What is the 2017 Extra Yard
For Teachers Summit?

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 the Dallas area will celebrate the teaching profession in a big way!

That morning at 9 am, at Southern Methodist University, hundreds of teachers that have been recognized for their excellence in leading their classrooms and hundreds of young people thinking about becoming teachers will gather together for inspiration, encouragement and fun. They will be able to hear exciting speakers such as Google’s Chief Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap, attend sessions with engaging experts in the field and enjoy a reception with activities and giveaways designed just for them. Then at 12:30 pm attendees, volunteers and the media will leave with even more appreciation for the impact made by our region’s teachers and with excitement for the future of our students. Register by Friday, November 4th for your chance to win a $500 Donors Choose gift card!



You’ve been recognized by your district as an excellent teacher or as someone who could become an excellent teacher. Teaching is a vocation that challenges you to be and bring your best, to motivate and to inspire. Teaching requires the leadership traits of our greatest CEOs and coaches, and also an unparalleled and fierce commitment to service. There’s no higher honor than to be great at it.

Remember, register by Friday, November 4th for your chance to win a $500 Donors Choose gift card!

We’re excited to see you Wednesday, January 11th!


Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
9:00 am – Registration Begins
9:30 am – Opening Session
10:30 am – Teachers’ Lounge and Future Teachers’ Lounge Open
10:30 am – Workshops Round 1
11:15 am – Workshops Round 2
12:00 pm – Closing Session

Want to learn more about the Summit? View the event program here.


Southern Methodist University
McFarlin Auditorium
6405 Boaz St.
Dallas, TX 75275

Access driving directions to SMU here.


Buses and school vehicles will enter campus on Bishop Blvd off Mockingbird Lane and will be greeted at the flagpoles where school personnel will receive a bus number to be displayed on the dash. Event staff will then direct attendees to McFarlin Auditorium.
Access driving directions to Bishop Blvd here.

If you are driving your own vehicle, please see parking directions below.


Free parking is available for personal vehicles in the Daniel and Airline Garages on campus. The parking pass is here; please print and keep on your dashboard. See the following map for garage locations (Garages N and S): download SMU parking map here.

Buses and other school vehicles will park on Bishop Blvd. in marked areas.


Attire is casual; jeans are fine, but no gym or workout-style clothing. Main sessions, workshops, the ‘Teachers’ Lounge’ and the ‘Future Teachers’ Lounge’ will be located in several buildings, so please plan accordingly with the weather. It may get chilly in the theater, so feel free to bring a cardigan or light jacket just in case.

We can’t wait to unveil some big surprises and celebrate with you at the Summit. See you on Wednesday, January 11th!

If you have any questions, please contact Carissa Grisham at carissa.grisham@commit2dallas.org.

Current teacher nominees
Future teacher nominees

Current teacher nominee registration form:

District (required)
On a scale of 'Strongly agree' to 'strongly disagree', how much do you agree with the following statement?

Future teacher nominee registration form:

Which describes you? (required)
District graduated or enrolled (required)
On a scale of 'Strongly agree' to 'strongly disagree', how much do you agree with the following statement?


We recognize that great teachers don’t hone their craft alone. That’s why 19 of our region’s districts, educator preparation programs and other organizations that support teachers are coming together to make this event possible.

You can be a part of supporting our region’s teachers too!


Volunteer registration form:

Thank you for signing up to volunteer for the Extra Yard For Teacher’s Summit!
We are excited to have you join us in celebrating the excellent teachers of the Dallas region and encourage the
next generation of teachers to pursue the profession! We couldn’t do it without you!

Will you be able to attend the full day of volunteering for the Summit at SMU on Wednesday, January 11th from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm? (required)
Will you be able to join us to stuff goodie bags the day before the event on Tuesday, January 10th at SMU from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm? (required)

We will share these words of encouragement with the attending teachers!

School Districts

  • Cedar Hill ISD
  • Dallas ISD
  • Desoto ISD
  • Grand Prairie ISD
  • Mesquite ISD
  • Richardson ISD
  • Uplift Education

Participating Educator
Preparation Programs

  • Abilene Christian University – Dallas
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Dallas Teachers Residency
  • Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • Texas Women’s University
  • University of North Texas
  • University of North Texas at Dallas
  • University of Texas
  • Urban Teachers

Other Partners

  • The MR and Evelyn Hudson Foundation
  • The College Football Playoff Foundation
  • Border Crossers
  • TEACH.org

About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers:

Championing Great Classroom Leaders.

The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff and supports education and teachers across the country. The CFP Foundation creates multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes. The Foundation’s primary philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT), elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering quality teachers through the development and implementation of programs in three key focus areas: direct provision of resources, teacher recognition, and professional development training.

College football is the most readily visible representation of students achieving their dreams of attending college which is often attributed to the support and commitment of gifted teachers. Throughout the months and weeks leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship, the CFP Foundation takes time to focus on the people who helped student-athletes across the country reach their dreams of attending college: teachers.

The EYFT Summit (in the host city as the national championship game) and Legacy Summits (occurring in cities where national championship games have been played in previous years) are fast-paced, half-day gatherings of local teachers who come together to hear inspiring speakers and incredible performances from people who are there for one reason: to recognize the hard work of those on the front lines of educating our kids. Let’s put teachers on center stage!

Learn more: www.cfp-foundation.org