Theory of Action Newsletter

March 2022

Thank You, Dallas ISD Principals!

Welcome back to the Theory of Action newsletter. We are excited to continue sharing with you the latest updates on supports and autonomies, as well as all other aspects of the Theory of Action.

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Priority for Work Orders and Construction

The mission of Maintenance and Facility Services (MFS) is to support learning by maintaining the physical environment to promote student achievement. The MFS team prioritizes work for campuses in most need of support. HPC and ACE campuses will receive special consideration on maintenance work orders, although emergency work orders are always processed first.

In addition, Community Resource Index (CRI) data is used to identify priority for bond construction and renovation. CRI quantifies the community resources, such as grocery stores and doctor's offices, that surround each Dallas ISD school.

For more information, contact Terri Wright at

Coaching and ILCs

In an effort to reduce the number of Developing and Focus campuses in the district, Instructional Lead Coaches serve schools to best address their needs based on SPF rating, school design, data analysis and district initiatives. The ILCs work to improve teacher instruction and student achievement by providing support to campus instructional teams and directly with teachers on:

  • Coaching and feedback for improvement
  • Instructional best practices
  • Data analysis and responding to data
  • Relevant and timely professional development

ILCs equip members of the campus instructional teams with tools, practices and skills needed to deepen content knowledge, strengthen first line instruction, and have impactful Professional Learning Communities needed to improve academic outcomes. For any questions or additional information, please reach out to Felicia Gray, Director of Instructional Lead Coaches at

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Wall Graphics

Through the Theory of Action Autonomies, Maintenance and Facilities currently provides the installation of graphics on a wall to campuses that have earned a rating of Accomplished or Breakthrough.

The size and additions to the graphic will be dependent on the campus’ LAS rating. For more information, including sample graphics and contact information, click here.

Choice School Autonomies

Dallas ISD is on a mission to provide every student with a best-fit school where educators can more meaningfully and deeply engage students by tapping into their specific interests, aspirations, preferred learning styles, and values. The district offers dozens of high-quality choice options including Magnet Schools, Collegiate Academies, and neighborhood schools, along with over 60 Transformation and Innovation Schools created to date.

Choice schools are also awarded unique autonomies through Dallas ISD's Theory of Action, including professional development flexibility, which allows campuses to adapt P.D. services and hours to best fit the needs of their school community.

For more information about OTI Strategic Initiatives autonomies or to learn how to become an OTI Choice campus, contact Shakeatha Butler, Executive Director of Instructional Redesign and New School Launch at

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Advanced Placement Summer Institutes

Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) professional learning offers hands-on training, resources, and ongoing coaching support for Advanced Placement (AP) and high school Honors teachers. The Advanced Academic Services Department will fund APSI registration fees for a limited number of core content (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) AP and Honors teachers on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority processing will go to new teachers, high-priority campuses, and teachers who did not attend last summer.

For more information, including application instructions, click here.
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Superintendent Dialogues

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa is hosting a series of meetings to meet and talk with staff and faculty, parents and community members. The Dialogue With The Superintendent from 5–6 p.m. is for teachers and staff, and the Community Conversations Through Collaboration from 6:30–7:30 p.m. is for parents, students and community members.

Each school community has an assigned date to attend based on their high school feeder pattern or, for choice schools, the nearest meeting location. Each school is expected to have all staff attend their Dialogue with the Superintendent and have families attend their assigned Community Conversations. Communication Services has created Media kits to help each campus share the message with families. For more information, including a complete meeting schedule, click here.

Elementary Career Exploration in SchooLinks

Dallas ISD is committed to creating early awareness of the knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness. With this objective in mind, the district will roll out an elementary component of SchooLinks as a tool for career exploration and planning.

Counselors should ensure that all K-5 students complete the "Jobs Just for Me" activity by March 31st and all students in grades 4-5 complete "Identifying my Strengths" by April 28th. For more information, including implementation plan and contact information, click here.

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Our Local Accountability System exudes the Dallas ISD philosophy of educating the Whole Child. Our amended accountability breakdown (shown below) has been approved by the Texas Education Agency.

Parent Surveys (10% of overall score) are now open and will remain active until March 25th. It is imperative that campuses meet their sample size for parent surveys so they may be used in LAS. Other LAS surveys will be open according to the following timeline:

  • Students Survey (10% of overall score): April 18-22
  • Spring Staff Climate Survey (10% of overall score): May 2-May 13

For questions concerning survey completion or protocol, contact Dr. Cecilia Oakeley at

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