Teaching & Learning Newsletter

May 13, 2016

C2E

The purpose of this self-assessment is to clarify your desired areas of improvement and target specific ways to make those improvements. Your mission to excellence can focus on something that you would like to do or something that you would like to stop doing. Or you can focus on living, interacting, working, or performing better, more consistently, or more joyfully. Analyze in detail the precise circumstances and focus that surround your best and less-than-best experiences or performances in your targeted area. You need to know what you already do that allows you to perform well at some times or in some situations and what you do that interferes with your good performances or good parts of performances. Use a performance notebook or diary to record your reflections on how your focus has affected and is now affecting your performance or experience positively or negatively. This approach can help you understand more fully the kind of focus that works best for you and against you.


Terry Orlick, PhD, In Pursuit of Excellence

Affirmations

As the STAAR testing season comes to a close, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the Campus Testing Coordinators, Accountability Department, and Test Administrators for the great job done in preparing for and administering this year’s exams!

Coaching Tip

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

In Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck writes about her research showing that people generally adopt one of two ways to approach the world: a growth mindset or a fixed mindset. If you have a fixed mindset, Dweck explains, you believe "that your qualities are carved in stone". If you have a growth mindset, on the other hand, you believe that "your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts". According to Dweck, people with growth mindsets are generally more successful than those with fixed mindsets.


Jim Knight, Focus on Teaching

Core Content Area News


Schedule of Score Report Release Dates


DDRT Meetings

DDRT Meetings continue to take place each Monday. Click here to access sign up sheet. Please note that you are asked to input whether the concern is academic or behavioral as well as if the primary concern is in reading or math. This helps with scheduling support in the meeting. Finally, thank you for continuing to document RtI in Aware as this helps ensure communication of student information.

Secondary Schools

IC Coaching Dates for 2016-2017

IC Calendar for beginning of school:

Aug 1 - District Day - Peter Dewitt

Aug 2 - District Day - Bernabei for ELA Coaches/IC with Coordinators

Aug 3 - District Day - Seidlitz training for coaches

Aug 4 - District Day - ICs with Coordinators

Aug 5 - District Day - ICs with Coordinators

Aug 8 - District Day - Morning with Coordinator, 12:45-4:00 - PBIS training BHS Blue

Aug 9 - IC Campus Day

Aug 10 -District Day ICs at Campus with new teachers

Aug 11 - ICs at Campus (teacher workday)

Aug 12 - IC Campus day

Aug 15 - IC Campus day

Aug 16 - AM Convocation, PM at Campus

Aug 17 - ICs involved in delivery of district-wide training

Aug 18 - ICs involved in delivery of district-wide training

Aug 19 - IC Campus PD Day


2015-2016 Algebra Pre-Entry Program

Important deadlines are on the horizon. See the link below to ensure your campus is on the right track. Click here


Intervention Documentation

A spreadsheet titled "2016 SSI Steps (Round 1)" will be shared with each principal and the middle school deans. Use this spreadsheet to document SSI Interventions following Round 1 results at 5th and 8th grade. Please have this spreadsheet completed with student and intervention information by May 17, 2016.

Elementary Schools

IC Coaching Dates for 2016-2017

IC Calendar for beginning of school:

Aug 1 - District Day - Peter Dewitt

Aug 2 - District Day - Bernabei for ELA Coaches/IC with Coordinators

Aug 3 - District Day - Seidlitz training for coaches

Aug 4 - District Day - ICs with Coordinators

Aug 5 - District Day - ICs with Coordinators

Aug 8 - District Day - Morning with Coordinator, 12:45-4:00 - PBIS training BHS Blue

Aug 9 - IC Campus Day

Aug 10 -District Day ICs at Campus with new teachers

Aug 11 - ICs at Campus (teacher workday)

Aug 12 - IC Campus day

Aug 15 - IC Campus day

Aug 16 - AM Convocation, PM at Campus

Aug 17 - ICs involved in delivery of district-wide training

Aug 18 - ICs involved in delivery of district-wide training

Aug 19 - IC Campus PD Day


Library Summer Reading Program

The BCS Library System is offering a Summer Reading Program. C&I would like to encourage you to support this program at your campus by setting up a campus visit and by advertising it to your parents. It is crucial for our students' reading success to continue to read over the summer months and this program can help with this.

SRP Note from BCS Librarian click here

SRP Research click here

SRP Brain PSA click here


PreK and Kindergarten Report Card Alignment

The report card scoring for PreK will be changed to mirror the kindergarten report card scores. This will streamline the scoring process.


Intervention Documentation

A spreadsheet titled "2016 SSI Steps (Round 1)" will be shared with each principal and the middle school deans. Use this spreadsheet to document SSI Interventions following Round 1 results at 5th and 8th grade. Please have this spreadsheet completed with student and intervention information by May 17, 2016.


TEA Reading and Math Academies

The State has announced that Reading and Math Academies will be held for kindergarten and first grade in reading and second and third grade for math during the month of July. Other academies are planned for 2017. A few teachers from identified high risk campuses will receive top priority for attendance. The campuses in BISD that are on this priority list are Bonham, Branch, Crockett, Fannin, Henderson, Jones, Kemp-Carver, Milam, Mitchell, Navarro, Neal, and Ross. We have been chosen as a host site for the reading academies that will be held in July. Teachers who attend may be able to receive a $350 stipend from the state. We will share specific dates and other information as soon as we receive any more information.


Primary Reading Success Plan GPC forms and EOY parent letters

  • The PRSP GPC forms are available for campuses to use to create for students who do not meet the PRSP criteria and are either being placed or retained.
  • EOY Parent letters for PRSP plans are provided in English and Spanish for campuses to send home.
  • The completed profile sheets for each child are to be placed in the academic folder in student permanent folders. Please contact JoLyn Bricker if you have any questions.

Professional Development

Principals & APs


T-TESS

Please take just a second and register for the T-TESS session you are attending this summer. Register for June 7-8-9 HERE and for June 14-15-16 HERE.


TE Days for Principals & APs

I know that it is sometimes a struggle to find quality PD to secure your TE Day credits during the small window of time that you are off-contract. We do have a few things available to you during the time that our 220s are off, but I have another opportunity that I want to share with you! I am going to create an online training for our administrators that will be designed to equip you with more tools to lead a campus that has students and families from poverty. If you do not already have 3 days planned for your TE Day credits, this will be something in which you can participate. I will release more info about the online class in the coming weeks. Hopefully this will help you in more ways than one.


Principals


PLC

Our final Principal PLC of the year will be held Tuesday, May 17. Please register HERE.


Admin Meeting

Just a reminder that the admin. meeting for May has been canceled, but we will still meet on Tuesday, June 14 for our final admin. meeting of this school year. Please mark your calendars.

Advanced Academics

Scholars Academy

This June we will be offering Scholars Academy to 9th and 10th graders who wish to succeed on the PSAT exam in Fall 2016. We are trying to drive more participation in this program and really need your help. Please communicate to your teachers and students about this opportunity. Click here

Special Education

Principals/APs


Behavior Specialist

Noel Bell, special education behavior specialist, began working in the district on April 25, 2016 to serve campuses with the PASS and SOAR Programs in support of administrators and staff.

Bilingual Education

Elementary School Principals


Bilingual Framework

The week of May 16 is a B week for the bilingual framework.


Upcoming Courses

Region 6 will be offering a preparation course for the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test this summer. This is the test required to become bilingual certified.

Course information: (BLTPT) (TExES #190). Click on the link for details.

There will also be a preparation course for the Supplemental Bilingual (TExES #164) certification exam. Both courses are free for Bryan ISD teachers. Please share the information and links with your teachers.


BTLPT Exam Prep Courses

Region 6 will offer a one day preparation class for the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) on July 8. This class is free for Bryan teachers. For registration and details, please click on the link.


Principals


Professional Development Opportunity

On July 11th, Region 6 will offer a comprehensive bilingual education conference. Enjoy presentations covering a wide variety of topics on programs, strategies and other sessions related to curriculum and instruction for bilingual students.

Important Session Information: Portraits of Success/Retratos de éxito- The bilingual conference will highlight successes from the world of bilingual education. From the keynote speaker to the break-out sessions, enjoy a full day of celebrating successful practices in bilingual education. Additionally, there will be a vendor area to highlight products that may add to success for our bilingual students. A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. For more details click on the link.


ESL Certification Prep Courses

Region 6 will offer a one day mini academy to prepare for the ESL TExES Exam. This course is free for Bryan teachers, but a $15 book fee will apply. The class will be offered on June 14 and June 15 at the Brazos Center in Bryan. For more details and to register click on the link. Seats are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Curriculum & Instruction

If you have any questions, about the content in the Teaching & Learning newsletter, please don't hesitate to contact any member of the department.