The Dallas Independent School District wins a 2021 District of Distinction Award by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA). Dallas ISD is one of 40 winners throughout Texas.
“This is a tremendous recognition of the talented student and teacher artists throughout Dallas ISD,” said Tim Linley, executive director of Academic Enrichment. “Designation as a TAEA District of Distinction places Dallas ISD’s Visual Arts program in the top four percent of school districts in the state. Dallas ISD is the largest school district by far to have earned this recognition. Here in Dallas, we’ve always known that our student and teacher artists are simply the best. Now the rest of the state knows it too!”
To receive the TAEA award, a district must provide an education that advocates and integrates visual arts curriculum. Students are creatively inspired through this type of education and can build social-emotional learning in school and throughout their communities.
“Dallas ISD has set a high standard for visual arts advocacy, integrated visual arts curriculum, encouraged creativity, community participation, and student growth,” said Stacia Gower, Chair of the Administration and Supervision Division of TAEA.
As the leading advocate for the visual arts in the state, the TAEA honors districts that meet the specific requirements. Out of the 1,100 eligible districts, only 40 districts met the TAEA standards to receive the distinction award.
“The past school year, educators faced a great many challenges associated with constantly changing guidelines and instruction procedures as well as participation in the contest and visual art events,” said Gower. “It is a true testament to our visual art educators’ skill, dedication, and flexibility that the quality of their programs continued strong and comprehensive.”
The 40 districts, including Dallas ISD, will be honored at the TAEA Administration and Supervision Division meeting and during the TAEA Fall Conference General Assembly on Nov. 5.