Anyone interested in making the Dallas public school system better, or just understanding how the system works, is encouraged to apply for Leadership DISD by Friday, Sept. 2.

The program, which is in its first year, is modeled after Leadership Dallas, whose goal is to prepare future leaders in city government and the community. Leadership DISD gives people the opportunity to be informed on the complexities of DISD so they can become leaders in their neighborhood PTAs or all the way up to the school board.

It is a two-semester course that meets from 8 a.m.-noon one Friday a month. Tuition costs $200. Click here for application details.

Here are some of the topics the class covers:

The Achievement Gap: Understanding Our Schools and the communities they serve
Schools and Their Communities: Building Parental and Volunteer Support
Paying for Education: Texas Public School Finance and DISD Budgeting
Educational Accountability: Federal, State, and Board Policy on Student Achievement and Teacher Evaluation
Educational Leadership: Governance, Goal-setting, and Development of School Leaders
Educating for the 21st Century: Current Trends in Education and Schools of the Future

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