Teaching & Learning Newsletter
December 18, 2015
A BIG thank you to Julea Johnson for providing technology assistance that made the curriculum writing process run smoothly.
As we discussed in our meeting Monday, continue to set goals, to explain, and to modify how a new teaching practice will be taught so that it is tailor-made for a teacher's unique needs.
- Meet the teacher one-on-one.
- Give the teacher a copy of the checklist for the teaching practice to be learned. (found in handout)
- Go through the checklist item and explain each one and what you are looking for.
- After discussing each item, ask the teacher to goal set and select the item they want to work on.
- Complete observation.
- Model for teachers in the classroom.
Core Content Area News
Think Through Math Update
Think Through Math (TTM) has been offered a state-level contract to be the provider of Texas SUCCESS math resources for grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and Algebra I. Contract end dates will be August 31, 2017. All BISD students in grades 3-8 have had access to TTM since the beginning of the school year at a discounted rate . This service will not be disrupted. We are currently in the process of pulling data files so that all Algebra I students can be uploaded as soon as TTM becomes available for high school students. FMI contact Lauren Wooldridge. Click here
DDRT Information from 2014-2015
The DDRT Reports from 2014-2015, which were inadvertently deleted from Aware this summer, have now been restored in Eduphoria. You will find them in the individual student forms under the heading [Do Not Use] RTI: Post-RtI Meeting --> District Data Review Team (DDRT) Report. DDRT Reports for this school year are still located under the heading RtI: DDRT Forms. Please let Kristen Beesaw know if you have any questions.
2016 DDRT Meetings
There will not be a DDRT meeting on January 4. DDRT meetings will resume on January 8. Click here to access the link to sign up for a slot. Please note that behavior DDRT and academic DDRT will no longer be split. There will be a space on the sign up to indicate which type of input is being requested.
Please remember to have all campus RtI meetings, progress monitoring, and information forms complete in Aware to facilitate the DDRT session. This includes having the Form 98 Request for DDRT Input complete and uploaded. Please contact Kristen Beesaw if you have any questions or need help uploading documentation.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS
MSTAR Intervention Lessons
The following link will direct you to important MSTAR intervention resources provided by the Meadow Center's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties. All middle school math teachers have been notified about this valuable resource and have access to this information via Team Connect or the website link.
As a reminder, the winter administration of MSTAR Universal Screeners will be open for BISD teachers from January 11 to February 5 and the Diagnositc Assessment window is from January 18 to February 12. All grade 6, 7, and 8 math students are required to take the Universal Screener. For more information, contact Lauren Wooldridge
The next 4th grade writing horizontal will be held January 11, 2016 at Bowen Elementary from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. Please encourage all fourth grade writing teachers to attend this important writing session.
The instructional coaches will be delivering the K-2 Horizontal on their home campus during the week of January 11-14.
The state has provided Istation for grades 3 - 5 again through the Texas Success program. We have been in contact with the company and they are expecting to be ready to share out information sometime in January. We will let you know as soon as we find out more information. This is exciting to be able to have this resource for teachers to use to progress monitor their students, have a strong online resource for students to use and use as a resource for small group intervention lessons.
Presidential Awards for Excellence
Make your nominations now for grade K-6 math and science teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Applications due April 1, 2016.
If you feel someone is worthy of this award in BISD I wanted you all to have the info.
2016 PAEMST Nomination/Application Windows Open
The 2015-16 nomination and application windows for grade K-6 math and science teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are open. Educators may be nominated by themselves or by others. The PAEMST awards are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of math and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of math and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,200 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals. Access nomination and application forms here.
As we approach the new year, tap into the power of imagery, communication, and collaboration to make vocabulary building fun and meaningful! Research has proven that students with a larger, more nuanced vocabulary become more proficient readers, writers, critical thinkers, and learners, making them more likely to succeed in academic environments.