Welcome back, District 1, to a new year at Dallas ISD. I hope you all had a restful and healthy winter break. Because COVID continues to propagate in our community, we will continue our masking, social distancing, and quarantine protocols and reassess at spring break. We will also continue to share testing and vaccine opportunities for eligible staff and students and continue to maintain the cleaning and hygiene efforts on all our campuses.
As always, anyone who displays symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home and contact their health care provider.
Dallas ISD has the lowest teacher turnover rate in the DFW area.
On a very positive note, according to the Texas Education Agency in its annual report published in December, Dallas ISD retained teachers at a higher rate than the state and Region 10 districts. Dallas ISD also had the lowest turnover rate among other school systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. This is a direct result of the district’s initiatives to retain and recruit the best staff for our students, including our nationally recognized Teacher Excellence Initiative (TEI) and the retention incentive approved for the 2022-2023 school year. We’ll continue working hard to keep making Dallas ISD a great place to work!
Important events in January
The application period for the district’s choice programs is open until Monday, Jan. 31. Dallas ISD families have a wider variety of options to choose from, with over 100 choice schools and programs offered in our neighborhood and choice schools. To get more information on our academic offerings, visit www.dallasisd.org/choosedallasisd.
Also, on Saturday, Jan. 22, families will have the opportunity to participate in Dallas ISD’s 2022 STEM Expo. This free event will be held virtually this year and will feature a variety of exhibits in science, technology, engineering, and math, for students to engage in fun and academic experiences. To register and find more information, visit www.dallasisd.org/stem.
Core 4 is at the center of everything we do in Dallas ISD.
Culture is everything in an organization—it’s how we define our behaviors, beliefs, and values. In Dallas ISD, we focus on transforming student lives, having urgency for all, and being flexible in striving for the “yes” and friendly as we make memorable moments. These cultural tenets are known as the Core 4. The Core 4 tenets are at the core of all interactions among staff and with students, parents, and community members. They ensure that Dallas ISD’s culture promotes outstanding customer service, which translates into a positive learning environment where our students can be successful. If you have seen examples of the Core 4 culture tenets in your interactions with Dallas ISD, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January is Board Recognition Month
As part of School Board Recognition Month, I would like to recognize my fellow trustees who work with me on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees. As board members, we create policies for public schools and serve as a link between the community and the district. It is an honor to work with my fellow trustees to improve the lives and education of our students at Dallas ISD!
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Dallas ISD Trustee
Edwin Flores, District 1
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