Dallas ISD’s Lone Star Emmy-winning show returns to the small screen


Dallas ISD’s acclaimed student-hosted television shows, “School Zone Dallas” and “Zona Escolar de Dallas,” are returning after nearly a decade.

Each episode of “School Zone Dallas” and “Zona Escolar de Dallas” (“School Zone Dallas” in Spanish) will provide an insider’s perspective on different Dallas ISD campuses and programs. “School Zone Dallas” will air on NBC at 5 p.m. on Saturdays starting Feb. 3. The Spanish version, “Zona Escolar de Dallas,” is set to air on Telemundo every Saturday in March, but will be live on Dallas ISD’s YouTube channel beginning Feb. 3.

Originally premiering in October 2002, the show quickly garnered attention and praise attracting over 10,000 views. In 2003, the show’s popularity surged to 50,000 views, prompting the creation of a Spanish version of the show.

“We wanted the world to see how articulate, intelligent, and fun students are,” expressed Jon Dahlander, the driving force behind the original program and current chief of Partnerships and Intergovernmental Relations for Dallas ISD. “Having students tell our story will always be an effective way to showcase the many great opportunities that are available in Dallas ISD.”

Before concluding its initial run, the show earned accolades, including the Lone Star Emmy for Outstanding Informational Program in 2003.

Darrell Pryor, former “School Zone Dallas” host and current executive director of Creative Services with Dallas ISD, is leading the show’s revival. “We’re excited for “School Zone Dallas” and “Zona Escolar de Dallas” to return. We can’t wait to share more incredible stories and continue the legacy.”

This season will feature eight episodes. After the initial air date, all shows will be available on Dallas ISD’s YouTube channel.



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