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Dallas Examiner | 5/27/2013, 5:07 p.m.

DALLAS

Dallas ISD Career and Technical Education Department, in partnership with Capital One Bank, The National Academy Foundation, and the Dallas Academy Foundation held a Pre-Internship Conference last week at Wilmer-Hutchins High School, 5520 Langdon Road.

The conference equipped and prepared Dallas ISD academy students with the knowledge and skills needed when interviewing with potential employers. Business professionals, community leaders and educators conducted seminars and mock interviews. The seminar topics included dress for success, NAF assessment, mock interview, 21st century skills and financial literacy.

The seminars reinforced transferable skills gained in the classroom to ensure success in the workplace.

Participating schools at the conference were W.H. Adamson, Justin F. Kimball, South Oak Cliff, Thomas Jefferson, H. Grady Spruce, Emmet J, Conrad, Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Skyline high schools.

DALLAS

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced at a press conference last week the annual Mayor’s Summer Reading Club, presented by Walmart and Sam’s Club. The reading club is a free eight-week program from June 15 through Aug. 10 that encourages kids, teens and adults to gain a lifelong habit of learning by reading books, e-books, audio books and more.

Rawlings read from one of his favorite books to students at Dallas ISD’s Louise Wolff Kahn Elementary and Cesar Chavez Elementary School. Sign-ups began Sunday at any Dallas Public Library branch or online at http://dallaslibrary.org.

This is the first year the club has expanded to include adults.

DALLAS

Rose Davidson and Joshua Newton were named Dallas ISD 2013 Assistant Teacher and Teacher of the

Year during a reception at Belo Mansion sponsored by Central Market.

Davidson is an alumna of Sunset High School and is a teacher assistant at Dallas Environmental Science Academy where she has served the school and community for the past year. Davidson credited her ability to communicate in English and Spanish as a vital part of student achievement. She was also instrumental in training parents how to register and use the Parent Portal and translating weekly newsletters into Spanish. Davidson received $1,500 from Central Market for her hard work and dedication.

Joshua Newton is a math teacher and Math Department co-chair at the School of Science and Engineering at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center. Newton has taught at SEM since 2007 and is known as a student advocate who continues to look for innovative teaching strategies to reach each student. He is credited with helping SEM receive the INTEL School of Distinction Award for the innovative learning environment and programs he teaches such as the Super Fast Track, a course for freshman to learn four math courses in one year.

Newton received $5,000 from Central Market for his efforts.

DALLAS

Three years ago, Texans Can Academy’s CEO, Richard Marquez, read that more than 22,000 Texas high school seniors had failed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests that academic year and weren’t going to graduate. He knew that also meant most of those students would never earn their high school diplomas because they wouldn’t decide to return to school to retake the test. And for those students who did make the initiative to try again, unless they received help with the subject matter, it was likely they would fail the TAKS test a second time.