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Teacher Excellence Intiative

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

Staff questions about TEI answered during live forum

Questions from teachers about the Teacher Excellence Initiative were answered by Superintendent Mike Miles; Assistant Superintendent Milan Sevak, Strategic Leadership; and Assistant Superintendent Cecilia Oakeley, Evaluation and Assessment. The panel answered questions that had been previously submitted and those that were received during the forum. Teachers who still have questions about TEI can send them to

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