Author: The Hub

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The National Center for Urban School Transformation has named four Dallas ISD schools as ranking among the highest performing 24 urban schools in the country. Jimmie Tyler Brashear Elementary School, John Q. Adams Elementary School, Walnut Hill Elementary School, and John J. Pershing Elementary School are recipients of the 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The schools will be formally recognized at the Excellence in Urban Education National Symposium being held May 21–22 at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas. Dr. Lynne Perez, associate director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST), said NCUST started its award program in…

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After completing the Distinguished Teacher Review application process, Erin Elliott, a kindergarten teacher at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School, caught up with The Hub about her experience. The Hub originally talked with Elliott in December as she entered the DTR application process. To view that original interview, click here.

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Como parte de la Iniciativa de Excelencia Docente, el distrito se ha comprometido a identificar, respaldar y remunerar a los docentes eficientes. Pero exactamente, ¿Cómo se identifica a un docente eficiente? Los maestros son evaluados por su desempeño en el salón de clases, los resultados del aprovechamiento de los estudiantes y los resultados de la encuesta de percepción del estudiante, que será administrada el próximo mes. Esto es lo que usted debe saber sobre la encuesta. ¿Qué es la encuesta de percepción del estudiante?
La encuesta de percepción del estudiante es una encuesta respaldada por investigaciones, que será administrada a los…

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Vanessa Sánchez, a fourth-grade student at Martin Weiss Elementary, took home first place in the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) Bilingual Essay contest for grades 3–5. Students who participated in the contest had to be enrolled in a bilingual classroom, have a B average or better, and a 90-percent attendance record. Essays were submitted in English and judged on development of the theme, originality, content and clarity of expression, grammar and mechanics. Sánchez and her family were invited to be honored at the NABE Awards Luncheon held March 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Below is Sánchez’ essay: I am Proud…

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Gatorade and USA Today High School Sports recently announced that Admon Gilder, a student at James Madison High School, is its 2014–15 Gatorade Texas Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Gilder is the first athlete in his school’s history to be chosen for the award that recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. “It means a lot to have been named for this honor,” Gilder said. “It’s a big accolade that not many players and athletes get a chance to experience. I’ve been working so…

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A Design Your World event for 4th- and 5th-grade girls was conducted Saturday, March 28, at Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School. The event was coordinated by the Dallas chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, SMU and the Dallas ISD STEM Department. Hands-on activities featured demonstrations of mechanical energy, computer science, biomedical, chemical engineering, aerospace and electrical engineering.

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As the Teacher Excellence Initiative continues to become the standard for the way Dallas ISD evaluates how effective a teacher is, one key piece in understanding a teacher’s effectiveness are the students in their classrooms. Fifteen percent of a teacher’s annual evaluation will be derived from their student perception surveys, which are being administered to students in grades 3–12 during the week of April 6–10. In the above video, district teachers weigh in with their opinions on how the survey, which contains grade-appropriate questions, will impact the way in which they are evaluated under TEI. Eric Hale, a teacher at David…

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To celebrate that they are ready for the STAAR exams that begin today, students and staff at Martha Turner Reilly Elementary put together a fun “Pass the Test” music video last week. The music video is a take off on the song “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift. Martha Turner Reilly Elementary is located at 11230 Lippitt Ave. Enjoy the music video above!

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Student engagement and an innovative entrepreneurship curriculum is what makes W. E. Greiner Middle School teacher Stephen Thomas’ Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance classroom so effective. Thomas is part of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s North Texas program, which provides business education to young students while earning high school credit. Out of 17 North Texas educators, Thomas was chosen to represent Texas at the 2015 Global Enterprising Educator of the Year Award sponsored by MasterCard. Ernst and Young sponsored a “send-off” party earlier this month for Thomas, who accepted the award March 25 at the NFTE 2015 Global Showcase in New…

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