Dallas ISD

Three Years After Tornado, Thomas Jefferson High School Reopens to Students

An October 2019 EF-3 tornado nearly destroyed "T.J." and the adjacent Cary Middle School. Today, students finally returned to find modern, state-of-the-art learning centers packed with the latest technology. Not far away, a damaged elementary school is being transformed into a career institute for students from multiple DISD high schools.
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DI People: Brinker International, DART, GameStop, Stream Data Centers, ATTPAC, Dallas Regional Chamber, and More Make Leadership Moves
by | May 20, 2022
In this week’s roundup of hires, promotions, and accolades in North Texas, you’ll also find news from the AT&T Performing Arts Center, DART, Aimbridge Hospitality, Acera, Fidelis Companies, The Rios Group Inc., Tech Titans, NEC Corp. of America, Texas Women’s Foundation, ATTPAC, LEARFIELD, and Hope Cottage.

Plus, Dallas ISD picks a lone finalist for superintendent.
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Dallas Startup Lands Funding to Expand Its ‘Educational Metaverse’ Nationally
by | May 17, 2022
Dallas-based STEMuli was founded by CEO Taylor Shead to create a gamified 'metaverse' where kids can earn tokens and have fun while they learn. Piloted since last summer at Dallas Hybrid Prep, it's given both remote and in-class learning an avatar-packed boost. Now, with a new $3.25 million seed funding round, STEMuli aims to expand its metaverse platform in schools nationally.
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Design Connect Create Names New Leaders, Plans Expanded Programming to Help Girls ‘Engineer Their Futures in STEM’
by | Mar 25, 2022
The STEM-focused nonprofit wants to help girls become the innovators of the future.
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West Dallas STEM School Inspires Toyota’s $110M ‘Driving Possibilities’ Program

by | Mar 3, 2022
The program is based on the success seen at the West Dallas Stem School—supported by around $5 million in donations from Toyota and a collaboration between Dallas ISD and SMU. Now Toyota is taking the STEM-focused educational model across the country, to help prepare students in pre-K through 12th grade for the workforce, while providing a variety of other community engagement activities.
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DISD Superintendent Hinojosa Is Leaving Post in December
by | Jan 14, 2022
The move caps off Hinojosa's 42-year-career in education, including helming Dallas ISD for 13 years. A roster of leading civic supporters stepped up to praise the superintendent.
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New Dallas International District to Turn Valley View-Galleria Area Into Global Showplace
by | Jan 4, 2022
Get ready for worlds to collide: With a plan 10 years in the making, Dallas' new International District will provide a unique home for international businesses of all sizes—along with a new 20-acre central park, international festivals, community gatherings, and a nearby PreK-12 STEAM International Academy being built by the Dallas ISD.

Funded by a public-private partnership, the district is also a testing ground for innovation with a civic smart zone and automated people mover.
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Dallas Education Foundation Created an ‘Educational Metaverse’ for DISD. It’s a Finalist for a $1M STOP Award
by | Dec 7, 2021
The Dallas Education Foundation is being recognized for driving the creation of an “educational metaverse” for DISD. Developed by Dallas-based STEMuli Technology, the metaverse is currently being piloted at Dallas Hybrid Prep, the district’s first permanently hybrid school. The STOP Awards, funded by Philadelphia benefactor Janine Yass, will provide a total of $3.5 million in prizes for exceptional educational responses during the COVID pandemic.
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DallasCIO Names 37 Finalists for 2021 CIO of the Year ‘ORBIE’ Awards

by | Nov 6, 2020
Dallas CIO of the Year finalists were tapped for excellence in technology leadership in seven categories: corporate, public sector, healthcare, enterprise, large enterprise, global, and super global. A virtual event will be held on February 26.
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Microsoft To Partner with State and Local Leaders To Accelerate Digital Learning Across Texas
by | Oct 22, 2020
Microsoft and the Texas Education Agency are collaborating on digital skills programs statewide that tackle issues such as STEM engagement and talent pipeline growth.
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Dallas-Based GreenLight’s Blockchain Platform is Powering College Readiness for Texas High School Students
by | Sep 17, 2020
GreenLight Credentials has been chosen to provide its blockchain platform to the Texas College Bridge. Now more than 6,000 students will be able to electronically share certificates and other records directly with colleges.
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Dallas ISD Students Go Digital for NAF Future Ready Lab Powered by Capital One, Take a Byte Out of Local Issues
by | Aug 13, 2020
NAF Academy students intern with Capital One as part of the NAF Future Ready Labs program, tackling real-world challenges while gaining workforce readiness skills.
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Industry-Leading Trendspotters to Highlight Innovative Products at Dallas Market Center

Training the Workforce: Accessible Education Keeps Dallas on the Cutting Edge of Innovation

by | Jan 15, 2019
To overcome tech's employment gap, a number of organizations in Dallas are providing free or affordable career training to children, women, and minorities.
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Clockwise, from upper left: Digital Fight Club 2018 (Pictured are round 5 "fighters" Thierry Hubert, CEO of Darwin Ecosystem and Skip Howard, CEO of Spacee), Founders Live, Codelaunch Startup Expo, and Polsinelli & Roberts Foster's IP discussion.
On Tap: Founders Live, CodeLaunch Startup Expo & Digital Fight Club
by | Jul 26, 2018
Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next week — and beyond.
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Lenovo Conrad Highschool Students developed app
Conrad HS Students Win National Contest With App Detailing Health, Education Events
by | Jun 6, 2018
The app from Dallas ISD students was named one of six winners nationwide in the Lenovo Scholar Network National Mobile App Development Competition.
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RoboKind
RoboKind’s New Robot Teaching Kids to Be Tomorrow’s Coders
by | May 3, 2018
The Dallas startup launched its robots4STEM program in March, which includes a curriculum covering coding, algorithmic thinking, and online safety through Jett the robot.
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