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.
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.
Be sure to read the TEI NEWS emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.
September 18-October 1
- Teacher rebuttal window in oracle for TEI evaluation scorecard
- Teachers submit SLO Goal-Setting and PDPs in School Net. If they do not, they will receive a score of "0".
- Principals must score and approve SLOs & PDPs by today
- Compensation adjusted upward for select teachers based on 2014-2015 results
- 1st DTR Application Deadline
- 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 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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