Dear Team BCPS:
Although the snow won’t seem to leave us alone, we are well past the halfway point for the 2013-2014 school year. This is the time of year when we ask students to demonstrate what they’ve learned in class on the statewide assessments as one of many strategies to support student progress. Students will take the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) in reading and mathematics in Grades 3 through 8, and in Grades 5 and 8 for science.
In addition, a classroom or two in every school will begin field-testing the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in Grades 3 through 11 in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. These students will not have to participate in the MSA for that content area. Maryland is part of a multi-state consortium working to develop PARCC to assess the skills and knowledge that our students need for 21st century success. The field test will give us a chance to experience PARCC and give feedback to the consortium.The first day of March ushered in spring sports, and by the end of the month we will complete the third marking period. Let’s keep up the momentum and continue supporting each other in making this a great year.
S. Dallas Dance
So excited the General Assembly will honor Western School of Technology & Environmental Science Monday as a MD Blue Ribbon School. #TeamBCPS
Lansdowne HS film receives honorable mention in @WhiteHouse Student Film Festival - https://t.co/ivI06K2hx3. Congrats Nathan and Adam!
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 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, communications and organizational effectiveness.
Recent national honors for Dr. Dance include being named one of 10 White House Connected Educator Champions of Change in 2013 and one of eight 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendents.
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.
Audits of special education services and the district’s magnet programs are guiding improvements in equity and effectiveness. At the school system's inaugural State of the Schools event in March 2013, Dr. Dance announced plans to expand world languages for equitable access to developing proficiency in a second language.
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.