District Accolades -- 9/21/2017

September 21, 2017 Board Meeting

Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas Environmental Science Academy, and Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School were each named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools. This is one of the most prestigious designations in the country, and is a first for Obama. Rangel and DESA have received this honor before. Congratulations to these deserving schools.

Congratulations to the six teachers honored as Texas Instruments STEM Fellows. To qualify for this program, teachers must be eligible to become a Distinguished Teacher. The $10,000 prize includes $5,000 for professional development, technological classroom enhancements and $5,000 for a personal reward. The teachers are:

Marcelo Migoni, science teacher at Raul Quintanilla Sr. Middle School

Luis Araiza, math teacher at Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Steven Murray, math teacher at W.B. Travis Vanguard and Academy

Caitlin Hull, science teacher at Bryan Adams High School

Davide McLoda, robotics and science teacher at the School of Science and    


Chenay Taylor, math teacher at Skyline High School

Nearly 70 Dallas ISD teachers received Grants for Innovative Teaching from the Junior League of Dallas this week. The grants totaled more than $123,000, which will go to support innovation in Dallas ISD classrooms.

Dallas ISD has 12 students named as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program. The students are: Michael D. Gao, Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet; Adelle Jia, Solvay Linde, Julia M. McAulay, Jeremiah D. Reilly, and Jessica H. Wang, School for the Talented and Gifted; and Matthew B. Callahan, Yash A. Chandak, Daschel R. Cooper, Saumya Rawat, Raviraj J. Rege, Sasha Thomas, School of Science and Engineering.

Congratulations to Kramer Elementary School for earning a first of its kind IB distinction. Kramer became the first official International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme school in Dallas ISD. IB features challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessments. The curriculum includes teaching and learning opportunities that explore local and global issues, and opportunities to experience these in real-life contexts.

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation raised $82,000 on North Texas Giving Day. The foundation serves as a central point for fundraising, grants, scholarships and other programs and projects that support the schools in the Woodrow feeder pattern.

Eleven Dallas ISD teachers were selected from more than 325 applicants to receive a Teacher Classroom Supply Grant of $100 from the Blackburn Foundation.  The grant assists teachers with the expense of decorating their classrooms for their students.

A partnership between tech giant NEC and the Young Women’s Preparatory Network led to the donation of a second computer lab to Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School.

The global publisher of children’s literature, Scholastic, donated a library makeover complete with 3 books for every child and a visit by Clifford the Big Red Dog to Paul L. Dunbar Learning Center.

The international nonprofit Jiv Daya Foundation distributed sets of classroom Kindles to John Ireland, Thelma Richardson, San Jacinto, Urban Park, and Pleasant Grove Elementary.

The soccer team FC Dallas supported the Ann Richards Middle School computer science program with a donation of 90 Chromebooks and charge carts.