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More than 150 Dallas ISD teachers will attend a professional development training this summer at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University. Approximately 245 Dallas ISD teachers applied for the opportunity to attend the training happening at SMU July 20–Aug. 6. Dallas ISD partnered with SMU to design the program. Dallas ISD will cover the $3,000 per teacher tuition. The curriculum will focus on increasing classroom effectiveness and improving classroom instructional practice. The teacher professional development training will support novice, progressing and distinguished level teachers with the goal of helping them advance within the Teacher Excellence Initiative’s…

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See It Again is a feature on the Hub that looks back on and reposts noteworthy stories from the past year. Research has repeatedly shown that effective teachers play the biggest role within schools in improving student achievement. Given their critical role, Dallas ISD launched the Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) in 2014 to identify, support and reward effective teachers. TEI is a part of Dallas ISD’s Destination 2020 plan, which aims to improve the quality of instruction and place an effective teacher in every classroom. Here is what you should know about TEI. How does TEI identify effective teachers? Classroom…

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The Dallas Independent School District’s high school graduation rate rose to an all-time high for the Class of 2014, according to both federal and state measurements. Dallas ISD’s graduation rate for the Class of 2014 improved to 86.1 percent, up from 84.8 percent, as measured by national guidelines in place since 2008. Similarly, the district’s graduation rate as measured  for state accountability purposes is now 86.9 percent, up from 86.3 percent in 2013 and the third consecutive increase since 2011. “The increases in Dallas ISD’s graduation are positive news, and it is a reflection of the hard work of both…

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The Dallas Independent School District’s high school graduation rate rose to an all-time high for the Class of 2014, according to both federal and state measurements. Dallas ISD’s graduation rate for the Class of 2014 improved to 86.1 percent, up from 84.8 percent, as measured by national guidelines in place since 2008. Similarly, the district’s graduation rate as measured for state accountability purposes is now 86.9 percent, up from 86.3 percent in 2013 and the third consecutive increase since 2011. “The increases in Dallas ISD’s graduation are positive news, and it is a reflection of the hard work of both…

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Los administradores han medido tradicionalmente la eficacia de la enseñanza dentro del salón de clase a través de observaciones, en busca de signos de participación exitosa de los estudiantes, una instrucción efectiva y productiva, pero respetando la dinámica entre el estudiante y el maestro. Uno de los indicadores más claros de la eficacia docente son los propios estudiantes. Este año escolar se les hizo preguntas a los estudiantes de los grados 3°-11° a través de encuestas confidenciales, en busca de información para saber si su maestro les anima y si el ambiente del salón de clase es acogedor. “La encuesta…

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An independently conducted survey shows that nearly 81 percent of Dallas ISD parents agree or strongly agree with the direction of the district. The survey results show a notable increase from the Spring 2014 survey results, when 70 percent of parents said they agreed or strongly agreed with the direction of the district. More than 18,000 parents responded to the survey conducted by National Service Research, which is based in Fort Worth. Paula Blackmon, Dallas ISD senior executive for intergovernmental relations and community engagement, said the survey is a part of the district’s effort to engage parents and gather their feedback on…

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Graduation season is happening May 29–June 7, and in honor of Dallas ISD graduates, The Hub is spotlighting a different senior each day as the Class of 2015 takes their anticipated walk across the stage. Today we spotlight Tafari Witter at Lincoln High School. Awards/honors, involvement: Valedictorian, 1st Team All-District (basketball), A Honor Roll, featured in the Dallas Morning News and CW33 Class Act The biggest lesson I’ve learned in school: Balancing time management and responsibility are the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year because I was involved in so many activities and had to learn how to balance my time to enable me…

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Most Dallas ISD high school seniors have grown up attending elementary, middle and high schools within the district. And those seniors are now crossing the graduation stage and receiving their high school diploma. But before starting college or entering the workforce, some seniors share what Dallas ISD means to them and the impacts it’s made on their future. Today, Armando Solis at W.W. Samuell High School shares what Dallas ISD means to him.

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