DISD superintendent outlines 'Destination 2020' plan

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 5:10 PM

DALLAS — Mike Miles, the new superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, outlined his goal Tuesday to improve the state's second-largest school system.

The plan — called Destination 2020 — focuses on what needs to be changed at the school level starting immediately for both teachers and principals.

Miles announced that he has hired Charles Glover, executive director of the local Teach for America organization, to be in charge of talent evaluation for the district.

Destination 2020 gives every DISD principal one year to improve academics, classroom instruction and engagement with parents.

Glover will supervise educator evalutions based on on skill levels and communication abilities with the students starting from the first day they walk into the school this year.

Miles made reference to the movie "Moneyball," saying teachers need to be good hitters and get on base, or in time, they too can be replaced.

"If, over time, we professionally develop you and you don't raise student achievement... or you can't raise student achievement... or improve the quality of instruction... we can't have you teaching our kids," Miles said. "And I'm not going to apologize for that."

Tuesday's news conference was the first of what Miles calls his "monthly updates," although Miles is not officially on the job until July 1.

Among the updates Tuesday was news on the 68 district employees who were forced to re-apply for their jobs. Miles said 11 of those employees have already interviewed for those positions, and some have been rehired, though he did not give an exact number on that.

Miles also said he will continue his unannounced visits to classrooms. He hasn't decided whether DISD will move to keep classroom doors open as of yet; he had an open-door classroom policy at his former district in Colorado.

The new superintendent also said he will continue to work on programs that cater to the large Spanish-speaking student body within DISD. He said he is studying Spanish at home and so he can better communicate with Spanish-speaking students in the district.

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