The Voice of Kimball Nation

September 28 - October 2, 2015

Executive Director's Message

This week is a very critical time, as we conclude the first six weeks. Be sure to check GradeSpeed to ensure that all teachers have an adequate amount of grades based on policy.

As I visit schools this week, I will review the Systemic Coaching Cycle and the Coaching Rubric to make connections with your daily practice. Remember to maintain your instructional priorities and work your plan. How many of your students are on track this six weeks? What adjustments need to be made to the instructional framework? These are just a few of the questions I know you are asking yourself at the end of the first six weeks. Review your data with your teachers and know which students need the most critical intervention strategies. Discuss the RtI updates with your team and monitor the development of the plans for those students.

There is not a moment to lose.

Remember you are the instructional leader and you set the tone and pace for your school’s success.

Make it a GREAT week!

Dr. Cheryl Wright

Kimball Feeder Pattern Leverage Points

Working On The Work

Raise the Quality of Instruction

How do we increase student achievement to ensure that all Dallas ISD students are college and career ready? We do this by raising the quality of instruction in every classroom and continuing to develop and support those leading our children.

If instruction is the “main thing,” then we must focus our efforts on improving the quality of instruction and our teachers’ ability to teach with high levels of engagement and rigor.

The goal is to place an effective teacher in front of every child. We will ensure that teachers know what students are supposed to know and be able to do, that lesson activities are directly tied to those standards and objectives, and that students must be able to demonstrate that they have learned what they are supposed to have learned.

How do we make sure every child is engaged in the classroom each day? Teachers are able to determine how students process and retain information based on these strategies:

  • Lesson objective: A lesson objective will answer what students are to learn for the day or class period and is usually introduced at the beginning of the lesson. Lesson objectives are specific, tied to a standard or skill, follow the mapped curriculum and are understandable to both students and parents.

  • Demonstrations of learning: A demonstration of learning is a product through which a student demonstrates learning of the lesson objectives at the end of the lesson.

  • Purposeful aligned instruction: Purposeful aligned instruction is a prioritized list of what students should know and be able to do as framed by the lesson objective and the demonstration of learning.

  • Multiple response strategy: A multiple response strategy is a technique designed to elicit responses from most of the students in a class numerous times during the period and allows the teacher to gauge student progress and understanding.

Grow Teachers

The effectiveness of a teacher is the single most important school-based influence on a student’s academic achievement. That's why the role of every teacher in Dallas ISD is critical to achieving our Destination 2020 goals.

Increasing teacher quality has a greater impact than any other investment on a child’s education. Support, coaching and development of our staff is how we will recruit, retain and eventually reward our best teachers.

Use of data

Tracking student academic progress by teacher and content area will help assess student proficiency and teacher effectiveness. This data can help direct the collaboration between teachers and encourage the incorporation of new strategies to better engage students.

Coaching Corner

As the first six weeks ends focus on following up on your feedback. How has your feedback been implemented and improved instruction? This week's guiding questions will focus on how your administrative team provides feedback to teachers.

TEI News

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

TEI Dates

September 18-October 1

  • Teacher rebuttal window in oracle for TEI evaluation scorecard

September 28

  • Teachers submit SLO Goal-Setting and PDPs in School Net. If they do not, they will receive a score of "0".

October 1

  • Principals must score and approve SLOs & PDPs by today

October 15

  • Compensation adjusted upward for select teachers based on 2014-2015 results

November 5

  • 1st DTR Application Deadline

December 15

  • SLO Goal-Accomplishment submitted (one semester course only)

On the Horizion

Sept. 28 - SLO/PDP Schoolnet Entry Deadline for Teachers

Sept. 29 – IR Presentation and Roundtable Discussion

Oct 1 - SLO/PDP Schoolnet Approval Deadline for Administrators

Oct. 2 – CNA / CIP Due to School Leadership Department

Oct. 5 - Weekly WAIP Reminders

Oct. 2 – TX MS Fluency Assessment (8/24 – 10/4)

Oct. 7 – Principal’s Focus Group Meeting

Oct. 9 - 2015 PEIMS Data Due (WAIP 9/17/15)

Oct. 9 - Elementary Fair Day

Oct. 12 - Weekly WAIP Reminders

Oct. 12 – 17 National School Lunch Week

Oct. 15 – AP Course Audit / Deadline for Course Reauthorization

Oct. 16 – Secondary Fair Day

Oct. 19 - Weekly WAIP Reminders

Oct. 26 – 30 Red Ribbon Week (Drug Free Schools)

Oct. 30 - KFP Principal’s Feeder Pattern Meeting

Educate Texas

Educate Texas is using Teams to provide blended coaching and to align instruction to standards across the state. Watch the video to learn more.

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