September 18, 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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Please read this week's newsletter for the latest AIM news and calendar updates on professional development. Have a wonderful week and please reach out if you have any questions.

ILT Content Leadership Team PD

The Content Leadership Team PLC is the centerpiece and driving force of preparedness, performance and productivity in the Look Forward and Look Back PLCs. ILTs engaged in Content Leadership Team PD to understand their roles and the pre-work required for an exemplary Content Leadership Team PLC. With the guidance of ILCs, ILTs completed the pre-work, creation of exemplars and PLC scripts, for their upcoming CLT PLC based on the CLT Protocol and Waterfall. Let's make a bet on the Content Leadership Team model.
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Executive Director Tracie Washington Providing Follow-up Feedback on CLT PLC with Principal Lakisha Thomas from T.W. Browne

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YMLA Coachinig in the Moment Silent Signals


  • September 19: IFL School Teams @ 9400 NCX in 583 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm
  • September 19: Targeted Improvement Plan Due
  • September 23 - 27: Common Assessment Week
  • September 24: Teaching Trust Assistant Principals Meeting
  • September 25: Teaching Trust Assistant Principals Meeting
  • September 26: IFL, ED & Administrator Meeting @ 9400 NCX from 3:00 - 6:00 pm
  • September 27: End of 1st Six Weeks

Assessment Update 2019 - 2020

Common Assessments, MAP and TELPAS will be administered online.

ACPs and STAAR will be administered using paper and pencil (not online).

Weekly reading: Motivation and Middle School Children

Making the transition from elementary school to middle school is often difficult simply because of what is required of students. They are accountable for meeting standards that are more difficult and have fewer opportunities to get one-on-one help to meet these tougher standards. Students face a drop in grades that may come from a lack of self-assuredness, an increase in competition and the transition in general. The APA notes that it is important to take action immediately when a middle schooler's grades start to drop in order to prevent a downward spiral.


"The only way to get people to like working hard is to motivate them. Today, people must understand why they're working hard. Every individual in an organization is motivated by something different."

-Rick Patino

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