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April Calendar of Events

4/2/16

TO SUBSCRIBER NAME:

DISD Teacher Job Fair – 9 am to 12 pm
Ellis Davis Field House
9191 S. Polk St. 75232
(next job fair is May 7th)

4/4-8/16

Pre-Kindergarten Registration Week

4/5/16

Community Conversation with the
Superintendent – 6 pm – 7pm

Pre-kindergarten registration for Fall 2016 at:
www.dallasisd.org/prek


Bryan Adams HS Feeder schools
2101 Milmar, 75228

4/7-9/16

TSTA House of Delegates Convention

4/11/16

Inclement Weather Day

4/14/16

Dallas ISD Board Briefing @11:30 am

4/19/16

DCS Board Meeting – 1 pm

El Paso, Texas
El Camino Real Hotel, El Paso, TX
NEA-Dallas

APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
Autism was reported to have affected 1 in 68 children in 2014 by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.
When people refer to “Autism” today, they are usually talking about Autism Spectrum
Disorders (ASD), which are five complex, brain-based disorders that affect a person’s
behavior as well as social and communication skills. The Centers for Disease Control
describes ASDs as: “developmental disabilities that cause substantial impairments in social
interaction and communication and the presence of unusual behaviors and interests. Many
people with ASDs also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, and reacting to
different sensations. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASDs can vary—
from gifted to severely challenged. An ASD begins before the age of 3 and lasts throughout
a person’s life.”
Autism is four times more likely to affect boys than girls, and is found in all racial, ethnic,
and social groups. There is no known single cause for autism, although the best available
science points to important genetic components. Through twin studies, scientists have
determined that autism is a genetically based condition.
On a nationwide level, the Puzzle Piece symbol reflects the mystery and complexity of
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also, since every puzzle piece is different in some way,
a puzzle piece accurately represents the diversity of the individuals affected. In addition to
the puzzle piece, the official color for National Autism Awareness Month is a bright
royal blue.

4/28/16

North Dallas HS Feeder schools
3120 N. Haskell Ave., 75204

DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm

DISD 2015-2016 SUMMER SCHEDULE for CENTRAL STAFF:

Central Staff employees will work a four-day work week and the District will
close on Fridays during a portion of the summer. Central office hours during
the summer will be 7am until 6pm, Monday through Thursday.

Monthly Employees – employees paid monthly will work the four-day
work week from June 6 through August 5, 2016 and resume their
regular work hours on August 8, 2016.

Biweekly Employees – employees paid biweekly will work a four-day
work week from June 10 through July 28, 2016, NOT working on June
10th if they participate in the four-day. They will resume their regular
work schedule July 29, 2016.

The District will be closed for Summer Break from July 5 – 8, 2016.
Unless otherwise approved by your Chief, employees are not allowed
to work for pay while the District is closed. July 4 th is a holiday, and
employees will report back to work on July 10th.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND supervisors may require employees to change their
daily work schedule, work overtime and/or work on Fridays for operational
needs, instead of adhering to the summer schedule. It is the employee’s
responsibility to consult the supervisor for the start, end, and lunch times for
their daily work schedule during the summer.
NEA-DALLAS WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS FROM
JUNE 5 – AUGUST 5, 2016 and JULY 5 - 8, 2016. Our summer office
hours will be 8:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. TSTA will
still be able to be reached 7am – 7pm at 1-877-ASK-TSTA, Monday – Friday.

NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2016

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High
School, winner of athletics grant

IN THIS ISSUE:
A Message from the President
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By NEA-Dallas

Community Conversation with the
Superintendent – 6 pm – 7pm

“SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU,
BIG ENOUGH TO SERVE YOU.”

NEA-Dallas Board of Directors
President
Angela Davis
Vice President
Mary D. Smith
VP of Teacher Affairs
Delna Bryan
VP of DISD ESPs
Sheila Walker
VP of DCS ESPs
John Luster
Secretary
Diane Birdwell
Treasurer
Peggy Rodgers-Pickron

NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program
Brandon Watson – (512) 520-7248
bwatson@calcas.com

NEA-Dallas

www.TSTA.org
www.NEA.org

6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
Dallas, Texas 75206

www.neadallas.com
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
[Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

We are happy to announce that California Casualty Insurance has
selected two high schools in Texas to receive a California Casualty
Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant (TRBAG) award for the 2015-2016
academic year: Coronado High School - Lubbock (soccer) and
Thomas Jefferson High School – Dallas (boys track). Each school is
receiving $1000 for the sports programs mentioned. Our AR at
Thomas Jefferson HS is Delna Bryan. (Picture to follow in next month’s issue.)
In the last four years, Texas public high school sports programs have
received at total of $8,500 in grant awards.

NEA ESP Conference in Florida

Open Transfer Period
The Open Transfer Period is ongoing. See the timeline,
eligibility requirements and criteria an employee must meet
to request a transfer.

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ESP Highlight: Transportation Services
A peek into the transportation services profession and a few
fun facts about it.

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By NEA-Dallas

NEA-Dallas President Angela Davis attended the ESP conference in
Lake Buena Vista, Florida last month being afforded the opportunity
to learn valuable educational support information regarding the
entire school and community working together as a unit for the
betterment of students in the public school system.
Pictured below, Ms. Davis was able to meet children’s book author and
former United States President Bill Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

April AR Spotlight
Find out why David Griffin & Annie Garmon were chosen to
be in the spotlight as Association Representatives.

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END of the YEAR CELEBRATION
Our annual celebration/recognition at the end of the school
year. Be sure to RSVP TODAY! See article for details!

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District Summer Hours Schedule
Malinda McKee
TSTA Staff
(214) 923-2768 – cell
malindam@tsta.org

E.J. Stewart
Office Manager
(214) 821-2061
officemanager@logixonline.com

Central staff hourly and biweekly employee schedules and
hours.

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April is Autism Awareness Month
A brief definition of autism, its nationally recognized symbol
and color.

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A Message from the
President

Want to volunteer for Dallas ISD for any school in any
department? Attend and upcoming orientation:
April 12th – 8:30 am – 9:30 am | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dallas ISD Administrations Building
3700 Avenue, Dallas, Texas

By Angela Davis
Although the Texas weather makes it
difficult to decipher, believe it or not we
are actually in the spring season! I
trust everyone had a restful and
recuperating spring break and Easter
holiday weekend. Now our students
are STAAR testing, and, amazingly
enough we are assiduously moving toward the end of the 2015-2016 school
year.

Get more information by contacting:

Volunteer and Partnership Services
Phone: 972-925-5440
Email: volunteer@dallasisd.org

OPEN TRANSFER PERIOD IS ONGOING
DISD Human Capital Management
The Open Transfer process allows current DISD teachers, counselors, and media
specialists, who meet the guidelines outlined below, to accept a new position at another
campus for the following school year without approval from the employee’s current
principal. During the remainder of the school year, a transfer must be approved by both
receiving and sending Principals and Executive Directors.
TIMELINE
The Open Transfer period for the upcoming school year will be March 8, 2016 through
April 22, 2016. The transfer application will be available starting March 2, in order to help
principals build a pool of applicants. HCM will begin accepting principal
recommendations when the period officially opens on March 8. The deadline for
recommendations is 5 p.m. on April 22, 2016. Employees interested in that qualify for
transfer must apply on the open transfer application at:

http://www.applitrack.com/dallasisd/onlineapp/default.aspx
ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible for an open transfer, teachers must meet the following criteria:

Hold a valid Texas Teacher Certificate in the requested subject-area vacancy

Meet “Highly Qualified” NCLB standards for the position

Must not be on a growth plan or have an Unsatisfactory rating on previous TEI
evaluation

Must not be entering their fourth year of an Alternative Certification Program

Must not be identified for non-renewal at the end of the current school year due
to performance

Must receive approval from Counseling Services – Counselors Only
NOTIFICATIONS
HCM will send email notifications of approval/denial throughout the open transfer period,
and notifications will be sent to the impacted employee, current and receiving Principals,
and respective Talent Partners.
Transfers are final when the employee receives an approval notification from HCM.
Any questions need to be directed to HCM at 972-925-4200, and a team member will
assist you.

ANNIE GARMON – Pat Raney SC / Bus Driver

DISD AR: David Griffin was
selected for April because he is an
AR that NEA-Dallas can depend
on and trust to attend meetings,
grow the organization, learn and
share with fellow members, and
serve wherever there is a need.
David has been an NEA-Dallas
board member for many years,
and continues to share the benefits
of belonging to NEA/TSTA/NEADallas with others each year.

Transportation Services

We get students to school on time. We greet
students first in the morning. We ensure the
safe operation of school vehicles.

We also understand that DISD employees are beginning to receive their
Proposed Nonrenewal letters. These letters begin a 15-day timeline to
request a hearing. It is important to know that if you do not want to resign,
you do not have to! If you have received a letter, but have not sent our office
a copy, please do so immediately. It will be forwarded to TSTA, and an
attorney will be assigned to you. Please call our office at 214-821-2061.

Esp.program@nea.org
www.nea.org/esp
nea.org/raiseyourhand
FAST FACTS:
* 81% of us work out of a central
facility that provides transportation
for a school district
* 47% work with special education
Students
* 69% work full-time
* 66% are female
* 73% are married
* The average age is 55
* We are 11% of the total NEA ESP
Membership

OUR JOBS INCLUDE:
* Bus Drivers
* Truck / Van Drivers
* Vehicle Mechanics
* Garage Workers
* Transportation Maintenance
Workers
* Non-managerial Supervisors

NEA’s Transportation Service ESPs Are:

Well trained and experienced. Eighty-nine percent are required
to have a commercial driver’s license. Eighty-one percent need
coursework for their jobs and 68 percent are required to have a
special certificate.
Committed to students and our careers. Forty-eight percent
have spent their own money to purchase food or school supplies
for students. Ninety-two percent plan to stay in the ESP field, and
86 percent plan to keep their present jobs until retirement. On
average, transportation service ESPs have been working in the
field for 12.5 years.
Active in the school community. Eight-two percent live in the
communities where they work. Twenty-four percent have
supported a local parent organization and 20 percent have
volunteered to read books to students.
Focused on safety. Ninety-three percent have job responsibilities
that involve promoting school safety. Ninety-four percent believe
bullying is a problem in their schools. Ninety-seven percent believe
that it is their job to intervene when bullying occurs and 93 percent
feel they have effective strategies for handling bullying situations.

END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION
2015-2016

DAVID GRIFFIN – Longfellow Academy / Paraprofessional

ESP HIGHLIGHT:

As a couple of updates, we would like for the participants of the TEI Class
Action Grievance to know we are still standing up and standing strong for you
as the suit heads to TEA for the Level III decision appeal. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact the TSTA attorneys involved.

I hope each of you continues to find daily successes, and I look forward to
seeing you at our End of the Year Celebration next month!


DCS AR: Annie Garmon is one of
our ARs at the Pat Raney Service
Center. As one of the three ARs at
her bus lot, she knows it is important
to keep in close contact with the
local office on any issues that may
be occurring at her worksite. She
works hard and is always available
as a liaison between organization
and member.

May 14th - Saturday
12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Old Mill Inn
(at Fair Park)

3611 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
NEA-Dallas members are cordially
invited to attend the annual End of
the Year Celebration! Come and
enjoy food, desserts, and door prize
drawings as we celebrate the ending of
the 2015-2016 school year.
Lunch will only be served from 12:15 – 12:45 pm.

Cost
NEA-Dallas Members – Free
+1 Guest/Non-Member - $20

NEA-Dallas thanks you for all you do!


Dallas ISD policy can be searched online.
o
Go to www.dallasisd.org.
o
Click on the tab “Board of Trustees.”
o
Click the link “Board Policy & Procedures.”
o
Scroll down to find & click the following link:
http://pol.tasb.org/Home/Index/361.
o
Search by policy name, keyword, or by
advanced search.
Dallas County Schools policy can be searched
online as well:
o
Go to www.dcschools.com.
o
Click the “Board” tab.
o
Click any policy link and search.

Are you retiring
this year &
planning to
attend?
Let us know
your name &
years of service,
& NEA-Dallas
can recognize
you at this
event!

Everyone MUST call or email to reserve a seat no later than
4:30 pm on Friday, May 6, 2016. No walk-ins will be allowed.
Lunch will ONLY be served within the 12:15-12:45 pm time
frame.
Only ONE guest/non-member per NEA-Dallas member is
allowed and prepaid by the 4:30 pm deadline on May 6, 2016.
All reservations are finalized in advance, therefore, no
payments can be accepted at the door. No exceptions.
Cash, checks and money orders made out to NEA-Dallas are
accepted by drop-off (by the above deadline), or you may mail
your payment to our office at 6500 Greenville Avenue, SUITE
520, Dallas, TX 75206, provided it is postmarked before the
deadline. We recommend you call to verify whether we
received your payment or not, to avoid confusion at check-in.
RSVP to E.J. Stewart, Office Manager at 214-821-2061 or
email: officemanager@logixonline.com