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Fall Quarter

NEA-Dallas Board of Directors

Vice President Sheila Walker
A fervent welcome to all the teachers, educational support staff, and VP of Teacher Affairs Hope Lee
administrators for the 2019 – 2020 school year at Dallas ISD! VP of DISD ESPs Carmen Behrend
Secretary Vivian Bryant
We are on our third train trip across this premier school district on the Twilight
Treasurer Angela Davis
Express of my triennium. Some of you might have been on both exciting rides of the
New Dawn Express and the Midday Express with me. I wholeheartedly Thank You
NEA-Dallas would like to congratulate our member Joan McCoo!!!
for joining me on this journey as we educated the future professionals of our great
Bryan Adams entrepreneurship teacher earns $15,000 cash prize and
$5,000 for her school
I, Delna Bryan, an AP Spanish Instructor at Young Men’s Leadership Academy @ BY THE HUB ON AUGUST 1, 2019INSIDE DALLAS ISD
Fred Florence Middle School with twenty plus years in this spectacular school The Gold Coast Room at the famed Drake Hotel in Chicago was abuzz with
district bid you warm welcome from the National Education Association - Dallas anticipation as dinner guests waited hear which of the national finalists in the 2019
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Model Teacher Challenge would be
named the winner. Moments earlier, there was a surprise announcement that the
Welcome to back to another challenging year as you teach with rigor and vigor the top prize in the annual challenge would now be known as the Steven J. Mariotti
young scholars that we have in our schools! Welcome to one of the most exciting Teacher Award, in honor of NFTE founder Steve Mariotti.
years that you will ever have whether you are at an elementary, middle or high As the names of the national finalists were called out, the teachers made their way
school in Dallas ISD! Welcome to one of the most electrifying years whether you are to the stage to collect their awards. Seven took the stage and were recognized for
excellence in teaching.
at a choice school, a comprehensive high school, an International Baccalaureate
There was a slight pause, then it was announced, “The 2019 Steven J. Mariotti
school, or a vanguard school! Teacher Award goes to, Joan McCoo of Bryan Adams High School, in Dallas, Texas!”
A very special welcome to all the bus drivers, the cafeteria workers, the custodians, The room erupted into applause.
the office workers…all the countless support staff that we need. We as teachers McCoo, a veteran entrepreneurship teacher from East Dallas, received a $15,000
and administrators could have no effective schools running without you! cash prize for herself and an additional $5,000 cash award for her school.
Throughout the coming school year, she will be meeting other NFTE teachers and
You are being welcomed to the second year of our electronic /quarterly Newsletters.
sharing best practices with her peers, doing her part to help equip classroom
This is our Fall Newsletter! Please be on the alert to other invitations on events for teachers with the tools they need to inspire and instill the entrepreneurial mindset
our organization that will come to you via your campus NEA- Dallas’ Association in their students.
Representative (AR), by campus mail, or by e-mail. “I have truly loved being an NFTE teacher for the past 12 years, and it’s an honor to
We are starting the year with close to 120,000 students at our 220 schools, and we be recognized by NFTE as a model teacher,” said McCoo. “Every child has an
entrepreneur inside of them just waiting to be brought out. That is why I’m so
are growing by leaps and bounds as we continue to give that quality instruction that
passionate about teaching the NFTE curriculum in my classroom. I’ve witnessed the
we all know will make the scholars successful. impact it has on my students, helping them succeed in school and in life.”
We, at NEA-Dallas welcome you to a very fast - paced school year where you will The Model Teacher Challenge was made possible through the support of the Diana
never be bored. In a few more weeks, it will be the end of the first Six Weeks, Parent Davis Spencer Foundation.
Conferences, as well as report cards being issued. Our energetic students will keep
you up and center stage motivating as well moving them through the academic
2019-2020 school year. In a wink of the eye it would be Fair Day, Thanksgiving!
WOW! Where are the days going? You are welcomed to visit our Headquarters at
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite # 520, Dallas 75206 at any time.
All Aboard! We are headed out with glee in our hearts. We are ready to see the
sights and sounds coming from our beautiful schools where each scholar that we
Back 2 School Bash
touch is achieving mastery of all the subjects being learned there!
¡Bienvenido/a! Bienvenue! Bem-vindo/a! Benvenuto/a! Welcome! Welcome to an Tuesday - September 10, 2019
exciting 2019 – 2020 school year at Dallas ISD!!!
Taco Cabana
9210 E R Thornton
Delna Dallas, TX 75228

On September 1, 2019, many new state laws passed by the Texas 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Legislature during the spring will become effective.
Please come & enjoy some refreshments and the company of fellow members, as
well as your local NEA-Dallas President Delna Bryan, NEA-Dallas Board of
One change that is coming to state law stops the practice of state agencies Directors, and TSTA Representative Janna Connolly.
revoking occupational licenses due to student loan defaults. According to
the Texas Tribune, more than 4,200 Texans — including teachers, security RSVP to: Office Mgr. Raya Staley
guards, cosmetologists, and pharmacists – were at risk of losing their (214) 821-2061 or
license because of student loan default in 2017.
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9/2/19 Labor Day

DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
9/10/19 Back 2 School Bash
9210 E R Thornton
Dallas, TX 75228
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
9/12/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 a.m.
5151 Samuell Boulevard NEA-Dallas
Dallas, TX 75228
Conference Area 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
Dallas, Texas 75206
6/13/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 p.m.
5151 Samuell Boulevard Monday – Friday
Dallas, TX 75228
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Conference Area
Lunch Break 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
9/21/19 NEA-Dallas General Membership Meeting [Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
Dallas, TX 75206
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Janna Connolly Raya Staley

10/3/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 a.m. TSTA Staff Office Manager
5151 Samuell Boulevard (469) 952-7288 – cell (214) 821-2061
Dallas, TX 75228
Conference Area
10/7/19 Parent Teacher Conferences (Grades 9 - 12)
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10/8/19 Parent Teacher Conferences (Grades 6 - 8)
10/11/19 Elementary Fair Day TSTA Help Center
10/14/19 Parent Teacher Conferences (Grades PreK - 5)
10/17/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 p.m.
5151 Samuell Boulevard NEAMB Signature Discount
Dallas, TX 75228 When you enroll in the AT&T Signature Discount program,
Conference Area through your organization-and have a qualified wireless service
10/18/19 Secondary Fair Day agreement- you'll save on your monthly service charge for
10/19/19 NEA-Dallas General Membership Meeting qualifying plans.
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520 As an AT&T Signature Discount member, you’ll receive:
Dallas, TX 75206
• 15% off qualified wireless plans & services
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• 20% off eligible wireless accessories

11/7/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am For more information and details go to the website listed below:
5151 Samuell Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75228 Union Member discounts available at
Conference Area
11/16/19 NEA-Dallas General Membership Meeting
6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
Dallas, TX 75206
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
11/21/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 p.m.
5151 Samuell Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75228
Conference Area NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program
Brandon Watson – (512) 520-7248
11/25-29/19 Thanksgiving Break
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

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Providing additional support for community liaisons, ‘the face of our ▪ $3.1 million to operate at least 15 additional pre-K classrooms, both
schools’ in Dallas ISD schools and at partnership sites;
▪ $3.1 million for career institutes that will help expand career options
As the community liaison representative at Lincoln High School, Sheila Walker for highly motivated students interested in entering the
loves reaching out to the community, building partnerships and preparing construction trades and earn a living wage right out of high school;
students for college and the workforce.
“I make sure that I’m touching a life every day,” Walker said.
▪ $2.1 million to increase the bilingual stipend by $1,000 per recipient
A summit hosted by the Office of Family and Community Engagement ▪ $1 million for the Creating Accelerated Performance initiative, which
provided the district’s community liaisons, including Walker, with the tools and provides intensive support for students in critical grade levels who
strategies they need to succeed. In his opening address, Superintendent
are not demonstrating a proficiency in reading;
Michael Hinojosa praised the community liaisons for the valuable role they play
every day. ▪ $1 million to support the Office of Transformation and Innovation in
“Family and Community Engagement is the face of our schools,” Hinojosa said. accelerating innovation by creating new neighborhood innovation
“It’s our job to focus on student achievement to make sure that we help them schools and new transformation schools.
be successful.”
At the summit, representatives of several Dallas ISD departments presented includes-57-6-million-in-annual-compensation-raises/
strategies and spoke about available resources to students, parents and
campus staff.
María García, community liaison at W. H. Adamson High School, works with Here is a note from Staff:
counselors and teachers to ensure that the families are engaged with the We have an abundance of questions of whether to sign a document or not.
campus. She attended the forum’s training on high school graduation
Sign everything, with the exception of a letter of resignation without talking
to TSTA staff or the Help Center (Legal). If you have any doubts--simply write
“Parents must teach their children about college starting when they’re in
elementary school,” she said. “With what I’ve learned today, I can hold
your signature and then add "for receipt only"--this phrase simply means that
workshops for parents at the school to tell them what their children need in you received the letter, but it does not mean that you agree or disagree with
order to graduate and go to a university.” the content. It only means that you received it. Get a copy of everything you sign. If you are unable to get a copy take a
learning-summit/ picture on your phone.
If you have any questions, please call the NEA-Dallas office at 214-821-2061.

Approved Dallas ISD 2019–2020 budget includes $57.6 million in

annual compensation raises
The Dallas ISD 2019–2020 budget approved by trustees Thursday night includes
approximately $57.6 million in annual compensation raises, which is notably
higher than the raises required under House Bill 3.
Nearly $33.6 million of the raises will go toward teachers and campus
administrators under strategic compensation, while $6.7 million will be
allocated for other campus-facing positions such as media specialists, non-TEI
teachers, nurses and counselors. (Go here to see an FAQ on the compensation
The Dallas ISD teacher salary will now start at $54,000, and all qualifying
employees will get at least a 2-percent raise. The raise for central staff and non-
excellence-initiative positions will be based on the position’s midpoint salary,
providing a more equitable salary increase.
Meanwhile, the approved budget allocates $10 million to support the Achieving
in the Middle initiative. The new initiative will bring strategies proven to lift
school performance—strategic staffing, instructional excellence, social and
emotional support, extended learning and supportive partnerships—to 24
Dallas ISD middle schools. Dallas ISD Chief of School Leadership Stephanie
Elizalde briefed trustees on the plan in March.
“We are not providing what we need to be providing to our middle school
students,” Elizalde said. “We are going to work with these schools and provide
additional resources and support to ensure our students are being best
prepared for success.”
Other notable investments in the approved budget are:

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Save the Dates!!!
Membership Meetings
September 21, 2019
October 19, 2019
November 16, 2019
January 25, 2020
February 15, 2020
April 18, 2020

All meetings are held at the NEA-Dallas Office from

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

September 10, 2019 – Back to School Bash
Taco Cabana
9210 E R Thornton
Dallas, TX 75228
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 2019 – Holiday Celebration
May 2020 – End of Year Celebration

6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520
Dallas, TX 75206
Office: 214-821-2000
Fax: 214-821-0219

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