Theory of Action Newsletter

January 2023

Welcome, 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.

We appreciate your feedback! Please share your thoughts and ideas via this feedback form. If you're interested in having information added to an upcoming newsletter, please submit a request here.

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Read Up, Listen Up

Did you know that reading aloud for thirty minutes daily is proven to grow confidence and proficiency among student readers?

That's why Dallas ISO will be partnering second and third graders with volunteer listeners through the Read Up, Listen Up program. It's an excellent opportunity to encourage students who currently read below grade level while providing daily practice to improve reading and comprehension skills. We will be encouraging everyone to volunteer, from business professionals to community members to grandparents and retirees. No experience or instructional feedback is required; simply a listening ear.

To pair volunteers with students, we request that you complete the Read Up, Listen Up Form by submitting the following information.

  • 2 Points of Contact at the Campus
  • Languages Needed

If you know of anyone that would like to volunteer to be a listener, you can have them sign up by visiting

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Veena Armstrong (

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Field Trip Transportation

Dallas ISD will approve and facilitate transportation for campus-funded field trips as outlined in FMG (REGULATION). Accomplished and Breakthrough campuses may receive free or reduced price transportation to one field trip within the county boundaries on a district-owned bus.

For more information, click here.

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Spring 2023 Campus Behavior Coordinator Professional Development Training

The Student Engagement And Support Department will provide mandatory Student Management and Behavioral Sports professional development sessions for all campus Behavior coordinators. The sessions will include various topics to foster a positive school climate, enhance school culture, and promote safety awareness. Each session will cover new topics that will enhance knowledge gained in the preceding training.

All professional development will be held at the Linus D. Wright Dallas ISD Building, 9400 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX. 75231. All campus behavior coordinators must register for each session using the link below.

For a list of training dates and times click here.

Campus Behavior Coordinator Registration Link

Human Capital Management: Revised Spring Budget Timeline for 2023-2024

Human Capital Management is looking forward to a successful Spring Budget process and would like to ensure the annual meetings are an efficient, effective, and productive use of your time. The 2023- 2024 Spring Budget meetings will be in-person from February 20, 2023, through March 3, 2023. The intention of these meetings will be to sign off on the final allocations for your campus and to submit your excess employee documentation if applicable. Review and pre-work of campus allocations should be completed before attendance in these meetings.

Click here to access the information memo.

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Putting the "I" in Equity E-Learning

The Racial Equity Office will launch the district's professional development e-learning entitled, Putting the "/" in Equity, during the week of January 16, 2023. This course aims to increase your knowledge and build upon your understanding of what it means to possess an equity mindset. It will also present reflective practices for continuous growth and development.

The interactive module is a self-paced, one-hour module housed in Cornerstone and should be completed by February 24, 2023.

All district staff (professional staff, paraprofessional staff, support staff, central staff, new hires, part-time staff, etc.) are required to complete this module and should receive an email notification.

If you have any additional questions, please follow the steps below:

  • For technical issues managed in Cornerstone, go to the Live User Support Tab to access the live support team
  • For any additional questions, contact Candyce Grant at or 972-925- 3048.
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Local Accountability

Our Local Accountability System exudes the Dallas ISD philosophy of educating the Whole Child. With the impact of COVID-19, we have submitted our amended accountability metrics to the Texas Education Agency for final approval. The Department of Evaluation and Assessment will communicate all updates as soon as they become available. For more information regarding the LAS, visit

Effective in the current 2022-2023 school year, Dallas ISD campuses will use their overall State Ratings as their formal campus rating instead of the previous Local Accountability System (LAS) rating. The Local Accountability System will continue to be used to provide campuses with their Theory of Action Autonomies, however the State Rating will be used to provide Theory of Action Supports for campuses.

For additional information or questions contact the Theory of Action office at or visit us on the web at

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