WEEKLY UPDATES

MAY 27, 2019

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“Achieving in the Middle” is our initiative aimed to improve academic achievement in 24 Dallas ISD Middle Schools by creating, refining, and supporting best-in-class systems for leading and learning.

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***Principal Action Items***


  • AIM Instructional Leader Survey: All Instructional Leaders serving your campus next year (APs, CICs, Counselors, and ILTs) must complete the AIM Instructional Leader Survey ASAP. It is linked here and can also be found at tiny.cc/AIMsurvey (case sensitive). Please complete this ASAP.
  • Master Schedule Administrator Survey: Ensure your administrator in charge of the Master Schedule completes this linked survey.
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Instructional Lead Teacher PD: June 4th-6th

A critical component of our students' success next year will be our Instructional Lead Teachers, and we are ecstatic to welcome them into the role with meticulously planned Professional Development. All sessions are rooted in the end goal of ensuring ILTs grow their capacity to lead instructional planning during PLCs and model an exemplary classroom culture/environment. Thanks to strategic partnerships with Teaching & Learning, ILTs will experience the learning in permanent Model Classrooms represented by all core content areas. We're excited, honored, and ready to begin this work on June 4th!


More details about sessions can be seen in the screenshot below:

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2019-2020 AIM CAMPUSES

ATWELL MS

BROWNE MS

CARY MS

COMSTOCK MS

DADE MS

GARCIA MS

GASTON MS

HILL MS

KENNEDY-CURRY MS

LANG MS

MARSH MS

MEDRANO MS

O.W. HOLMES MS

PIEDMONT MS

PINKSTON (GRADES 7-8)

RUSK MS

SEAGOVILLE MS

STOCKARD MS

STOREY MS

TASBY MS

WALKER MS

YMLA @ FLORENCE

ZAN HOLMES MS

ZUMWALT MS

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Weekly Learning

John Hattie developed a way of synthesizing various influences in different meta-analyses according to their effect size. In his ground-breaking study “Visible Learning” he ranked 138 influences that are related to learning outcomes from very positive effects to very negative effects. Hattie found that the average effect size of all the interventions he studied was 0.40. Therefore he decided to judge the success of influences relative to this ‘hinge point’, in order to find an answer to the question “What works best in education?”


Read more about Visible Learning and Hattie's research here.

KEY COMPONENTS OF AIM

STRATEGIC STAFFING

  • Campus staffing based on aligned Vision, Mission, Values

  • Distributed Leadership Model with three APs, three Counselors, and Core Content Instructional Lead Teachers (ILTs)

  • Professional Development to study, align and develop top talent

INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE

  • Master Schedules built with defined instructional blocks

  • Effective Lesson Design through PLC; aligned and differentiated with data, rigor and student interest

  • Engaging Lesson Delivery through exploration, expression, and cultural competence as well as Small group instruction, Differentiation, and Blended Learning with writing in all contents

POSITIVE, RESPONSIVE CULTURE

  • Schoolwide Systems & Structures for Arrival, dismissal, lunch, Student Teams, Celebrations, etc.

  • Restorative & SEL practices including class meetings, circles, integrated SEL & suspension alternatives

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Enrichment and Interventions with a variety of offerings and goals of 80% participation for 6th grade

  • Intervention with tutoring and self-directed intervention with technology

SUPPORTIVE PARTNERSHIPS

  • Parent Advocacy with Data, High School Choice and SEL at Home Seminars

  • Parent Leadership with revitalized SBDM, PT/PTSO organizations

  • Community Engagement with opportunities for community outreach, events and partnerships

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“When you do the things in the present that you can see, you are shaping the future that you are yet to see.”


― Idowu Koyenikan, author