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

S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.

May 2015

Dear Team BCPS,

Is time speeding up? It seems like just yesterday that our dedicated staff was clearing snow and ice on a regular basis to keep school grounds safe for students and staff. Now, the landscape is alive with blooming trees and flowers.  

It’s the perfect time of year for an update on the ¡Todos adelante! program, which is teaching conversational Spanish to Grade 4 students at 10 Passport schools throughout the county. BCPS is starting world language instruction at the elementary level to give students time to become proficient. This is part of our efforts to graduate students globally competitive.

Next year, current Passport schools will add Grade 5 Spanish, and fourth grade Spanish will expand to 15 more schools. Learn here about the schoolwide positive impacts already emerging from ¡Todos adelante! as recently presented to the Board of Education (starting at 1:32:20).

CONNECT

RT @KarynGinesi: @ParkvilleDance Places in their category! Way 2 go PHS Dance Company! @BCPSDance Awesome Season! @DDance_BCPS http://t.c
Sunday, 24 May 2015 @ 12:14:09 PM

RT @DMDBCPS: Check out this highlight on Randallstown High's Trey Jennings, the subject of today's Graduating Senior Profile http://t.co/hK
Friday, 22 May 2015 @ 7:30:56 PM

RT @DMDBCPS: Have a great Memorial Day Weekend Team BCPS!!
Friday, 22 May 2015 @ 7:30:42 PM

RT @BCPSAthletics: Congrats to Mildred Murray award winners @DulaneyLions Henry Harsel and @PointAthletics Kiera Lane! http://t.co/K8ZLtqG
Friday, 22 May 2015 @ 7:30:16 PM

Looking forward to having lunch with 3 outstanding @BaltCoPS seniors to discuss ways we can get better to support our students. #TeamBCPS
Friday, 22 May 2015 @ 12:28:27 PM

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A season of celebrations has begun. Fifteen BCPS schools were named among America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post. We’ll recognize the Baltimore County Teacher of the Year on May 6. And after Memorial Day, commencement exercises will begin, ushering our graduating seniors into the next exciting phase of their lives.

Remember how enthusiastic we were at the beginning of the school year? Let’s bring that energy to the fourth quarter of the school year to continue helping every student grow every day.

Take care,

S. Dallas Dance
Superintendent

Dr. 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 students, staff and the community into Team BCPS, a powerful force committed to producing globally competitive graduates.

In collaboration with Team BCPS, Dr. Dance spearheaded the development of Blueprint 2.0, a five-year strategic plan focused on improving academics, safety, communication and organizational effectiveness.

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 students, and the Second Language Acquisition program, which will support all students in achieving fluency in a second language.

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

In recognition of its advances in instructional technology, BCPS was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant to BCPS. In 2014, Dr. Dance was selected by President Barack Obama as one of 10 national “Connected Educator Champions of Change,” named one of eight “tech savvy” superintendents by eSchool News, appointed to the board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education, and received the “Walk the Walk" award from EdSurge and Digital Promise. Dr. Dance also was named among the National School Boards Association’s prestigious “20 to Watch" educators for 2014-2015. Microsoft honored BCPS in 2015 by selecting it as one of its “Showcase” school systems.

Other 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 boosting the graduation rate.
The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate surged to 86.3 percent for the Class of 2013, gaining nearly two and half percentage points in a single year with the help of concerted efforts to identify struggling students and provide interventions. The rate rose to 87.6 percent in 2014. As a result of these increases, District Administration magazine named BCPS a national “District of Distinction."

Open dialogue with the community and professional development for all staff members are additional hallmarks of Dr. Dance’s administration. In recognition of their commitment to communications, Dr. Dance and BCPS Chief Communications Officer Mychael Dickerson received the prestigious national Leadership Through Communication Award from AASA, the National School Public Relations Association, and Blackboard.

Other honors for Dr. Dance include an appointment from President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and selection to the executive committee of the American Association of School Administrators.

Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation, and served in executive leadership positions in Virginia.

Dr. Dance earned doctorate and master's degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor's degree 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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