Dear Team BCPS:
We have emerged from the snowiest winter in recent memory to face a month known for watering future blooms. It seems fitting that this is the month we are launching an exciting new initiative that aims to nurture and feed the Team BCPS community.
I'm thrilled to announce BCPS Parent University, a multifaceted resource developed by BCPS staff, parents/guardians and community members to empower parents as partners in the educational process. We know that parents are every student's first teachers. Through the Office of Family and Community Engagement, we are making tools available to support the learning process.
Parent University emphasizes the critical role of parents as the bridge between schools and homes. To meet the needs of busy families, we're offering face-to-face workshops held throughout the county presented by BCPS staff members and many local partners. In addition, parents can access online webinars, videos, and print materials.
Coming together as Team BCPS, we can all serve as teachers, learners, and leaders to support student success. I invite you to explore Parent University, and let us know what you think.
S. Dallas Dance
S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Distinguished as a vibrant and driven 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 deliberate excellence and 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, communications and organizational effectiveness.
What a great day w/our Spring student town halls! The MS & HS students asked some pretty touch questions! Very impressed! #TeamBCPS
Student town hall day - too excited! #TeamBCPS
Just finished a small group discussion with community leaders in NW Baltimore County on ideas for school innovation! Great discussion!
Recent national honors for Dr. Dance include being named one of 10 White House Connected Educator Champions of Change in 2013 and one of eight 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendents.
Academic milestones are already evident under Dr. Dance’s leadership. Curriculum and infrastructure redesign are underway to fundamentally shift teaching and learning through S.T.A.T.—Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow—equipping each teacher and student with a digital device that will enable personalized learning. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate surged to 86.3% 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 small-group and online options for completing diploma requirements.
Audits of special education services and the district’s magnet programs are guiding improvements in equity and effectiveness. At the school system's inaugural State of the Schools event in March 2013, Dr. Dance announced plans to expand world languages for equitable access to developing proficiency in a second language.
Early in his superintendency, Dr. Dance restructured administration to ensure more targeted support to the schools that need it most and established additional school safety and security measures.
Open dialogue with the community—both in-person and digitally—and professional development for all staff members are additional hallmarks of his administration.
As superintendent of the 26th largest school system in the nation, Dr. Dance is responsible for overseeing the instruction of 108,376 students and leading and managing a $1.4 billion budget, 18,783 employees, and 173 schools, centers and programs.
Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District (HISD), the seventh largest school system in the nation. Before his tenure in Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive leadership positions in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement and strategic planning.
Dr. Dance received his 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.