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Fall Quarter

NEA-Dallas Board of Directors
President Delna Bryan
Vice President Sheila Walker
VP of Teacher Affairs Hope Lee
VP of DISD ESPs Carmen Behrend

Greetings for the first Fall Quarter Newsletter published by NEA-Dallas and Stockard Middle teacher is Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year
sent electronically as we move right along into the new era! BY THE HUB ON AUGUST 27, 2018
This is my second year on this journey with you. We are aboard the Midday
Express Train with 156,00 of the brightest and most gifted students that
we have in Dallas ISD. We embarked on a marvelous train ride a warm
August morning to start our travel along the highways and byways of all
the sectors of our great city: Dallas.
The third time was a charm for Beth Poquette Drews.
We say a big Welcome to the employees who came over to the new Dallas
Drews was a finalist for Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year three times, in 2013,
ISD Transportation Service! It was a joy to see the painting on the buses 2017 and 2018, winning the honor this past year. But the accolades don’t
identifying them as part of our educational community. Thank you one and stop there.
all who took the leap from other districts to be with us as you transport our She is the Region 10 Secondary Teacher of the Year, representing Dallas ISD
students to our hallowed halls of instruction! Your smiling faces are the teachers and those from the 143 public, private and charter school districts
first educators that our students see every morning, rain or shine on their served by the regional organization.
way to school. Yours are the last faces that they see every evening as you “What I enjoy most about teaching is getting to be part of my students
take them safely back home. Thank you for the giving and sharing of lives as they grow up into young men and women,” Drews said. “I
yourself to help all the students get to/and from school safely! especially like to hear about the accomplishments of my former students
The train is moving along at a clip speed as it picks up momentum with the and how their participation in Fine Arts classes influenced their careers and
first Six Weeks already in our history books. The grades are well recorded. their life.”
Now, we pause at the Texas State Fair stop for some entertainment. Oh, As a teacher in Dallas ISD for 17 years, this is her fifth year teaching at L.V.
the rides, the smell of those unique foods that we eat only at the fair once Stockard Middle School, where she leads classes in mariachi, orchestra and
guitar for students in grades 6-8.
a year, and the friends we meet there! What fun! Walking out of the fair to
“Teaching is an incredibly challenging profession and every day the
the train station brings us even closer to realizing our dreams: that of
talented teachers of North Texas surpass these challenges,” she said. “I am
educating each and every one of them.
honored to represent the teachers of Dallas ISD and Region 10 as their
From there we hop back on to the coaches to continue the ride to the
Teacher of the Year.”
successful education that we hope our students to have. The Midday Drews’ husband Chris Drews is the music teacher at Leslie A. Stemmons
Express Train picks up speed once more for the celebrations of Día de los Elementary School, which is a special bond they share. “I like being able to
Muertos, Halloween, and Thanksgiving! We wish each and everyone the ‘talk shop’ with Chris and he so understanding of all my performances with
happiest of those celebrations with your loved ones. my students,” she said. “He is a phenomenal teacher as well.”
Let us join hands in unity as educators one and all in this new experience
for the 2018-2019 school year. We will communicate and collaborate with 10-secondary-teacher-of-the-year/
all of our friends via this exciting and innovative format of the new “look”
for our newsletters.
Best wishes to all! Go to the Polls
Delna October 27, 2018
10 am – 6 pm
Martin Luther King Recreation Center
2922 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, TX 75215

The NEA-Dallas October 2018 General Membership Meeting will be held at the
Go to the Polls event from 10 am – 12 pm at the Martin Luther King Recreation
Center. (Look for the NEA-Dallas Tent)

Be on the look out for the Winter Celebration being held in December 2018.
Date, time, and location to be determined

10/4/18 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am
10/8/18 Parent Conferences (Grades 9-12) NEA-Dallas
10/9/18 Parent Conferences (Grades 6-8) 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
Dallas, Texas 75206
10/11/18 Parent Conferences (Grades PreK – 5)
10/12/18 Elementary Fair Day Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
10/18/18 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm Lunch Break 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
10/19/18 Secondary Fair Day [Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
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11/1/18 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am
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11/10/18 NEA-Dallas General Membership Meeting @10 am
11/15/18 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
Vote Education First
Thanksgiving Break
If we, as educators, do not cast our votes
11/29/18 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am
based on a candidate’s position on education issues, who will?
Our votes – or our failure to vote - will decide what student
success and education policy look like today, tomorrow and in
the future. Here’s what’s at stake:
12/13/18 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
• Better funding for public schools or state funds for
12/3-7/18 STAAR Testing private school vouchers
12/20/18 Student Holiday / Staff Development • Freedom to teach and learn or teaching to the test
12/21/18-1/4/19 Winter Break • Smaller class sizes or crowded classrooms
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Trustees approve $33 million in raises for teachers, support staff and
Dallas ISD announces several interim leadership changes
central staff
Dallas ISD officials announced on Friday several interim leadership changes to
The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees on Aug. 23 unanimously approved up to $33.3
ensure the district is positioned for continued significant progress.
million in salary increases for eligible teachers, campus leaders and non-
The position of Deputy Superintendent, which had been held by Israel Cordero
instructional staff.
prior to his resignation on Sept. 20, will become the Chief of Strategic Initiatives.
The district is able to fund the salary increases after receiving higher-than-
Brian Lusk, who has a long history of success in Dallas ISD and most recently
expected revenue from property taxes.
served as Dallas ISD Deputy Chief of School Leadership, will serve as Acting
The salary increases will go toward:
Chief of Strategic Initiatives. Through this position, Lusk will supervise the Office
Employees that are eligible for salary modification TEI/Teachers: $16.1 million
of Transformation and Innovation and the Collegiate Academies. Lusk will
(includes benefits)
report to the superintendent.
• Eligible teachers at Progressing II and above based on their 2018-19
Meanwhile, Jolee Healy has been appointed to replace Lusk as Acting Deputy
earned Effectiveness Level will receive the greater value of a 2-
Chief of School Leadership. Healey also has a long history of success in Dallas
percent salary increase or any earned Effectiveness Level change
ISD, most recently as the Dallas ISD Assistant Superintendent who oversees the
• Performance Based Retention Increase – removed due to minimum
Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Program. Healy in her new role will still
of 2-percent increases for eligible groups.
oversee the ACE program and LEAD.
• A revised salary level for Progressing I from $51,000 to $52,000 to
The other interim leadership changes are:
align with the Novice Teacher introductory rate
• Healy will hire a new executive director to assist her with the ACE
• Eligible High School ROTC instructors will receive a salary increase of
2 percent
• Dr. Ivonne Durant, the Dallas ISD Chief Academic Officer, will now
• For teachers new to Dallas ISD, placement on the 2018-19 modified
report directly to Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and assume
Teacher Introductory Compensation Schedule to ensure market
responsibility for Title I and the Career and Technical Education
• All teacher salary changes will be reflected in the October 2018
• Dallas ISD Chief of Staff Pam Lear will assume responsibility for the
Dallas ISD Government Relations Department;
Principals and Assistant Principals: $3.9 million (includes benefits)
• Dallas ISD Chief of Communications Toni Cordova will assume
• For eligible employees evaluated under the Principal and/or Assistant
responsibility for the Volunteers and Partnership Services
Principal Excellence Initiatives, the earned Effectiveness Level or the
modified Effectiveness Levels based on market adjustment (if
• Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie Elizalde will assume
responsibility for the Districtwide Advisory Committee.
• Implementation of an APEI and PEI salary schedule for Magnet
• All Principals/Assistant Principals will receive the new compensation
in October 2018 check Trustees call for tax ratification election
All Eligible Non-Instructional, Operations, Counselors, Media Specialists, Central,
The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees approved bringing a tax ratification election to
Technical, Non- TEI Instructional Support and Support Staff: $13.3 million voters in November that, if approved, would fund strategic initiatives that
(includes benefits) support students.
• For other eligible employees, the Board approved salary increase for If approved by voters, the TRE would provide an additional $126 million every
2018-2019 of 3 percent year to support:
• A revised hiring schedule for Media Specialist to align with updated ▪ Early Learning
Teacher Introductory Compensation Schedule ▪ Racial Equity
• A revised salary schedule for Police Officers and Telecommunicators ▪ Schools of Choice
to align with the 3% increase ▪ Strategic Compensation
• All Dallas ISD Transportation must be hired on or before August 23, Election Day is Nov. 6, and Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the
2018 to be eligible election.
What is a Tax Ratification Election (TRE)?
• All other staff must be hired prior to December 31, 2017 to be eligible
A TRE is a special election called by a school district’s board of trustees that asks
for the increase voters to approve an increase in its maintenance and operating (M&O) tax rate.
• All eligible monthly staff in this category will receive the new Since 2008, Dallas ISD has maintained an M&O tax rate of $1.04. The TRE would
compensation in September 15, 2018 paycheck increase the M&O tax rate by 13 cents to $1.17. This would raise property taxes
• All eligible bi-weekly staff in this category will receive the new for the average homeowner—which is an $185,000 home—by $20 a month. The
compensation in September 21, 2018 paycheck TRE would not affect taxpayers 65 years or older or those who are disabled if
they have a frozen tax levy.
Of the 38 area districts in Dallas and Collin counties, 25 have passed a TRE. Since
2006, more than 500 Texas school districts have called a TRE.
District gains
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Dallas ISD, Toyota and SMU collaborate to support future STEM- Here are some other education issues to remember on Election Day
focused school in West Dallas BY TSTA IN THE FALL 2018 ADVOCATE
• Healthcare – Rising insurance premiums continue to erode educator
Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), Toyota USA Foundation and
paychecks and retirees’ pensions. TSTA has endorsed candidates who will
SMU have joined together to collaborate on the creation of a new and
work to relieve those costs.
innovative STEM-focused school in west Dallas.
• Pensions – Market conditions recently required the Teacher Retirement
The aim is to inspire and prepare students for the next generation of STEM jobs
through curricula that is project-based and business-aligned. System Board of Trustees to lower the assumed rate of return on the
“This is an exciting opportunity for our students and families of west Dallas educators’ pension fund. This means the Legislature will raise contributions.
as this unique public private partnership comes together,” said Dallas ISD Will educator-members take a large hit, or will the state increase its share?
Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “STEM jobs are the wave of the future, and When will retirees get another cost of living adjustment? And will efforts to
Toyota and SMU’s contribution is a major investment in shaping the next replace the TRS defined-benefit pension with a risky defined-contribution,
generation. This is a significant shift in education, and we’re grateful to these 401(k)-style plan be successful? Answers to those questions will depend on
incredible partners.” who is elected Nov. 6.
Toyota USA Foundation is granting $2 million to SMU’s Annette Caldwell • Dues deductions – Another effort will be made to repeal the right of
Simmons School of Education and Human Development, which will develop educators and other public employees to have their membership dues in
curricula, advise on state-of-the-art educational practices, provide professional TSTA and other organizations automatically deducted from their pay. The
development for teachers, coordinate nonprofits operating in the area, and Senate has approved previous efforts, but TSTA and other employee
monitor and evaluate the program. The future school will be operated and groups have killed the bill in the House. What happens to the bill next year
staffed by the Dallas ISD. The Office of Transformation and Innovation will co-
also will depend on election results.
facilitate the design of the school in collaboration with School Leadership.
• Teacher turnover, moonlighting, and school supplies – About half of
The collaboration will also bring together nonprofits, including groups already
beginning teachers leave the profession within five years, primarily
working with Dallas ISD through the SMU Simmons School program, The School
because of low pay. Four of every 10 teachers who stick it out will be
Zone, as well as Toyota Motor North America and Toyota Financial Services’
partners to address community issues like literacy, nutrition, transportation and moonlighting during this school year to make ends meet, according to
after–school care – each vital to creating successful outcomes for the TSTA’s updated Teacher Moonlighting and Morale Survey. And Texas
community. teachers, on average, are spending $738 a year on classroom supplies for
“Collectively, our goal is to create a brighter future for students, help families which they are not reimbursed.
become more resilient, and create a community and school model that can be • A-F school grading system – Only school districts got A-F letter grades
replicated,” said Mike Goss, president of Toyota USA Foundation. “We want to this year under the state’s new accountability system. Predictably, the
help increase access to opportunity, connecting students to the millions of wealthiest districts got the best grades while districts with large numbers
STEM jobs that exist today, and the many more that will be created as industry of low-income students got most of the Ds and Fs. TSTA believes that also
advances.” will happen next year when individual campuses are assigned letter grades
This partnership developed as a result of numerous requests from the for the first time. TSTA will continue fighting in next year’s legislative
community for STEM offerings within the Pinkston High School feeder pattern. session to get the law changed. The grades are largely determined by
“This partnership advances our efforts currently underway in west Dallas, with a STAAR test scores, which are an incomplete and misleading way to
holistic approach that lifts the community and provides opportunity for
measure student success. And as Noel Candelaria pointed out, the A-F
students,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Evidence-based education is
system was “designed by the governor and the legislative majority to pass
the foundation for everything we do in the Simmons School, and we look
the blame for their own (school funding) failures to children and
forward to the opportunity to provide resources and research that underscore
the success of the school.”
Following an inclusive planning phase, the next two academic years will focus
on curriculum and professional development for faculty. Elected leaders can address these issues and strengthen public schools, but
“Everything is still on the table, including decisions about curricula and which only if educators elect pro-public education leaders.
wrap-around services will be provided through the school by community
partners,” said SMU Simmons School Dean Stephanie L. Knight. “This Vote Education First!
announcement is meant to let all the stakeholders, parents included, know that
we want their input at every level as we move forward.”
The school will begin a phased opening beginning fall 2021.

New principal selection process to attract, prepare, develop and
retain the best educators
Dallas ISD School Leadership has developed a new principal pipeline strategy
focused on attracting, preparing, developing and retaining the best educators.
Coordinating with internal and external partners, the Leader Excellence,
Advancement and Development program, or LEAD, will spearhead several key
initiatives for the district. LEAD’s first initiative this year is to revise the principal
selection process, ensuring the highest quality leaders and best-fit candidates
for all schools will be identified and selected. This new process launched on
Sept. 1.