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Newsletter

Winter Quarter

NEA-Dallas Board of Directors


President Delna Bryan
Vice President Sheila Walker
VP of Teacher Affairs Hope Lee
VP of DISD ESPs Carmen Behrend
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Secretary Vivian Bryant
GREETINGS DEAR NEA-DALLAS MEMBERS;
Treasurer Angela Davis
The Midday Express Train has moved on to its second new face with the Winter
Quarter Newsletter. Texas educators see big gains in election returns
We are disappointed that Beto O’Rourke, the TSTA-endorsed candidate,
We have just gotten through the second Six Weeks with our students, and we are
lost his close and well-fought race for the U.S. Senate, but educators’ votes
on our way to finishing a successful 1st Semester of the 2018 - 2019 school year here
were influential in the elections of at least 10 new pro-public school
in Dallas ISD. Oh, how time passes fast when you are having fun! This has been one
candidates for the Texas House, two new state senators and two new
of the falls with the most rain to my recollection. It has been one with different members of the U.S. House. Three education friendly state representatives
types of days as well as different temperatures during the day with our starting who had tough reelection races – Victoria Neave of Dallas, Mary Ann Perez
Daylight Savings Time. The trees are showing their glorious fall colors in shades of Houston and Phil Cortez of San Antonio -- also won with TSTA’s support.
never seen in these climes for a long time because of all the rain. As I sit here writing Thank you to every educator and friend of education who went to the
this, it is chilly out there! Get ready for the winter as you winterize your classroom, polls to Vote Education First. Your votes definitely made a difference.
your car and your home. The 10 new Texas House members elected with TSTA’s support are:
Big on our agenda was the huge success of our NEA-Dallas “March to Polls” in late # Vikki Goodwin, James Talarico, John Bucy and Erin Zwiener in Austin and
October. We thank Mrs. Sheila Walker, our Executive Vice President for her tireless suburban Austin;
efforts in spearheading that event. We thank Mrs. Janna Connolly, our TSTA Staff # Ana-Marie Ramos, Terry Meza, Rhetta Bowers, John Turner and Julie
person for stepping up to the plate to join right in to do what needed to be done.
Johnson in the Dallas area; and
# Gina Calanni of Katy.
We thank every other person in our NEA-Dallas immediate and extended family from
These addition plus incumbents and other legislative candidates endorsed
near and far who had a hand in making that an event par excellence.
by TSTA in both party primaries are expected to form a significant,
In early November, we had one of the most exciting elections ever in the history at bipartisan pro-education bloc in the Texas House.
the Local, State and National Levels. Our Dallas ISD TRE passed the third time Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and senators who support his school privatization
around. So, we will see all the innovations in the district that we needed the funding agenda will remain in control of the Texas Senate, but TSTA-backed
to continue. We hope to see funding for more classroom supplies (Pre-K through 12 candidates unseated two pro-voucher, Patrick allies. Beverly Powell
grade) as well as resources that we must have in order to help our students be on defeated Konni Burton in District 10 in Fort Worth, and Nathan Johnson
the same level playing field as some of the wealthier school districts. We hope to see beat Don Huffines in District 16 in Dallas.
monies placed into programs that we have dreamed about having over the years. Among successful TSTA-supported candidates for the U.S. House were
We won several seats at the State level in Austin that will help us all. Those Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Houston and Colin Allred of Dallas, who unseated
incoming members in both the House and Senate are favorable to us as educators. longtime incumbents.
We are looking forward to the gains that we would have for Public Education in Congratulations to all the pro-public education winners! Here is a complete
Texas. Thank you to all NEA-Dallas PAC contributors! Your contributions have helped list. https://tsta.org/sites/default/files/2018endorsedCandidates-
these candidates achieve the level of success that they have attained. winners_1.pdf
At our schools, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our students a few days ago
when we had one of the most thankful seasons of the year. Some schools had
Breakfast or Lunch with the Grandparents for this season, one school in particular:
Young Men Leadership Academy @ Florence Middle School had “Feed the Grove.” Important remaining dates in the Dallas ISD 2018-19 calendar
With close to 11, 000 educators and 156,000 students on this train, it behooves us as BY THE HUB ON NOVEMBER 13, 2018 NEWS BRIEFS
adults to continue “training up” the students in the way that they should go. They
With the school year getting close to the halfway mark, here are the important
will not depart from it should the trainings hold true to form. Today we are
inculcating in them more than the three Rs + technology for a global society.
remaining dates in the Dallas ISD 2018-19 calendar.
Some of us might have to be the diagnostician, the health care provider, or the social ▪ Dallas ISD Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 19–23
worker that is so needed in our classrooms when there is such a demand. ▪ Dallas ISD Winter Break: Dec. 20–Jan. 8 (students), Dec. 21–Jan. 4
Let us be thankful to be there to provide for all our students! (staff)
As a NEA-Dallas Family Member, I would like to invite the extended members to ▪ Dallas ISD Spring Break: March 11–15
join me in giving back to our Dallas community by Feeding the Homeless for ▪ Student/Staff Holidays: Jan. 21, Feb. 18, May 27
Christmas. Give me a call should you be in town, and also wish to join me and other ▪ Inclement Weather Makeup Dates: April 19 and 22
family members downtown on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
NEA-Dallas would like to wish you the greatest celebration of celebrations for A pdf of the 2018–2019 approved school year calendar is available
from www.dallasisd.org/calendars.
these winter months. They include a Happy or Merry…Hanukkah, Christmas,
Kwanzaa, Christmas, Winter Solstice, New Year, Chinese New Year, Wren’s Day,
Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day.
We are looking forward to seeing each other at our Winter Holiday Brunch on
Saturday, December 1st from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at our Headquarters 6500
Greenville Avenue, Suite # 520, Dallas, TX 75206.
In closing, I wish you all the best for the holidays with your students, your loving
family and friends! See you for 2019: A Happy New Year to one and all!!!
Delna
[REMINDERS]

12/1/18 NEA-Dallas Holiday Brunch


NEA-Dallas Office
11 am – 2 pm
12/13/18 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
12/3-7/18 STAAR Testing
NEA-Dallas www.NEADALLAS.com
12/20/18 Student Holiday / Staff Development 6500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 520 www.TSTA.org
12/21/18-1/4/19 Winter Break Dallas, Texas 75206 www.NEA.org
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED
Monday – Friday
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Lunch Break 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
[Closed Saturday, Sunday & all DISD holidays]
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA

Janna Connolly Raya Staley


TSTA Staff Office Manager
12/21/18-1/4/19 Winter Break (469) 952-7288 – cell (214) 821-2061
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED jannac@tsta.org officemanager@logixonline.com
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
1/7/19 Student Holiday / Staff Development
NEA-Dallas neadallas1
1/10/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am
1/12/19 NEA-Dallas General Membership Meeting @10 am TSTA Help Center
1-877-ASK-TSTA
NEA-Dallas Office
www.TSTA.org
1/14/19 Parent Conferences (Grades 9-12)
NEAMB Signature Discount
1/15/19 Parent Conferences (Grades 6-8)
When you enroll in the AT&T Signature Discount program,
1/17/19 Parent Conferences (Grades PreK – 5) through your organization-and have a qualified wireless service
1/21/19 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday agreement- you'll save on your monthly service charge for
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED qualifying plans.
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA As an AT&T Signature Discount member, you’ll receive:
1/24/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm • 15% off qualified wireless plans & services
• 20% off eligible wireless accessories

For more information and details go to the website listed below:


Union Member discounts available at
www.att.com/wireless/NEAMB
2/14/19 DISD Board Briefing @ 11:30 am
2/15/19 Student Holiday / Staff Development
2/16/19 Region 20 House of Delegates
2/18/19 President’s Day Holiday
DISD & NEA-Dallas will be CLOSED
TSTA Help Center 1-877-ASK-TSTA
NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program
2/28/19 DISD Board Meeting @ 6 pm
Brandon Watson – (512) 520-7248
bwatson@calcas.com
Former elementary school reopens as a youth center for homeless
students
BY THE HUB ON NOVEMBER 14, 2018 HEADLINES
A year ago, plans were announced to turn the vacant Fannie C. Harris
Elementary School into a youth center that will eventually accommodate
homeless Dallas ISD students who have nowhere else to stay at night.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, a special ceremony and ribbon-cutting celebrated the prep
work done so far to open the center, which is expected to happen in a matter of
weeks.
Initially, the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center will open as an after-hours drop-in
center for homeless youth to have a safe place to hang out, do homework and
have access to laundry and shower facilities. In the spring, with further
renovations, the center is planned to open its overnight component for up to 35
unaccompanied, unsheltered students.
The center will be operated by After8toEducate, a collaborative effort formed
through the Social Venture partners Dallas. The collaboration brings together
Dallas ISD, Promise House and CitySquare to provide essential services for
district students and other homeless youth ages 14-21. Learn more
at www.after8toeducate.com.

District sets $150,000 goal in 2018 United Way workplace campaign


BY THE HUB ON NOVEMBER 16, 2018 INSIDE DALLAS ISD
Scores of nonprofits and agencies in our community depend on United Way
funding to provide programs and services that help Dallas ISD students and
families. That’s why Dallas ISD supports United Way and encourages employees
to contribute via its annual workplace campaign. The district’s 2018 giving
goal is $150,000, and the campaign runs through Dec. 14.
The theme of this year’s district campaign, is “This is Us.”
There are multiple ways for employees to contribute, and when you give
you can specify your donation to support one or more of 150 United
Way organizations. You can find the list of these organizations, view a
dashboard that tracks department and school giving in real time, and download
a variety of campaign resources from the district’s United Way
webpage, www.dallasisd.org/unitedway.

Voters approve Dallas ISD Tax Ratification Election


BY GENE DAVIS ON NOVEMBER 7, 2018 HEADLINES
Dallas voters Tuesday night approved a long-term strategy to make Dallas ISD
fiscally sustainable while supporting initiatives proven to boost student
achievement.
District officials said the approval of the 13-cent Tax Ratification Election (TRE)
positions Dallas ISD for long-term success. Unofficial results show that nearly 60
percent of voters approved the TRE, which will support:
▪ Attracting and retaining high-quality teachers and staff;
▪ Ongoing support for building a strong early learning foundation for
students;
▪ Expanding parent and student’s opportunity of public school choice;
▪ Ensuring racial equity throughout the district;
▪ Being fiscally prudent in building the district’s assigned fund balance.
The TRE will bring the tax rate to $1.17 per $100 of property value. This, for
example, will translate to about a $20 monthly increase for the owner of a home
valued at $184,574.
Meanwhile, Dallas voters also approved Dallas ISD propositions to support a $75
million bond for new buses and a bus barn, a $75 million bond to refund
outstanding maintenance tax notes, and the purchase of attendance credits.
6500 Greenville Ave., Ste 520
Dallas, Texas 75206
(214) 821-2061 office
(214) 821-0219 fax
www.neadallas.com

Dear Region 20/NEA-Dallas Member:


It is that time of year again to nominate and elect delegates and alternates to the Region 20 House of Delegates, the TSTA State House of Delegates
and local delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly.
The Region 20 House of Delegates will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, location to be determined. We will be
considering new business items to present at the State HoD in April.
The TSTA House of Delegates will be held in Frisco, TX at Embassy Suites in Frisco, April 26-27, 2019. There will be professional development seminars
conducted by TSTA the morning of April 26th. Delegates may want to start planning now for travel expenses to the state convention. The TSTA
convention hotel is the Embassy Suites in Frisco. The hotel’s nightly room rate for members in the TSTA convention room block is approximately $149
for a single or a double, plus taxes. NEA-Dallas will provide one-night double occupancy for ONLY our ELECTED delegates.
The NEA Representative Assembly will be held July 2nd – July 5th in the wonderful city of Houston, Texas. The NEA RA is the world’s largest
democratic decision-making body with upwards of 9,000 delegates in attendance from all over the United States and the world.
It is extremely important that we have our full delegation in attendance for these upcoming events. The future of our organization will be decided there
and each of you will have a vote. If we have delegates that do not attend, then we, here in Dallas, lose valuable input in that decision-making process.
To be on the ballot for these important elections, please fill out the enclosed nomination form and return it to NEA-Dallas (DISD Box 118) through DISD
mail, US Mail (6500 Greenville Ave., Suite 520 Dallas, Texas 75206), via fax (214-821-0219), or in person. We need your nomination form by 4:00pm,
Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
We want to encourage all of you to participate in these important events. This is an opportunity for all of you to become involved in YOUR
organization.
We look forward to receiving your nomination form.
Sincerely,

Angela Delna
Angela M. Davis Delna Bryan
President, Region 20 President, NEA-Dallas

Region 20 House of Delegates


TSTA House of Delegates
NEA Representative Assembly
Nomination Form

Please indicate which HoD you would like to be nominated for by placing a check on the line next to the appropriate HoD.
You may nominate yourself for all three.

_____ Region 20 House of Delegates _____ TSTA House of Delegates _____ NEA Representative Assembly
(Saturday, February 16, 12:00 pm, TBD) (Fri. & Sat., April 26-27, Frisco, Texas) (July 2nd - July 5th, Houston, Texas)

(PLEASE PRINT)

NAME:______________________________________________________________________________________________________

WORKSITE:_____________________________________________ EMAIL:_________________________________________________

HOME ADDRESS:____________________________________________________HOME CITY:__________________ STATE:______ ZIP:__________

HOME PHONE:_______________________________ CELL PHONE:_____________________________________

ETHNICITY:__________________________________ POSITION TITLE:___________________________________

I, ______________________________________________________, certify that the above information is correct.

SIGNATURE:_________________________________________________________________DATE:_________________________

All information is REQUIRED to be officially nominated. Return completed form by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Please return via DISD Mail (BOX 118); via U.S. Mail (6500 Greenville Ave. Suite 520, Dallas, TX 75206) via fax (214-821-0219) or in
person to NEA-Dallas by 4:00pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
TSTA 2019 Young Artist Contest
Theme: The Heroes Around Me in My Public School
The TSTA Art Contest is open to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade attending Texas Public Schools. Its
purpose is to showcase student talent, recognize students, parents, and teachers and to display prize-winning creations at the TSTA HQ.
Winners will be selected by the delegates of the 2019 TSTA House of Delegates in Frisco.
Requirements and Expectations
1. One entry per artist.
2. Any student attending a Texas public school is eligible to enter.
3. The maximum size is 12x18 inches.
4. Any medium may be used, including traditional and computer-generated work. Pieces may be in either black
and white or color; but charcoal, pastels, chalk, or crayon works must be sprayed with fixative to prevent
smearing. No framed work or canvas on stretchers allowed.
5. All entries must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an
existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the
competition rules and will not be accepted.
6. The artist retains all copyrights to their artwork, without exception.
7. It is acceptable to enter art that has been entered to previous competitions, even if it won.
8. By entering this competition, you are granting TSTA a non-exclusive perpetual license to create and retain a
digital record of your artwork, which TSTA will use to reproduce images of your artwork on our website and
social media, and in our printed materials such as the Advocate, our all-member publication, and a catalogue of the years’ submissions, and you will of
course be credited each time. Your artwork will not be used for any
purpose other than to showcase your talent.
9. Winning artwork will be displayed at the TSTA HQ for one year, and at the end of the contest year, all art will be returned to the address submitted
with the piece. TSTA assumes no responsibility for any damage that may occur in shipping and exhibition.

Winners will receive:


• A gift card for places 1-5
• $200 for 1st place
• $100 for 2nd place
• $50 for 3rd place
• $50 for 4th place
• $50 for 5th place
• A certificate from TSTA.
• Artwork will be displayed at the TSTA HQ office for one year.
• Artwork will be published in TSTA publications/website.

EACH PIECE OF ART MUST HAVE TWO ENTRY FORMS


Print or type and affix the form to the back of artwork. Make a copy and submit in an envelope to accompany the
artwork. Entries may be mailed postmarked no later than January 30th. Please mail entries to the address
below. Confirmation of receipt will be issued.
TSTA Center for Executive and Governance Art Contest
8716 N Mopac Expressway
Austin, TX 78759
If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Carpenter at crystalc@tsta.org or 512-476-5355.

TSTA 2019 Young Artist Contest

Student Name _______________________________________________________

Local / District ________________________________________________________

Student Phone Number ________________________________________________

Grade __________ Age __________ Medium _______________________________

School ______________________________________________________________

School Address _______________________________________________________

School Telephone _____________________________________________________

Name of Art/Classroom Teacher __________________________________________

Teacher Email Address ________________________________________________

Contact Number for Teacher ____________________________________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian_____________________________________________

PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY AND COMPLETE ENTIRE ENTRY FORM – THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
March to the Polls 3 minutes each board meeting, they will hear about the wonderful programs
Martin Luther King Recreation Center and experiences in DISD school libraries. She said that it is DASL’s hope that
when the Board hears all that is being taught and the services rendered,
October 27, 2018
Amazing turnout at March to the Polls, over 200 community members members will agree that strong library programs are an important part of our
students’ education. She provided the board with a flyer that showed the
spoken to about supporting education friendly candidates. #teamtsta
statistics of how having a certified school librarian positively affects academics
and test scores. She confessed that she had been a child that had trouble
learning to read, how painfully it affected her, and how having a strong library
program helped her to improve thereby catching her up to the other students
in her grade.
Why is DASL making such big deal out of advocacy? This year due to budget
cuts, all Dallas ISD high schools have only one librarian with the exception of
Skyline High School which has 2. Elementary schools with fewer than 251
students have a half time librarian while secondary schools with fewer than 751
students do not have a librarian at all. DASL members are extremely concerned
about those students who do not have full-time librarians in their schools. The
2018-2019 DASL moto is “Because every child needs a librarian.” Fortunately,
To see more photos from the March to the Polls go to our website the 2019-2020 Campus Staffing Formula passed at the November School Board
www.neadallas.com or find us on Facebook at Meeting did provide “1 media specialist per campus.” Yet DASL will continue to
https://www.facebook.com/neadallas/. promote its positive advocacy program. Budgets are created every year. The
organization wants to make sure librarians are seen for the important work
Planning Upcoming Workshops they do and are not tossed aside.
Workshops are being planned for 2019. Please email Dallas ISD will reinstate a librarian in each school next school year, but it is not
officemanager@logixonline.com with ideas or information you would like true everywhere. Over the last several years, many school districts across the
to have covered in a workshop. nation have been cutting costs by eliminating certified librarian positions and
replacing them with clerk positions. This is true in Texas as well. This is why
Here are some examples of the workshops being planned TSTA has in its Legislative Program a push for legislation requiring full-time
• Discipline for Bus Drivers counselors and librarians on every campus. Libraries need clerks in addition to
• Wage and Labor Laws librarians, not in place of them.
• Professional Responses to Communication
To be a certified school librarian in the State of Texas one must:
• Legal Rights for all employees • have two years teaching experience
• Rebuttals
• hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher
• Grievance Process education
• complete an approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP)
MY STORY • successfully complete the School Librarian’s Texas Examination of
Gail Perry Educator Standards (TExES)
Thomas Jefferson High School Most people are surprised to learn of the requirements for being a school
Gail Perry is in her 11th year as librarian of Thomas Jefferson librarian. Why would someone need a Master’s Degree? Why do they need
High School in Dallas. She earned her Master of Library teaching experience? One would need to read the Texas Administrative Code
Science degree from Texan Woman’s University, and both her Rule 239.55 Standards Required for the School Librarians Certificate to fully
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in understand the job of a school librarian. There are 6 Standards with a range of
Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She holds 5 to 15 activities each. Instead of reading the Code let’s take a look at the broad
Texas Educator Certificates in School Librarian Grades (EC-12), overview of a librarian’s job.
Secondary Mathematics Grades (6-12), Secondary Anthropology Grades (6-12) and
Why do librarians need teaching experience? First and foremost, librarians are
English as a Second Language Supplemental Grades (6-12). Gail is the President of
teachers. In the field of Library Science, school librarians are usually referred to
Dallas Association of School Librarians (DASL) and held the office of Treasurer for
as teacher librarians. Librarians participate in curriculum design, collaborative
four years.
planning and cooperative teaching. They also teach and promote the ethical
This article is a plea for all TSTA members to actively support school librarians use of resources, and promote independent and lifelong learning. These are
and counselors by supporting TSTA Legislative Program 4.04 which states: only a few examples of their teaching responsibilities.
Legislation requiring full-time counselors and librarians Why would someone need a Master’s Degree? Librarians are responsible for the
on every campus. In addition, legislation requiring business side of libraries. Collection development is a huge, time consuming
limitations on counselor-to-student ratios not to exceed responsibility that requires a specific expertise. Librarians must analyze their
1:300. This should be a priority for all schools without collections and manage their budgets to provide the best materials to meet
exception. their students’ and faculties’ needs. They must maintain the collection to keep
In the past 11 years, library staff positions in Dallas ISD have been targeted for it current. Librarians are media specialists assisting students and faculty with
reduction. Too many people do not know exactly what a school librarian does. technology questions. They provide instruction about reference and research
People usually see the librarian as someone who checks out books. Checking techniques as well as codes of conduct and ethics in the use of print and
books in and out is just one small task a librarian performs--not the purpose of a electronic resources including the Internet. Yes, they also check out books.
librarian’s job. This year DASL will be telling the Dallas Community and DISD Librarianship is a service field. Teacher librarians serve their school community.
School Board about the wonderful and important programs going on in Dallas’ Now the librarians need their community to support them. All school personnel
school libraries. It is our hope that a positive approach to educating Dallas should encourage their students to read library books to improve their
stake holders about the importance of what librarians do in their schools to knowledge, reading skills, and test scores. For those of you who are teachers,
teach, guide, and provide for students will result in increased support of school please collaborate with your school librarian. Talk to everyone you know about
library programs. the importance of school librarians and TSTA’s push for legislation requiring
This year’s positive advocacy approach was introduced at the November School full-time librarians on every campus. Yes, do it for the librarians; but mostly do
Board meeting. Our librarian told the Board that over the next few months for it for the kids. Why? Because Every Child Needs A Librarian.