The Art & Skill of Essay Writing Six-Part Intensive Cohort

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The Educator Collective is thrilled to announce that Rene Arnold is back by popular demand and partnering with TEC for a Six-Part Intensive Cohort Program, “Coaching Students in the Art & Skill of Essay Writing.”  Participants will delve into the step-by-step process of teaching 4th-12th grade students the skills needed to become thorough and precisely-timed technical writers. Teachers in the program will walk away from each session with hands-on tools that they can use in their classrooms to increase writing scores and strengthen their students’ critical thinking and writing skills.

Space is limited and spots are first come, first served.

For more details on session content, dates, times and location, click here.



Financial Planning Workshop

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Join us Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM at Common Desk (for a free financial planning workshop hosted by Robert Hunt Financial, LLC.  We'll be discussing budgeting, life insurance, retirement plans, and any other questions you have about personal finance.

Robert Hunt is an independent financial coach who is eager to help you manage your money in a cost effective and simple manner.  He operates a 'fee-only' practice and does not sell products or make commissions.

Spouses and significant others are welcome to attend!  However, there is limited seating so reserve your spot now!

TEC Speaker Series with Ben Mackey

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Join TEC on Friday, October 26th for dinner and a conversation with special guest Ben Mackey, principal of Dallas ISD’s Talented and Gifted Magnet School. Ben will share lessons learned from a 10-year career in education and dive into what it takes to be a successful teacher and school leader. This will be an intimate and engaging group conversation over small bites and drinks at Gung Ho, one of the city’s best new restaurants. You won’t want to miss it!

Seating is limited so register today!

Ben Mackey is the principal of Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG), which has been named as the #1 high school in the nation five out of the last six years by U.S. News and World Report. Over the course of his tenure, TAG has revamped its application process with a focus on equity and access resulting in TAG being federally recognized as a Title 1 school. During this same time frame, academic achievement at TAG has soared with the school reaching all-time highs in terms of SAT, ACT, and AP achievement, proving what is possible for students, regardless of the background that they come from.

Ben earned his master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University and his bachelor’s degrees in finance and history from the University of Florida. Prior to taking over as principal of TAG, Ben entered education through Teach from America and taught mathematics at West Bolivar High School in Rosedale, Mississippi. During his tenure at West Bolivar as the math department chair, Ben founded the first successful AP Calculus program in district history and was named Teacher of the Year by both the county Chamber of Commerce and West Bolivar High School in 2011-12. As principal of TAG, Ben has received the designation of Exemplary principal, the highest recognition for Dallas ISD principals. In 2016, Ben was named as one of Dallas Business Journal’s  ‘40 Under 40,’ a list of rising young leaders in Dallas and in 2018, he joined the class of the Mayor’s Star Council. Ben also serves on the board of directors for Spark!, the Dallas Wetlands Foundation, and the Rosedale Freedom Project.

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