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Teacher Excellence Intiative


 ***IMPORTANT: Please contact us via email at if you have a question regarding DTR.  We will be responding to inquiries during the winter break. 
***DTR Invitations— Teachers eligible to undergo the Distinguished Teacher Review (DTR) will receive an email invitation to apply from the TEI team during the first three weeks in December.  DTR-eligible teachers will be notified in three waves.  Teachers who have met the minimum eligibility requirements as of 7:30 a.m. on December 1, 2014 will be notified via email on December 5th.   All other teachers (i.e. teachers who meet the minimum eligibility requirements as of midnight on December 7, 2014) will be notified via email on December 12th  or December 19th. If you have questions about the DTR process or any other TEI-related questions during the winter break, please contact

Dallas ISD’s Destination 2020 plan focuses on improving the quality of instruction and placing an effective teacher in front of every child. Without a comprehensive teacher effectiveness system, the district will not be able to accomplish its goals. The Teacher Excellence Initiative was designed with one primary objective: improving student learning by improving teacher effectiveness.

Through TEI, the district is building on research and emerging models to establish a three-pronged approach to ensuring teacher excellence:

  • Defining Excellence: The vision for effective teaching and how it is evaluated
  • Supporting Excellence: Differentiate professional learning for teachers
  • Rewarding Excellence: Teachers are compensated based on their professional growth and impact on student learning

TEI News

Teacher input helps shape the direction of TEI

Dallas ISD is committed to involving those for whom the Teacher Excellence Initiative was designed – the teacher. Also known as TEI, the plan is the district’s new system to identify, support and strategically compensate effective teachers.  Read the full article here.