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

S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.

February 2015

Dear Team BCPS:

It’s that time again! The BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey is now available through February 28. The survey takes only about five minutes to complete on your phone, tablet, or computer.

Your voice is critical to helping BCPS move from good to great. Information from the 2014 survey provided a baseline that we’re using to inform school and district improvement planning, guide decision making and kick-start powerful conversations about supporting the success of every student.

Last year, you wowed us with a historic response to the first online BCPS Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey, focusing on the four goal areas of Blueprint 2.0 -- academics, safety, communication, and organizational effectiveness. We received more than 40,000 responses, an increase of almost 800% from prior years with responses representing all facets of Team BCPS, including students in Grades 4 through 12, parents/guardians, and community and staff members.


RT @grobertsbcps: @DDance_BCPS greets @dmsbcps students before presenting their #bcpslh #bcpslh banner! http://t.co/nRFHx7Wvf1
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 @ 12:28:28 PM

RT @GunpowderEl: Make a friend day! Reading with kindergarten and 3rd grade! #LendAHand @BaltCoPS @DDance_BCPS http://t.co/AE1g4UF4bb
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 @ 12:28:22 PM

RT @GunpowderEl: Busy reading with new friends today! #LendAHand #nobullyingweek #newfriends @BaltCoPS @DDance_BCPS http://t.co/5paEZiQGh6
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 @ 12:28:15 PM

RT @klanelli: Dumbarton Middle's Leo the Lion gets everyone excited for student centered learning! @dmsbcps @DDance_BCPS http://t.co/qrMy
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 @ 12:28:07 PM

RT @CockeysvilleMS: Students SO excited to see @DDance_BCPS for the receiving of our #bcpslh STAT Lighthouse banner @DrPenK @MagnessDeb htt…
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 @ 12:28:00 PM


Every voice counts! The survey is available in several languages for parents and community members, and you can take the survey multiple times to reflect experiences with different schools or in different roles (e.g., as a parent and staff member).

Please take a moment to give us your feedback.

Take care,

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 (BCPS) 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, communication and organizational effectiveness.

In 2014, Dr. Dance was appointed to the 12-member board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and was named one of eight eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendents. He became one of 10 White House Connected Educator Champions of Change in 2013.

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.

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

Audits of special education services and the district’s magnet programs are guiding improvements in equity and effectiveness. At the school system's second annual State of the Schools event in April 2014, Dr. Dance announced plans to pilot a Grade 4 blended-learning Spanish program in 10 schools, propose an equity policy to ensure fair access to quality learning, expand preschool access and improve middle school rigor.
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.



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