Carter Chronicle

The week of January 11-15

Carter Mantra

"Every Scholar, Every Day, NO EXCUSES!"

Carter Coalition Mission

The Carter Coalition is committed to working collaboratively in leading the transformation needed for continuous academic success and equity for ALL scholars. We will work with parents and stakeholders to foster productive relationships to ensure ALL scholars are college and career ready!

Carter Coaliton Leverage Points


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)


Virtual trainings on how to score written compositions using a writing rubric are available at Teachers should log in with their district username and password. For more information, contact Eric Walker at or 972.925.6776.


Fourth and seventh grade Dallas ISD writing samples at the satisfactory/accomplished and accomplished performance levels can be accessed on MyDataPortal through Evaluate à STAAR à Documents.
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Team, below are the STAAR Test Analysis Tools for you to utilize if you are not currently utilizing. The STAAR question stems are part of those tools that are beneficial for your campus in all core contents. This tool will help us prioritize backwards planning and the first Key Component of data-driven instruction: Assessment (Defining the Roadmap for Rigor).


Ensure the items below are emailed to Ms. Torres on the due date specified.

January 13th- Tier document regarding teachers based on PERCENT PASSING ACP data

January 15th-SUPPORT SCHOOL ACTION PLAN for teachers based on ACP data

January 22nd- STAAR/EOC Written Tutoring/Intervention Action Plans


District-wide principal meetings will now be held in a new location listed below. Please ensure that you do not attend any future meetings at D. A. Hulcy STEAM any longer.


Dallas County Public Schools

5151 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX 75228


Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Mid-Year Martin Weiss @ Weiss 8:00- w/ Principal and Leadership team
  • Mid-Year T. G. Terry @ Terry 10:30- w/ Principal and Leadership Team
  • Mid-Year McNair @ McNair 10:30- w/ Principal and Leadership Team
  • Report Cards Issued
  • High School Parent Conference/Report Cards Issued @ 4:30-8:00PM

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Mid-Year Adelle Turner @ Turner 11:30AM- w/ Principal and Leadership Team
  • Middle School Parent Conference/Report Cards Issued @ 4:30-8:00PM
  • Unannounced Campus visits
  • TEI Expert Meeting @ Henderson 4:45-5:45PM

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Mid-Year Mark Twain @ Twain 8:30AM- w/Principal and Leadership Team
  • Unannounced Campus Visits
  • Literacy Cadre Cohart II @ Nolan Estes 2:00PM

Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Wave 2 DTR application deadline ( by noon)

  • Mark Twain Mid-Year Corrective Action Plan review with PSP@ 8:30

  • Carter & TJ Feeder Customer Service Presentation @ Ada Williams Auditorium 10:00AM ( all Office managers and front end staff must attend)

  • Elementary Parent Conference/Report Cards Issued @ 4:30-8:00PM

  • Application Acceptance STEAM Middle School for new sixth graders @ 6:00PM

Friday, January 15, 2016

  • School Leadership Meeting 7:30-10:30 @ Haskell (Ms. Torres)
  • Check in Meeting w/Mr. Cordero (Ms. Torres) @ 10:30
  • ED/AF Coaching Meeting 2nd floor Conference Room @ 11:00
  • 24th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Orator Competition Finals@ Majestic Theatre @ 11:00
  • AASI Mtg. w/School Leadership (Ms. Torres/Mr. Luna) 1:00-2:15
  • CIC Collaboration Meeting with AF's @ Birdie Alexander 2:00
  • Deadline to report snapshot in US schools data


Cultural Diversity

  • Jan 13th- PD: Academic Vocabulary/Literacy 8:30-4:00PM Nolan Estes Training Room A Audience (2) ELAR, (2) Math, (1) Science, (1) Soc. S, (1) Math CIC, (1) Reading CIC

Family Engagement

  • Jan 11th - Parent/Student Workshop 4:30-6:30PM @ Wilmer Hutchins & Carter HS 6:30-8:00PM
  • Jan 12th - Parent/Student Workshop 4:30-6:30PM @ Atwell MS & Kennedy-Curry 6:30-8:00PM
  • Jan 14th - Parent/Student Workshop 4:30-6:30PM @ Ronald McNair & Wilmer-Hutchins ES 6:30-8:00PM


As part of the AASI initiative, Dr. Wilson, Chief of Staff, purchased all the AASI campuses, The Skillful Leader and The Skillful Teacher books. All books will be delivered to the campuses on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We will begin focusing on The Skillful Teacher as our first book study in the Carter Feeder as part of our work in regards to the AASI initiative. Your CIC's will be asked to attend a brief meeting next week with the AF's to get an overview of the book and ideas on how to lead the sessions during PLC times with the AF's and CIC's by content. I will provide you with The Skillful Teacher book study power point and book summary for your perusal by email

3-5 Cadre Training Topics for Cohort II (Elementary Principals ONLY)

Dates for Cohort II Training Sessions

  • Wednesday, February 10 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday. March 9 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, April 13 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, May 18 @ Nolan Estes
  • Wednesday, June 1 @ Nolan Estes

*All Training Sessions will be from 2:00-5:00PM- Send Literacy Coach and 2 strong teachers who can deliver the PD to your staff successfully*


The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations is currently planning an appreciation in honor of the Trustees for Board Appreciation Month. They are asking that students participate by making a token of appreciation for their respective trustee in the form of small art projects that can be presented at on January 28, 2016 at the appreciation lunch. Please submit one project per grade level to be gifted to the Trustee of your respective area. The gifts should be completed and ready for pick up no later than Monday, January 25, 2016. If you have any questions please feel free to contact 972-925-3296 or by e-mail at

HB 1842 Rollout- 2016 Timeline Update

Please take note of the following 2016 dates for the required development of a Turnaround Plan for Improvement Required 2,3,4,5 campuses

  • January 22, 2016: Turnaround Plan Template and instructions are released by TEA.
  • January 25, 2016: Webinar for campuses and PSPs regarding development of the Turnaround Plan. TEA plans to have a monthly webinar to answer questions that campuses encounter in the development of the Turnaround Plan.

  • February 11 and 12, 2016: Training for IR 2, 3, 4, and 5 campus Principals, EDs, and PSP at Region 10. One needs to attend either February 11 or 12.

  • April 15, 2016: DISD Turnaround Plans submitted to Dr. Chernosky for May Board Agenda Item.

  • May 1, 2016: Submission deadline of Turnaround Plan to TEA.

  • June 1, 2016: Board Approval of Turnaround Plans no later than June 1.

  • June 15, 2016: Commissioner Approval of School Turnaround Plans.

NEWS YOU CAN USE.................


18th- Student/Teacher Holiday- No School

26th- Deadline to send homemade thanking cards for your designated Board Trustee. Please send cards to the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Relations

26th-Rookie Roundtable-Haskell 2nd Floor Conference room

28th- Board Appreciation @ Ross Ave 4:30PM

29th- Deadline to complete the Annual Notification of District Polices and 2015-2016 Employee Handbook in oracle


1st- African Heritage Lecture Series @ St Luke's Community 12:45- Carter High School Only

9th- The Management Center training all day-Twain, McNair, Manns, and Carter

15th- Student/Teacher Holiday-No School


14th-18th- Spring Break


Data Walls & Coaching Cycles

  • Please update your data walls with the latest ACP information as soon as possible.

  • Remember, use the coaching cycle tracker to document the feedback you provide during your on-on-one conversations with teachers.

  • The “Closing the Achievement Gap” plans should be in full swing – does your calendar reflect your plan?

4th Six-Weeks Lesson Objectives

  • ELAR unpacked 4th Six-Weeks learning objectives here.

  • Avoid copying the TEKS or S.E.s as our lesson objectives – L.O.s should be specific, targeted, and backwards planned from a rigorous assessment.

Reteaching Tips

As we move ahead with our 4th Six-Weeks instruction, here are some reteaching guidelines to consider for unmastered skills.


  • AASI 2nd Collaborative January 13

  • All CIC’s meet on January 15 for coaching & Data-driven adjustments at Birdie Alexander Elementary from 2-4 p.m.

  • Grades 3-5 Pearson Social Studies resource training – 3 teachers per elementary campus – Birdie Alexander Elementary – 3:30-5:00

  • Feeder-wide Benchmark Feb. 16-19 - common 4th six weeks IA – 3-10 STAAR assessed courses

  • Writing Scoring Party Feb. 20 - 9a.m. – 1 p.m. – Location TBD – 4, 7, 9, 10 writing teachers to score all benchmark essay on this day

Teaching & Learning

Teaching and Learning will be communicating with us addition professional development opportunities for coaches, AFs, and leaders. The Math, Science, and RLA departments will send out calendar invitations soon.


Carter Coalition,

We’re often needed in the office, but we like to be “visible.” We like to be in hallways, in drop-off areas and pickup zones, in lunchrooms and at recess. How do we stack up to leaders in other industries in this regard?

At Toyota, there’s a concept called Genchi Genbutsu, which conveys the idea of going to the gemba, or the place where the actual work is done, and seeing that work firsthand.

Leaders who don’t spend time in the gemba won’t have the information they need to make decisions, solve problems, and support employees effectively.

As leaders, we need to spend our time where the work is done. We need to understand that work deeply, so we can provide the kind of leadership the organization needs. One sure way to accomplish this is to observe classroom instruction regularly and to GIVE FEEDBACK to teachers in a timely manner with specific polish points for change and improvement. Your coaching will need to escalate based on how rapidly you begin to see improvement.

Leadership involves making decisions—not the decisions of a distant executive concerned only with numbers, but the decisions of a supportive, on-the-ground instructional leader who understands what’s happening on the front lines, and is concerned first and foremost with the success of the people there in the gemba. As instructional leaders, that means we need to be in classrooms. Is there any doubt or debate about this? Being in classrooms has a number of benefits, one of which is the chance to note and provide written feedback to teachers.

Student achievement results are expected to be analyzed this week with your teachers and ACTION PLANS should be completed by now so that you can have a written expectation of what your campus agrees to in order for continued improvement. Please ensure that you communicate our expectation that students receive quality instruction everyday by being in the gemba.

Let's continue to be strong by setting a strong instructional tone beginning next week. Here's to a great week of teaching and learning!

Ms. Torres



6-27--I-station's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)


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


  • David W. Carter High School: Principal, Fred Davis III
  • John L. Patton Academic Center: Principal, Leslie Swann
  • STEAM Hulcy Middle School: Principal, Jonica Crowder-Lockwood
  • William H. Atwell Law Academy: Principal, Selena Deboskie
  • Barbara Manns Education Center: Principal, LeTrice Portley
  • Ronald McNair Elementary: Principal, Ariss Rider
  • T. G. Terry Elementary: Principal, Alicia Bradley
  • Birdie Alexander Elementary: Principal, Valarie Kendrick
  • Mark Twain Vanguard: Principal, Derrick Ross
  • Adelle Turner Elementary: Principal, Michael Nickson
  • Martin Weiss Elementary: Principal, Shundra Brown


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.