Gallon’s Good News

May/June 2020 Issue


I hope that this Newsletter finds you and your family with the joy and relaxation of the summer. Although the 2019-2020 school year has come to a close, I want to again thank and commend you for your work in improving the learning and lives of our students and uplift of our community. This year has presented undeniable challenges for many parents and teachers who had to ensure that their kids and students remain engaged in education through distance learning while keeping them and their families safe from Covid-19. Along with these and other challenges, this school year has also seen tremendous success and continued improvements in our District and I am extremely proud of the work that is being done by our teachers, district and school leaders, parents, and community stakeholders. It has also brought with it our serving witness to challenges and tragedies near and far, and our collective resolve and resilience to rise above them all.

Congratulations to all of our graduates and the amazing Class of 2020. Go onward, go upward, and continue to move our community, nation, and world forward.

During the summer months, we want to continue to encourage our students to prepare and remain engaged in educational enrichment so that we can keep this momentum and continue on our journey to improve the lives of our youth. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. I look forward to your continued support, encouragement, and efforts.

Have a Happy and Safe summer!

Let’s go!


Steve Gallon III
School Board Vice Chair, District 1


Congratulations!!!! 4 More Years…

Dr. Gallon was humbled and honored to reflect on the leadership and service provided to District 1 and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools over the past several years and is excited to continue his service.
Please click on the link below to take a look at the work that has been done throughout his first four years of service:
School Board Meeting
Dr. Gallon continues to be actively engaged in his role as a policy maker as he successfully proffered a School Board agenda item that received unanimous approval and support from the Board at the June 20, 2020 School Board Meeting.
Dr. Gallon’s item addressed the following:
H-10: Affirmance of School District’s Commitment to Promoting Social Justice, Unity, Fairness, Equity, and Equality for Blacks and Among All Students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools
(to read this item in full, please click on the link below)
To view or read the closed captioning of the upcoming July 15, 2020 Regular School Board Meeting, please visit
Succeed Like a Zebra Webinar Series Interview
Dr. Gallon had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the topic of how to successfully navigate the impact of COVID19 on the education system with author and keynote speaker, Nick Zizi on his webinar series “Succeed like a Zebra.”
To watch this interview in full, please click on the link below:
What’s the Tea? Conversation
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On May 14, 2020, Dr. Gallon was honored to be one of the panelist discussing the topic of educational programs and resources during the Covid-19 pandemic hosted by the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC).

To watch the full video of this discussion, please visit the link below:

What's The Tea

What's The Tea Happening Now

Posted by Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Beyond the Mask: Surviving Covid-19
Florida Memorial University Virtual Town Hall
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Dr. Gallon was humbled and honored participate in part four of Florida Memorial University’s “Beyond the Mask: Surviving COVID-19” Virtual Town Hall Series entitled “Distance Learning Across the Digital Divide” held on the evening of May 14, 2020.

To watch part four of this series along with the previous town hall series, please click on the link below:

North Dade Educational Town Hall
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Dr. Gallon addressed concerns from pastors, youth leaders, mentors, parents, caretakers, teachers, principals, and community stakeholders regarding “distance learning” at the North Dade Educational Town Hall held on May 14, 2020.
To see the full educational town hall meeting, please click on the link below:
2020 Commencement Greetings & Remarks 
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Dr. Gallon prepared and delivered his virtual 2020 Commencement Greetings and Remarks for North Miami Senior, Norland Senior, Carol City Senior and Jan Mann Opportunity School onsite at each school. He was humbled and honored to provide words of inspiration and encouragement to the Class of 2020.

To view all of District 1’s graduation ceremonies, please click on the school links below:

North Miami Senior:

Jan Mann Educational Center:

Miami Carol City Senior:

Miami Norland Senior:


Conversation on Power Hour


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Dr. Gallon had the honor of being a guest speaker on the Power Hour hosted by Linda Julien, to discuss the adverse impact of Covid-19 on the Black community.

To get more insight on this discussion, please click on the link below:

Posted by Linda Julien on Thursday, May 21, 2020


Real Talk in the Teacher’s Lounge


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Dr. Gallon had a great evening on “Real Talk in the Teacher’s Lounge” with UTD President Karla Hernandez Mats discussing issues of public education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the State of Florida, as well as the impact that COVID-19 is having on education, especially in underserved communities of color and poverty.

“It was a great opportunity to “keep it real” in the Teacher’s Lounge with those on the front lines on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Gallon.

To view the full discussion, please click on the link below:

Posted by United Teachers of Dade on Friday, May 22, 2020


What’s Next for Our Public Schools?


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On the afternoon of May 27, 2020, Dr. Gallon was pleased to engage in a powerful, purposeful and passionate Virtual Town Hall Meeting discussing education in the Post COVID-19 era as well as issues of brutality against Black men and people of color.
Please click on the link below to listen if you missed it:
Hy-Lo News Interview
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On May 28, 2020, Dr. Gallon had an in depth conversation with Janey Tate from Hy-Lo News on the school district’s plan for re-opening schools in the fall and the precautions and procedures that will be in place due to COVID-19, the districts plans for high school sports and also some of his favorite things to listen to and watch during this quarantine.
To watch the full conversation, please click on the link below:
Discussion on “The Culture”
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On June 1, 2020, Dr. Gallon joined Jessica Garrett Modkins in a discussion and update on education as they discussed Senior graduation, Lessons Learned post COVID-19, Summer Regression, and Parent Survey Results.
To view full discussion, click on the link below:
Press Conference for Justice
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Dr. Gallon stood alongside Pastor Jackson and other Faith-based partners at the Interdenominational Press Conference for Justice hosted by Antioch Missionary Baptist Church on June 2, 2020. Pastors, Rabbis and Imams, representing thousands of people, came together to say, Enough is Enough!

Please click on the link below to view this televised event:

Interfaith news conference in Miami Gardens regarding protests, justice for George Floyd

WATCH LIVE: Interfaith news conference in Miami Gardens regarding protests, justice for George Floyd

Posted by WPLG Local 10 on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Gasping for Air: Navigating Blackness


Gasping for Air: Navigating Blackness


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Dr. Gallon was humbled and honored to provide his perspective on the current state of affairs throughout the nation regarding Blacks and the issue of social justice.
Please click on the link below to read his Op-Ed in Miami Times–Gasping for Air: Navigating Blackness:
Conversations with Dr. Gallon
(Just in Case you Missed it)
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During the Covid-19 pandemic and the up rise of social injustices resurfacing in our country, Dr. Gallon has been very vocal and active by engaging in conversations on the two topics. Please see the links below to view several interviews, conversations and discussions on what Dr. Gallon had to say on these issues: