As children prepare to go back to school, nearly 20,000 employees of the Dallas Independent School District geared up for the school year at a convocation.
"Today’s theme is to think differently and act courageously," DISD Superintendent Mike Miles said.
Miles addressed about 4,000 employees at the Loos Stadium in Addison and discussed the rapidly changing educational landscape.
"The problems of the 21st century — which have been here for 14 years — are mounting," he said. "And we know that we have to have a different system for our kids"
The superintendent’s focus again this year is on "Destination 2020." He talked about four major areas they will concentrate on bringing to the school district:
- Investing in the people
- Focusing on the classroom
- Strengthening our systems
- Engaging the community
While many teachers said the summer went by too quickly, they are looking forward to welcoming the students back to school.
"No, I’m glad. I’m ready," W.T. White High School counselor Adrian Villegas said. "You know I'm ready for a change from elementary to high school."
Stockard Middle School Media Specialist Brandy Cofer said expectations and aspirations are high for this school year.
“Our goal is to be No. 1 this year," she said. "We want to raise the bar with our standards."