Theory of Action Newsletter

October 2021

Welcome, Dallas ISD Principals!

We believe in the power of the Theory of Action to provide clarity and coherence across our school system by providing school leaders with what they need. In order to maximize its impact, we're expanding our outreach and communication through our new monthly newsletter. Within, you can expect to find the most relevant and pressing information about Theory of Action, including:

  • Updates to our standards of service
  • Reminders of key components of managed instruction
  • News regarding accountability and our Local Accountability System
  • Testimonials and perspectives from peers

Each month throughout the school year, we will coordinate with district departments and prioritize communicating to you the Supports and Autonomies that are on the horizon. Please read on to see what is available to you this month!

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Home2Home Visit Program

The goal for the Home2Home Visit Program is for teachers and families to partner and collaborate to achieve academic success through relationship building.

Through virtual or in-person home visits, teachers build rapport with families and learn more about their aspirations and individual needs. They will also compensated $10 per visit. Programming is expanding to secondary campuses this year, with a focus on High Priority Campuses. Follow this link to read more and to apply for training.

School Retool Fellowship

The Personalized Learning Department is partnering with the Stanford Design School ( and IDEO to bring the sixth cohort of School Retool to Dallas ISD. This fellowship trains educators to take a design thinking approach to creatively tackle campus challenges using small experiences called "hacks."

Applications are currently being accepted until November 12th at 5 pm. Assistant principals from High Priority Campuses will be prioritized during the selection process. Follow this link to read more and apply.

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Event Security

Did You Know...

Accomplished campuses may receive one free security guard for one after-school event (no more than 2 hours). Breakthrough campuses may receive one security guard at 50% off for one after-school event (no more than 2 hours).

This autonomy is subject to availability from October 15-March 15th. For more information, click here.

New Technology Pilot

The leaps of technological development can make it hard to stay up to date. As technology progresses we hope to support your campus with the hardware or software needed to increase student productivity, engagement, and buy-in for your campus.

The IT department will be accepting applications for up to 10 Accomplished campuses or until the $50,000 budget has been exhausted. The deadline for application is November 15th. For more information and a link to the application, click here.

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Advanced Academic Services

Advanced Academic Services is here to support all campuses through the Theory of Action Standards of Service. We’re here as an instructional and technical resource for K-12 students, teachers, and campuses through:

  • Gifted/Talented Services
  • Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) College Readiness System
  • AVID Excel
  • Honors classes
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • AP Boot Camp
  • Saturday AP Prep Sessions
  • Dallas ISD Scholars Program and Recognition Ceremony
  • PSAT testing for 8th and 10th graders
  • Professional learning options such as the state-mandated 30 foundational hours of GT training for teachers of the gifted

Want to know more about Advanced Academic Services? Contact us via Let’s Talk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Maintaining yearly compliance through training is pivotal to the success of all campuses and one component of Managed Instruction through the Division of Human Capital Management. As a reminder, each employee in Dallas ISD must complete all assigned HCM compliance courses in Cornerstone by November 1st.

If you need assistance with the training videos, please login to Cornerstone and select Live Support on the menu located at the top of the page. For additional questions or concerns regarding the compliance training, please send an email to Policy and Compliance at

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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
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