the learning, technology and facilities planning process and hear from a student panel, as well as talk about their highest hopes and aspirations for their children. In an effort to develop an actionable and measurable vision, Dallas ISD encourages all community members to join this effort.

Shannon Buerk of engage2learn helps lead the discussion at W.T. White High School

Additionally, community members can provide feedback through an online survey now through Friday, Nov. 10 here. The survey will also be posted on the district and campus websites. The district is also hosting a series of focus groups representing various stakeholder groups in October and early November.

Information, feedback and input gathered at the summits, focus groups and from the survey will be used by a design team comprised of citizens and district staff who will create a community-focused strategic direction for technology and facilities. This strategic direction will include a set of community beliefs, call to action, goals, action steps and a learner profile. Additionally, it will allow Dallas ISD to measure student learning and serve as a guide for the district as it makes future decisions regarding instruction, technology, budgeting, staffing and facility planning.

As the district embarks on this process, all summits, documents and resources will be posted online at for community members to stay informed. The district will provide updates throughout this process.

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