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

S. Dallas Dance, Ph.D.

November 2015

Dear Team BCPS,

It’s already November! Outside, colorful leaves are falling, and inside, exciting learning is taking place.

Later this month, we invite parents and community members to visit our classrooms during American Education Week, Nov. 16 – 20. There’s a lot to see. Please take advantage of the open houses and special events planned by our schools.

In so many of our classrooms, the expected “teacher standing up front, students sitting in rows” scenario is no longer the norm. Using the principles of student-centered learning, our students are working individually, with the teacher, and in small and large groups. They are engaged in discussing real-world issues and challenges.

Even if you can’t visit a school during American Education Week, you can get a glimpse of the instructional process by watching our new “Class Act” series on our website and on BCPS-TV. The latest episode takes you inside a science class at Middle River Middle School.

To learn more about activities and achievements throughout BCPS, please visit our news center or sign up for our weekly e-newsletter. Also, don’t forget to come back to our website regularly. We are constantly posting new items. We have just added, for instance, more information about the PARCC assessment and upcoming home reports.

Finally, Monday, Nov. 30 is the deadline for applications to our magnet programs. Don’t miss this deadline, families, if your child is interested in more focused study of a specific topic.

Remember, too, however that there are other ways to more deeply explore your interests – including clubs and organizations and, for our older students, internships, independent study projects, and taking college classes at the Community College of Baltimore County – with no tuition and 50 percent off tuition.


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There is so much to learn, and, in Baltimore County Public Schools, so many ways to learn.

Keep up the outstanding work!

Take care,

S. Dallas Dance

Dr. S. Dallas Dance

Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Distinguished as a vibrant and visionary 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 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.

Under Dr. Dance’s leadership, fundamental shifts in teaching and learning are taking place through groundbreaking initiatives including S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow), designed to create a 1:1 digital learning environment for all students, and the Second Language Acquisition program, which will support all students in achieving fluency in a second language.

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

In recognition of its advances in instructional technology, BCPS was accep

ted into the League of Innovative Schools, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant to BCPS. In 2014, Dr. Dance was selected by President Barack Obama as one of 10 national “Connected Educator Champions of Change,” named one of eight “tech savvy” superintendents by eSchool News, appointed to the board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education, and received the “Walk the Walk" award from EdSurge and Digital Promise. Dr. Dance also was named among the National School Boards Association’s prestigious “20 to Watch" educators for 2014-2015. Microsoft honored BCPS in 2015 by selecting it as one of its “Showcase” school systems.

Other areas of focus for the Dance administration have been enhancing special education services and magnet programs; expanding preschool access; increasing equity and rigor; rethinking middle schools; and boosting the graduation rate.
The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate surged to 86.3 percent 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 interventions. The rate rose to 87.6 percent in 2014. As a result of these increases, District Administration magazine named BCPS a national “District of Distinction."

Open dialogue with the community and professional development for all staff members are additional hallmarks of Dr. Dance’s administration. In recognition of their commitment to communications, Dr. Dance and BCPS Chief Communications Officer Mychael Dickerson received the prestigious national Leadership Through Communication Award from AASA, the National School Public Relations Association, and Blackboard.

Other honors for Dr. Dance include an appointment from President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and selection to the executive committee of the American Association of School Administrators.

Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation, and served in executive leadership positions in Virginia.

Dr. Dance earned doctorate and master's degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor's degree 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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