ACE Weekly Newsletter

June 3, 2016

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In This Week's Issue:

Note from Executive Director


Celebrating Excellence


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Note from your Executive Director

Dear ACE Family,

Thank you for a job well done! We will continue to send updates throughout the summer, but certainly hope you relax. Please time take for yourself and your family.

Thank you again and best wishes for a happy and healthy summer full of rest and rejuvenation.


Jolee Healey

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees,... I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. By F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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Texas A&M University announces free graduate courses and teacher training

Free graduate courses for teachers are available at multiple locations and online for Texas in-service and pre-service teachers. Find details and the course listings on the Funding Your Future webpage. The program also offers scholarships of $500 and $1,000 for new doctoral and master’s students. For eligibility requirements, course listings and application procedures, download a flyer here or visit the Funding Your Future website. Direct questions to the university at, or call 903-468-3066 or 903-886-5163.

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TEA Releases RtI Guidance App

In 2013, RME began collaborating with the Texas Education Agency on a plan to update the state's Guidance Document on Response to Intervention (RtI). Along with a committee of RtI experts, the state decided a comprehensive, yet concise guide was necessary to support Texas teachers and administrators as they implement RtI across grade level and content areas. The app was released in late April and is now freely available on iTunes, and coming soon for Android. Read more and download the app here.

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Top 100 Teacher: Jessie Helms

One of our very own honored as a Top Teacher int he District!

Jessie Helms is a teacher at Dallas ISD’s Annie Webb Blanton Elementary School whose energy and passion for teaching is contagious in her classroom and have a tremendous impact on her students’ success. Click here for the full story!

Dade Art students participated in the Habitat for Humanity Connecting through Art – Painting fences with artwork

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Teach Like a Champion 2.0

How to check for student understanding so you can move from “I taught it” to “They learned it”

How to maximize the rigor in your classroom. You ask a question and a student shrugs his shoulders and says, “I don’t know.” Rather than moving to the next student

and letting him off the hook, insist on rigorous engagement

How to shift the balance so the students are the ones doing more of the cognitive work in the classroom. Get students writing and discussing more accountably with


How to get ALL students to follow classroom directions

Typically teachers ask students to be quiet, about three quarters follow through, and the teacher moves on. Don’t send the message that it is OK for students not to listen to you, instead try the technique 100 PERCENT
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