Game Night / Event Recap

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TEC hosted its first Summer Social of 2018 at The Grove at Harwood in Uptown on Friday, June 22nd. Around 40 educators from 15 different schools braved the summer heat and came together for an evening of outdoor games and a well deserved evening of relaxation. TJ Rusk Middle School, Thomas Jefferson High School and Uplift Triumph were among the schools represented as coworkers and friends were able to catch up after their first few weeks of summer break. It was also exciting to see the TEC community continue to grow as our first educators from Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and Frisco ISD joined us at The Grove.

TEC’s social events serve as a great space to make connections with fellow teachers from across the metroplex and continue to grow your professional network. Whether you’re searching for a new job, wanting to discuss best practices, or simply looking for a place to unwind with friends and fellow teachers, we have you covered. We always want TEC to be a community that that you can depend on for resources and relationships as you grow in your careers as professional educators.

To that end, don’t forget to join us for our next Summer Social at Deep Ellum Brewing Co. on July 26th. We’ll have guided tours of the brewery, local craft beers on tap, and a happy hour in the taproom to close out the evening. You won’t want to miss it!

Dallas Summer Events Calendar - July 2018

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If you’re looking to make the most of your summer break and you find yourself in DFW, TEC has you covered.  Check out our Summer Event Calendar for fun, budget-friendly ways to take full advantage of your time off!

 

JULY 1

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CHRIS BROWN CONCERT

Location: Dos Equis Pavilion
Cost: 25+

 

JUNE 3

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ADDISON KABOOMTOWN

Location: Addison Circle
Cost: Free

 

JULY 4

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FAIR PARK FOURTH

Location: Fair Park
Cost: $0-10

 

JULY 5

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CONCERTS BY THE LAKE - "SOUTHERN RIDE"

Location: Harbor Ampitheater
Cost: Free

 

JULY 6

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SUNDOWN AT SEVEN

Location: Adolphus Hotel
Cost: Free

 

JULY 7

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FESTIVAL DE MARIACHI

Location: Traders Village
Cost: Free

 

JULY 11

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FREE SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI

Location: Fair Park
Cost: Free

 

JULY 12

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OWL PROWL NIGHT HIKES

Location: Trinity River Audubon Center
Cost: $15

 

JULY 13

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ADDISON SUMMER SERIES: JIMMY BUFFET TRIBUTE

Location: Addison Circle Park
Cost: Free

 

JULY 14

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BASTILLE ON BISHOP

Location: Bishop Arts District
Cost: $25

 

JULY 15

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FIFA WORLD CUP WATCH PARTY

Location: Bomb Factory
Cost: Free

 

JULY 16

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS IN CONCERT

Location: American Airlines Center
Cost: $34+

 

JULY 20

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NOTHIN BUT CHEDDAR CHEESE FESTIVAL

Location: Scardello Artisan Cheese (Oak Lawn)
Cost: $40

 

JULY 21

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MOON DAY 2018

Location: Frontiers Flight Museum
Cost: $7

 

JULY 22

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SHAWN MENDES CONCERT

Location: American Airlines Center
Cost: $29+

 

JULY 23

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TEXAS RANGERS VS OAKLAND A'S - DOLLAR DOG NIGHT

Location: Globe Life Park
Cost: $20+

 

JULY 26

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AFTER-HOURS COCKTAIL TOUR

Location: Samurai Collection
Cost: $18

 

JULY 27

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DAVE BARNES CONCERT

Location: Kessler Theatre
Cost: $22+

 

JULY 28

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TEXAS LATINO COMIC CON

Location: Latino Culture Center
Cost: Free

 

Advisory Board Announcement

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The Educator Collective Advisory Board is a council of educators that serves an integral leadership role within TEC. Members of the advisory board work with TEC staff to build programming, lead initiatives, and serve as the face of the organization on school campuses. The work of the advisory board in indispensable as the TEC community continues to grow and strengthen.

To that end, we are thrilled to add three capable and passionate teacher-leaders to the advisory board this summer.  

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Reanna Wilborn
Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy

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Paige Zumberge
Thomas Jefferson High School

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Jordan Murphy
Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy

We started the advisory board at the beginning of 2018, and, with the addition of Reanna, Jordan, and Paige now have seven committed board members (check out the “Our Team” page for a full list of board members). Our vision is to add 3-4 more educators to the advisory board in the upcoming school year. If you are interested in this unique leadership opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dallas Summer Events Calendar - June 2018

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If you’re looking to make the most of your summer break and you find yourself in DFW, TEC has you covered.  Check out our Summer Event Calendar for fun, budget-friendly ways to take full advantage of your time off!

 

JUNE 1

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SECOND ANNUAL SKIP DAY

Location: The Rustic
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 2

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THE POLYPHONIC SPREE

Location: Legacy Hall
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 3

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MIMOSA WALK

Location: Bishop Arts District
Cost: $20

 

JUNE 5

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MARIO KART TOURNAMENT

Location: Legacy Hall
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 6

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DOLLAR HOT DOG NIGHT - TEXAS RANGERS VS OAKLAND A'S

Location: Globe Life Park
Cost: Starting at $17

 

JUNE 7

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MOVIE NIGHT - LADY & THE TRAMP

Location: Mutt's Canine Cantina
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 8

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CONCERT - RAY LAMONTAGNE & NEKO CASE

Location: Toyota Music Factory
Cost: Starting at $30

 

JUNE 9

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FOR OAK CLIFF'S "DAY AT THE MOVIES"

Location: Texas Theatre
Cost: $25

 

JUNE 11

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TRIVIA NIGHT

Location: The Lot
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 12

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DALLAS SYMPHONY PARKS CONCERTS SERIES

Location: Paul Quinn College
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 14

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VIRTRUVIAN NIGHTS LIVE WITH EMERALD CITY BAND

Location: Virtruvian Park
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 15

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'TIL MIDNIGHT AT THE NASHER

Location: Nasher Sculpture Gardens
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 16

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FT WORTH MARGARITA FESTIVAL

Location: The Yard
Cost: $25

 

JUNE 16 & 17

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FATHER'S DAY BEER SAMPLING AND BRATS

Location: Dallas Arboretum
Cost: $15

 

JUNE 19

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JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL

Location: MLK Community Center
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 20

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THE LION KING

Location: Fair Park Music Hall
Cost: Starting at $38

 

JUNE 21

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DECKS IN THE PARK

Location: Klyde Warren Park
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 22

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2018 NHL DRAFT AND FAN FEST

Location: American Airlines Center
Cost: TBA

 

JUNE 24

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CRAWFISH FEST

Location: Bishop Arts District
Cost: TBA

 

JUNE 26

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CONCERT - PENTATONIX

Location: Starplex Pavilion
Cost: Starting at $25

 

JUNE 27

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"PULP FICTION" MOVIE

Location: Rooftop at the Granada Theatre
Cost: Free

 

JUNE 30

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OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL (WILLIE NELSON, STURGILL SIMPSON, RYAN BINGHAM)

Location: Dos Equis Pavilion
Cost: Starting at $35

Five Great Ideas for Traveling Teachers!

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We are down to those final school days. 19 to be exact, not that we’re counting or anything. The last few before those glorious words “summer break” are a reality and days that aren’t chock full of instructing, grading, lesson planning, pencil sharpening, test writing, hall monitoring, lunch duty-ing (and so on) are the norm, for a couple of months at least. As an educator, vacations can seem daunting because it’s just one more thing to plan, one more thing that costs precious dollars, one more thing that must, of course, come to an end. But, also as an educator, vacations, self-care, a chance to unplug are so deserved and needed. So let’s find a way to make this more attainable and realistic, shall we?

Not all vacations mean traveling to the ends of the earth, spending oodles of dollars, or getting stressed over planning the details. Below are five travel ideas that I would consider doable, plannable, and bookable for an educator yet also exciting, somewhat exotic and definitely worth showcasing on social media (if it isn’t on Instagram, did it even happen?).
 

1) Marfa, Texas

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El Cosmico, Marfa

Not only is Marfa one of the most Instagrammable places ever, it exists in our very own great state and is totally drivable! No, I-20 isn’t the most scenic going through the western part of Texas, but once you arrive in the charming village of Marfa, all thoughts of tumbleweeds and oil rigs will be a distant memory. Art, shopping, delicious meals and easy access to Big Bend National Park set this little desert town apart as an oasis worth visiting. If New Yorkers are coming down to experience it, you know it has to be something, right? Not to mention the variety boutique hotels - Hotel Saint George, Hotel Paisano, Thunderbird Hotel, or if you really save those pennies, El Cosmico - to name a few. And, of course, who wouldn’t want to catch those eerie Marfa Lights?!
 

2) San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sunshine, beach, colonial town and no need for a passport? Sign me up! Puerto Rico, despite the tragedy from Hurricane Maria, has recovered so nicely and is anxious for visitors, allowing for a very affordable beach vacay. Old San Juan, the oldest settlement on the island, is home to a ton of history, fabulous restaurants and super quaint lodging. All of this coupled with some really great beaches (Isla Verde, Dorado, Rio Grande) make for a wonderful getaway that doesn’t take hours or lots of $$$ to get to from Dallas. Some of my favorites for boutique lodging include El Convento (think old world charm meets contemporary elegance), Olive Boutique Hotel (definitely ideal for a romantic stay!), La Terraza de San Juan (happy hour on that rooftop terrace is a must), and The Gallery Inn (the ultimate bed & breakfast experience). There’s also quite the bar and casino scene, if that piques your interest!
 

3) Pacific Northwest

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The Burrard Hotel, Vancouver

Summer time in Oregon, Washington and western Canada is tough to beat, especially when we are constantly waging war against the heat here in Texas. Cooler temps, gorgeous scenery, hiking, wine tasting, whale watching and just a general sense of the outdoors? How could anything be better?! With direct flights on a variety of airlines to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, the PNW proves to be a perfect escape from the triple digits and insane A/C bills. Pick one and do a long weekend, or pick all three and turn it into a road trip marked by national park after national park, one insanely good cup of coffee after another, and a stamp on that passport upon entering Canada. Airbnbs and super cool boutique hotels (i.e. The Society Hotel in Portland, Hotel Five in Seattle, The Burrard in Vancouver) are not hard to come by in any of these spots, and neither is delicious food (Portland - Pine State Biscuits and Pok Pok, Seattle - Spinasse and Matt’s in the Market, Vancouver - Uva and Rodney’s Oyster House) and a variety of activities. Breakfast in PDX, morning photo op at Cannon Beach, an afternoon hike in Rainier National Park, and an evening spent at Pike Place Market equals the perfect PNW day in my book!
 

4) Contiki Tours

The mission statement of Contiki is to plan travel for the “young, wild and free” (AKA those who are between 18 and 35 years old) to places all over the world and within a moderate budget. The idea here is to bring people from a variety of backgrounds and homes together and introduce them to new places, new cultures, new ideas. Their philosophy is to change perspectives and open eyes to see what is out there and to do it with some new friends - and I LOVE this philosophy! They plan the nitty gritty of over 300 trips to six different continents all throughout the year, yet you get to make many of the decisions (transportation, activities, lodging, how you spend your time, etc.). Being able to filter trips by destination, length, cost, etc., there is something out there for everyone. The world is truly your oyster with Contiki!    
 

5) U by Uniworld

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U by Uniworld

When you first hear the words “river cruise”, your mind probably automatically says “no thanks, that’s for people my parents’ age”. And that isn’t completely inaccurate. However, Uniworld, one of the leading river cruise companies, decided it was time to tap into the millennial generation and get us cruising in a way that still kept us feeling young and adventurous. Enter: U by Uniworld. Originally designed as river cruises for 21 to 45 year olds, U by Uniworld is the perfect way to experience some of the greatest gems of Europe with an all-inclusive part hotel/part yacht homebase. They max out at 120 guests per cruise, which offers a unique and intimate experience. Not to mention, these boats can squeeze into the tight river spaces that larger ships cannot, equating to a truly all encompassing experience. Money wise, this isn’t as budget-conscious as Contiki, but you are getting an all-inclusive five-star experience for a fraction of what it typically costs. Bon voyage, my friends!

If you found yourself saying “YES SIGN ME UP NOW” to any of these or want to know what else is out there (just the whole of our planet, really), shoot me a line (contact info below)! 

 
 
 
 
 Hillary Taylor

Our guest blogger, Hillary Taylor, is a luxury travel designer and advisor based in Dallas. She is part of The Simple Sol team (www.thesimplesol.com) in Dallas, an affiliate of SmartFlyer (www.smartflyer.com, a leading agency of independent advisors) and a member of Virtuoso (www.virtuoso.com). She designs highly curated and personalized luxury travel experiences for clients of all kinds to places all over the world. Most recently she has traveled to Portugal and Morocco, and next up on the schedule is Northern California. Interested in learning more? Contact her at hillary@thesimplesol.com and follow along on Instagram (@the_foreignanddomestic).