Carter Chronicle

The week of September 7-11

Carter Mantra


Carter Coaliton Leverage Points

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How to Know What Students Know

Total Participation Techniques Meeting Every Student in Active Learning,

W. Hammele and P. Hammele, 2011

This Debate Team Carousel

This strategy shows students are able to think deeper, build off other’s thinking, and add inferences to take their thinking further. It also gives a different perspective on those students who don’t normally participate orally. The students thinking can assist with finding a way to make their thinking deeper. This can assist the teacher with ways to build on certain students’ confidence so they will share their thinking orally.


  1. Write your opinion and give a reason why you think that way?

  1. Read your classmates’ response in this box; add another reason that would SUPPORT what your classmates wrote.

  1. Write a reason that might be used to argue AGAINST what is written in boxes 1 and 2.

  1. Read what is written in the 3 boxes ADD YOUR opinion and YOUR reason for your opinion in this box.

7 Keys to Provide Effective FEEDBACK to Students

The term feedback is used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise, and evaluation. In other words, it is information on how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal. In order for the feedback to have an effective or positive impact it should be:

  • Goal-referenced: effective feedback requires that a student has a goal, takes action to achieve the goal and receives goal-oriented information about his or her actions.

  • Tangible and transparent: the best feedback is so tangible that any student who has a goal can learn from it.
  • Actionable: it is concrete, descriptive and it provides actionable information to be accepted by the student.
  • User-friendly: it is specific and accurate in the eyes of the student and the teacher.
  • Timely: the sooner the student gets the feedback the better to utilize the opportunity that it is still fresh in his or her mind.
  • Ongoing: it gives the student the opportunity to reshape the performance to better achieve the goal.
  • Consistent: students can only adjust their performance successfully if the information fed back to them is stable, accurate and trustworthy.

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Be sure to read the TEI NEWS emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.

September 14-18

Principals will receive TEI teacher evaluation scorecards and should hold conferences with required teachers.

September 18

Teachers will receive electronic versions of their scorecards via oracle self-service. Principals are asked to remain available until 8:00 PM on this date to answer any questions.

September 18-October 1

Teacher rebuttal window in oracle for TEI evaluation scorecard

September 28

Teachers submit SLO Goal-Setting and PDPs in schoolnet.

October 1

Principals must score and approve SLOs & PDPs by today




8th-Science Fair Coordinators' Meeting @ Buckner

Principal Scorecards released in Oracle today

9th-Principals' SchoolNET Training Option #2 ( 7am, 10am, 4pm) @Haskell

11th-Principals' SchoolNET Training Option #3 ( 7am, 10am, 4pm) @Webinar

14th -Assistant Principals' Focus Group (4-6 pm) @Haskell

-Districtwide Principals' Meeting (1-5 pm) @ Hulcy

18th-TEI Score Cards Released-Principal's Available until 8:00 pm

23rd-New Safety Coordinators Training (8 am) @Maria Luna Food Center

24th-Carter Coalition Feeder Principal's Meeting (9am-12:30 pm) @ Adelle Turner

(lunch will be provided)

-Existing Safety Coordinators Training ( 8am) @ Maria Luna Food Center

30th-Section 504 Administrator's Training


1st-Teacher FINAL SLO and PDP plans due in SchoolNet

2nd-REVISED Campus Action Plan and CNA due to ED

-1st six weeks ends

5th-2nd Six weeks ends

9th-Elementary Fair day

16th-Secondary Fair day


7th-CARTER SUPER SATURDAY-All Campus Principal's attend Parent Super Saturday (9-12pm)@ Carter High School for Feeder

"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."

~Clay P. Bedford


The first two weeks of school went extremely well for the Carter Coalition. During my visits to campuses, I witnessed quality teaching and students being challenged to think critically. I also witnessed attempts to ensure quality LO's and DOL's were classrooms. As Carter Coalition, we still have alot of work to do to ensure alignment between the two; the use of Multiple Response Strategies to ensure scholar engagement and ramping up the rigor in lessons and equally in our expectations of what students can achieve. Teachers must be able to unpack the standards to successfully create an LO that fully addresses the required STATE standards. In addition, it is important that teachers all work cohesively in order to ensure we are effective for our scholars.

Week three of the grading period is among us. Many students will be taking their first round of common assessments soon and teachers will get their firs school-wide glimpse of how students are responding to the teaching and learning from the first three weeks of school. remember that this data needs to be analyzed and curriculum maps need to be adjusted in a timely manner as a result of student progress. What is happening in each classroom will add to the collective result later. By the end of the week, each teacher should have been visited at least once and feedback should have been given through Schoolnet.

I appreciate you for your leadership and ability to model what great teaching is with your staff.

Have a wonderful, productive week. Our scholars are counting on you and their teachers each and every day to be 100%.

Here's to a great week of teaching and learning!

Ms. Torres


  • Improve student achievement
  • Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic performance
  • There is no excuse for poor quality teaching
  • At risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at risk students
  • Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence