Monthly Archives: December 2012

Why Can’t Johnny Write?

This blog has seen some interesting conversations over the last several days. Some comments stand out and beg for further discussion. “Manyeyes” made the following statement, on a thread dealing (mostly) with why students fail.  This commenter stated that one

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Dallas ISD Trustee Elections: To Run or Not to Run

A recurring theme in the comments on this blog is to “vote the trustees out.”  The assumption is that there is a better candidate to vote in.  Someone must be willing to step up to the plate and take on

Posted in Trustee Elections

The Myth of Failing Schools

When I read the words “failing school”, to say that my tail feathers are ruffled is an understatement.   Schools don’t fail, the children in them fail. If there are 600 kids in a school, there are 600 possible reasons for

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Dallas ISD Teacher Shortage – the Chicken or the Egg?

At the upcoming January board briefing, trustees will receive information on, and presumably discuss, a number of issues related to staffing. The Personnel Report lists employees that have left the district in the month of November, including over 30 staffers

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Happy Holidays – DISD Blog Celebrates 8 Months of Giving Voice to Teachers

Not to brag or get too excited but the end of the Mayan Calendar and the Winter Solstice also share the 8 month anniversary of this blog which commenced publication on May 21, 2012. We’ve asked our teachers for their favorite articles

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Foundation for Empowerment (FCE) released 3 papers:

1. Disruptive Change: Mike Miles and the Crisis In Dallas ISD, which has been prepared with consultation by education academics, extensive research, review of data and education literature, and meetings and interviews with people of Dallas holding varying and sometimes conflicting points of view;

2. Digging Into Data and Evidence: Mike Miles, Dallas ISD, and Trickle-Down Education Report, by Dr. Julian Vasquez Helig, Lindsay Redd, M.A. and Dr. Ruth Vail; and

3. The Challenge of Disruptive Leadership in Dallas ISD, by Decoteau J. Irby, Ph.D. and Matthew Birkhold, M.A.

"You will see from these papers that, after much research and discussion, we believe the current Superintendent lacks the pedagogical, leadership and integrity qualities necessary to lead Dallas ISD and recommend the Board terminate his contract."

Citizens wanting to speak at regular board meetings and briefings must sign up by calling Board Services at (972) 925-3720 no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the meeting.

Contact the Superintendent and Trustees:
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Superintendent Mike Miles
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Lew Blackburn, 1st Vice President
District 5
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(972) 925-3718
Oak Lawn, West Dallas, Wilmer, Hutchins and portions of East Oak Cliff

Miguel Solis, Board President
District 8
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(972) 925-3721
Love Field, Northwest Dallas, and Central Dallas

Eric Cowan
District 7
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North Central Oak Cliff and parts of West Dallas

Nancy Bingham
District 4
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Southeast Dallas, Seagoville, Balch Springs

Elizabeth Jones, 2nd Vice President
District 1
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(972) 925-3722
Northwest Dallas, including North Dallas, Addison, parts of Carrollton and Farmers Branch

Mike Morath
District 2
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North and Near East Dallas

Dan Micciche, Board Secretary
District 3
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Northeast Dallas

Joyce Foreman
District 6
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email coming
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Southwest Dallas

Bernadette Nutall
District 9
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benutall@dallasisd.org
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South Dallas and parts of Downtown Dallas, Pleasant Grove, Deep Ellum, Uptown, and East Dallas

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