Author: Nina Lakhiani

For as long as Adamson High School senior Elias Calixto can remember, education has always been his main focus in life. While some students prioritized friends or other interests, Calixto prioritized textbooks. “My parents came to this country with nothing but the clothes on their backs,” Calixto said. “My mom knows from experience the importance of education, she taught me the value and power a textbook can have.” Calixto is a first-generation high school graduate and valedictorian of his class at Adamson High School. Ever since he received a ranking of number one during his sophomore year, Calixto realized that…

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At a time of great uncertainty and rapid changes in education, Dallas ISD is thrilled to share some good news and shine a spotlight on our NAF 2020 Distinguished Academies, which are doing an outstanding job of supporting student success. Dallas ISD has grown from 14 Distinguished Academies to 23; this is the largest growth of Distinguished Academies over one year in the NAF network. “We are excited to have these additional Distinguished NAF Academies identified in Dallas ISD,” said Richard Grimsley, director of career education and workforce partnerships. “Our CTE teachers and programs have worked diligently to improve academy and…

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While strolling through Hobby Lobby, a creative idea came to Central Elementary School Counselor Ashley Williams: transform an empty locker at her school into a mailbox where student could anonymously drop notes expressing how they feel. “I noticed there were a lot of students who needed that extra person they could come to,” Williams said. “The emotional and mental state of kids is something that we are really focusing on, so I wanted to give my kids the opportunity to know that’s what I’m here for.” The locker-turned-mailbox allows students to easily tell Williams how they are feeling about a…

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Seven additional schools will offer the two-way dual language program this school year, providing more opportunities for students to learn to read, write and speak in two languages. In this program, English speakers can learn Spanish and Spanish speakers can learn English. Students grow to become biliterate and bilingual while gaining high academic achievement and cross-cultural competence. Dallas ISD now has 68 schools that offer the two-way dual language program. Over the course of a day in a two-way dual language program, students that speak and students that are learning to speak English are taught together certain subjects (such as…

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Beruk Tsuhaye always loved reading while growing up in Uganda, but he never had the chance to read new books in his native country. Now, as part of the Dallas ISD Refugee Summer Program, Tsuhaye smiled wide as he opened up copies of the Percy Jackson novels and I Am Malala. “This camp has been the most amazing experience,” he said. Dallas ISD’s Refugee Summer Program creates a supportive community for refugee children, from kindergarten through fifth-grade, who share similar experiences of moving to a new country. The academic and enrichment program focuses on helping refugee youth improve their language,…

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