Carter Chronicle

The week of October 26-30

Carter Mantra

"Every Scholar, Every Day, NO EXCUSES!"

Carter Coalition Mission

The Carter Coalition is committed to working collaboratively in leading the transformation needed for continuous academic success and equity for ALL scholars. We will work with parents and stakeholders to foster productive relationships to ensure ALL scholars are college and career ready!


Carter Coaliton Leverage Points


Instructional rounds (IR) offers a unique and powerful approach to improve student learning. IR is quite different than classroom walkthroughs. Classroom walkthroughs are often conducted with a checklist of best practices and involve coaching of individual teachers, while IR is not about supervision or a one-teacher-at-a-time approach. IR is premised upon the proposition launched by Richard Elmore that it takes a network of colleagues engaged in shared practice to improve teaching and learning at scale.

The Instructional Round is based upon the work of Dr. Richard Elmore who adapted ideas from the professional practice of medical rounds used by doctors. When implemented at its best, IR work results in systemic improvement of learning at scale. Teaching and learning excellence is developed through distributed instructional leadership focused on rigorous teaching and learning with high cognitive demand in the classroom. The roles and actions of everyone in school systems become redefined by that which is necessary to result in the highest levels of student learning. Dr. Thomas Fowler-Finn, author of Leading Instructional Rounds In Education: A Facilitator's Guide, Harvard Press 2013, describes the process below.

The process begins with the formation of a network whose members commit to helping schools (and all network members) address problems of student learning. A school identified problem of student learning, called a “problem of practice” (POP) serves as the focus for each network visit to a school. The network members are scheduled to enter multiple classrooms in small groups, use expert and precise observation techniques, and take copious notes.

After observing in a majority of the classrooms, the network reconvenes and uses IR protocols to agree upon and analyze what was observed. This stage of the process, called debriefing, keeps the analysis on specific and factual descriptions, screening out personal judgments. Network debriefing results in a collection of precisely written "patterns" that provide a comprehensive picture of teaching and learning throughout the school-as-a-whole not identification of individual teachers or classrooms.

These school-wide patterns are then used by the network to predict what students would know and be able to do as a result of being educated in this school. The members conclude their work by taking on the central question of what would need to happen in this school and system-wide, including network and/or organization support, to address the POP and improve learning at scale. This later stage of the work, called “the next level of work,” results in recommendations cast as options for the school.

The network's generation of options includes ideas for what could be done next week, next month, and over the course of a year. These options take into account time schedules, resources, and necessary support at the school and network/district level. This work is explicit and concrete, offered with the expectation that the school will decide upon its own course of action, but action that will be taken and reported back to the network.


Dr. Richard Elmore

Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership, Harvard University


Elizabeth A. City

Executive Director of the Ed.L.D. Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education


Be sure to read the TEI NEWS emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.

October 23 New SLO submitted for those impacted by leveling

November 5-1st DTR Application Deadline

November 9-Deadline for Primary Evaluators to either verify or return DTR application forms for Wave 1 DTR applicants

November 12-All Wave 1 DTR applications verified

December 1-Summative performance evaluation deadline for consideration for DTR for New to Dallas ISD, No Level, or No Scorecard teachers with at least three CYS to be considered DTR-eligible and invited to apply for Wave 2.

December 15-SLO Goal-Accomplishment submitted (one semester course only)

DTR observer required training

If you have not yet attended the DTR observer required training to support DTR observations that begin the week of November 9th, please ensue which are listed below for the next two weeks. Please ensure you register for a training by Tuesday, October 27th to ensure all are prepared to support the 2015-16 DTR season.

Administrator Trainings:

Oct 26th at 9:30am at Nolan Estes

Oct 26th at 4:30pm at Nolan Estes

Oct 28th at 9:30am at Bonham Elementary

Oct 28th at 1:30pm at Bonham Elementary

Oct 28th at 4:30pm at Bonham Elementary

Content Specialist (CIC, AF, or Coordinator) Trainings:

Oct 27th at 9:30am at Bonham Elementary

Oct 27th at 1:30pm at Bonham Elementary

Oct 27th at 4:30 pm at Bonham Elementary

Nov 2nd at 9:30am at Nolan Estes

Nov 2nd at 4:30pm at Nolan Estes

Nov 3rd at 9:30am at Bonham Elementary

Nov 3rd at 1:30pm at Bonham Elementary

Nov 3rd at 4:30pm at Bonham Elementary

Nov 4th at 9:30am at Bonham Elementary

Nov 4th at 1:30pm at Bonham Elementary

Nov 4th at 4:30pm at Bonham Elementary


Please encourage your teachers to attend the ACP viewings being offered. Elementary viewings will be held at Adamson HS and secondary will be at the Buckner Building.


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Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Although the start end dates can vary slightly depending on the organization and source, Red Ribbon Week generally takes place the last full week in October, with the weekends before and following the last full week included as appropriate celebration dates. This year Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated October 23 - 31, 2015.

Red Ribbon Week serves as a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of our children through a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives with the ultimate goal being the creation of drug free America.

Teacher of the Year Finalist representing Carter Coaltion

Thursday night, DISD held its Teacher of the Year Celebration to honor the Top 100 Teachers in DISD. There were 12 finalists for 2015 Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year which were all distinguished teachers as measured by the Teacher Effectiveness Index. However, there were four finalists for elementary teacher of the year category.

The Carter Coalition is proud to announce that we had our very own teacher Monica Battison, from T. G. Terry representing the Carter Coalition as one of the four finalist for Teacher of the Year.

Monica Battison has served Dallas ISD students for eight years, the first three as a teacher assistant. Today, she teaches fourth-grade math and science bilingual at T.G. Terry Elementary School where she heads the teacher mentor program. We are so proud of Ms. Battison.

Math Professional Development in Carter Coalition

Reading Professional Development in Carter Coalition

Carter Athletic Celebrations!

2015-2016 African-American Success Initiative (AASI)

We are excited about the implementation of the 2015-2016 African-American Success Initiative!

This year we are focusing on the following key components, which include academic achievement (focused on reading and college & career readiness), social and emotional development, cultural diversity, community partnerships, parent & family engagement and student advocacy. The mission of the African-American Success Initiative is to Embrace, Engage and Evolve African-American students in order to create opportunities for sustaining higher academic achievement and life success. We plan to embrace African-American students through continuous interaction and inquiry expecting positive outcomes. We will engage African-American students through creative application of educational materials and experiences. We hope to evolve the minds of African-American students in spite of various challenges through committed, consistent and timely foundational resources.

We are looking forward to positive outcomes and overall success of the 2015-2016 African-American Success Initiative.

NEWS YOU CAN USE.................


26th-AF-Just in Time training Math AM Science PM (Buckner)


27th-AF's and CIC's Just in Time Training ( 8:00-12:00)

28th-Carter Feeder PD @ Region 10-Gretchen Barnabi

28th- District AP Meeting

29th- Carter Feeder Principal Meeting @ Weiss

29th-CIC's Just in Time Training ( Buckner)-Middle School ELAR/Math (8:30-12:00)

29th- (Buckner)-Elementary ELAR (8:30-12:00)

29th- ( Buckner)-High School ELAR/Math ( 1:00-4:00)

29th- Data Controller or Registrar should input EcoDis list into each student's profile in Chancery by COB.

30th- CIC's Just in Time Training Science Elementary (Buckner) ( 1:00-4:00)

30th- PEIMS snapshot date

30th- Final day in person early voting



Spot Observations

Spot Observations have begun and I want to encourage everyone to review the spot observation rubric with your staff. Calibration exercises should be underway to assist with the interpretation of scoring with your administrative leadership team. You should be providing your staff members will effective feedback along with an embedded score within the feedback section no later than 48 hours through Schoolnet. As an administrator, you and your assistant principal(s) should follow up with a feedback session with your staff to discuss the scoring of the observation. Remember all good lessons begin with a clear lesson objective.

Ms. Torres



Dec-Jan--Written Compositions (K-12)

7--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)

9--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)

7-11--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

10-18--ACP (K-5)

15-18--ACP (6-12)


Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement.

There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

At risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at-risk students.

Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

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