Author: Javier Giribet-Vargas

As part of an initiative aimed at recruiting teachers who represent the students they serve, Dallas ISD will hire 20 male professionals of diverse backgrounds who will serve in high-priority campuses. In the Fall of 2021, the soon-to-be educators – 10 Black and 10 Latino men – will be paired with exemplary educators as adjunct teachers in Dallas ISD classrooms. At the same time, the Human Capital Management department (HCM) will support them on their path toward becoming licensed teachers through the district’s Alternative Certification program. “Our ongoing effort to transition career professionals of diverse backgrounds to educators strengthens our…

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Five months after a tornado destroyed their campus, Thomas Jefferson High School students faced another challenge in March when the pandemic caused all learning to go virtual. After learning from home this school year, seniors like Alejandra Resendez and Lilah Alarcon returned to campus on April 12 to finish out their high school career together and with a sense of normalcy. While keeping safety as the priority and following all established safety measures, Dallas ISD launched the Finish Strong ‘21 campaign to strongly urge seniors like Resendez and Alacon to return to on-campus learning five days a week. Eyes on…

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In order to become a districtwide trainer and campus leader, veteran educator and distinguished teacher Teresa Walter overcame new teacher anxiety and being overwhelmed. Now, she helps others do the same. In addition to her 14 years of teaching experience, Walter serves as the lead mentor at Trinity Heights Talented and Gifted and as a teacher trainer for Dallas ISD’s first-year teachers. Trinity Heights TAG is a 1st-through-7th grade campus that’s among 30 high-quality magnet schools offered by Dallas ISD. Their Talented and Gifted program maintains and supports a variety of instructional strategies that address Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, and…

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Los estudiantes y el personal de la primaria Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary arrancaron el Spring Break con una competencia de “Diseńa tu Propia Catapulta”. Rebecca Ajuluchukwu, la entrenadora de instrucción del plantel fue una de las organizadoras principales del proyecto. Antes de trabajar en la primaria Hawthorne, enseńaba en una secundaria y organizó una actividad similar. Ajuluchukwu recuerda cómo sus ex-alumnos disfrutaron este proyecto, y decidió volver a organizarlo. Hablamos con ella sobre el propósito de esta actividad. ¿Por qué organizaron la competencia de catapultas? Este ańo, más que en cualquier otro, quisimos darle la oportunidad a los estudiantes de practicar…

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Representantes de varios departamentos del Distrito Escolar de Dallas estarán disponibles en la preparatoria Molina High School para platicar con las familias y resolver cualquier duda que tengan, el miércoles 31 de marzo. El personal estará afuera del plantel durante los horarios de distribución de alimentos para-llevar, de 10 a.m.m a 12 p.m., y de 4:30 p.m. a 6:30 p.m. Esta visita a la preparatoria Molina es parte de una estrategia de alcance comunitario del Departamento de Apoyo para padres (Parent Advocacy and Support Services) para estar presentes en las comunidades que necesitan más apoyo. A través de este programa,…

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Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center implemented a military-like program where every student can strive to become a campus role-model and earn their stripes. SLAC – which stands for service, leadership, academics and courage – teaches accountability and discipline to every student at the school through a performance-based rank structure and introduces the students to various career choices. “I believe that the SLAC Program has decreased the amount of referrals and suspensions in our campus, and also gives recognition to the students who are doing good,” Myles said. All Dunbar students, from kindergarten through fifth grade, wear a badge with a…

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Students and staff at Nathaniel Hawthorne Elementary kicked off spring break with a campus-wide Catapult Design Challenge. Rebecca Ajuluchukwu, a campus instructional coach, is one of the main organizers of this project. Before working at Hawthorne Elementary, she taught middle school and organized a similar activity for her students. Ajuluchukwu recalls how much her former students enjoyed this project and decided to bring it to her current campus. We spoke with her about the purpose of this activity. Why did you organize the Catapult Challenge? This year, more than ever, we wanted to give the kids an opportunity to apply…

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South Oak Cliff High School has been stepping up to help register families for the Covid-19 vaccination. From March 1–5, SOC helped parents and community members register for the vaccine in the school’s Frito Lay Resource Center. “We want you to be immunized. It’s important to us because the area around us  in 75216 and surrounding zip codes has been disproportionately affected with Covid-19 infections,” SOC Principal Willie F. Johnson Jr. said. “We want to be a resource for you, so you don’t have to go downtown and fight those long lines. You can come here, inside Oak Cliff, and we’re…

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Dallas County Promise (DCP), a last-dollar tuition scholarship available to most Dallas ISD graduating seniors, has several important upcoming deadlines. All graduating seniors from 57 participating high schools located within Dallas County – including 31 Dallas ISD high schools – are eligible to enroll in this program. The DCP scholarship will help students cover the cost of tuition at Dallas College campuses and DCP partner universities. After students spend all their need-based financial aid and scholarships to pay for classes, this last-dollar tuition scholarship program will pay for the remaining fees. Do not miss the March 31 deadline The first…

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Despite the pandemic challenges, the Pinkston High School girls basketball team reached a new height this season: they are heading to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, competing on Saturday in San Angelo. (See photos from Friday’s sendoff ceremony where the team received their regional championship trophy). For the last 14 years, Nicole Stovall has coached basketball and volleyball at Pinkston. She’s led the girls basketball team for the past four years and has helped advance the team ever since. We spoke to Coach Stovall, who told us how she’s steered her team through a monumental…

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