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1605, 2017

Grand Prairie ISD Receives Commit! Bright Spot Award: Year Over Year Growth

By |May 16th, 2017|Bright Spots, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Grand Prairie Independent School District (GPISD) has become a leader among Dallas County’s 14 traditional school districts in overall student enrollment growth while closing achievement gaps with the state. And GPISD has done so with one of the region’s higher economically disadvantaged student populations (72% vs. 59% for the state) and one of its lower operating revenues (~$5,600 per student). In March, GPISD was awarded the first annual Commit! Bright Spot Award: Year Over Year Growth at the Commit! Partnership Annual Dallas County Scorecard Achievement event. Recognized for the best performance over the prior year, Grand Prairie ISD has seen [...]

205, 2017

Lancaster ISD Receives Commit! Bright Spot Award: 5-Year Improvement

By |May 2nd, 2017|Bright Spots, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In March, Lancaster Independent School District was recognized with the first annual Commit! Bright Spot Award: 5-Year Improvement at our Annual Community Achievement Scorecard event. In Dallas County, Lancaster ISD has made impressive student achievement gains by using research to understand the inputs that impact important student outcomes, creating new curriculum that develops students’ critical thinking skills for today’s workplace, and enthusiastic support from district leaders, partner organizations and teachers. Recognized for the best performance over the five years that Commit! has been measuring academic success across the county, Lancaster ISD has seen a 12 percentage point gain across Commit!’s ‘Cradle-to-Career indicators’ and [...]

1901, 2017

What Did HB4 Mean for Dallas County Schools?

By |January 19th, 2017|Advocacy, Early Childhood|0 Comments

When House Bill 4 was passed by the 84th Texas legislature in 2015, it was simultaneously applauded and criticized. The author of the bill, state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, said he wanted “to make sure that we do the right thing for our little kids.” Governor Greg Abbott heralded the bill as a move toward advancing quality Pre-K education. Lawmakers championed the bill as a way to boost quality Pre-K programs. It did not seek to expand Pre-K to serve children who are not eligible under federal guidelines. The bill, they said, was to make sure quality Pre-K was offered, [...]

3011, 2016

Uplift Education Integrates Data to Drive Student Success

By |November 30th, 2016|Bright Spots|0 Comments

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1611, 2016

Dallas County Family Empowerment Pilot: How Dallas is Building Brains and the Future

By |November 16th, 2016|Bright Spots|0 Comments

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1011, 2016

Volunteer to Impact our Future

By |November 10th, 2016|General|0 Comments

Times of transition, and in particular the transition we are all experiencing with the Presidential election, often create significant emotional reactions. Some of us feel encouraged, while others feel despair. And identifying how we as individuals can make our own positive impact can be overwhelming. I read recently that voting in an election in many ways is the least we can do, and I believe that the most we can do is to personally work to bring about the change that we want to see in our world. There has been significant talk of voters in this election who feel [...]

111, 2016

Coppell ISD: Pre-Kindergarten Registration Campaign Increases Pre-K Applications

By |November 1st, 2016|Bright Spots|0 Comments

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2010, 2016

Readers 2 Leaders and Jubilee Park Help Reverse Summer Reading Loss

By |October 20th, 2016|Bright Spots|0 Comments

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410, 2016

Dallas ISD’s ACE Program: Bringing Together Great Educators Leads to Turnaround Success for High-Needs Schools

By |October 4th, 2016|Bright Spots|0 Comments

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2209, 2016

Cedar Hill ISD Helps More Students Access Financial Aid and College

By |September 22nd, 2016|Bright Spots|0 Comments

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