Baltimore Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance goes Digital

Cebron Walker

On Wednesday, April 29th, one day following riots in his city, Superintendent of Baltimore Public Schools, Dr. Dallas Dance spoke with the Learning Counsel on the urgency of transforming education for today’s world. The podcast is available in its full length above.

Dr. Dance spoke candidly and seriously about the need for change in the way education is delivered. Digital devices and curriculum is the only way to reach the digital natives in the districts across the country.

He shared the story of how his five year strategic plan—Blueprint 2.0—was developed and how it began by uniting Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) students, staff and the community into Team BCPS.

As superintendent of the 25th largest school system in the nation, Dr. Dance, whose tenure began in 2012, is responsible for overseeing the instruction of 110,000 students and leading and managing a $1.6 billion budget, 19,000 employees, and 173 schools, centers and programs.

Under Dr. Dance’s leadership, fundamental shifts in teaching and learning are taking place. Listen in to the podcast and find out how he prepared for implementation of devices, the exact software and systems he is using and the results he is getting by having a coordinated digital curriculum strategy.

In recognition of the school system’s advances in instructional technology, BCPS was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant to BCPS. In 2014, Dr. Dance was selected by President Barack Obama as one of 10 national “Connected Educator Champions of Change,” named one of eight “tech savvy” superintendents by eSchool News, appointed to the board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and received the “Walk the Walk" award from EdSurge and Digital Promise. Dr. Dance also was named among the National School Boards Association’s prestigious “20 to Watch" educators for 2014-2015, identifying him as an “emerging leader" who will help shape education technology for the next 20 years. Microsoft honored BCPS in 2015 by selecting it as one of its “Showcase” school systems.

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