Author: Tina Pania

Michael Dixon-Peabody, maestro de Ciencias Sociales en Thomas Jefferson High School y patrocinador de la Alianza Gay-Heterosexual (GSA) de la escuela, TJ Pride and Equality, conoce la importancia de tener un espacio seguro donde los estudiantes sean libres de ser quienes son. En el Mes del Orgullo, Dixon-Peabody aprovechó la ocasión para reflexionar sobre el papel importante que juegan las GSA en la vida de los estudiantes que se identifican como LGBTQ. Dallas ISD cuenta con 30 GSA, la mayoría en preparatorias, en las que participan también aliados heterosexuales que apoyan a sus compañeros. “Cada estudiante viene buscando algo diferente”,…

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Michael Dixon-Peabody, a social studies teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School and sponsor of the school’s Gay/Straight Alliance group, TJ Pride and Equality, knows the importance of having a safe space where  students can “be who they are.” And as Pride Month winds down, he welcomed the opportunity to reflect on the crucial role the GSAs can play in the lives of students who identify as LGBTQ. Dallas ISD has about 30 active campus groups, most of them in high schools, where the meetings are also attended by those who consider themselves straight allies, there to support their peers. “Each…

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As the U.S. and countries around the world celebrate gay pride this month, Mahoganie Gaston wants to get out the word that Dallas ISD has its own program to support LGBTQ students. As coordinator of the district’s LGBTQ Youth Services, one question guides her daily work: How do we make our campuses inclusive for LGBTQ students? Gaston, who joined the district seven years ago as a coordinator in the Homeless Education Department, was tasked in 2019 with helping high schools provide outreach and support to students via Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs), campus groups that aim to create a safe, welcoming, and…

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Did you know that Pre-K through second-grade students in Dallas ISD have been using technology in their class work since the start of the current school year? With iPads distributed by the district’s IT Department, and a partnership with Apple that provides two Professional Learning Specialists, the district’s Early Learning Department has been supporting professional development and training for teachers, families and students—as young as Pre-K through 2nd grade—to integrate the use of technology into classroom work. Some of that phenomenal work will be showcased in the department’s upcoming Early Learning Digital Palooza, and submissions of technology creations by students,…

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