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

S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.

June 2015

Dear Team BCPS,

This month, the Board of Education will consider my recommendations for the future of our magnet schools and programs, which aim to provide innovative and specialized K-12 public school options. The Board’s vote is the next step in a process that began with an independent audit in 2013.

The resulting Magnet Task Force, which represented more than 90 staff, parents, students, and community members, then developed a five-year strategic plan focused on the following goals:

  • Develop a systemwide portfolio of equally accessible magnet programs.
  • Provide greater access to magnet program information for all segments of the BCPS community.
  • Ensure a fair and equitable admissions process for all magnet programs.
  • Provide effective administration of magnet programs.
  • Establish rigorous curriculum and instructional standards for all magnet programs.

Community input was gathered through public forums and an online survey in spring 2015, informing the recommendations that I made to the Board. Please learn more here.

I can never get used to how quickly the school year flies by. We’ll celebrate the BCPS Volunteer of the Year on June 8. I have the opportunity to congratulate the Class of 2015 in person at commencement ceremonies through June 4, and for the first time, our 24 comprehensive high schools will live stream graduations to share the experience with friends and family members far and wide.

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Schools will close during the week of June 19. Please check the updated calendar for the last day of school for preschool, prekindergarten, and elementary, middle, and high schools.

June marks the end of the school calendar, but learning never stops. Summer reading events sponsored by the Baltimore County Public Library begin June 4, and game boards for summer reading clubs will be available June 15. There’s more information here.  

Let’s kick off summer with learning at the forefront. Keep an eye out for Parent University events as well as Summer Learning Expos.

And stay in touch with us through the weekly e-newsletter. You can subscribe on our home page at www.bcps.org.

Take care,

S. Dallas Dance

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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