2015 Archives

Beyond the Talking Points

April 14, 2015

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Mike Miles
Superintendent, Dallas ISD

Michael McFarland
Superintendent, Lancaster ISD

Moderated By

David J. Chard
Leon Simmons 
Endowed Dean
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
Beyond the Talking Points
A Conversation with Superintendents
Michael McFarland, Lancaster ISD and Mike Miles, Dallas ISD
Thursday, May 28, 2015
8:15 - 10:00 a.m. 

When Michael McFarland and Mike Miles took their respective posts as superintendents of struggling school districts - one small, one large; one suburban, one urban; both majority minority with more than 75 percent of students identified as economically disadvantaged - each was tasked with expediting turnaround. 

As McFarland and Miles continue to balance their visions of education excellence with the realities of leading a district, both can list victories, defeats, persistent challenges and countless lessons learned. So what has worked in these two similar but uniquely different districts? What hasn’t worked and why? Where do we go from here, and how do we as citizens of a growing and diverse city fit into their visions for change?

Join us for a candid conversation with two education leaders who are managing the complexities of transforming school districts in the 21st century. 

Prior to the conversation, The Budd Center: Involving Communities in Education and the Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE) will provide a project update on our work in The School Zone in West Dallas.
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Event Location
Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom
Umphrey Lee Center | SMU Campus