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It’s Tuesday morning, and a group of students at the My First STEM Camp at Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez are building a bridge out Legos based on renderings they drew on a piece of paper.

Meanwhile, over at the Mad Science Camp at Anne Frank Elementary School, groups of students are experimenting with a 3D printer, coding and enjoying hands-on lessons about plants.

The summer camps held in partnership with the Dallas ISD Extended Learning Opportunities Department and Dallas ISD STEM Department are making learning fun through hands-on activities.

“STEM education is fundamental to the development of students, so it’s critical we offer fun, interactive STEM camps over the summer,” said Dallas ISD STEM Manager Crystal Alexander.

“We are proud to help provide high-quality, interactive and engaging summer camps for our students,” added Lori Mangrum Griffin, director of the Extended Learning Opportunities Department.

Dallas ISD partners with Mad Science for many of the STEM summer camps. Mad Science Chief Scientist Deepa Pulianda said it’s important to reach children early with STEM education

“Students will never forget a lesson when they are having fun,” Pulianda said. “It’s crucial we involve and collaborate with the students to understand different concepts.”

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Texas state law requires students to be fully vaccinated against specified diseases by the first day of school, which in Dallas ISD is Monday, Aug. 19. That means now is the perfect time to avoid the long lines of the back-to-school rush at clinics and medical facilities across the city.

Students enrolling in Dallas ISD for the first time must provide proof of the required immunizations in the form of official records from a physician or health clinic.

Low-cost immunizations are available for eligible students at Dallas ISD’s Youth and Family Centers and at Dallas County’s health clinics. For information, visit this webpage or call 972-502-4190 for the location near you.

Parkland and Dr. Spot, the Mobile Pediatric Van, will be at the Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Administration Building the week of Aug. 12 for vaccination outreach as parents enroll.

Additionally, free immunizations for schoolchildren will be available during the Dallas Mayor’s Back to School Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Fair Park.

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Seven additional schools will offer the two-way dual language program this school year, providing more opportunities for students to learn to read, write and speak in two languages.

In this program, English speakers can learn Spanish and Spanish speakers can learn English. Students grow to become biliterate and bilingual while gaining high academic achievement and cross-cultural competence. Dallas ISD now has 68 schools that offer the two-way dual language program.

Over the course of a day in a two-way dual language program, students that speak and students that are learning to speak English are taught together certain subjects (such as science) in Spanish and other subjects (such as math) in English. The classrooms aim to have a fairly even split of students who speak English and are learning to speak English.

“These students can think like a scientist in Spanish, then turn around and solve a complicated math problem in English: it just blows you out of the water to watch,” said Cloris Rangel, the Dallas ISD Director of Bilingual Programs.  “Being bilingual and biliterate gives these students a huge leg up not just in school, but in their lives well beyond graduation.”

Campuses to start offering the two-way dual language program for 2019-2020:

  • Montessori Academy at Onesimo Hernandez
  • John W. Carpenter Elementary
  • Trinity Heights School for the Talented and Gifted
  • Mark Twain School for the Talented and Gifted
  • Frederick Douglass Elementary
  • Sam Houston Elementary
  • Bethune Elementary

H.S. Thompson Elementary will also offer the program when the school reopens, scheduled for January 2020.

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La Oficina de Transformación e Innovación (OTI) de Dallas ISD ha lanzado una iniciativa para aumentar la innovación en las escuelas de la comunidad.

El programa “Innovation Engine Grant” otorgará $50,000 cada año a hasta 20 escuelas de la comunidad para ayudarlas a explorar y poner en práctica modelos educativos innovadores. Aquellos equipos escolares interesados pueden ingresar a esta página para más información y presentar una solicitud antes del 6 de septiembre. “Este programa tiene como propósito ampliar e intensificar la innovación en las escuelas de la comunidad del distrito”, dijo la gerente a cargo de desarrollo estratégico en la oficina OTI, Courtney Rogers.

En julio y agosto, el departamento de OTI llevará a cabo tres sesiones informativas en el Linus D. Wright Administration Building, ubicado en el 9400 N. Central Expressway, para explicar más sobre el programa.

Las escuelas podrán utilizar los fondos de distintas maneras con el fin de apoyar la innovación en sus planteles. Por ejemplo, podrán crear un espacio para el aprendizaje social y emocional o brindar capacitación para el personal sobre estrategias de enseñanza de próxima generación.

El programa nuevo de subvenciones se presenta justo cuando el Departamento de OTI se prepara para el año escolar 2019–2020 en el que ocho planteles escolares adicionales se convertirán en escuelas de innovación. Las ocho escuelas nuevas de innovación seguirán uno de dos modelos académicos: Aprendizaje Personalizado, que se concentra en los intereses del estudiante, sus talentos y metas; o STEAM que se enfoca en Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería, Arte y Matemáticas.

“Tenemos el compromiso de acelerar la innovación en Dallas ISD, razón por la que seguimos presentando más opciones académicas y programas de innovación que estén al alcance de las familias”, indicó Angie Gaylord, jefa adjunta de la Oficina de Transformación e Innovación de Dallas ISD.

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Dallas ISD AP Biology teachers recently attended a three-day Advanced Placement Biology Laboratory Institute sponsored by Advanced Academic Services.

AP Biology teachers had to meet certain requirements and obtain principal approval to attend this specialized training.

This three-day summer professional development took place at Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College from June 24-26.  Teachers performed inquiry-based laboratory investigations, collaborated on best practices, and learned instructional strategies for implementing the new curriculum resources from the AP College Board.

At the end of the training, teachers received the following lab equipment funded by the Office of Racial Equity and Advanced Academic Services:

  • 12 AP Biology Lab Kits
  • Fluorescent Plant Light and Stand
  • Deluxe Electrophoresis Chamber with mini power supply
  • 2-Vernier Lab Quests with probes
  • AP Biology Vernier Lab Manual
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The Dallas ISD Office of Transformation and Innovation has launched a new initiative to expand innovation in neighborhood schools.

The Innovation Engine Grant Program will annually award up to 20 neighborhood schools $50,000 in seed money to help them explore and implement innovative education models. Interested school teams can go here to learn more and apply by the Sept. 6 deadline.

“The purpose of this program is to deepen and expand innovation in neighborhood schools throughout the District,” OTI Strategic Development Manager Courtney Rogers said.

The OTI Department is hosting three information sessions about the program in July and August at the Linus D. Wright Administration Building, 9400 N. Central Expressway.

From creating a space for social and emotional learning to training staff on next generation instructional strategies, the schools can use the funding in a variety of ways to support innovation on their campus.

The new grant program comes as the OTI Department readies for the 2019–2020 school year that will see eight additional Dallas ISD neighborhood campuses become innovation schools. The eight new innovation schools will have one of two academic models: Personalized Learning, which focuses on a student’s interests, talents and goals; and STEAM, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

“We are committed to accelerating innovation in Dallas ISD by bringing more educational choices and innovative programs into our families’ backyards,” said Angie Gaylord, Dallas ISD Deputy Chief of Transformation and Innovation.

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Shannon Trejo ha sido nombrada jefa adjunta de la división académica del distrito. Desde octubre de 2017, Trejo fungió como superintendente asistente de Lenguaje, Alfabetización y Ciencias Sociales de Dallas ISD. En dicho puesto, lideró seis departamentos—Dislexia/504, Lectura y Artes del Lenguaje, Ciencias Sociales, Lenguaje Dual y Servicios para Aprendices de Inglés, Idiomas del Mundo, y Sistemas de Apoyo de Múltiples Niveles—y se centró en la creación e implementación de un currículo a nivel de distrito.

Trejo es graduada de la Universidad de Texas en Austin con un título en Aprendizaje y Desarrollo Aplicado y una especialización en Español. Asimismo, obtuvo su maestría en Administración Educativa de la Universidad de Texas en Arlington y tiene previsto comenzar un programa de doctorado en un futuro inmediato.

Trejo cuenta con 28 años de experiencia en el campo de la educación en varias funciones, entre ellas haber sido maestra bilingüe, directora, trabajo en las oficinas centrales en el desarrollo de currículo y supervisión de directores, y consultora de alfabetización y aprendizaje profesional de prekínder al 12º grado.

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Recientemente, Silvia Salinas fue nombrada directora ejecutiva interina del Departamento de Deportes, la primera mujer en desempeñar dicho cargo en Dallas ISD. Salinas cuenta con 27 años en el ramo de la educación y ha trabajado en la administración deportiva durante 16 años.

En su familia hay una tradición larga educativa y por ello, obtuvo un título en ciencias del deporte y ejercicio de Southwest Texas State University y una maestría en administración de deportes de Northwestern State University. Asimismo, obtuvo un doctorado en educación superior y administración de deportes de la Universidad del Norte de Texas.

Salinas comenzó su carrera enseñando matemáticas y entrenando a los estudiantes que participaban en campo traviesa y atletismo en Lockhart, Texas. En 1996, fue maestro y también entrenó a los alumnos en Skyline High School para después trasladarse a Northwestern State University, en Natchitoches, Louisiana. En el 2000, volvió a Dallas ISD para ser maestra en Bryan Adams High School y Richland College, y después en W.T. White High School, para posteriormente ser directora asistente del Departamento de Deportes.

Salinas es administradora de deportes certificada (CAA) a través de la National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). También, es miembro de la Texas Girls Coaches Association, Texas High School Coaches Association, Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, y vicepresidente del National Football Foundation’s Gridiron Club of Dallas.

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La Junta Escolar de Dallas ISD aprobó cambiar el nombre de varias escuelas e instalaciones del distrito durante la reunión de junio.

Los cambios son los siguientes:

  • Eduardo Mata Elementary School ahora se llama Eduardo Mata Montessori School
  • Roger Q. Mills School for the Talented and Gifted es Trinity Heights Gifted and Talented
  • Henry B. González Elementary School es conocida como Henry B. González Personalized Learning Academy
  • Rosemont International Language Preparatory Middle School es Rosemont Upper
  • Rosemont Elementary School es Rosemont Lower – Chris V. Semos Building
  • El Conference Center at Turney W. Leonard Governance and Training Center ahora se conoce como Ada L. Williams Governance Room
  • El estadio de béisbol en Skyline High School ahora lleva el nombre Tony Tovar Jr. Stadium
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In order to prepare students for the rigor of Advanced Placement coursework, Advanced Academic Services is sponsoring an AP Summer Boot Camp for any student enrolled in AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language, and AP Human Geography for the 2019-2020 school year.  Students will build on writing and math skills, develop content knowledge, and learn AVID strategies to navigate through the coursework.  The AP Summer Boot Camp will be held at:

Wilmer-Hutchins High School

July 29-August 2, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Students who attend AP Summer Boot Camp will receive the following materials:

  • Test prep workbooks
  • School supplies
  • Planners

To ensure your space, complete registration ASAP at https://tinyurl.com/APBootCampDallasISD.

Lunch and bus transportation will be provided.

For more information, please contact Kimberly Clark at kiclark@dallasisd.org, 972-925-6745; or Caprinia Taylor at ctaylor@dallasisd.org, 972-925-8985.

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