DISD and Teach for America Announce New Leadership

A couple announcements were made today regarding education in Dallas. One is that Byron Sanders, vice president of Group Excellence, a tutoring company, has been made the executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation. The foundation is the fundraising arm of DISD. I first heard of Sanders through his work at Dallas Kids First, then he snapped some photos for us at our education panel, then I heard him audition to be a speaker at TEDxSMU (that’s him in the video above).  He easily won the audience vote. He’ll be giving his full-length talk talk later this year at TEDxSMU.

The other bit of news is from Teach for America. You may (or may not) remember that the former executive director for TFA was Charles Glover. Glover was called to join superintendent Mike Miles’ cabinet and is now the chief talent and innovation officer. TFA announced this morning that Alexandra Hales, who’s been interim executive director, is officially taking Glover’s place.

I know all three people (Sanders, Glover, Hales). I’ve had coffee with them. (Well, not coffee because I rarely drink coffee, but at least water, maybe even dinner.) I’m very impressed by everything they’re doing. If we’re going to turn around DISD and Dallas education, it will be under the leadership of these three people. I think these were smart moves all around, and I wish them all luck.


  • barnefrank4czar

    Lets say all the corruption, all the infighting, ( especially of the racial nature) all the cheating of the grades /scores, was gone from the schools

    Then it would come down to the students relationship with their parents

    Then it would come down to teachers not trying to being friends ( or worse) with the students

    The it would come down to accepting white Americans as NOT THE ENEMY

    It would come down to admitting Robin Hood is a criminal and NOT A HERO

    It would come down to showing how capitalism is and has always been the only way for the lower class and the middle class and the wealthy to move up and even for them to fall

    The schools would have to teach that FDR is NOT A HERO

    THAT HIM TRYING TO PACK THE SCOTUS was indicative of his need to be a dictator , NOT A LOVEABLE GREAT LEADER

    They would have to teach that fairness and equality DOES NOT MEAN GIVING A GROUP SOME ADVANTAGE because that hurts INNOCENT CHILDREN

    I wont write any more examples because the point is:

    Educators are talking out of both sides are their mouths

    they want to stress how important education is but denounce educators because they are white
    ( sure they might be more subtle about it but its there)