AIM WEEKLY UPDATES
August 26, 2019
In this week's edition:
AIM Campuses First Week Recap
Congratulations on successfully completing the first week of the 2019 - 2020 school year as an AIM campus. School Leadership visited many campuses and recognized the application of practices and protocols learned during AIM and Summer Intensive PD centered around the 3 Dallas ISD Leadership Levers: Instructional Excellence, Distributed Leadership, and Values-Aligned Systems and Structures. AIM campus principals and staff have been welcoming, intentional in practices, and receptive to feedback for getting better faster. Lets continue our dedicated work to close the achievement gaps and create models of excellence at the middle school level.
Backward Design Lesson Planning
AIM Upcoming PD Updates
- August 27: ILT Training Part I Designing Weekly Lesson Plans with District Curriculum @ Buckner 1:00 - 5:00 pm
- August 28: ILT Training Part II Designing Weekly Lesson Plans with District Curriculum @ Buckner 1:00 - 5:00 pm
- September 5: Teaching Trust Teams-1 Participants Driven by Data 2.0: Weekly Data Meetings @ DoubleTree by Hilton 8250 NCX 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- September 16: ILT PD Observation and Feedback @ Edison 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Weekly reading: Understanding by Design Framework
The Understanding by Design® framework (UbD™ framework) offers a planning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction. Its two key ideas are contained in the title: 1) focus on teaching and assessing for understanding and learning transfer, and 2) design curriculum "backward" from those ends.
AIM QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“First, a school with a strong, shared sense of vision and mission is more likely to initiate improvement efforts. Second, norms of collegiality are related to collaborative planning and effective decision making. Third, cultures with a strong dedication to improvement are more likely to implement complex new instructional strategies. Finally, schools improve best when small successes are recognized and celebrated through shared ceremonies commemorating both individual and group contributions."
-Terrance E. Deal