There are many signs that show education is moving in the right direction. As a teacher in Dallas, I see three key areas that show education will improve.
1. Effective Teachers: More effort and more focus is placed on hiring and retaining strong teachers. TEI is one step towards attracting strong talent to the district and keeping teachers in the classroom that are effective. We want the best teachers in our district, leading our classrooms. If a teacher can’t teach, a student can’t learn.
2. Open Communication: In a large district, there is still accessibility and communication between the community and the district leaders. The superintendent is vocal about his beliefs, his ideas and his rational for his actions. From the Superintendent notes to open meetings, he has made himself accessible not just as a listening ear, but one who turns complaints and comments into actions.
3. New Ides: District leaders have indicated they are looking for new ways to teach and improve schools. The district is eager to do what is right for our students and work with individuals that have innovative ideas on what that means. From implementing alternative schools, to increasing technology in classrooms, Dallas is working towards becoming a leader in instructional practices.