Author: Tina Pania

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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