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Instructional Specialist Times Vol 1 Issue 4

Places to go, people to see, and things to do...

Greetings during a very busy time of the year. The background for this issue of Instructional Specialist Times not only reminds me of my recent visit to Chicago, but also the way I feel trying to get through these overfilled last days of the school year. There is quite a list of things for us to tend to in order to maximize how we close out our year. If you need to prioritize please call or email and we can meet. It's been an amazing year for our first year out on the campuses. I'm so overwhelmed that I get to work with such an impressive group of people. My thanks for all you do - which I hope is always evident!

...and yes, I'm giving you more to do :)

To Do List

TLI EOY GIT Meeting and Final Report

Please prepare the following to bring for your campus to work on. All data should be both aggregated for the whole grade level and desegregated by sub-population (LEP, SPED, Ethnicity, EcoDis). You will use the data to begin evaluating this school year and to prepare for next school year. Bring what you have so far for ELA this year for the following assessments and programs. You will discuss this data and your analysis of it with the team from your campus that attends the EOY GIT meeting.






Read 180

System 44


Writers Key

Actively Learn

ESL Reading Smart


Reading Counts


Core Clicks



Walkthrough Data (Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness, CPQ, Read 180)

Following discussion and analysis of the data at the GIT meeting you will guide your team to consider your Implementation Map for possible Action Steps to work on next year.

The final step at the GIT meeting will be to read and discuss the resources in the TSLP course for the Module and Indicators that correspond to the Action Step you are considering for a next step.

The GIT meeting will be a working time for this process, during which you can ask myself, Kathy, David, Melinda, Carol, and Richard for assistance and participation in your campus conversations.

The final product will be a report that you will submit before the end of your contract days this school year.

This report will describe how your campus is progressing in the following TLI Grant Goals (from 2012 to Present):

1. Increase oral and pre-literacy skills of preschool children.

2. Increase the performance of K-2 students on early reading assessments.

3. Increase the percentage of students in grades 3-12 that meet or exceed proficiency on STAAR.

This report will also indicate, through analysis of the data and reporting on observed teacher use, the benefits in relation to planning and instruction and how the grant purchased products listed above are helping (or not helping) the students on your campus increase performance on their assessments.

Finally, I would like this report to include an open ended narrative response from you on any one aspect of this school year related to the grant that you would like share. You may give a summary of your year, detail some challenges and proposed solutions (which may include more support and training for you and/or your CBLT members), describe your coaching cycle implementation and results, or anything else related to your first year on campus as an instructional specialist.

As always, I am available to work on this report with you or to answer any questions you have during the process. The first step is to get your data ready for the EOY GIT meeting. It is important that you come to the meeting with your data prepared so you can most efficiently use the time during the GIT meeting for discussion, evaluation, and planning.

Summer Institute Day 2

Go to the Texas Literacy Initiative Grantees PLC in Project Share www.epsilen.com. Go to Drop Boxes in the left hand column. Look for resources related to Determining Importance and Summarizing (DIS) for your age group. You may have to click on one of the links from a Summer Institute to find files from sessions during that Institute, for example 2012 TLI Institutes Gr 3-5 has some DIS files. Read, study, and start to develop your coaching plan for during the 2015 Summer Institute and for follow up with the whole campus in the 2015-2016 school year. This coaching plan for the 2015 - 2016 school year should include mentoring the teachers who joined you at the Summer Institute as Teacher Leaders on you campus by providing opportunities for them to turn around the information (peer rounds, co-planning, presenting PD, ect.).

Determining Importance and Summarizing Informational Text:

K-2: Hoelscher, Koehne, Talley, Valdez, Woelfel

3-5: Brady, Engelke

6-12: Monroe, Baker, Hernandez, Thomas, Ward, Wilson, Underwood, Purser, Weber

6-Syllable Types and Morphology: Applications for Reading

Vocabulary and Oral Language Development

9-12: Spinn