Superhero Tuesday Times

Elite 11 Portfolio, Dalia Flores Contreras - ILD

February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day Superheroes!

Is Groundhog Day an official holiday? It’s actually NOT but many would be fooled based on the social media hype and excitement around this tradition. People around the country will find themselves eagerly awaiting this furry creature’s sunrise appearance from its burrow, and will watch in anticipation to see if our furry friend sees his own shadow or not which will let us know if spring weather is on it’s way!

Groundhog Fun Facts:

  • Did you know that groundhogs, on average, live 6-8 years in the wild? They grow up to 3 feet long and can weigh as much as 30 lbs.
  • Did you know that groundhogs are vegetarians? They mainly eat fruits and vegetables, and surprisingly consume very little water!
  • Did you know that groundhogs can sit up on their hind legs? They also make high-pitched whistle sounds earning them the nickname of whistle pigs.
  • Did you know that the Groundhog Day tradition originated from German immigrants back in the late 1800s? Originally, Europeans used badgers or bears as their weather forecasters.

I look forward to visiting the following schools this week: Celia Clinton, Jackson, Bell, Owen and McKinley.

During our next few site visits we will focus on the following:

  • Data Check: Tulsa Model Observations Progress Check (Talend ED Platform), Attendance Progress & Suspension Data.
  • Deep Dive #1: Informal Observation of Read 180/System 44 Instruction
  • Deep Dive #2: Real Time Coaching with Focus Teachers
  • Deep Dive #3: Scope & Sequence/Pacing Calendar Pulse Check (ELA & Math)
  • Deep Dive #4: Observe Child Study Team Meeting
  • Quick Hits: What issues can I support you with?
  • Pulse Check: How are you?
  • Follow-Up: What are we each committing to do between now and our next visit.

I shared with you the next 4 Deep Dive components so that you can see the areas we will be digging into during this month. Each schools is at slightly different places within these deep dives so please check your calendar invite for specific details regarding your upcoming site visit.

As always, I am an email/text/phone call away anytime to support you!

Have a Terrific Tuesday,


Year to Date (YTD) Attendance

Please see the table below with YTD Attendance Percentages as reported by Mark Thomas on 02/01/2016.

Color Coding Legend:

95% and above - Green (Meets/Exceeds the goal)

93% - 94.99% - Yellow (Progressing towards meeting the goal)

Below 93% - Red (On the rise towards the goal)

Thank you for all your hard work and efforts around improving daily attendance.

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February African American History Month

African American History Month is here!!! Teachers of all grades and content areas will be searching the internet and library for resources to use as they plan and deliver engaging lessons.

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids at:

10 Little Known Black History Facts

"History is often reduced to a handful of memorable moments and events. In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like those of The Underground Railroad and historic moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember.

In an effort to honor this expansive and growing history, Black History Month was established by way of a weekly celebration in February known as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson. But just as Black history is more than a month, so too are the numerous events and figures that are often overlooked during it. What follows is a list of some of those “lesser known” moments and facts in Black history." (

  1. Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.
  2. Martin Luther King Jr. improvised the most iconic part of his “I Have a Dream Speech.”
  3. Inoculation was introduced to America by a slave.
  4. The earliest recorded protest against slavery was by the Quakers in 1688.
  5. Of the 12.5 million Africans shipped to the New World during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, fewer than 388,000 arrived in the United States.
  6. The diverse history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  7. One in four cowboys was Black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies.
  8. Esther Jones was the real Betty Boop!
  9. The first licensed African American Female pilot was named Bessie Coleman.
  10. Interracial marriage in the United Sates was banned in 1664 and not overturned until 1967.

To read more about these amazing facts and also see some incredible related images click on the link below.

Literacy Intervention Requirements 2015

As we near the close of the January 25th - February 5th SRI testing window it's important to revisit the Literacy Intervention Requirements for the 2015-16 SY. Please click here to access a pdf version of the requirements.

The following images below highlight some of the key information in this guide that should be revisited now that you have updated SRI Lexile Scores.

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Read 180 & System 44 Instructional Model

This month we will be visiting Read 180 and System 44 classrooms in order to identify best practices and areas to tighten. In preparation of these visits, please take a moment to revisit the instructional framework images below.
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Supervision & Feedback

Please take a moment to revisit your evaluation calendar to ensure you're on-track to meeting these deadlines. As we near closer to the deadlines you will receive weekly updates from me regrading your progress and outstanding tasks in TalentEd.

Where do you feel you are performing against the 6 STEP Feedback Rubric? Take a moment to download and print the rubric below. Circle where you think you are across each of the indicators as pre-work to our February Portfolio Meeting.

Child/Student Support Team Steps: A Brief Overview

Note: The assignment of certain tasks may vary from one building to another.

Pre-meeting steps/actions:

• Information gathering: Universal screenings (pre-assessments, formative assessments, etc.), Interventions tried, and Progress monitoring (curriculum-based measures) & data collection

• Identification of student for the Student Support Team

• Parent notification, Team may choose to have parent participate or not

• Completion of CST/SST form by referring Educator

Initial Student Support Meeting:

• Review of information gathering and identification of one to no more than three targeted goals

• Brainstorming strategies and interventions: Encourage parent involvement

• Prioritization of interventions

• Development of plan which includes: Implementation of interventions & Progress monitoring

• Scheduling of follow-up meeting

Gather Data:

• Provide targeted intervention

• Collect progress monitoring data

• Complete progress monitoring section of Follow-Up form

Follow-up Meeting:

• Parent notification from initial meeting

• Review intervention success based on progress monitoring

• Determine next steps (additional interventions or continuation of current interventions)

Teams should utilize this process for effectiveness:

The Problem-Solving Model: The meeting should last no longer than thirty minutes and has seven distinct stage.

  1. Stage One (Introduction): 2-3 minutes Facilitator states the general reason for the meeting and the process to be followed. Outlines agenda. Sets a positive tone.
  2. Stage Two Problem Identification and Clarification: 4-5 minutes Requesting teacher summarizes problem succinctly.
  3. Stage Three (Clarification): 1-2 minutes Team members ask questions of presenter to clear up questions they may have as to exactly what the problem is or what the goals are.
  4. Stage Four (Brainstorming potential strategies): 6-8 minutes Facilitator uses round-robin brainstorming approach to generate suggestions for the teacher’s consideration. Brief statements are encouraged. Team members direct their suggestions to the facilitator. The teacher does not interact with others during this stage. All suggestions are recorded so that all can view them.
  5. Stage Five (Prioritization of strategies and select interventions): 3-4 minutes Facilitator goes over suggestions and strategies with the teacher. The teacher prioritizes. Team members support teacher during this stage.
  6. Stage Six- Goal creation and (Implementation of plan): 4-5 minutes A specific, measurable goal for the student is presented or generated. The facilitator establishes a plan to implement and follow up on interventions. Support needed by the teacher is identified and recorded. (Copies of the recorder sheet are sent to all participants and other staff involved with the student as needed.)
  7. Stage Seven (Conclusion): 1-2 minutes The facilitator thanks team members and a date is set for the follow-up meeting.

February Portfolio Meeting - Learning Preview & PreWork

I am super excited to see you next week for our February Portfolio Meeting! Thank you, in advance, to Jackson ES for being our gracious hosts.

Here is a preview of the topics we will be covering in order to ensure you are prepared to dive into the day!

  1. Jackson ES Best Practice Spotlight: Creating & Maintaining Strong Partnerships
  2. C&I Revisiting the Academics Roadmap: Implementation of Pacing Calendars and Scope & Sequence of instructional standards for Math and ELA
  3. Supervision & Feedback: Peer Review of 6 STEP Feedback Video, use of 6 STEP Feedback Rubric to set Personal Growth Goals
  4. Data Driven Instruction: Review core ideas from text study (Driven by Data Chapter 3 - Action), Dive into school-level SRI/SMI Data in order to develop action steps
  5. Peer Consultancy: Attendance challenges, sharing of best practices across schools
  6. Destination Excellence: Diving into our new strategic plan, specifically focusing on our core beliefs and habits of success


  • Take a moment to revisit the 6 STEP Feedback Rubric and rate yourself across the indicators. Bring this to the meeting and be prepared to share with your partner. Be sure to bring your computer and 6 STEP feedback video you submitted on 2/1 to share with your partner.
  • Read Chapter 3 of Driven By Data which focuses on Action. Preview your fresh SRI/SMI data in order to reference points of celebration and areas of concern.
  • Think about your attendance efforts thus far. Be prepared to share your top challenges with attendance, as well as efforts that have yielded great success. If possible, bring 2-3 artifacts to share (Example: pictures from practices in your school, letter to parents, contracts, incentive programs, etc.)

Critical Dates:

  • Feb 4 - Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Feb 8 - Apr 1: ACCESS Testing Window
  • Feb 8 - Feb 26: Online MAP/MPG & CPAA Testing Window
  • Feb 11 - February Portfolio Meeting @ Jackson
  • Feb 15 - No School
  • Feb 23 - Feb 25: 5th & 8th Grade Writing Test (Return tests on 2/26)
  • Feb 29 - Tulsa Model Observation Deadline
  • Feb 29 - Mar 7 Spring Tripod