Dr. Michael Hinojosa
Cobb County School District
514 Glover Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Bus. Phone: (770) 426-3452
On April 28, 2005, Dr. Michael Hinojosa was named superintendent of schools for the Dallas Independent School District, the 12th largest school district in the nation with a student population of almost 158,000. His selection brought him full circle to the school district he attended as a student where he began his career as a teacher.
His career in Texas public education spans 30 years, starting as a teacher and coach in Dallas' L.V. Stockard Middle School and W.H. Adamson High School. Dr. Hinojosa was a campus and central office administrator in the Grand Prairie ISD and served as superintendent in Fabens ISD. Hays CISD, and Spring ISD. He also served as the executive director of the Region 19 Education Service Center in El Paso, Texas.
With a firm belief that education and not environment is the key to a student's success, Dr. Hinojosa has led a systemic redesign of the district's teaching and learning systems with the goal of making the Dallas ISD the top urban school district in the nation by 2010. This initiative, called Dallas Achieves!, is based upon the best practices of the National Center for Educational Accountability and is designed to ensure that the district educates and graduates all students college and workforce ready.
Over the past four years, the success of Dallas Achieves! has resulted in:
a report by the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., stating that the Dallas ISD has improved more than any other urban district in Texas and more than all but one urban district in the country in narrowing the achievement gap;
millions of dollars in grants from the Michael & Susan Dell and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundations to strengthen the district's efforts to track student performance and improve college readiness;
six schools being named by the U.S. Department of Education as No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools and four more being nominated for 2009;
the Texas Education Agency naming 103 Dallas ISD schools exemplary or recognized for 2008-a sharp increase from the previous year's total of 47 schools; and
students continuing to make progress on the state's Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, with gains made in reading and math in third, fifth, and eighth grades.
Dr. Hinojosa's recognitions have included selection as Superintendent of the Year by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Educational Administration Cooperative Superintendency Program and Texas Superintendent of the Year by the Texas Association of School Boards. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Education at Texas Tech University and is past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators.
Dr. Hinojosa received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He earned his master's degree at the University of North Texas and received his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Kitty have two sons who attend Dallas ISD schools. He also has a son who is a graduate of Texas Tech University.