Quality education is everybody's business. A dynamic public school system is essential to the prosperity and vitality of the community. The Dallas Independent School District's Partnership program is a vehicle that promotes involvement and interaction among entities of the Dallas community, parents and schools in order to prepare all students to graduate with the skills necessary to become productive and responsible citizens.
What can a partner do?
Partner groups can provide:
- Volunteers to serve as tutors, mentors, or readers
- Incentives for students/teachers for performance and attendance
- Internships or job shadowing opportunities for students/teachers
- Professional development and training for staff/administrators
- Teaching aids, supplies and equipment such as books, computers, audio/visual equipment, and other items
- Enrichment activities for after-school, spring/summer break programs
- Career counseling and job preparation services for middle and high school students
- In-kind services such as designing, printing, copying, refreshments, etc.
- Financial contributions to secure non-funded items such as playground equipment, professional development, Reading Is Fundamental materials, research projects or newspaper supplements
- Parent training sessions on-site for employee-parents, helping increase parental involvement
- Scholarships for students/teachers for academic and professional success
- Grants for school improvement plans or innovations in education
- Management consultants to administrators and teachers
- Retreats/events for schools, district departments, or the board of trustees
- Site visits to other districts to learn about innovations and reform efforts
- Renovation crews and supplies for classrooms or schools
- Corporate policies supporting parent-school-community collaboration
- Transportation for site visits, retreats, field trips, etc.
Partners can be:
- Speakers for classrooms presentations, school assemblies, or for community groups on behalf of the DISD
- Judges of student and teacher competitions
- Advisers with campus site-based decision-making committees or the superintendents advisory committees
- Tutors in reading, math, science and other academic areas
- Mentors for students who need a friend or for teachers and administrators who want to enhance their skills
- Readers in the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program at our schools
- Volunteers to help English as a Second Language (ESL) students learn and practice English
- Special attention volunteers for students in the dropout prevention program
- Advocates for public education, helping to communicate information about the district and working to secure funds for innovations and improvements