Welcome Back DHS Team 9

Building Panther Pride! March 21, 2013

What do you expect and how will you be convicted of communicating those expectations?

Expectations are communicated in multiple ways. They are more than the CHAMPS posters on the walls or the words we speak in August. Our actions are the most convicting display of expectations for our core beliefs and behaviors. Many times, there are conscious and unconscious actions that reveal a contradiction of what we say we expect or believe. It is easy to get frustrated and allow our actions to reveal something less than what is a core belief or expectation in our field. If we all work together to establish a culture of high expectations and accountability for all, we can move our campus toward excellence. As we return to a traditionally busy and stressful time, revisit your core values and expectations for excellence! Encourage your students to pursue excellence in all that they do. You may be the only one in their lives that tells them and shows them that they can be great! If we are crazy enough to believe we can, Panthers, we will!

5 Questions about your questions

1. Is your question focused on WHAT, WHEN, HOW MANY or WHO? What would be the benefit of adding the WHY?

2. Are you encouraging students to ask more questions and are you encouraging your students to take risks?

3. Have you thought about modelling an answer or adding key vocabulary to improve the quality of student responses?

4. Have you asked students to comment on each other’s responses and if so, have you been explicit about the possible nature of their peer-to-peer comments?

5. Does your question stimulate thinking, promote reasoning and encourage interaction between students?

Reminders for Spring 2016

From PDAS to T-TESS: A few quick points to note


  • It was developed by educators for educators.
  • The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) was the contractor using educator input to create the system. It’s not NIET’s first rodeo when it comes to teacher evaluation. The organization has developed a rigorous teacher evaluation focused on teacher development for the Teacher Advancement Program.
  • The T-TESS rubric aligns directly with the new Texas Teacher Standards.
  • When they are evaluated, educators will receive actionable, timely feedback that they can use to improve their skills, a first for most. Post-evaluation conferences are ‘nonnegotiable,’ and every teacher gets a professional improvement plan to inform his or her professional development.
  • Multiple, lesson-length observations, at least one unannounced, are recommended.

Summer Professional Development is coming your way

We are working to provide high energy, collaborative, and meaningful professional development opportunities for you this summer. They will take care of your 2016-17 trade out hours. Your department facilitator will provide suggestions based on campus needs, department goals and T-TESS preparation. Stay tuned for opportunities at the campus and district level to support your quest for excellence as an educator!