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At Dallas ISD, we talk a lot about Destination 2020. You will see Destination 2020 repeatedly mentioned on the Dallas ISD website, discussed in speeches from district leaders, and referenced when talking about other district initiatives. For those who are newer to Dallas ISD, or who haven’t closely followed the progress of Destination 2020, we’ve compiled an introductory guide to help catch you up to speed. What is Destination 2020? In the simplest terms, Destination 2020 is the district’s strategic plan to raise student achievement for all students. The district implemented the Destination 2020 plan in 2012. What are the…

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For four years, the Cornerstone Baptist Church has hosted the African-American Read-In, which promotes advanced literacy to children. The Dallas Morning News covered the Read-In that happened this past weekend. Click here to read more about the event that featured speeches and readings from Mayor Mike Rawlings, Betty Hooey, a member of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature, and Dallas ISD students.

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Families and community members celebrated literacy and literature at the African American Read-In on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dallas. Attendees included Dallas ISD District 9 Trustee Bernadette Nutall, City of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and District 3 Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. The importance of reading was advocated to young students through poetry readings, storytelling and musical performances from Dallas ISD schools, including Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Lincoln High School.

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Please note: Dallas ISD recently made it easier for staff and students to access Youtube for professional and academic purposes. Here is how to view the above Youtube video: Staff signed into YouTube with their Google login (district email and EAD password) will have unrestricted access to YouTube. Staff signed into Chrome browser or a Chrome device will not be required to enter credentials for YouTube again, but may need to click the sign in button in the top right corner of the YouTube page to gain unrestricted access. Trustees in January approved the adoption of six new student achievement…

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Just in time for the 2015 tax season, students in Woodrow Wilson’s Academy of Finance have received IRS certification to assist with tax return preparation. Woodrow is one of only three schools in the state with students named certified IRS approved agents. This means they have Internal Revenue Service permission to complete and electronically file IRS tax returns free of charge through VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Starting Jan. 24, the students will set appointments to complete the 1040EZ and 1040 tax forms of taxpayers who sign up for filing assistance. The time students spend performing tax services…

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Teachers relaxed on oversized bean bags and inflatable chairs at an event designed to inspire and energize them by celebrating them and the work they do for their students. The first-ever Extra Mile for Teachers Summit on Saturday, Jan. 10, was coordinated by the College Football Playoff National Championship Foundation, coming days before the first college championship game at AT&T Stadium. The lineup of motivational speakers included former U.S. Secretary Condoleezza Rice; Google Global Education Evangelist Jaime Casap; Dallas ISD teachers Kathryn Batey and Thom Browne; and Dalton Sherman, a junior at Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy. Large photos of…

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Skyline High School hosted hundreds of students, teachers, administrators and campus coaches from across the Dallas Independent School District on Jan. 31, for STEM Day 2015. The event was a mix of fun demonstrations, learning opportunities and hands-on engagement designed to emphasize the importance of science, mathematics and engineering. SEE ALSO: Gallery: Sixth grade students flex STEM muscles There were also a number of professional development sessions designed to increase the level of engagement and rigor in the classroom through the use of technology. Google education leader Jaime Casa was the keynote speaker. SEE ALSO: Science fairs: stepping stones to STEM careers

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The Cliburn Musical Awakenings program visits nearly 250 schools each year, to help stimulate the young music minds of children. Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School, a campus without additional fine arts programs – aside from the basic requirements – received a music lesson of a lifetime. Top, classically-trained pianists spent some time with the school’s second through fourth-grade students. As part of the lesson, one of their second-grade classmates joined the elite group of musicians, on the bench, to perform a classical piece. Check out this news story from KDFW-TV Channel 4 below, featuring the Marsalis students’ performance: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/clip/10794449/talented-pianists-perform-at-disd-elementary-school

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