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Dallas ISD Announces New Chief of Transformation and Innovation

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Billy Snow

The Dallas Independent School District named Louisiana educator Billy Snow its new chief of transformation and innovation. He will replace Mike Koprowski, who left the district in February.

A veteran of 21 years in public education, Snow most recently served as the transformation and innovation officer for Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, LA. He also has central Texas roots and has served in Mansfield, Corsicana, and Mesquite ISDs as area superintendent, principal, assistant principal and teacher.

Snow has received a number of accolades. His accomplishments include being named the Texas Elementary Principal of the Year in 2008 and National Distinguished Principal Finalist from Texas in 2011. His work with Title One schools earned him recognition by the University of Texas Center for Student Success.

Dallas ISD Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa said he welcomes Snow’s broad base of expertise in transforming campus academic climate and culture.

“Mr. Snow’s extensive background in public education and his work in school transformation and innovation will prove valuable to our district as we expand our offerings and provide our students and parents with more choices,” Hinojosa said. “We look forward to adding his significant depth of experience to our leadership team.”

Snow holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Texas State University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff and community of Dallas ISD,” Snow said. “I look forward to continuing the work of providing our students and parents with more public school choice through the transformation and innovation of our campuses.”


Mayor Recognizes Elementary School for UNICEF Contributions

Children perform at the third annual Children First, An Evening with UNICEF on Feb. 24 in Dallas, Texas. (Courtesy UNICEF) 0
Children perform at the third annual Children First, An Evening with UNICEF on Feb. 24 in Dallas, Texas. (Courtesy UNICEF)

During every walk between classes and each hop-skip in the gym, Preston Hollow Elementary School students are thinking of other kids halfway across the world.

Mayor Mike Rawlings has taken notice of the Dallas ISD campus’ globally-inspired efforts and presented the school with an award at a recent UNICEF gala, recognizing the school as a UNICEF Champion.

The U.S. fund for UNICEF supports the organization’s mission of “saving lives, building futures” through fundraising, advocacy, and education.


Dallas ISD Names New Deputy Superintendent

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corderoDallas ISD named Israel Cordero its new deputy superintendent. He will replace Ivan Duran, who is leaving to become superintendent of schools in Bellevue, Washington.

Cordero most recently served as chief of strategic initiatives and external relations and deputy chief of school leadership. During his 20-year education career, he has been a teacher, principal, and administrator. He will assume his new role on May 1.

“Mr. Cordero has proven to be an exceptional leader in Dallas ISD,” DISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa said. “He brings a long list of impressive accomplishments, including spearheading the opening of eighteen new collegiate academies in Dallas ISD. I am confident that Israel will be a great addition to this role as he works alongside our students, campuses and parent communities.”

 


SMU Students Win Local American Advertising Awards

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SMU Meadows students took top honors at the Local American Advertising Awards. From left: Jackson Foley, Tiffany Giraudon, Helen Rieger, Liz Martinelli, Samantha Butz and Morgan Hoff. (Courtesy SMU)

SMU Meadows students took top honors at the Local American Advertising Awards. From left: Jackson Foley, Tiffany Giraudon, Helen Rieger, Liz Martinelli, Samantha Butz and Morgan Hoff. (Courtesy SMU)

 

Students at the Temerlin Advertising Institute (TAI) at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts won multiple honors in the Student category of the 55thannual American Advertising Federation (AAF) American Advertising Awards local competition, hosted by AAF-Dallas on February 23 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The trophies are known as the ADDYs.

SMU students won four awards in four categories, including two of the four gold awards presented to student entries, as well as two silver awards. All silver- and gold-winning submissions are eligible to advance to the district-level competition in Fort Worth, April 6-8.


ESPN’s Overholt to Give Journalism Lecture at SMU

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Alison Overholt (Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)

Alison Overholt (Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)

Alison Overholt, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, will give the William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at SMU at 4 p.m. on April 4.

The first female editor of a national sports magazine, Overholt will speak about her experiences in rising to the top in a male-dominated industry, and about the growing prominence of women in sports. The lecture takes place in O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130 of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Admission is free, and tickets are not required. For further information call 214-768-3695. The O’Neil Lecture Series is presented by the Division of Journalism at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

Overholt serves as editor-in-chief of both ESPN The Magazine (since February 2016), a biweekly print publication, and espnW (since April 2014), a digital product suite targeted to female athletes and their fans. At espnW, she is responsible for developing comprehensive content strategies through digital, mobile, social, print, video and events. At ESPN The Magazine, she drives collaborative, innovative approaches to storytelling, with oversight of producing ESPN’s multiplatform enterprise content. Under her direction, ESPN The Magazine just won the magazine industry’s highest honor, the 2017 National Magazine Award for General Excellence.


Alt Philanthropy

Sattar (left) and HPHS senior Ferguson partner with bands to help worthy causes. (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich) 0
Sattar (left) and HPHS senior Ferguson partner with bands to help worthy causes. (Photo: Kelsey Kruzich)

At first glance, heading backstage, Caitlin Ferguson and Ramisha Sattar look like two average high school students hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite bands.

A second look reveals the duo shaking up the Dallas music scene, with 20 young writers, photographers, and artists in tow.

Ferguson and Sattar are the founders of Alt Philanthropy. They interview and photograph popular and up-and-coming pop and indie bands. Those bands sign some merchandise for Ferguson and Sattar to sell on their website. The sale runs alongside the band’s interview, and the proceeds are donated to a charity of the artist’s choice.


Lamplighter Parents Enjoy ‘Night in Havana’

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TJS_0393It was a night to remember for Lamplighter School parents. They channeled their inner Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as they danced the night away at the Night in Havana themed auction at the Hall of State in Fair Park.

There was a live auction including prizes such as trips to Miami South Beach and Southern California. Perhaps the most sought after prize was “Head of School for the Day” where a family’s son or daughter could fill the shoes by running meetings, greeting students, and making special announcements.