Theory of Action Newsletter

February 2022

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. If you're interested in seeing information from previous editions, you can access below:

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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Roadmap to Success

In an effort to better support HPC and ACE campuses communicate to parents and staff the support systems available in these schools, Communication Services is creating The Roadmap to Success digital and print campaign, which will provide customizable resources. Digital resources include customizable flyers, which can include campus-specific growth areas and parent/staff involvement opportunities. This flyer can be printed and displayed around the campus and/or shared with parents and staff through email, the school web and social media platforms. Yard sign artwork will also be available for schools to order copies through the Graphics Department (cost to be incurred by each school).

Mental Health Services

The mission of the Mental Health Services (MHS) department is to support students' academic success through a variety of services focused on emotional, behavioral and physical wellbeing. Through wrap-around services, the alcohol and drug prevention program, and partnerships with local health clinics, MHS strives to meet the holistic needs of students and their families.

For more information about the range of services available, click here.

Recruitment and Staffing

Human Capital Management is proud to offer multiple staffing services for campuses in need. From specialized job fairs to Resident Teacher FTE placement, HPC and ACE campuses have exclusive access to a variety of supports.

For more information on the range of services provided, click here.

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Staff (FTE) Conversions

Through Dallas ISD’s Theory of Action, Human Capital Management provides an opportunity to convert allocations to best serve the student needs of your campus. As we all prepare for the Spring Budget, we would like to remind campuses that it is currently the ideal time to prepare to exercise your autonomy.

For the most up-to-date information about eligibility and parameters for acceptable conversion types, click here.

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Non-Renewal Process Training Resources

Each school year, the State of Texas provides a window of time for districts to recommend Chapter 21 contract employees for non-renewal. Employees must be notified of this recommendation in writing no later than ten (10) business days prior to the last day of instruction. HCM recommends that campus administrators review all videos and other non-renewal resources on the Employee Relations webpage.

For more information, including a link to web-based mini-training sessions for administrators, click here.

Dallas ISD Alternative Certification Redesign

HCM has redesigned Dallas ISD's Alternative Certification Program to meet the ongoing demand for educators of critical shortage and hard to fill vacancies. The district will offer FREE tuition and GUARANTEED employment for the following content areas:
  • Bilingual EC-6
  • Math 7-12
  • Science 7-12
  • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12
  • Elementary ESL
  • Special Education EC-12

The application deadline has been extended to February 13th. You can direct promising candidates who are not yet certified to sign up for an upcoming info session (Feb 1 or Feb 8) at this link. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

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Quarantine and Emergency Paid Sick Leave

Human Capital Management has updated quarantine guidelines, which vary based on Covid-19 vaccination status. Per Covid safety guidelines, vaccinated employees may not be required to quarantine. Unvaccinated employees may be required to quarantine up to 5 calendar days if they are determined to be a close contact by Health Services.

Quarantine is a non-working, unpaid status. Employees may not work from home or attend district sponsored activities while they are in quarantine. If you test positive for Covid-19, you may be eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL), which will allow you to be absent from the work site 5 calendar days from the date of your Covid-positive test.

For more information, click here.

Compliance with Early Childhood Intervention

Special Services is committed to transitioning children from Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs to the Dallas Independent School District. As part of that commitment, the district must comply with the Texas Education Agency’s State Performance Plan (SPP) Indicator 12. SPP Indicator 12 is a 100 percent compliance indicator.

The ECI Transition Flowchart explains each step in accordance with current State established initial evaluation timelines. In each step, you will be able to follow the ECI transition process, identify who will need to be involved, plan ahead by reviewing ARD meeting schedules prior to deadlines, and adhere to the timelines associated.

If you have questions or need assistance, you may contact the Child Find office at or request support through Let’s Talk.

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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.

The metrics for Extracurricular Activity Engagement (10% of each campus's overall score) were amended last year to break down as follows:

  • Student Participation- 50%
  • Extracurricular and Co-curricular Opportunities- 30%
  • Teacher Participation- 20%

For a more detailed overview of this breakdown, including extracurricular activity requirements, click here.

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