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When you think about how to help students excel, the answer lies in their earliest years. Research shows that children who are exposed to high-quality learning opportunities in their most formative years, ages 0 to 5, are better prepared for school success. They typically outperform their peers, and the benefits they gain follow them throughout their lives.

Exposure to a variety of words, concepts, positive learning experiences and peers from different backgrounds all have an important role in preparing a foundation that will continue to strengthen as a student progresses through various levels.

This is where Dallas ISD’s early learning program is most impactful. By providing a program that engages students in a rich, nurturing, learning environment, our youngest students have the building blocks to achieve academic, social and emotional success. The program is available free of charge to every student in the district who qualifies. The district also offers a tuition-based option at several schools in our area for students who are not eligible for the free program. They are: James Hogg, Louise Kahn, Arturo Salazar, Sidney Lanier and Lida Hooe elementary schools. Students don’t have to be zoned to those schools to attend pre-K there.

Pre-K registration, April 2-9

District staff will walk neighborhoods on March 29, leading up to the annual pre-K registration week, April 2-9. The neighborhood walks will help staff connect with families to make sure they are aware of the opportunities that are available to young children and register students for the program. For more information on the district’s pre-K program, visit www.dallasisd.org/prek.

Other news in District 7…

Teacher nominations for Service Above Self award
Teachers are everyday heroes as they inspire and guide students. To honor them, the Rotary Club of Dallas is accepting nominations for their annual Service Above Self Teacher Award. If you know a great teacher who needs to be recognized for going far and above, you can nominate them at: www.dallasrotary.org/teacher-awards. Deadline: April 14.

Trini Garza Early College continues to soar
Trini Garza Early College High School continues to excel. Recently named a National Title I Distinguished School, the school has gained recognition once again as one of the best schools in the country. Only one other Texas school earned the honor, and only 63 schools in the nation were awarded the coveted title. Garza posted exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years.


Audrey Pinkerton

Audrey Pinkerton is the District 7 representative on the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees