DECEMBER 20, 2017

Dear ACE Family,

Holiday Greetings! Before embarking on your well-deserved holiday break, please scroll through our recent celebrations. There are many outstanding accomplishments within our feeder; the transformation is amazing. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Because of your collective efforts, I am confident that we will ALL meet state standards.

Best wishes for a wonderful break. Please rest, celebrate and embrace the new year with fierce determination. This is the year to accelerate to new levels --- to truly become "beacons of hope and models of excellence" for our communities.

Happy Holiday,

Jolee Healey

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Congratulations to Blanton Elementary

Paul Bambrick, nationally recognized author and leading educator, visited Blanton for an entire day to observe campus practices, PLC routines, and classroom learning. When sharing his review, he stated emphatically that "Blanton is the BEST turnaround he has ever seen!" Thank you Laura Garza, principal and the entire Blanton faculty and staff. You have taken an IR5 schools and made history!

Some accolades from the visit included: recognition of strong leadership and staff culture, positive morning arrival, inviting instructional spaces, effective use of Teach Like a Champ and Get Better Faster taxonomies, strong instructional rigor, noteworthy culture that celebrates student culture and learning. Thanks also to Teaching Trust for partnering in our work and building a bridge for the effective study of promising practices.

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Dallas ISD Principal of the Year, Laura Garza, named new Executive Director for the Samuell Feeder

ACE is incredibly proud to honor one of our own as Principal of the Year for Dallas ISD. Ms. Garza embodies strong, student-focused leadership. She impacts scholars each day and has taken an IR 5 school to earning all distinctions and becoming a point of pride in the community. She now has the opportunity for even greater impact with her new role. Best wishes, Ms. Garza!
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J.N. Ervin Elementary awarded TEA Grant for $974,000. to support Literacy. Way to Go ERVIN!

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Year 1 ACE School, T.J. Rusk MS, named National AVID Demonstration School

Students and staff at Dallas ISD’s Thomas J. Rusk Middle School earned the designation as an AVID National Demonstration School. This time, the renewed certification won’t expire for three years, which is the longest time period granted. “You are a very good school,” said Mozingo, a program manager for AVID in Texas.

Being a National Demonstration School means that Rusk’s program exhibits best practices, and will be an example other schools in the region can visit to see what it takes to implement a high-level AVID program. Principal Cordoba credited AVID students and staff for putting in the hard work necessary to renew the certification. #ACCELERATION!

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Dr. Billy Earl Made MS - Breakfast with over 500 Dads and Community Members

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Edison MLC Leading the Way with "Aggressive Monitoring"

Edison MLC faculty members are accelerating learning to meet state standards this year. They have embraced a high yield strategy called "aggressive monitoring" to increase engagement, understanding, and quality learning. Check out the short video to learn more:
ACE SCHOOLS | Aggressive Monitoring
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Hernandez Elementary Leaders and Teachers embrace "Coaching in the Moment"

Coaching in the Moment
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Teach Like a Champ Micro-credentialing statewide Pilot

Thanks to our teachers for leading way in Texas by piloting a new form of professional development. Mills, Lee, and Blanton have 100% first round completion! Congratulations to all fo the teachers below for successful submission:

  • Juan Bustamante
  • Monica Elvir
  • Roberto Gongora
  • Allison Kloby
  • Flor Mendez
  • Vladamir Dinolov
  • Lisa Williams
  • Katrine Pettigrew
  • Sandra Bewley
  • Lucia Hernandez
  • Carmen Slater
  • Roshonda Wesley
  • Alexa Calumpaino
  • Patrice Garmon
  • Tiffaney Todd
  • Alekzandra Michael
  • Tellesha Minter
  • Lindsay Molla
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ACE Website:

Click the link below to browse the site....don't forget to access our ACE resources in the Learning Lounge-use the password "ACE".
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