S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.

A message from Dr. Dance
Superintendent's Message

February 2016

Dear Team BCPS,

All month, you have the opportunity to speak up, share your voice, and let us know how BCPS and your school are doing. The BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey is available through February 29 at https://bcps.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eQm7Z37Wguu2eRT.

The survey is anonymous, and it only takes about five minutes to complete on your phone, tablet, or computer.

We want to hear from all students in Grades 4 through 12, parents, community members, and staff. We can’t get a true picture of our strengths and weaknesses in Blueprint 2.0 goal areas -- academics, safety, communication, and organizational effectiveness -- without hearing from you.


BCPS News - Students, parents, teachers invited to learn more about a special STEM learning opportunity https://t.co/OY7u54Ti5c
Monday, 08 February 2016 @ 2:05:45 PM

RT @BaltCoPS: 2/8/2016 - Distribution of report cards.
Monday, 08 February 2016 @ 1:49:23 PM

RT @FortGarrisonES: Love my students! Made this on their own! This is STAT at its best! @BCPS_ELA @BCPSODL @DDance_BCPS @drobb https://t.c…
Monday, 08 February 2016 @ 1:48:51 PM

RT @OMEaglesEye: 7 @OMHS_Eagles' attended @BaltCoPS' second annual Leadership Summit for Young Women in High School @DDance_BCPS https:/…
Monday, 08 February 2016 @ 12:17:37 PM

RT @DeerParkLibrary: Vote for Deer Park ES at https://t.co/dU2V9N76rU Help secure our share of $200K and support School Library Programs @D
Monday, 08 February 2016 @ 9:26:53 AM


Last year, we received nearly 75,000 responses, which is a big improvement. But, I still want to hear from more of you – more students, more parents, and more community members and staff. Individuals who fit into more than one category can take the survey more than once: as a staff member, as a community member, and for each school your children attend.

Parents can choose to take the survey at a school or the public library. In addition to English, this year’s survey is also available for parents and community members in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Nepali, Yoruba, Russian, French, Tagalog, Uzbek, Amharic, Korean and Gujarati.

Please take a moment to give us your feedback.

Take care,

S. Dallas Dance

S. Dallas Dance

Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Distinguished as a vibrant and visionary leader, Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance has united Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) students, staff, and the community into Team BCPS, a powerful force committed to producing globally competitive graduates.

Champions of Change
Superintendent Dance is honored as a Connected Educator Champion of Change by the White House

In collaboration with Team BCPS, Dr. Dance spearheaded the development of Blueprint 2.0, a five-year strategic plan focused on academics, safety, communication, and organizational effectiveness. One critical strategy is making high school graduation a districtwide priority. As a result, the BCPS graduation rate surged to 87.6 percent for the Class of 2014, up nearly four percentage points since Dr. Dance’s tenure began in 2012, and earning BCPS a 2014 District of Distinction award from District Administration magazine.

Under Dr. Dance’s leadership, fundamental shifts in teaching and learning are taking place through groundbreaking initiatives including S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow), designed to create a 1:1 digital learning environment for all 111,000 students, and Passport Schools, which launch world language instruction at Grade 4.

His contributions to creating learner-centered environments through technology have been honored with successive Digital Innovation Learning Awards from Digital Promise and Ed Surge: the 2014 Walk the Walk award and the 2015 Open Door Policy award. Dr. Dance was appointed to the 12‐member board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education, was named one of eight eSchool News 2014 Tech‐Savvy Superintendents, and was named a White House Connected Educator Champion of Change in 2013.

BCPS became a District of Distinction in 2015 for personalizing learning through S.T.A.T. as well as earning the Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education. Also in 2015, Microsoft selected BCPS as its sole “Showcase” school system for innovative digital teaching and learning. BCPS was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded BCPS a $1.5 million grant to advance equity and digital learning.

Additional areas of focus for the Dance administration have been enhancing special education services and magnet programs; expanding preschool access; increasing equity and rigor; rethinking middle schools; and engaging stakeholders through two-way outreach. In recognition of their commitment to communications, Dr. Dance and BCPS Chief Communications Officer Mychael Dickerson received the prestigious 2015 Leadership Through Communication Award from AASA (the School Superintendents Association), the National School Public Relations Association, and Blackboard.

Dr. Dance’s leadership and influence were recognized through his 2014 appointment to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was selected by colleagues to serve on the executive committee for AASA. Most recently, Dr. Dance was named one of 10 LinkedIn Next Wave education professionals, one of the National School Board Association’s 20 to Watch educators, and one of the Baltimore Daily Record’s Most Admired CEOs.

Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers responsible for nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District, the nation’s seventh largest school system. Before his tenure in Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive leadership positions in Virginia.

Dr. Dance earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Union University.

A resident of Baltimore County, Dr. Dance is the proud father of one son, Myles Dallas Dance.

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