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tendent Miles has nearly complet ted the hiring of the C Cabinet and the senior Superint positions in School Leadership p with top talent from across the nation. This team will help transform the Dalla as ISD and c comprises h highly comp petent leaders who are e passionat te about making a a difference e for the ch hildren of Dallas. These e leaders, a along with the rest of t the Core Team, are charged with carrying out the ambitious Destination n 2020 plan n. he documents will sho ow that the group is di iverse and h has a wide range of A quick review of th experien nces. We ta apped both local talent t and national expertis se. This is a a group tha at has been suc ccessful at improving t the quality of instructi ion and rais sing studen nt achievem ment. Collectiv vely, they are also dynamic and in nnovative, a and will bring fresh pe erspectives to the District. o the Superi intendent’s s Cabinet, S ylvia Reyna a, will lead t the School Newest addition to Leadersh hip Departm ment, which will have five divisions, each he eaded by an n Assistant Superint tendent. Th he School Le eadership D Department t will also h have 20 Executive Directors who will l coach and d evaluate p principals, a and help improve the q quality of in nstruction, raise student achieveme ent, and bui ild a positiv ve and supp portive cultu ure in the schools.
Chief of School L Leadership, Sy ylvia Reyna, Ph.D., is the newest mem mber of abinet and th e former Chie stration, Fort Worth the Dallas ISD Ca ef of Adminis Independent Sch hool District, Fort Worth, T TX. In her mo ost recent role e, Reyna s supervised a all Human Cap pital Manage ement functio ons while rede esigning has the department to ensure the ent and growt th of over 10,000 e developme employees. Reyn na has served d in numerous school leadership positio ons luding those o of Associate S Superintende ent for Curricu ulum and Inst truction incl with Edgewood ISD, San Anto onio, TX, and Assistant Sup perintendent for countability, A Assessment a and Research & Development with San Antonio Acc ISD, San Antonio o, TX. Her 33‐ ‐year career in n education a also includes serving ldren in the areas of emplo oyee and gov vernmental re elations, exte ernal chil affa airs and comm munity engag gement, as we ell as principa al, assistant p principal, and d teacher. She e holds a B.A. . in French an nd Spanish fro om Incarnate Word College; M.A. in Educational L Leadership fr rom the Unive ersity of Texa as at San A Antonio; and a Ph.D. in Edu ucational Leadership Administration fro om Texas A& &M University y.
Assistant S Superinte endents
Ma auricio Domin nguez, forme r Superintend dent/Foundin ng Principal o of Williams Prepar ratory, Uplift Education, Da allas, TX. In h his most recent role, helm of Willia ams, a TEA Ex xemplary scho ool since Dominguez has been at the h d one which N Newsweek re ecently ranked d as the #8 m most its inception and high school in n the nation. His responsib bilities include ed transformative h veloping and maintaining a n budget; crea ating marketi ing a $9.5 million dev stra ategies to rec cruit students s, teachers, and support st taff; and mon nitoring and d supporting instructional practices of 6 65 instructors and 7 adm ministrators. Over his care eer as an Arm my specialist, t teacher, coun nselor, and d superintend dent, Doming guez has deve eloped experi ience in areas s such as stu udent and teacher recruitm ment, teacher r developmen nt, strategic p planning, and d team management. Dom minguez holds s a B.A. in Mo olecular B Biology/Bioch hemistry from m the Universi ity of Massachusetts, Amh herst, and a M M.S.A. from Te exas A&M Un niversity, C Commerce.
utierrez, Ed.D D., former Dis strict Steward d, Fort Worth h Josie Hernandez‐Gu Independent School l District, Fort t Worth, TX. A As a District S Steward, a cabinet level po osition equiva alent to an As ssistant Superintendent, H Hernandez‐Gu utierrez oversaw w the implem mentation of d district‐wide strategies aim med at transf forming district and campus systems. As a a former FWI ISD Director o of School Lead dership, o directly sup pervised the o overall operat tions of 20 sc chools to ensu ure she also alignme ent with the d district’s goalls and plans. Hernandez‐G Gutierrez has experie enced public e education at numerous lev vels as a first grade ESL teacher, Assistant Principal a and Principal iin FWISD. H Hernandez‐Gu utierrez has h her B.S. in Edu ucation‐Child Studies from m Texas Christ tian Universit ty, and M.Ed. and Ed. D D. in Educatio on Administra ation from the e University o of North Texa s. Shirley y Ison‐Newsom me, current I nterim Division Executive, , Dallas Indep pendent School District. In he er current rol e, Ison‐News some has ove erseen the operations , building off of her experi ience as the S Southeast Lea arning of 227 DISD schools, unity Senior E Executive Dire ector. Prior to o these roles, , she served a as a DISD Commu Area Su uperintenden nt responsible e for the supe ervision of 42 principals an nd 47 assistan nt principals. Ison‐Newsom me brings a w wealth of expe erience in edu ucation as a tea acher, dean o of instruction and executiv ve director am mong many ot ther positions. Her many y accolades in nclude the Dallas Urban Le eague’s Presid dent’s allas Business s and Professional Woman n’s Club’s Woman of Award and South Da ar. the Yea Ison‐Newsom me holds a B.S. in Social Scie ence from Ind diana Univers sity, a M.A. in n Educational Administration from t the Ohio State e University, and a M.Ed. in Secondary Education fro om the Unive ersity of Louis sville. rora Lora, cur rrent Executiv ve Director, Seattle Public Schools, Seat ttle, WA. Aur In th his capacity, L Lora provided d day‐to‐day oversight and d supervision of adm ministrators and school sta affs in 20 scho ools ranging f from K‐12. Pr rior to this role, Lora founded and le ed the Harriet t Tubman Lea adership Acad demy for ung Women, t the only publ ic all‐girls mid ddle/high sch hool in the sta ate of You Ore egon. She has also worked in numerous s capacities w with Teach for r America as a an Associate Institute Direc ctor, Instructional Coordin nator, Curricu ulum Specialist and teacher. Lora h as been the s subject of a b book written b by Teach ed Ms. Lora’s Story. Her ma any accolades include Out tstanding For America title Y Young Texas E Ex Award and d Houston ISD D’s Ryan Elementary Teach her of the Yea ar.
L Lora holds her B.A. in Plan II Honors and d Psychology Honors from m the University of Texas, a a M.Ed. in Edu ucation f from the Univ versity of St. T Thomas, a M.Ed. in Educat tion Policy an d Manageme ent from Harv vard Universit ty, and is c currently purs suing her M.E Ed. in Education Policy and d Managemen nt from Harva ard University y. ilan Sevak, Ed d.D., current Executive Dir rector of Educ cational Strat tegy, Mi Chicago Public S Schools, Chica ago, IL. Sevak k has led the d development t and ecution of capacity‐buildin ng/improvem ment strategie es for 36 elem mentary exe sch hools while su upervising an d supporting g the developm ment of a coh hort of CPS principals. S Sevak’s CPS t enure also includes a period as the Dep puty e where 74% o Chief of School Performance of principals reported an n managemen nt practices a and the perce entage of teac chers improvement in portedly using g data to info orm instructio on increased by 14%. He has also rep wo orked as the d director of ins struction & as ssessment for a charter ma anagement or rganization in n the San Fran ncisco Bay Ar rea and has previously t taught middle e and high sch hool students s in Richmond d (CA), New Y York City, and India. S Sevak holds a B.A. in Psych hology, a M.B.A. from Nort thwestern Un niversity, a M.Ed. in Educat tion Policy an nd M Management, and an Ed.D D. in Urban Su uperintendenc ce from Harv ard Universit ty.
Executive Direc ctors
Jamal Jenkins, current Executive Dir rector of Hum man Resource es, Dallas Inde ependent strict, Dallas, T TX. In his mos st recent pos sition, Jenkins s served as Manager School Dis for Evaluation & Compensation at H Hillsborough C County Public c Schools in Tampa, his role entailed redesignin ng and implem menting teac cher and princ cipal Florida. Th evaluation ns, succession n managemen nt, and compensation prog grams. Jenkins has led and se erved in a vari iety of human n resources c capacities including HR Gen neralist and Busine ess Partnersh hip functions; ; Recruiting, S Staffing, and S Selection Syst tems; Compensa ation; and Per rformance M anagement. He also managed HR activ vities at an innovat tive start‐up international joint venture e, Global Engine Manufact turing Alliance, a a collaborative e manufactur ring initiative between DaimlerChrysler r, Hyundai, a and Mitsubish hi. Jenkins earned his Bachelo or’s Degree in n American Le egal Systems f from the Unit ted States Mi ilitary Academ my and a M MBA from the e University o of Michigan.
Elizabeth Casas, form mer Executive e Director, Dallas Independ dent School D District, TX. In her curr rent role, Cas sas has overse een all elementary and sec condary Dallas, T instructional program ms for more th han 61,000 English Langua age Learners. . Prior to this posi ition, she serv ved as the priincipal of Oné ésimo Hernán ndez Element tary where sh he was able t to elevate the e campus from m the TEA sta atus of Low Performing to Recogn nized. Casas h has a range o of educational experience i including f principal, ass sistant princip onal specialist, and teache er. She those of pal, instructio has been n the recipien nt of many ca ampus Teache er of the Year r awards and has been recogniz zed for her ou utstanding sch hool leadersh hip performan nce. C Casas has a B. .A. in Psychology from the e University of f Texas at Dalllas and a M.E Ed. in Admini istration from m the U University of N North Texas. Edward Con nger, former principal of T Thomas Jeffer rson High School, Dallas Independen nt School District, Dallas, T TX. Conger, a retired Marin ne Infantry of fficer, has directed a turnaround at t Thomas Jeff ferson since 2 2008 resulting g in a Compre ehensive ating of #1 (20 010) and #2 (2011) comprehensive High School Effectiveness Indicator ra a significant in ncrease in the graduation rate. He also o has high school in DISD and a mental in add ding Mandari n to the curri iculum. Appro oximately 400 0 been instrum students, m more than one e‐fourth of stu udents at the e school, are n now studying the language. Conger has his B.B.A. in M Management t from Texas A A&M Univers sity and his M M.S.A. in Administrat tion from Cen ntral Michigan n University. Israel Cord dero, former principal of W W.W. Samuel ll High School l, Dallas Indep pendent School Dis strict, Dallas, T TX. Cordero h has led the tu urnaround at Samuell since e taking the reins a at the school in 2008. The graduation ra ate has increa ased every ye ear since his appoin ntment to the e position and d the school e experienced d double digit g gains in math and science two y years in a row w. Next fall, th he school will expand its e early ferings to pro ovide more st tudents the opportunity to o earn both high college off school and d college cred dit at the sam me time. Cordero has his B.A. in English from Southern Me ethodist Univ versity, a M.Ed. in E Educational A Administration n from Texas Woman’s Un niversity, and is currently p pursuing an Ed.D. in Educa ational A Administration from the University of T Texas at Austin.
Stephanie e Elizalde, former director of STEM (scie ence, technology, enginee ering and mathemat tics), Dallas In ndependent S School Distric ct, Dallas, TX. Elizalde has e extensive experience e overseeing and mentori ng principals in previous p positions in th he San Antonio ar rea. She was the director o of secondary schools in So outhwest ISD, , mentored principals for the Texas H High School Pr roject and pre eviously serve ed as executive director for t the math, scie ence and Urb ban Systemic Project for Sa an Antonio IS SD. Elizalde ho olds a B.S. in B Biology and a a M.Ed. in Edu ucational Leadership from the U University of T Texas at San A Antonio, and she is curren ntly pursuing her Ed.D. in E Educational A Administration n from t the University y of Texas at A Austin. ardwick, form mer principal of W. T. Whit te High Schoo ol, Dallas Inde ependent Anita Ha School D District, Dallas s, TX. Under her leadership, the school has created two academies – the Visu ual and Perfor rming Arts Ac cademy and t the Academy of s to offer a Business and M Marketing Aca ademy Engineering, and has started plans hool year. Als so, this year t he school wa as named one e of the best h high next sch schools in the nation according to o the U.S. New ws & World Report and the e gton Post, ran nking near th e top 3 perce ent and top 1 percent, resp pectively, Washing among t the nation’s 2 22,000 high sc chools. Hardwic ck has a B.A. in Music Educ cation from N North Texas St tate Universit ty (now t the University y of North Tex xas), and a M.A. in Music E Education fro om the Univer rsity of North h Texas. ine Lovelace, current Seni or Director of New School ls, Uplift Educ cation, Jacqueli Dallas, T TX. During her time with U Uplift, Lovelac ce has served as a Seconda ary Principal, Senior Dire ector/Superin tendent, and d currently coordinates ional program ms for four ca ampuses that have yielded d successful re esults. instructi Prior to her work with Uplift, she w worked in the e DISD as a sp pecialist, coor rdinator, ment chair, an nd teacher. Sh he has been h honored as a campus Teac cher of departm the Year r and ESL Teacher of the ye ear among m many other aw wards. Lovelace e holds a B.A. . in Journalism m from North h Texas State University (now the Universi ity of North T Texas), a M.A. . in English fro om Texas Wo oman’s University, and a M.A. in n Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. .
sk, former principal, A. Ma aceo Smith New Tech High h School, Dallas Brian Lus Independ dent School D District, Dallas s, TX. Lusk is t the founding principal of D Dallas ISD’s first t New Tech campus, an in novative scho ool concept t that features project‐ based lea arning in a on ne student to one compute ent. Lusk prev viously er environme served as s principal at E.D. Walker M Middle Schoo ol and Walnut t Hill Element tary School. W While at Walk ker, he led a t team that rais sed the schoo ol’s accountab bility rating fro om academically unaccept table to exem mplary in three years. Lusk hold ds a B.S. in Ele ementary Edu ucation from the California University o of Pennsylv vania and a M M.Ed. in Admin nistration from Texas A&M M, Commerce e. Desirée M Marks‐Arias, former princ cipal, Austin M Middle School, Irving Indep pendent School District, Irving, , TX. Marks‐A Arias has been n in her current role for 3 y years he has been in nvolved in iniitiating, imple ementing and d evaluating where sh instructio onal and supp port program ms. Prior to he er work with Irving ISD, she e was an Assistant t Superintend dent for Curri culum and Instruction in t the Cotulla Independ dent School D District and se erved many o other roles wi ith Dallas and d DeValle ISDs inclu uding teacher r and principa al. She was re ecently award ded the TMEA A Distinguished Adminis strator Award d among man ny other acco olades for her work. Marks‐Ar rias hold a B.A A. in Econom mics, M. Ed. in Education Ad dministration n and is pursuing g her Ph. D. in Educational Policy and Planning from the Universit ty of Texas at Austin. , Peña, former principal at C Central Eleme entary School, Raúl P Lewisv ville Independ dent School D District, Lewis sville, TX. Peña has accele erated instruc ction and lear rning at Centr ral by increasing studen nt standardize ed achieveme ent up to 20% % in one year and reache ed a 31% incr rease in stude ent performance of a 3‐yea ar period. From 2 2007 to the p present, Centr a TEA rating o of ral achieved a Recognized for the first time in 1 12 years. During his 11‐ye ear e as a bilingua al school adm ministrator, he e has focused d on tenure raising g the student achievement t of diverse and at‐risk pop pulations. P Peña holds a B B.A. in Busine ess Education n from the University of Te exas and a M.Ed. in School Administration from T Texas Woman n’s University.
Dora Sauceda, Ed.D., current C Curriculum & Instruction A Administrator r at wnsville Independent Schoo ol District, Br rownsville, TX X. A 22‐year veteran of Brow Brow wnsville ISD, Sauceda curre ently supervis ses area math h and science speci ialists with a f focus on impllementing dis strict‐level pr rograms and s services. Previously, as the principal at t the 2,300 stud dent Pace Hig gh School, she e essfully lower red the dropo out rate, incre eased student achievemen nt, and succe achie eved a TEA ex xemplary stat us. She has also served as a high schoo ol and midd dle school prin ncipal as well as an assista ant principal, t teacher, and comm munity liaison n. S Sauceda holds s a B.S. in Bio ology from the e University o of Texas Pan A American, a M M.Ed. in Educ cational Administration f from the Univ versity of Texa as at Brownsv ville, and an E Ed.D. from th e University o of Texas at Au ustin. Leslie e Williams, fo ormer senior executive dir rector for the e Central Seco ondary Learn ning Commun nity, Dallas In dependent School District t, Dallas, TX. W Williams, a Sou uth Oak Cliff g graduate, has s been in his c current role f for five years, where he ha as provided le eadership, dir rection, and s support to 22 2 secondary campuses. He pr reviously serv ved as the priincipal of Sky yline High School for three years and p principal of David W. Carte er High Schoo ol for seven years. He was named the d district’s Princ cipal of the Ye ear in 2007. Willia ams holds a B B.S. in Industr rial Arts and a a M.Ed. in Edu ucational Administration fro om Prairie Vie ew A&M Univ versity. Wells, former principal at th he School of Science and E Engineering a at Yvonne Jovan W A. Ewell Townview Ce enter, Dallas Independent t School District, Dallas, TX X. Since Wells has led the school to be named am mong the high hest‐performing high 2007, W schools in the countr ry according t to publication ns’ rankings fo or the past fiv ve The School of Science and Engineering r ranks third in the 2012 Wa ashington years. T Post’s America’s Mos st Challenging g High School ls list, third in n U.S. News & & World s best high schools, and fo urth in Newsweek’s magazine America a’s Best Report’s High Sch hools 2012 lis st. Under We ells’ direction, , every year the school has s been ranked in the top five e in these pub blications’ po olls. Recently, , the School o of Science and Engineering was also named a a finalist in th he 2012 Intel Schools of Di istinction ition. In 2011 1, the school was named N National Blue Ribbon Scho ool of competi E Excellence by the United States Departm ment of Educ cation. W Wells holds a B.S. in Biolog gy from Gram mbling State University, a M M.Ed. in Educa ational Leade ership and Policy S Studies, and is s currently pu ursuing a Ph.D D. in K‐16 Edu ucational Lead dership and P Policy Studies s from the Un niversity o of Texas at Ar rlington.
S Superinte endent’s Restructu uring Sav ves Dallas s ISD Mon ney
As a resu ult of the re estructuring g of Central Office so f far, Dallas IS SD has cut 33 position ns and reduced d expenditures by over r 1.2 million n dollars. As a new w leadership team com mes on boar rd, they will make mor nges to re organizational chan align wit th the Destination 202 20 action plan. The char rt below de escribes the e changes in n the numb ber of positions and expenditures related to the no on‐campus orgs restru ucturing init tiated by Su uperintendent Miles.
No. of positions s Sala aries
No. of posit tions Salaries
A Administra ators S Support sta aff TOT TAL
80 19 99
$6,60 05,446 $721 1,775
46 20 66
$5,212,431 $ $900,000
S Savings = $1,214 4,790
S State and d Nationa al Salary C Comparisons s
S Salary Inf formation n
By the Year 2020, Dallas ISD will have the highest
college‐ and career‐ready percentage of graduates of any large urban district in the nation.
Destination 2020 Goals
90% of our students to graduate on time 40% of our students attain a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT exam or SAT of 1110 on Reading/Math 75% of our students to be proficient on the “Year 2020 workplace readiness assessments” 80% of our students to enter college, the military, or a “career‐ready job” straight from high school
District Core Beliefs
Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement. Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement. There is no excuse for poor quality instruction. With our help, at‐risk students will achieve at the same rate as non at‐risk students. Staff members must have a commitment to children AND a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.
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