ACE Updates

July 27, 2020

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ACE Family,

Welcome back for the 2020-2021 school year!

This will be a year unlike any other filled with resilience, unity, strength, creativity, and daring leadership. Our priority is the safety of all students and staff. We have to ensure we are informed and prepared to lead practices that will ensure the safety of everyone. It has been so clear that one person cannot accomplish this takes all of us working together. We will commit to ensure masks are worn, social distancing is practiced, and we sanitize and wash our hands to protect the well-being of all.

We are also focused on doing all we can to provide an education that ensures racial equity and eliminates the achievement gap between our African-American students and other groups of students. We will start this work through dialogue and discussions around race and equity. We can and we will achieve this together!

As you approach this year, remember that courageous leadership means being willing to acknowledge the difficulty of the moment. It means creating safe places for people to be vulnerable. It means bringing light and hope in the midst of darkness. It means strengthening others through our connections. It means lighting the path forward and pivoting when needed to forge a new path forward.

It is easy to fall victim to feeling helpless in this moment. It is easy to remain in a state of frustration or fear. It is easy to focus on all the things that are not going right. However, we have what it takes to empower ourselves and empower our teams to persevere through this moment of uncertainty. We can meet this moment with a resolve of patience and understanding, creativity and innovation, and most importantly care for one another as we all go through this together. Nothing is impossible when we come together!

Thank you for your patience as we launch plans that evolve as the circumstances change. This will be a year we look back on generations from now and smile at the innovative ways that we stood up in the face of uncertainty with a steadfast commitment to make our world a better place.

You are incredible champions for your staff and students-we look forward to a new, but remarkable year together!

-ACE Core Team

Dallas ISD Reentry Plan

ACE Teachers' Start Date & ACE Summit

August 27th is the new start date for District regular teachers.

ACE teachers start back 3 days prior on August 24th. We typically start back together with our ACE Summit. However, we are currently revamping the way we structure our ACE Summit for these three days. Please expect more information on this soon.

District Counselors return on August 31st. ACE counselors start back 3 days prior on August 26th.

*Please note, the ACE signing bonus is tied to attendance on these three days.

After School 2020-2021

We are currently evaluating after school programs for the 2020-2021 school year for students.

September 8th is the first day of school for students. We typically start our tutoring and after school programs for students 4 weeks after the first day of school. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive more information. We will be exploring both in person and virtual options and will base these decisions on both County and District guidelines.

ACE Focus Group

We will be launching an ACE focus group with participants from different roles in ACE and represent all programs, grade levels, and contents to provide key insights and feedback regarding program implementation.

We will be sharing our list with the proposed members from your campus next week. Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Uniform Funds

Budget transfers have been made for you to receive the funds to purchase uniforms for your students. Please remember, we budgeted for you to receive $30 per student.


We will be sharing our final stipend agreement letters in the next week for teachers to sign when they return on August 24th. The September signing bonus will be paid out September 15th based on teacher attendance on August 24-26th. If a teacher or counselor is not able to start on those days, please reach out by email or text.

Linked here is the apprentice application for any teachers that have not yet applied for the apprentice stipend.

Please note, due to CoVid 19 impact on TEI effectiveness levels. Teachers will receive stipends according to their 2019 Effectiveness Level. If they have any questions regarding their TEI level, they can reach out to the TEI office or go to

Stipend amounts are reflected below.

Approved TEI Stipends

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Torsh Virtual Coaching Resource

We are excited to share we will be providing Torsh licenses for each 1.0-4.0 campus admin team + 3-5 pilot teachers.

This program will allow leaders to implement virtual coaching live using Zoom as well as video coaching with features like: time-stamped comments, rubric upload and scoring, notes section, etc.

This is an awesome resource that will come with training and support. We will be sharing more details soon!

Residency Programs: Urban Teachers

We are excited about final recommendations being made for residents at your campuses using Relay and Urban Teachers.

We will be hosting a principal training for Urban Teachers on August 28th from 2:30-3:30 using Zoom link This training is required for principals new to Urban Teachers and optional for all others.

Information around the program overview and adjustments being made due to CoVid 19 will be shared at this time.

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers & Administrators

District will provide ongoing professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators to effectively navigate the virtual learning environment throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Elementary and Secondary Teachers can anticipate completing 15 to 18 total credit hours to support re-entry needs. Administrators can anticipate completing 10 total credit hours to support re-entry needs. Check email for instructions on how to access PD.

ACE Website

We continue to revamp our ACE website to provide you with additional tools and resources. We have added an ACE Principals tab featuring access to campus playbook sites, campus coaching trackers, District CoVid-19 resources, and many more.

Approved Changes to District Calendar

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High Priority Readings

Great Virtual Learning Resources!

How to Care for your Device

Google Classroom: LMS for 3-5

SeeSaw: LMS for K-2

Virtual Field Trips: links for various virtual field trips

Library Resources Online

Zoom Document Camera Instructions: create a document camera at home

FlipGrid: virtual feedback videos

MentiMeter: virtual engagement tool through interactive responses

Padlet: virtual engagement tool through interactive response boards

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