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

S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.

September 2015

Dear Team BCPS,

Just like that, another great school year is underway. I love the positive energy that is abounding from classrooms and hallways as educators and students settle into new routines, catch up with old friends, and make new memories.

This is my fourth year with BCPS, and I’m excited about the ways we are surrounding students with supports that meet their needs through learner-centered environments. We are helping students take active responsibility for their learning to help them develop the 21st century knowledge and skills needed for success beyond our doors.

S.T.A.T., or Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow is giving students more choices and options about how they reach our high expectations. This year, all elementary schools are Lighthouse schools in Grades 1-3, personalizing learning by placing a device in the hands of each student. Last year’s 10 Lighthouse schools are now using 1:1 devices schoolwide. Additionally, seven middle schools are piloting this technology at Grade 6. You can see the excitement here.

Though S.T.A.T., parents and students can easily check schedules and grades on BCPS One. Just use the instructions from your child’s school to register. BCPS One also provides teachers streamlined access to the systems and tools they need to manage learning every day. We’ve redesigned BCPS One based on your feedback.

To get our students on the path toward second language proficiency, there are now 25 Passport Schools teaching Grade 4 Spanish. Last year’s original 10 schools have added Grade 5. See what our students think here.

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S.T.A.T. and Passport Schools are bringing to life our theory of action for the Blueprint 2.0 strategic plan, which is focused on equitable access to effective digital learning environments and second language acquisition. Stay tuned for more updates on S.T.A.T., Passport Schools, and much more by subscribing to our newsletter and downloading the BCPS Now mobile app.

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 accep

ted 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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