The Texas Educational Agency released its 2017 Accountability Ratings, and the top-rated elementary in East Dallas may be a surprise.
Dan D. Rogers Elementary earned the most distinctions, six out of six, of any school in our neighborhood. The Advocate wrote about Rogers’ Principal of the Year Lisa Lovato, who brought in Personalized Learning and grew neighborhood support of the school. Rogers also received all six distinctions last year.
As a district, Dallas ISD did not receive any distinctions, though there were 30 schools that earned all distinctions, after only 17 earned all distinctions last year. One of the schools missing from the list was Woodrow Wilson High School, which earned all seven last year but dropped to six this year.
The ratings are based on standardized test scores and graduation rates, and look at student achievement, student progress, closing the achievement gap and readiness for the next level of education.
See how neighborhood schools have done below, and search the results of all Texas schools here.
Article courtesy of the Lakewood Advocate
Fore more information on Dan D. Rogers, contact the Rogers Early Childhood PTA
Dan D. Rogers Elementary School, a personalized learning campus in the Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), has been named the 2017 winner of the Golden Psi Award by the Board of Educational Affairs of the American Psychological Association (APA).
“The committee was most impressed by Rogers’ attention to promoting a positive social environment – mindfulness, social skill development and good decision making – all of which supports child and academic development,” said Tammy Hughes, chair of the Golden Psi Award selection committee.
Rogers was selected in part for its emphasis on positive discipline and encouraging students, teachers and parents to address conflict in a healthy and productive manner. The selection committee was also impressed by Rogers’ focus on school safety, which promotes community development and support.
Mindfulness practices, including deep breathing, focus techniques and yoga were added into the curriculum last year to help students cope with negative emotions, according to Jeanne Juneau, counselor at Rogers Elementary School. Activities from identifying sounds to writing feelings down have helped teachers and students better reflect on their emotions.
“The ultimate goal of our mindfulness implementation is for the students to better self-regulate their emotions,” Juneau said. “This has resulted in fewer reported cases of negative behavior, such as bullying.”
The Golden Psi Award is based on factors that include educational adaptations shown to be appropriate for a school’s demographic makeup, the use of evidence-based interventions, measureable academic and/or social-emotional growth and monitoring of an individual’s or group’s progress.
“The traditional forms of student discipline such as detention do not apply to Rogers,” Hughes said. “At Rogers, discipline is about teaching students, teachers and parents how to communicate their needs to each other properly.”
Rogers received an award trophy and a check presented by the APA for $1,000.
Article courtesy of The Hub
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Back by popular demand, another fun Friday night at Jump Street to kick off our 2017 events. Pizza will be provided, please pay for any kids (or parents) planning on jumping! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get a headcount for pizza.
Friday, February 24th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
House Party!Get to know neighborhood parents and kids over pizza and beer and bounce house fun. Please RSVP to email@example.com for address.
Friday, March 10th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
School Tour at Dan D. RogersDan D. Rogers Elementary School, 5314 Abrams Rd.
Register for a school tour and Q&A with staff by clicking here.
Friday, April 7th
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Mom’s Night Out Wine NightBodega Wine Bar at Mockingbird & Abrams
Join us for one of our most popular events from last year!
Wednesday, April 12th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. come and go
Playground Play DateDan D. Rogers School Playground
Sunday, April 23rd
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Pool Party!Join us for our second annual neighborhood pool party this summer. Date TBD.
The Dan D. Rogers Early Childhood PTA has it's own webpage
East Dallas has bragging rights to the best elementary school principal in Dallas ISD — Lisa Lovato of Dan D. Rogers — but only a tiny fraction of homeowners in the surrounding neighborhoods send their children to the school.
Instead, parents are sending their children to private, charter or other district schools, such as Robert E. Lee and Dealey Montessori. Only 7.7 percent of Rogers’ 518 students live in Ridgewood Park, University Meadows, Fisher Heights or North Hill homes and condos.
“I don’t even have the opportunity to make an impact on the kids who never gave us a chance,” Lovato says.
Lovato has spent the past six years navigating the shifting culture of the school, the changing demographics of the neighborhood and, most recently, the transition to a DISD “school of choice” in 2015. That’s when the school switched to a personalized learning curriculum approach, and subsequently, her students’ success skyrocketed. This past year, Rogers received all possible distinctions from the Texas Education Agency, meaning it performed better on mandated STAAR exams than peer campuses with similar demographics. The elementary school was one of 17 DISD schools that received this honor, and one of only eight non-magnet schools.
DISD recognized Lovato’s success and community-driven approach in December, when she received the Principal of the Year award, given to one campus leader at a district elementary, secondary and magnet school, respectively. It’s an even higher honor considering that there are 151 DISD elementary schools.
Rogers is thriving, but neighborhood families are just starting to take notice.
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Wynne McNabb Cunningham