Author: Priscilla Rice

For generations, public schools have been the backbone and fuel for economic progress in their communities as they prepare students for success. During National Public Schools Week, Feb. 26-March 1, Dallas ISD will celebrate how public schools continue to do this by offering more choices in their neighborhoods.  “National Public Schools Week is a great time to check out the choice, opportunities, and excellence Dallas ISD offers to every single child,” said Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde, Ed.D..    At Dallas ISD, students have a variety of opportunities to explore careers and develop their skills. Neighborhood schools play an important role in…

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It’s never too early to get students interested in becoming civically engaged, and at North Dallas High School, that engagement comes in the form of a voter registration drive at school, sponsored by the Student Voter Empowerment Club (SVEC). SVEC is a nonpartisan, student-led organization under the March to the Polls umbrella, whose projects include promoting civic education, increasing student voter turnout, and instilling a commitment to voting and civic engagement beyond the high school years. Rubi Chavez, office manager and the sponsor of the student-led League of United Latin American Students (LULAC) chapter at North Dallas High School began…

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La conocida línea de tambores acompañada de bailarines, típica de una banda de marcha, no lo es en la experiencia de los estudiantes de primaria, pero esto no impidió que Andra Birdsong lo hiciera posible en su escuela. Birdsong, maestra de música en Daniel Webster Elementary School, tuvo la idea cuando sus estudiantes fueron invitados a participar en un desfile de la comunidad luego de que el equipo de básquetbol masculino de Justin F. Kimball High School ganara el campeonato estatal en la primavera de 2023. Kimball es la preparatoria a la que llegan los estudiantes de Webster. Casi un…

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A drumline with dancers, typical in a marching band, is not a common part of the elementary school experience—but that didn’t stop teacher Andra Birdsong from making it happen at her school. Birdsong, a music teacher at Daniel Webster Elementary School, first got the idea when her students were invited to participate in a community parade after Justin F. Kimball High School’s boys varsity basketball team won the state championship in the Spring of 2023. Kimball is the high school into which Webster feeds. Nearly a year later, she has at least 25 students performing as either part of the…

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Master teacher Michael Chang first came to  Dallas ISD in 2018 to teach fourth grade math and science at Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School, where he continues to impact students’ lives. Prior to coming to the district, he taught math and science in Tulsa, Okla., and is now in his 10th year as an educator. He is originally from Manitowoc, Wis., and graduated from Marquette University in 2014. What drew you to education? Born and raised by immigrant parents in a low-income family, I was always told by my mother that education was the key to breaking the cycle of…

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Cada mañana en las pantallas de David G. Burnet Elementary School, los estudiantes pueden ver una transmisión en vivo de los anuncios y el juramento a la bandera vía Zoom presentado por sus compañeros de clase. El noticiero es un proyecto que se inició durante la pandemia y ha llegado a ser cosa de cada día en la escuela. Durante la pandemia, Sophia Zolezzi, coordinadora educativa de matemáticas, ideó una manera creativa para que los estudiantes pudieran seguir dando los anuncios matutinos y el juramento a la bandera pese al entorno virtual. “Estaba buscando una forma para que siguiéramos sintiéndonos…

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Cuando Gustavo Zaragoza, maestro en el Instituto de Profesiones del Este, era estudiante recién llegado al país, no se imaginaba que algún día trabajaría en la educación. Gracias a su labor como maestro, ahora se puede identificar con sus estudiantes y empoderarlos, así como lo empoderaron sus maestros a él.  Zaragoza, originario de México, no sabía inglés cuando llegó al distrito, y dijo haberse sentido intimidado en ocasiones, pero fue en sus clases de inglés como segundo idioma, o ESL, donde se sintió seguro. Dice que hoy está comprometido con crear ese tipo de entorno para sus estudiantes, en donde…

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Shundanae Pierce, a master teacher at Elisha M. Pease Elementary School first began her journey with the district as a student at Nancy J. Cochran Elementary School. When she was in college, she knew she wanted to complete her student teaching with Dallas ISD, where she has been teaching for the last 17 years. What drew you to education? My elementary years played a pivotal role in this decision. I enjoyed going to school and had great relationships with my teachers. I’ve loved kids since my days of working in a daycare during my summers in high school. I was…

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Camille Muñoz, a P-TECH teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School, has been working in education since 2004, with the past 13 years in Dallas ISD. She is from Dallas, and spent the first six years of her teaching career working for the Catholic  Diocese of Dallas at two private schools. She said she quickly realized that she wanted to impact more students and decided to make the move to Dallas ISD and public education. Muñoz was recently recognized as one of Dallas ISD’s Master Teachers. Get to know more about her background and passion for student success. What drew you to…

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Every morning, on screens throughout David G. Burnet Elementary School students can see a live newscast that includes announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance via Zoom presented by their classmates. The newscast is a project that started during the pandemic and has grown into a daily staple at the school. During COVID, Sophia Zolezzi, math instructional coordinator at the school, found a creative way for students to still give their morning announcements and Pledge of Allegiance despite being in a virtual setting at that time. “I was looking for a way for us to still feel a sense of community,…

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