Carter Chronicle

The week of October 19-23

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!

THE TIME IS NOW......LEAVE YOUR MARK!

Carter Coaliton Leverage Points

Commissioner Williams shortens Grades 3-8 STAAR assessment

HOT OFF THE PRESS..........

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today notified school districts and charters that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) will reduce the length of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) in grades 3–8 for the 2016 spring administrations.


“House Bill 743, which was passed by the Legislature earlier this year, requires STAAR assessments be designed so 85 percent of students can complete the grades 3–5 assessments in two hours and 85 percent of students can complete the grades 6–8 assessments in three hours,” said Commissioner Williams. “The steps I’m announcing for the coming school year are merely the first as TEA works to meet the legislative requirements while also balancing the validity and reliability of each assessment.”


To meet this legislative requirements of HB 743, TEA will take the following actions in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years:

  • For 2016 only, TEA will remove all currently-embedded field-test questions for STAAR grades 3–8, which will reduce the length of each assessment by five to eight questions.

  • TEA has also redesigned the 2016 STAAR grades 4 and 7 writing tests so they will be completed in one four-hour administration.


In addition, Commissioner Williams advised that TEA will also collect detailed data during the spring 2016 test administration on the time it takes students to complete the assessments. That data will then be used to determine how to adjust the STAAR grades 3–8 assessments for spring 2017 testing to more precisely meet the testing time requirements of HB 743.



To read Commissioner Williams’ letter to school districts, visit http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Reduction_of_Number_of_Questions,_State_of_Texas_Assessments_of_Academic_Readiness_%28STAAR®%29_Grades_3–8_Assessments.

TEI

Be sure to read the TEI NEWS emails that come from DISDNEWS each week.

October 23

  • New SLOs for teachers impacted by leveling must be submitted

November 5

  • 1st DTR Application Deadline

December 15

  • SLO Goal-Accomplishment submitted (one semester course only)

TEI EXPERT MEETING FOR 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR

All location meetings will be at Henderson ES

Tuesday, November 10th 4:45-5:45p.m

Tuesday, January 12th 4:45-5:45p.m

Tuesday, February 23rd 4:45-5:45p.m

Tuesday, March 22nd 4:45-5:45p.m

Tuesday, May 17th 4"45-5:45p.m

ACP FALL FILM FESTIVAL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Please encourage your teachers to attend the ACP viewings being offered. Elementary viewings will be held at Adamson HS and secondary will be at the Buckner Building.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED


http://www.dallasisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001475/Centricity/domain/148/waip/September%2019%202014/ACP%20Fall%20Film%20Festival.pdf

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NEWS YOU CAN USE:

October is Fire Prevention Month!

OCTOBER:

19th- Staff Professional Development

19th- 1st day in person early bond voting

21st- District-Wide Principal Meeting @ Hulcy 1-5pm

21st- DISD intervention staging determined

21st- Community Meeting @6:00pm Kimball High School

21st- AASI Luncheon @ Hulcy 11:30

23rd- Ms. Torres fair day26

26th-30th-RED RIBBON WEEK

28th-Carter Feeder PD @ Region 10-Gretchen Barnabi

29th- Carter Feeder Principal Meeting @ Weiss

29th- Data Controller or Registrar should input EcoDis list into each student's profile in Chancery by COB.

30th- PEIMS snapshot date

30th- Final day in person early voting

31TH-EMPLOYEE COMPLIANCE VIDEOS DUE TODAY!

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.........

emPOWERment TOOL


Taking It to the Next Level: Planning and Teaching with Relevance in Mind


As I visit schools throughout our Coalition and observe classrooms, I often notice that a good number of our teachers struggle to really attain/maintain an adequate level of meaningful student engagement. I don't necessarily think it's because they aren't trying. I tend to believe that it's because they don't know how. The missing piece to the puzzle tends to be RELEVANCE. Relevance is directly tied to how a student connects with the content matter at hand. While most teachers are well-intentioned in providing students with opportunities to connect to the content, they often fall short of how and why it REALLY matters to students. More often than not, teachers focus on how they think students should connect to the content rather than how students might connect via their own experiences and interests. The reality is that what is often important to teachers is not quite as important, if at all, to students. So, as an instructional leader, how might you begin to set up your teachers and students for increased levels of engagement through relevant (purposeful and aligned) instruction?


One simple way is to set the stage for teachers to plan purposeful and meaningful lessons; lessons that offer multiple opportunities for students to engage the content in a way that connects to their experiences and interests both in and out of school. Each time a teacher plans a lesson, he/she should ask him/herself how often students are afforded opportunities to pause, think and discuss the following questions.


  • What am I learning? This is more than just knowing the LO and providing a description of the activity. It's about using content vocabulary to describe the process and skill imbedded in the lesson. "I am learning how to ______ in order to ______." As students are able to fill in the blanks, they begin to see and make connections to the content and the progression of their learning within the lesson and unit of study.


  • Why am I learning it? In other words, "I am learning this because........" There are many reasons for learning something and teachers always have a reason for teaching it. However, this doesn't always translate into what makes most sense to students. The key is to allow the students to identify why they are learning something. They should own their learning by connecting to the content in any way they know how. The teacher can always supplement with other ideas.


  • How will I use it? This question is all about strengthening purpose and connections to the content. Teachers should press students to identify how they HAVE, CAN, and WILL use what they are learning. Each student's experience and interests both in and out of school is critical to their learning because it's what's important to them. When a student can answer this question in a meaningful way, RELEVANCE and ownership for their learning is increased.


What related strategies are you already using on your campuses?



Ms. Torres

A MESSAGE FROM OUR ACADEMIC FACILITATORS

K-2 MATH and 3-5 ELAR

When: Wednesday, October 21 from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Weiss Elementary

Who:

  • K-2 Math Teachers – “Unpacking Standards & Numerical Fluency”
  • 3-5 English Teachers – “Guided Reading to Master Rigorous Objectives”

Don’t forget to remind teachers about the upcoming feeder PD opportunity. To register, click on the title.

Campus Instructional Coaches Collaboration

Mark your calendar for our next CIC Collaboration. Friday, October 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. @ Mark Twain Rm. 131.

PD Shout Outs

Last Wednesday, Math teachers collaborated around unpacking standards and creating effective anchor charts they can use for their classrooms.

TESTING AT A GLANCE

DECEMBER

Dec-Jan--Written Compositions (K-12)

7--STAAR EOC English 1 (9-12)

9--STAAR EOC English II (9-12)

7-11--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

10-18--ACP (K-5)

15-18--ACP (6-12)

DISD CORE BELIEFS:

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.

Remember to view links below

EMPLOYEE COMPLIANCE VIDEOS DUE ON OCTOBER 31

"Hands Only CPR" Instruction Training Requirement

On October 19th, The American Heart Association will be conducting two training sessions for the Hands-Only CPR Requirement at Pancho Medrano MIddle School. This training will be offered again on November 9th.

Please register!


https://drive.google.com/a/dallasisd.org/file/d/0B4AZ46iTHbeXUnJDZzZydll1Y1k/view?usp=sharing

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