Superhero Tuesday Times

Elite 11 Portfolio, Dalia Denise Flores - ILD

September 22, 2015

Happy Tuesday Superheroes!

Hopefully you were able to try a new restaurant, attend one of the many festivals that took place over the weekend, or simply spend some time at home relaxing with family and friends! I personally felt the extreme need to unplug for a few hours and be one with nature. I decided to bike down the riverside trail over to Turkey Mountain. I have one word for that trip...ouch! On the plus side, I was able to awaken dormant muscles! Of course I took little Dante with me and he was the star of the trip drawing attention from every person we passed by. I wish I was as cool as him!

This Week's Site Visit Focus

This week we will focus on the TLE Observation Calendar and 6 STEP Feedback to teachers.

In preparation of this week's visits please have the following ready:

  • Teacher Roster with teacher's name,grade level, room number, career or probation noted, and for Principal/AP teams the TLE supervisor noted. Be sure to highlight your initial tier (red/yellow/green) based on informal walk-through data.
  • TLE Observation and Feedback Calendar for career and probation teachers.
  • **For sites with APs - Roles & Responsibilities chart for Principal and AP.

Year To Date Attendance

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. Our attendance goal is 95%, and this week's shout outs go to Mitchell, McKinley and Disney for meeting and exceeding our YTD Attendance goal! The rest of us are trending upward...we can do this!

Remember to use the Attendance Works website ( a resource to your attendance goal setting, tracking, monitoring and campaign strategies.

One great resource I found was the Child Attendance Goal Setting Form (in English and Spanish) which can be used during Parent Teacher Conferences coming up soon.

Check it out:

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)

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TPS Attendance Policy

Please be sure you've read and reviewed the entire TPS Attendance Policy. During the start of the year pay close attention to the following as you set up systems and structures to monitor this work:

Hispanic Heritage month (September 15 - October 15)

This week in Latino History...

September 21: Celebration Independence Day: Belize
September 22: (1987) President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica delivers a speech to Congress and President Reagan with hopes for support of his Peace Plan
September 23: Grito de Lares. Anniversary of the uprising that initiated the movement for Puerto Rican independence from Spain.
September 24: (2014) Early morning a preliminary magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck northern Argentina and felt near the borders with Chile and Bolivia
September 25: (2013) José Montoya, one of the “fathers” of the Chicano art movement passes away. He will always be remembered for one of the best known Chicano Poems “El Louie” His poetry mixed Spanish, English and barrio slang. He was the poet laureate of Sacramento.

click here to teacher resources from


As we enter into weeks 5 and 6 of the school year, you will be engaging your School Culture Team in reviewing your BOY data walk-through as well as planning your response to this data. Remember our goal is for schools to score proficient or better in 4 out of the 5 indicators on the School Culture Rubric.

School Culture Reflection & Response Planning Template:

School Culture Toolkit:

Dates to Remember:

  • 8/31-9/18 BOY Site Walk-through Window
  • 9/21-9/25 BOY Data Reflection Window
  • 9/28-10/2 BOY Response Planning Window

Why "I CAN" statements?

What do we know about the power of "I Can" statements:
  • When students know the expectations, they are more likely to achieve those goals.
  • "I can" statements empower students, provide a common focus, communicate what's important, build community and engagement, and increase motivation and confidence.

What do the experts say?

  • Marzanno, 2009 - The starting place for all effective instruction is designing and communicating clear learning goals.
  • McREL, 2000 - Meta analysis of 53 research studies (Marzano, 1998) found that when students were clear in advance about what they were learning, their achievement was, on average, 34 percentile points higher on tests used in their studies than students in the control group.

Steps for getting started:

  • Step 1 - What do you want them to know? Be specific about the new skill or knowledge that you want them to obtain. Avoid the word “learn” as that is a given.
Ex. I can compare themes across texts …

I can analyze how characters deal with diversity …

I can recognize values, ethics and beliefs in a text …

I can distinguish between the structures of fiction and non-fiction …

  • Step 2 - What do you want them to be able to do? The student’s ability to do this should depend on having mastered the new information or skill that was taught.

Ex. … by solving a problem … by drawing and labeling a diagram

… by writing a paragraph … by giving a talk to a particular audience

… by completing a chart … by applying a rubric

Best Practices:

  • Be kid friendly
  • Clearly identify the new learning/knowledge/skill to be gained
  • Contain an indication of what students will be expected to do to demonstrate what they have learned
  • Match the learning taking place at that time
  • Be different for each lesson
  • Change throughout a series of lessons in terms of the new learning, narrow or broaden the content, change the assessment tool, etc.

Tips for taking your "I Can" statements to the next level:

  • Teachers/Students can state and restate "I Can" statements throughout the lesson.
  • Teachers/Students can read the "I Can" statements at the beginning of every lesson.
  • Students can restate the "I Can" statements at the end of the lesson before showing their learning on an exit ticket.
  • As a classroom management tool, teachers can stat the "I Can" statement to bring students back together or quite the class during instructional activities. They can also have students complete this aloud.
  • Student teams can create "I Can" statements for units and as a class can vote on the favorite one to display.

K - 2 Balanced Literacy Implementation: Week 5 Practice & New Learning

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New Learning: Writing Work Stations

As you visit your K-2 classrooms this week, pay attention for evidence of writing work stations.

Some "look-fors" to identify:

  • Do agendas/schedules indicate writing work station time?
  • If so, how do students know if/when they will participate in that station?
  • Is there a dedicated space for the writing work station?
  • Are tools/resources at the station ready for student use? Are they developmentally appropriate?
  • Are expectations/procedures/directions posted near the writing stations to support students while working independently?
  • What are students doing at the writing station? Look for connections to the grade-level standards, and potential links to what students are learning about in reading.

Great ideas, tips and pictures on pinterest to help teachers plan and implement this station.

3rd - 6th Balanced Literacy Implementation: Week 4 Practice & New Learning

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New Learning: Small-Group Instruction & Guided Reading Groups

As you visit your 3rd - 6th grade classrooms this week, pay attention for evidence of guided reading group implementation.

Some "look fors" to identify:

  • Do agendas/schedules indicate small group time?
  • Do you see student groups with names?
  • Is there a dedicated space for small group instruction?
  • Does that space look "in use"? (Materials, Lesson Plans, Teacher Anecdotal Records, Whiteboard or Anchor Chart, etc.)

Great ideas and pictures to visualize, plan and implement this station on pinterest.

Scholastic Training

This Tuesday, September 22, there will be a Scholastic training. During the training you can expect to learn how to:

  • access data and running reports
  • access and update student rosters
  • enroll students for testing or remediation

Please email Perri Applegate SRI additional Administrator names you would like to have access and that will plan on attending this training.

They will need to sign up for training on My Learning Plan ( The login for My learning Plan is the person’s 5x2 and their current TPS password.

Upcoming Dates

**Friday you should have received the updated Leadership Memo from Dr. Gist. Hopefully this new format and look is helpful to you. They will now come out each Friday, so be sure you're reading this message thoroughly each week as it contains many critical pieces of information. Please be sure to share feedback!

09/22 Partners in Education Kickoff

09/23 – LDD Feedback Survey

09/24 – Child Nutrition Wears Orange for Hunger Awareness


  • 2nd Order Change Goal Due
  • Site Asset Manager Assignments and Fixed Assets Training
  • Interpreter requests for Parent Conferences
  • Gifted State Required Documents
  • McREL 2nd Order Change Goal
  • PreK Early Childhood Inventory Submission

09/28 – Professional Learning Leadership Team Update

10/01 – OCR Language Assistance Services Training

10/19 – Required Child Abuse Law and Policy Training

Please download the September My Learning Plan Calendar for a detailed list of learning opportunities for the month of September: