Education Technology

A Shared Vision: Writing Success Stories One Student at a Time

Oct. 28, 2021 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. Central
Presenters: Marc Smith, Ed.D.; Shalontae Payne

Join us for the October TI Talks event with educational leaders from the Duncanville Independent School District.

They will focus on how to extend academic preparation and industry-based learning opportunities for students in K–12, including:

  • Utilizing partnerships to expand opportunities
  • Connecting learning for future career readiness
  • Alignment of skills

For more information, please see the preview of the presentation to the right and the session description below.

Session details:

Duncanville ISD is committed to expand the City of Champions and extend academic preparation and industry-based learning opportunities for students in K–12. Come learn about:

  • Utilizing district and industry partnerships to expand opportunities for students in STEM
  • Connecting learning to the “why” for future life-long learning and career readiness
  • Alignment of skills to post-secondary access for staff and students in high-need and high-demand jobs

Who should attend:

  • School district leaders, school leaders
  • Education service center leaders
  • University and community college faculty
  • Community organizations focused on STEM
  • State education leaders in math, science, STEM, CTE and workforce
  • Grant Writers


Please contact Wendy Peel, or 214.405.2779.


Photograph of Marc Smith

Marc Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Duncanville Independent School District (ISD)
Duncanville, Texas

Marc Smith, Ed.D., is a high-energy, analytical leader with 28 years of experience in education. He has served as superintendent of schools for Duncanville Independent School District since 2016. In 2020, Smith achieved the prestigious honor of being named Region 10 Superintendent of the Year and completed the National Superintendent Certification Program with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

In 2021, Smith nominated the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees for the Outstanding School Board recognition and the team was selected as one of the top five school boards in the state of Texas.

Smith has a reputation for cultivating talent and strategically producing results. During his tenure, Duncanville ISD completed a $102.54 million bond, and through careful financial management saved the district more than $3 million. In 2018, he led the district through a Tax Ratification Election, which received overwhelming support from voters to provide $5.2 million in additional annual revenue to the school district without increasing the school tax rate.

As a visionary, Smith developed academic opportunities in Duncanville ISD by expanding school choice and actively marketing innovative programs available to students. He launched a “My Future. My Choice.” marketing campaign that showcased the creation of the district’s Early College High School, known as the Collegiate Academy, and extended choice programs to each of the district’s middle schools. The campaign also highlighted the growth of pre-kindergarten opportunities in the district, including the addition of 3-year-old students. In 2021–22, the district launched the first elementary choice program with the Charles Acton Leadership Academy.

Prior to joining Duncanville ISD, Smith served as the superintendent of Marshall ISD from 2012 until 2016.

Smith holds a doctorate in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston and a master’s in Administration and Supervision from Prairie View A&M University. He earned his bachelor’s in Human Performance from Texas Southern University. Additionally, in 2010, he completed the Urban Superintendent Academy at Harvard University.

Photograph of Shalontae L. Payne

Shalontae L. Payne
Director of Career and Technical Education and College and
Career Readiness
Duncanville Independent School District
Duncanville, Texas

Shalontae Payne is the Director of Career and Technical Education and College and Career Readiness in Duncanville ISD. Payne has 22 years of experience in education and has served in multiple capacities, including teacher, middle and high school counselor, assistant principal, instructional coordinator, and now in her current role. Payne has worked hard to make Duncanville ISD Career and Technical Education a premier program. Payne is an advocate for student opportunities in internships, externships, practicum and dual credit classes. Because of the program’s success at the high school, Payne is now tasked with growing CTE even further into Duncanville ISD’s elementary, intermediate and middle school programs. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas, a Master in Counseling from the University of North Texas and a principal and superintendent certification from the University of North Texas.