Poteet ISD Sneak Peek

April 11-15

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Data Talks

Being a data-driven school leader is a must. Using data consistently, ensures the rigor of instruction is being implemented. What is rigor? My definition of rigor is... students reaching success with consistent high standards. These standards are appropriately challenging...not to hard...not to easy.

Successful data driven instruction depends on 4 key areas- a vision for success, measurable goals, data is analyzed, and responding to the needs of the students.

School principals must provide a clear vision as to how instruction should be addressed. If the teachers don't know your direction, they are wondering down an unknown path.

Examples of what we can do:

  • Instruction is regularly discussed.
  • Professional development is aligned to the campus needs.
  • Instructional strategies are being discussed, developed and implemented campus-wide.
  • A Systematic Plan is in place. The plan addresses the campus vision, goals, data analysis and response to intervention.

Are the goals understood and consistently mentioned over the school year? Do your teachers know what the goals are this year? Our goals should be focused on our critical needs of the students within the school.

Examples of what we can do:
  • Goals are posted and discussed regularly at faculty meetings and displayed in our data rooms.
  • Our goals address our most critical needs.
  • Our goals specifically indicate who is responsible and how it will be achieved.
  • Data rooms are being created.
  • Staff can explain our goals, as well as, share our steps to meeting them.
  • Students are involved in charting their data. Parents are informed of their progress.

Do teachers know which students are struggling and why they are struggling? Analyzing and interrupting data on a regular basis guarantees progress toward student achievement. When a principal looks at data, we are not just looking at an individual teacher but the overall progress of the campus. How did each teacher do in regards to their subject, grade level and student groups? How did the entire grade level perform? After you locate the overall information, look deeper into each state standard. Align instruction and assessments to your data. Reteach. Reassess. Monitor progress of each student.
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Examples of what we can do:

  • Provide charts to teachers and help them interpret the data.
  • Provide instructional materials to address the needs of the students.
  • Provide assessment calendars and schedule data review meetings.
  • Do teachers know how to run their own data reports?
  • Do teachers know the passing standards for each subject area being assessed?

Implementing the best programs for students in need is critical. Intervention services should not be taken lightly. Our strongest teachers should be serving our most critical students.

Examples of what we can do:
  • Set up a tutoring schedule (before, during, after school)
  • Monitor the selection of students receiving intervention and/or tutoring services.
  • Oversee the intervention curriculum to ensure it is meeting the goals of the students.

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Aggie Spotlight

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John Campbell 6th Grade ELA

1. What is one thing not many people at Poteet ISD would know about you?

Once upon a blue moon, I was a professional gamer. It's not exactly something you can put on a resume, or something I tell the kids to strive for. However, I have won multiple video game tournaments, and have been featured in magazines and web articles. The largest prize money I've won is $50,000, but most of the prizes that I won ranged from $5,000 to $10,000.

2. Share a celebration moment you have about your class/students/job/co-workers/etc.

There has been quite a few moments in my teaching career that I celebrate. One in particular, for this school year, was when a student asked to speak to me outside. While outside, the student asked me for advice about their friend who wasn't talking to them anymore. Now, I could have told this student to get back into class and get back to work (as my teachers did to me), but this was a moment! This student respected and trusted me with advice - not their parents, peers, or even a counselor. I spent a minute or two explaining what I would do, and gave the student a plan of action to follow. A little bit later in the week, that student and their friend came by to thank me for helping them resolve their differences.

3. What Energy Bus word did you choose this year?


4. What is your goal this year at Poteet ISD?

I hope to impart to students that learning is an everlasting process.

5. Finish this sentence: At work I am great at... helping others. I get great joy at being the superhero for someone else. Going through an adventure with them, to help them solve some difficult task or overcoming a great obstacle (such as a computer), and seeing the rewards for that adventure brings on the "feel good" feelings that helps me sleep at night.

6. Someone at work that inspires me is all these amazing teachers. How do they even do it?

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Leah Stevens - 2nd Grade Teacher

1. What is one thing not many people at Poteet ISD would know about you?

I was a claims adjuster before becoming a teacher, and would like to pursue my juris doctor to become a defense attorney.

2. Share a celebration moment you have about your class/students/job/co-workers/etc.

When the students have that AHA!! moment.

3. What Energy Bus word did you choose this year?


4. What is your goal this year at Poteet ISD?

Stay focused on the end result.

5. Finish this sentence: At work I am great at multi-tasking.

6. Someone at work that inspires me are my students.