The FDR Instructional Focus

Roosevelt Feeder Schools Info - March 2016

A Word From The Executive Director


Welcome back and I hope that you thoroughly enjoyed your spring break. "March Madness" is in full swing and I do hope that your teams are arduously pushing your students towards excellence. As the principal, you get one shot to get this right. By the way, Michael Jordan missed quite a few shots in his time and he is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. As a principal, you carry a great "weight" daily to ensure that nothing less than the best education is provided to all students in a very safe environment. When I was a student-athlete, I remember the coach saying "you play like you practice and that you practice like you play." I applied this same philosophy inside of my classroom as a teacher and later as a campus administrator. If you are doing excellent work by providing daily "good first instruction," then there is little doubt about how your students will perform. Please exhibit confidence and character as you lead your campuses to greatness. This is a great time to be "craveable" as a leader and to display your KASH (knowledge, attitude, skills, habits).

Remember, teachers activate the "HOPE" in our children which releases their destiny. Thank your teachers for their effort. They're awesome!!!

Please make "March Madness" the most inspirational month by displaying great and effective leadership.


Harold L. Wright

Executive Director of School Leadership

FDR Feeder Schools

Enjoy the reading from a coaching newsletter that I receive weekly.

Smart people don't settle for stupid goals.

Their goals are SMART.

What is a SMART goal? It is:



Action Oriented



Goal setting has completely changed my life. It can change yours too.

Goal setting has given me the freedom to create a plan for my life, as opposed to just reacting to whatever happens to me. The habit of daily reviewing my goals helps me stay on track. By writing down my goals, I'm committing to achieving them. Getting a goal out of my head, and onto paper is essential.

Commit to goals. Write them down. Review them every day.

Goal setting takes the guesswork out of things. It gives you power to aim for what you really want in your life, and create a framework of how to get there.

You're in control. You create the plan. You take action.

Why review goals every day?

Reviewing your written goals every day doesn't mean that your goals will change each day. It does mean that you will revisit and renew your focus daily. If this seems too frequent, then commit to reviewing your goals on a weekly basis. Schedule the same day each week, and stick to the schedule.

Your dreams are worth it!

In addition to being SMART, goals are best when they are positive. For example, a goal could be "eat fresh meals, prepared at home five nights a week," instead of "don't eat fried foods." Talking positively to yourself is important and it focuses on what you can do, instead of what you can't.

When setting goals, it's best to make your goals action-oriented and process-related. Instead of saying, "earn more money," the goal could be "schedule two appointments with current clients each day." In this case you are focusing on the process, on the steps you will take—and not the end result. By focusing on the process, the results will come much faster.

For a goal to be effective, it must have a completion date. This is part of being measurable, and serves as a-call-to-action. If you're going to run your first 5k race, you better get off the couch, and follow a time-based plan for training.

What gets measured gets done!

Your goals need to be meaningful and in-line with your purpose in life, not someone else's. Knowing your vision for your life is critical. It is important to dig deep and understand your dreams, but also recognized that they can change over time.

If you need help finding your purpose, start today. Your life is filled with possibility. We were all created for a purpose. If you don't already have one, purchase a journal. Start small, but take action. Write every day. Dream and set some goals.

You can do this.

I have written a book, From Autopilot to Authentic, and reading this might be a place for you to start.

If you don't already know your purpose in life, I encourage you to find it. Schedule time alone this week with your journal and write down some of the activities that bring you joy, peace and purpose.

By understanding your purpose, you will be able to set goals that make sense for your life. Your life is powerful and full of possibility. It's never too late.

As we grow, we change and develop. This is almost magical and is part of what keeps life exciting and challenging at the same time. Each stage of life is filled with wonder and opportunity.

I wish you joy today and tomorrow and every day along the journey of life.

And remember, smart people don't set stupid goals.


Coach Brett Blair

What Great Principals Do Differently



Job fair planning and participation

Non-renewal binders to ER

Instructional Planning/Curricular Focus

ES master schedules due

Bilingual staffing plan

Budget/Staffing pre-meetings

8th grade endorsement plans

RtI parent meetings (possible retentions)

Planning transition meetings (Kinder, 6th, 9th)

Begin advertising and registering for summer school opportunities

Review discuss RTI plan/implementation

Discuss progress monitoring ad CIA results

Review course tallies for 16-17 to support principals’ staff allocation

PTA/SBDM Selection

Review Accommodations for upcoming assessments



Senior validation lists

Teacher transfer period ends

Monitor campus attendance

The 3 Key Actions for the Roosevelt Feeder Pattern

From the Academic Facilitators

The role of the AFs is to help build the capacity of your Campus Instructional Coaches centered around improving the quality of instruction. The Academic Facilitators will provide Professional Development to your CICs through our "First Friday's" program and weekly campus visits. I will make sure that we communicate key instructional "look fors" each feeder meeting so that you will be informed about the support being provided to the campus instructional coaches.

Instructional Coaching and First Friday Resources

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STAAR Test Funk
Testing Song - Reilly is Happy
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On The Horizon - Campus Coaching Visits

Monday, March 21, 2016

  • School visits to Harllee, Budd, Miller

  • Trinidad Garza ECHS tour

  • Assistant Principals Focus Group

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

  • School visits to Johnston, Roosevelt, Holmes

  • TEI Experts Training

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • School Visits to Bryan

  • Early College HS Task Force at Dallas County Schools

  • Districtwide Principals' Meeting at Dallas County Schools

Thursday, March 24, 2016

  • School Visits to Starks, Johnston, and Bryan

Friday, March 25, 2016

  • School Leadership ED Meeting – Haskell Bldg. @ 8:00 - 10:15

  • School Holiday for most personnel



2--SAT (Grade 11)

7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

31-STAAR EOC English II


4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

2-27--Istation's ISIP Assessment EOY (K-2)

18-26--ACP (Grades 3-5)

27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)

**This chart will be updated as necessary

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

December 7-January 14:

Wave 2: The DTR application portal will open for Wave 2 DTR-eligible teachers and teachers must submit their application by noon on January 14, 2016. Wave 2 teachers will receive an email the first week of December with the application link and optional DTR teacher trainings. View trainings by registering here

January 14
Wave 2 DTR application deadline (by noon)

Dallas ISD Core Beliefs

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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