Degan Elementary Eagle Eye

January 11-15

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Avengers: Age of Degan--No Excuses!

I need to start by saying thank you for making last Monday a fabulous day of learning. You never know how it is going to go when you are trying something you have never done, but then again, you never cease to amaze me with your desire to learn. The conversations I got to overhear were outstanding. It goes to prove, "the smartest person in the room is the room".

I appreciate your open-mindedness to think and consider new ways to look at Response to Intervention. It is a sticky process. It can be frustrating with no clear-cut answer. I think as long as we are trying to reach "bankruptcy" with our general education opportunities and interventions, then we are doing exactly as was intended by the federal law.

Last week was a fantastic week. Thank you for helping our students transition back into school. It is your positive vision, believing in the best and your dedication to giving your best that makes the difference. Our students are blessed by all that you do every day.


Suspecting a Learning Disability

As we discussed last Monday, Specific Learning Disabilities are amont the hardest disability to determine. This is because there just isn't one test reliable enough to determine if the label of a disability is justified, given the negative effects that special education can have. If you are blind, that is pretty easy. If you are deaf, yep, nobody questions that. Even intellectual disability with a medical diagnosis is more easily justified. I found this resource that really does a good thing helping you rule out all the things that should cause caution before moving to an SLD (Specific Learning Disability) label.

Criterion 2 (lack of progress in research-based interventions given systematically over time) and guaranteeing appropriate instruction in Reading and Math, Criterion 4, are two of the biggest responsibilities for the general education teacher. Remember, appropriate instruction includes not just what you do, but that they haven't had so many absences, that they have missed appropriate instruction and created learning gaps.

The picture below is a summary. This website goes into more detail for each Criterion if you are interested in learning more:

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Extra Practice/Interventions

This is an intervention I came across this weekend. It has common core and TEKS for the four core content areas. It is possible to get a 30-day trial. Might be worth investigating to see if it has value.

Week at a Glance

January 11th-

January 12th- Vanessa @ Central Zone Principal PLC

January 13th- Norma on Campus to work with 4th Grade

Staff Meeting

January 14th-Think College Thursday

Vanessa @ Killough 8:30 to discuss NEU with Secondary Principals

Design Team

January 15th- Early Release Day 12:30 p.m.

Your afternoon is for parent conferences and finalizing grades for the semester.

On Deck:

School Holiday

Raising Cane's Fundraiser

Take Flight/SOAR Numbers due


Think College Thursday 4th/2nd

Report Cards and SOAR Invitations go home


Family Night

Staff Meeting

Think College Thursday

Data Meeting During Conference

Design Team

Club Friday 3rd/1st and SOAR Initiation

We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. When schools exhibit a culture of universal achievement by believing in students, they collaborate around that belief. During collaboration, they align their standards as a team. As teams align standards, they need to assess the standards and manage the data. Then, and only then, can they pursue meaningful interventions with their students.