Dallas Independent School District

10/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2020 14:46

Dallas ISD News: Dallas ISD COVID-19 Update: Oct. 23

For Immediate Release: Oct. 23, 2020

DALLAS - Oct. 20 marked the one-year anniversary of the tornado that destroyed our campuses at Walnut Hill Elementary School, Cary Middle School and TJ High School. TJ Principal Sandi Massey and Walnut Hill Principal Phillip Potter recounted the accomplishments of their students and staff during a difficult period, as well as the successes and challenges they faced over the last year.

Early lessons from national study on Social and Emotional Learning released
Dallas ISD, Big Thought, Dallas Afterschool and Dallas Park and Recreation shared early lessons from a six-year study they are participating in called the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). This study, launched in 2016, seeks to gain knowledge on how to help children develop SEL skills.

Early analysis of the SEL Dallas initiative, which includes seven Dallas ISD elementary schools, indicates that these students have fewer disciplinary referrals, that campus culture is perceived to be more positive and that staff have fewer absences than non-SEL Dallas campuses.

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DBJ names Superintendent as one of the Most Inspiring Leaders of 2020
Dallas Business Journal has named Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa one of its Most Inspiring Leaders of 2020, citing his leadership navigating the school district's students, families, and employees through the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Congratulations!

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ELO department offers exciting after-school programs for students
The Dallas ISD Extended Learning Opportunities Department (ELO) offers after-school programs that are engaging, enriching, and empowering to keep students excited and wanting to attend each day, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of these activities, students at Ronald E. McNair enjoyed a virtual visit by Emma Rodgers, Bishop Arts Theatre Program Chair, and students from Alex Sanger and Victor H. Hexter elementary schools enjoyed infusing STEM into their daily art project, 'Making Electricity with Art'.

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