Team Talk

February 1, 2016

The Pursuit of Excellence in PBL

Last week, the Instructional Leadership Team carefully crafted the structures to support high quality PBL design and delivery. As we begin to engage in the new structures let's remember our commitment to being a solution-oriented, collaborative team that is committed to creating a positive environment that fuels risk taking in the pursuit of excellence in project-based learning.

Our students depend on us to push ourselves to be more effective instructionally today than we were yesterday. This is important because all of our students meet the at-risk definition in one indicator or another. Ensuring our students receive high quality PBL instruction will fulfill the promise to develop 21st century skills that will prepare them for a global competitive society. Developing these competencies will ensure our students stand head and shoulder above those with whom they will compete.

Kudos to the Instructional Leadership Team for leading the charge to ensure we realize the mission on behalf of our students!

Tornado Drill

We will have a tornado drill Monday at the end of 8th period. Ms. Sorey will email you the directions today.

Student Engagment Survey

It that time again! As noted in the campus action plan, attention will be given to ensuring students are highly engaged in high quality PBL. One way we will measure the impact of our work is to collect engagement data from students.

An email with the link to the survey will be sent following this submission. Add the link to your Tuesday Agenda and have students take the survey at the end of 1st period. If you don't have a 1st period class, give the survey 2nd period. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Regional Committee Department of Labor

A representative from the Regional Committee Department of Labor contacted me about establishing a partnership with the school that carries the name of the federal building in which their offices are housed. Specifically, the committee would like to provide opportunities for students to engage with professionals from their organization.

Two ideas emerged from our conversation. First, they would like to be part of the first annual Career Fair the PTA plans to sponsor. Second, on April 28th between 10:00-2:00, they would like all juniors to come to the worksite during the national Bring Your Child to work Day.

The group is very excited about seeing our work and serving as adult connections for our student's projects! I'll keep you posted as things progress.

DeVeaux's Schedule

DTR Observation

Monday, Feb. 1st, 11am-1pm

9733 Old Seagoville Road

Dallas, TX

Mid-Year Review Part 2

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 9am

5520 Langdon Road

Dallas, TX

Feeder Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 9am-12:30pm

4747 Veterans Drive

Dallas, TX


Thursday, Feb. 4th, 8-9am

Room 348

DTR Observation

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm

2826 Elsie Faye Heggins Street

Dallas, TX

DTR Observation

Friday, Feb. 5th, 9:30-11:30am

6012 East Grand Avenue

Dallas, TX