By Joyce Foreman, Dallas ISD Trustee, District 6
Good things are still happening in District 6!
Science, technology, engineering and math are cornerstones of the careers of the future, and District 6 students are laying a foundation for success in these disciplines. Thanks to the partnership between the Dallas ISD STEM Department and Ten80 Education, students from Carter and Kimball high schools were selected to participate in the STEM Innovators-In-Training Experience. A unique opportunity, this event engaged students with hands-on workshops designed to cultivate technological skills and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers and innovators. I’m excited to see our students develop an interest in the STEM subjects and demonstrate an ambition to explore and expand the tech frontier.
It follows that student interest in fields of innovation is sparked by the pioneering efforts of the passionate teachers who engage them with creative learning experiences every day. This month, four district 6 teachers were recognized by the Junior League of Dallas and were awarded grants for creating innovative ways to teach our students. Theirs is an example of the passion and creativity demonstrated throughout district 6. See their names below.
- Tamara Thomas, D. A. Hulcy STEAM Middle School
- Chantrelle Lovett-Andrews, Umphrey Lee Elementary School
- Bonita Reece, Umphrey Lee Elementary School
- Carmen Slater, Umphrey Lee Elementary School
In observance of National Bullying Prevention Month, I’d like to highlight that multiple district 6 schools have implemented Social Emotional Learning. This program is designed to promote a positive environment in which students are equipped with techniques to regulate their emotions and demonstrate self-control. In an effort to prevent bullying in our schools, students also learn the skills needed to build healthy relationships and are encouraged to grow in social awareness. Campuses that have adopted the SEL framework are already seeing fewer discipline referrals. I commend the leaders and staff at these campuses for their commitment to maintain safe learning environments for our children.
I’d like to invite district 6 parents and community members to attend the “Experience Atwell Middle School” event on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. This is a wonderful way to learn about the unique programs and opportunities that Atwell Middle School and Law Academy has to offer. Experience firsthand what makes Atwell a great choice for your student.
For more information, contact “Experience Atwell” expert, Pamela Bryant, at (972) 794 -6476.