​​One voice can transform lives. Internationally renowned educator and speaker Dr. S. Dallas Dance envisions and leads change that creates opportunities for all young people—including students of color and those living in poverty—to thrive as critical thinkers, thoughtful leaders, and lifelong learners. His calling is motivating teams of all sizes to develop young minds and working with leaders to build capacity to do greater work for all of the individuals within their community.

Numerous national awards and board appointments—from institutions including the White House, Microsoft, and ASCD—recognize his impact on organizational culture, rigorous instruction, vibrant leadership pathways, leveraging technology, and dynamic community engagement. His forthcoming book, Deliberate Excellence: Three Fundamental Strategies that Drive Educational Leadership, will inspire leaders from all backgrounds and levels to anchor and sustain organizational shift and student improvement through leading for equity, leading the change, and leading through communication.

This is a brief listing as Dr. Dance has conducted numerous conferences, workshops, and in-services on other topics.​

  • Surviving the Superintendency
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • School Improvement
  • Closing the Achievement Gap
  • A Focus on Regaining the Male Population
  • Succeeding with Struggling Learners
  • Effective Staff Development
  • Transition Programs
  • The Effective Schools Process
  • Student Mentoring Programs
  • New Teacher Mentoring
  • New Administrator Mentoring
  • 21st Century Thinking and Learning
  • High School Transformation
  • Future Ready Schools for United States Department of Education and Alliance for Excellence in Education
  • Making the Best of the Back to School Season for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans
  • Making the System Work for All Students for The Atlantic
  • Mid-Atlantic Family Engagement Summit for Successful Innovations, Inc.
  • Professional Development Institute for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
  • Preparing All Students to be Globally Competitive Graduates Through Equity (CUE Superintendent Symposium, National School Board Association-Council for Urban Boards of Education)
  • Rethinking Accountability: Putting Students and Learning First for Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
  • Rethinking Accountability: Supporting College and Career Readiness for Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Taking the Digitial Leap for Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
  • Taking Transformation to the Next Level for the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • The Principal as Transformational Leader for National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Transforming Education for The World Bank and the Korean Ministry of Education
  • K-12 Education Reform Summit for the State of Virginia
  • Attitudes Toward Public Schools for Gallup Organization and Phi Delta Kappa International
  • Bridging Key Stakeholders for a Successful Digital Conversion for Mid-Atlantic Superintendents
  • Celebrating Public Education for Pasadena Education Foundation
  • Creating Successful Schools for the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband Coalition
  • Den Virtual Conference for Richard County School District One
  • EduStat University for Ithaca City Schools
  • Ensuring Globally Competitive Graduates for Superintendents (AASA: The Superintendents Association, ASCD, International Association for K-12 Online Learning – iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education – ISTE, MassCUE, SXSW)
  • Ensuring Access to the Arts for All Students for Arts Education Partnership
  • Ensuring a Quality Digital Transformation for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
  • Ensuring Quality Professional Development Throughout the Organization for Learning Forward
  • Evaluating the Market for Educational Transformation for EdNet Conference
  • FutureNow: Roadmap to the Digital Transition for Superintendents

 "What Dallas has done as a bold and innovative educational leader is nothing short of amazing.  What I saw under his leadership was a school system that wasn’t afraid to tackle

big complex  issues, particularly equity, and get results."

  - Arne Duncan – former Secretary of Education

Prior to starting The DDance Group, Dr. Dance served as the Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland with over 112,000 students, 173 schools, and over 21,000 employees. As leader of the nation’s 25th largest school system, Dance pioneered equity-centered shifts in teaching and learning to close the graduation achievement gap between black and white students, while increasing diploma rates overall.

Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation. Before his tenure in

Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive leadership positions in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement, and strategic planning.

Dr. Dance earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. His bachelor’s degree in English is from Virginia Union University.

Dr. Dance enjoys travelling, music, reading and all sports, especially golf. He is the proud father of one son, Myles Dallas Dance.

Past Presentations (Partial List)

Keynotes/presentations/workshops have been conducted for the following:

Please contact The DDance Group, Inc. at your convenience.

Phone Number: (804) 288-5627

Email: info@theddancegroup.com

  • Equity & Access
  • Leadership for Equity
  • Effective School Leadership
  • Practical Lessons for Aspiring School Leaders
  • Effective School/Community Relations
  • The 21st Century Superintendent
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Digital Literacy
  • Technology in Education
  • Benchmark Assessments
  • Lessons Learned through Assessments
  • Data Analysis for Teachers
  • Data Analysis for School and Division Leaders
  • Middle School Transformation and Best Practices
  • Surviving the Principalship

This is a brief listing as Dr. Dance has conducted numerous speeches/presentations on other topics.

Presentations have been conducted at the national, state, and local levels at conferences, workshops, and in-services on the following topics:

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