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Lawana Harrell Porter

Storyteller

Location icon United States of America

MY STORIES:
Connect readers to people who are making a difference in their communities
Make the complex easy to understand
Reveal the backstories of people, programs and personalities

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02/04/2019
New collegiate options opening for artistic ninth-graders

If your artistic middle schooler adores performing and has vowed to pursue a career in music or dance, he or she now has new academic options in Dallas ISD. Based on the success of the collegiate academy model, the district is launching two new fine arts collegiate academies in August 2019.

The Hub
03/02/2017
Help is available for students in search of dollars for college

The next few weeks should be a busy time for seniors still in search of funds for college. Many scholarships have application deadlines in March and April. Dallas ISD's Counseling Services department maintains a scholarship web page with links to funding from a variety of organizations who want to support students attending a certain college or pursuing a specific discipline or career.

The Hub
02/28/2017
Campus celebrates new name, mission at new all-boys school

A ribbon-cutting followed student choir, band and drama performances as staff, parents and students gathered for the naming ceremony for the Young Men's Leadership Academy at Fred Florence Middle School, the district's newest single-gender school for boys. Math Instructional Coach Derek Thomas opened the event and served as emcee, and Principal Dawn Walker welcomed district and city officials and community members.

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02/23/2016
Reconnection Centers offer students a second chance at graduation | The Hub

Teacher Rose Bolden is a staunch advocate for her students who are working toward graduation in the Reconnection Center credit recovery program at J. Leslie Patton Academic Center, the district's high school for overage students. Bolden describes herself as cheerleader, coach and chief encourager for the 54 students enrolled in her classes.

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09/07/2016
Sept. 21 college fair is a one-stop shop for higher ed | The Hub

Dallas ISD will offer high school juniors and seniors and their parents a helping hand navigating the path to college at the district's annual college fair set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, at the Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 Polk St.

The Hub
11/20/2015
Five things every parent should know about child safety on social media | The Hub

We've all heard the saying, "It's what you don't know that can hurt you." That's certainly true of social media, the popular online tools that people use to connect with each other. The vast array of these tools and the prevalence of tweens and teens virtually glued to their smart phones can create problems for the unwary.

The Hub
12/02/2015
Saturday event to showcase magnet and school-choice options | The Hub

Families searching for a best-fit school for their students should make definite plans to attend this Saturday's Magnet and School Choice Fair showcasing the full spectrum of magnet and school choice options. The fair is set from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat., Dec. 5, at Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S.

The Hub
10/13/2015
Teacher honored for her work with students with Down syndrome | The Hub

Almost everyone who knows Preston Hollow Elementary teacher Leanne Woods says she has a gift for teaching students with Down syndrome. Principal Tom Brandt describes her as a teacher of boundless energy who applies tough love to get her special needs students to grow when other teachers might give up.

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09/08/2015
New principal welcomes the challenge of school leadership | The Hub

Ben Dickerson served five years in the U.S. Coast Guard before making a move into education, first as a teacher, then assistant principal, and today, as principal of Edward H. Cary Middle School. Dickerson is one of dozens of administrators who moved into the top job for the first time at a district school this year.

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10/01/2015
New Special Education chief returns to her Dallas ISD roots | The Hub

The new head of Special Education, Tanya Browne, has come full circle in her career. The journalist-turned-educator started out in a Dallas ISD classroom in 1993. She later became a dean and associate principal before joining the Special Education department, first as supervisor of secondary programs and then director of curriculum and instruction.

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12/03/2014
REAL School Garden turns learning inside out at Maple Lawn Elementary | The Hub

Gone are the days when learning at Maple Lawn Elementary School meant virtually all students sat in classrooms dreaming about going outside for recess. Today, many of the school's 500-plus students spend part of their school day learning in an outdoor classroom equipped with plants, murals, structures for shade and wildlife habitats, water features, a compost station, and barrels that collect rainwater.

The Hub
09/21/2015
Ambition propels student to India for medical internship | The Hub

Seventeen-year-old Alison Geason is a determined young woman who knows where she's going and isn't wasting time getting there. Geason, a senior at the School of Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, says she's known since pre-school that she wanted to become a doctor.

The Hub
05/25/2016
Super Scholar: South Oak Cliff senior is prepped and ready for college | The Hub

Like virtually every high school senior, 18-year-old Landon Finley is looking forward to graduation. The South Oak Cliff student has won multiple scholarships, and has set his sights on attending Texas A&M University at College Station where he says his older brother, a former athlete and important role model, is in his second year and really loves the school and its rich traditions.

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08/31/2015
Adamson community liaison honored as a legend | The Hub

Walking the halls of W.H. Adamson High School with Community Liaison Maria Garcia, it's unusual to encounter anyone who doesn't know her even in the early days of a new school year. A mainstay at the Oak Cliff campus for 18 years, Garcia is still excited about her job connecting the school with parents and community resources.

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08/07/2015
New teachers excited and hopeful about helping students | The Hub

New Dallas ISD teacher Samuel Cross is looking forward to teaching choir at T.W. Browne Middle School. Cross was one of approximately 1,600 new teachers that attended a New Teacher Academy orientation event at Fair Park to learn about the district. Cross said he's pumped and ready to start the 2015 school year.

The Hub
10/08/2015
Tips for effective parent-teacher conferences | The Hub

Mid-October is time for report cards and parent-teacher conferences. Most district schools will open their doors to welcome parents in to pick up report cards and speak with teachers about students' progress on the following dates: Monday, October 12 - High School Tuesday, October 13 - Middle School Thursday, October 15 - Elementary School Parents should call schools to confirm the conference dates and times and plan to participate in this critical opportunity to exchange valuable information...

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04/06/2015
Colleagues praise Big D Reads Librarian of the Year as 'gentle giant' | The Hub

Stuffed bunnies, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Mother Goose, Dora the Explorer and Arthur are among the notable characters that peer out from almost every bookshelf in the library at Anne Frank Elementary School. It's testing week at the north Dallas school and, for the moment, the library is quiet.

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10/29/2015
Red Ribbon Week: a lighthearted observance, a serious issue | The Hub

This week, students across Dallas ISD are sporting their favorite team jerseys, dressing as superheroes and having fun at activities planned to observe Red Ribbon Week. Behind this lighthearted celebration is the deadly serious issue of youth alcohol and drug abuse.

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Dallas ISD Toastmasters plan Nov. 11 open house

If you'd like to learn more about Toastmasters, you're invited to mark your calendar for 5:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 11, for an Open House sponsored by Dallas ISD Talk It Up Toastmasters Club in room 257 of the H.B. Bell School Support Services Building at 2909 N. Buckner Blvd.

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10/27/2015
Three campuses receive $1,000 each for students' recycling efforts | The Hub

Recycling saves money, conserves natural resources and cuts down on waste dumped into landfills. It just so happens it can also pay off for schools. Students at three Dallas ISD schools have embraced the practice in a major way by collecting paper waste, soft drink cans, and other recyclables on a consistent basis.