Dallas Reads to Dallas ISD Students on 11-11-11

At 11:11 a.m. on Nov.11, 2011, students throughout Dallas ISD will spend 11 minutes of their day reading a book, magazine, or other printed publication.

With an emphasis on literacy, we are recruiting as many as 1,111 volunteers to join students on that day for 11 minutes of reading.  On 11-11-11, at 11:11 a.m., district staff and high school students will join a host of volunteers from the business community, service organizations and others to read with and to elementary students throughout the district.

11.11.11, a literacy campaign I conceived, is part of Dallas Reads!, a larger city-wide initiative to encourage everyone to read.   Through Dallas Reads! the district is joining forces with the City of Dallas, local organizations and businesses, and parents and community members to emphasize the power of literacy.

Students who read are infinitely better prepared for life and personal success than those who do not.  On 11.11.11, Dallas ISD students and adults alike will be reminded of the importance of literacy to our lives.  Click on the link below to begin the process of signing up to volunteer to read to elementary school students in Dallas on 11.11.11.

Encourage your colleagues, family and friends to join us.  Register now.  We’ll see you Friday, 11-11-11 at a school near you.  Students will be waiting for you.

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Dr. Lew Blackburn Receives Education Award: Five Stars in the Lone Star State

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) held their annual conference November 17-21 in Fort Worth, Texas. On Thursday, November 18, as part of the opening night reception, five Texans were recognized as the Five Stars in the Lone Star State. I was recognized for my contributions to the field of education, and especially for advancing the education of African American students. I accepted this award from Dr. Carroll Thomas, President, NABSE, on behalf of the students in Dallas, as well as those throughout Texas, and the United States. I appreciate this recognition, and the honor.

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children – particularly children of African descent. Now in its 38th year, NABSE boasts an outreach to more than 10,000 preeminent educators including teachers, administrators, superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members. Founded in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.

I have been involved with NABSE since the beginning of my teaching career in 1986. The Dallas Regional NABSE (dr/NABSE) was instrumental in shaping my early perspectives of teaching. We held monthly meetings that were more professional development in nature. I learned from educational leaders in the Dallas area, and throughout the state, as they came to Dallas to share their expertise in curriculum, pedagogy, best practices, and research. I am grateful for dr/NABSE and the efforts they make to improve the education of African American students in Dallas ISD.