"Super" Spruce Scoop

September 22, 2014

Volume 1 Edition 1

Spruce Feeder Pattern PLC


Our feeder pattern principals' meeting will be held this Friday at Richard Lagow Elementary School. It will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m. Principal Shelton will provide breakfast and I will provide lunch. Bring your appetite!

Let's wear our favorite college shirt to represent our expectations for our scholars. What will you wear?

In preparation for our meeting, please remember to do your homework from our previous meeting - read chapter 2 of Leverage Leadership. Also, bring your book with you to our meeting. We will take a deeper dive into the feedback process and engage in practice.

We will also do some work on D. D. I. (Data Driven Instruction) as you prepare for the end of the six weeks common assessments and data meetings.

Finally, we will conduct calibrated Spot Observations in small groups to observe strong instructional practices and sharpen our lens of the Big 4. Groups and a protocol to be followed will be provided.

Spruce Feeder Pattern PLC

Friday, Sep. 26th, 8:30am-12pm

637 Edgeworth Dr

Dallas, TX

Coaching Visit Preparation

Prior to visiting your campus for a coaching visit, I provide a calendar invitation along with an agenda. In preparation for the coaching visit, please prepare for the visit based on the provided agenda. For example, a portion of our work during this visit will be to look at your instructional calendars and common assessments. Please have them ready and organized for us to view and discuss. Marquetta was well-prepared yesterday upon my arrival for the coaching visit and allowed for us to maximize our time.

Division 5 Data Meeting - Next Steps...

Our Division 5 Data Meeting served as an opportunity for good discussion around best practices in writing and served as a reminder of the need to have a writing plan. With this in mind, I would like to encourage all of us to be purposeful in leading a meeting with your respective grade levels with STAAR writing tests. Ultimately, each campus should have writing teachers with a plan of attack for student writing success. An important partner in this process would be the Campus Instructional Coach. Let's make our work reactive rather than proactive. If we wait to craft a plan, we will have to operate in a reactive manner.

A next step I took was to work with the Executive Directors and Rockell Stewart, middle school reading Academic Facilitator, to draft a monthly plan of professional development on behalf of the middle school principals. We all realize that the sooner next steps are implemented, the more likely they will have impact.

College-Going Culture

Burleson Elementary School is a nice example of a college-going culture. While college readiness is rooted in the classroom, setting the stage as students transition throughout the building sends a good message of what the Burleson team values. Well done Mr. Barker!

Kudos on the Court!

  • Marquetta provided feedback to a teacher using the 6 step feedback protocol and did so very smoothly! Douglass Elementary had a good "Best Day Ever" based on my observation.
  • Silvia's teachers shined on the "Best Day Ever" as we observed quality instruction in several classrooms. Click on the picture to the left of an Anderson teacher getting it done for kids!

Instructional Tools from the Team

We have a plethora of knowledge and resources in this "Super" feeder pattern. I am embedding various links to tools from the team.

Leadership Quote

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." Ronald Reagan