Leading the Way

March 2020 Principal Practice

You're almost there...SPRING BREAK is fast approaching! There's so much to do in the spring semester and the final lap from after the break until May can be challenging. Take some time to take care of YOU! You deserve time to step away...just breathe.

Encourage your teachers to enjoy their break! Share some fun ideas...

21 Things Every Teacher Should Do While on Spring Break

Instructional Leader Update

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Region 6 Teaching and Learning Department

TEA: Accountability

The following new Texas Education Agency Correspondence has been posted at the TEA website:

Podcast: TEA Time

TEA: Question of the week-

Can a campus be identified for targeted support and additional targeted support simultaneously?

A campus may receive only one label. Based on the campus’ outcomes in the Closing the Gaps domain, the agency identifies comprehensive support and improvement schools. Then, those campuses that were not identified for comprehensive support and improvement are evaluated for targeted support and improvement. Lastly, those campuses that were not identified for comprehensive or targeted are evaluated for additional targeted support.

Other Important Information

Monthly Checklist Reminders


      • Survey teachers on their intentions for returning next year and requests for teaching assignment

      • Contract preparation for certified staff

      • Discuss staff concerns with central office (possible non-renewal)

      • Create staff climate survey/needs assessment

      • Complete T-TESS observations

      • Work with district personnel on recruitment of highly qualified teachers

      • Create tentative roster of next year’s classroom assignment

      • Get dates set: Planning for end-of-year special events  Graduation  Academic awards  Concerts  Picnics

      • Instructional program planning for next year -Scheduling- School calendar - Student pre-registration - Orientation planning - Pre-school screenings - Work on faculty and student handbooks

      • Student retention monitoring

      • Encourage teachers to share their practice during professional learning time

      • Check in with struggling teachers. Offer emotional support as well as coaching

    • MORAL BOOSTER: It's good to do something when they get back from Spring Break to build a strong positive environment when things get so stressful in the spring
    Parents/Community Outreach:
    • Reach out to parents about attendance or academic concern
    • Plan a parent night for Spring State Testing informative meeting to share information about testing and accountability

    High School & Junior High/Middle School

    • Eligibility  Extra-curricular drug testing  AD meets with all winter sport coaches  AD contacts all scheduled opponents and officials to verify contract information  Finalize all athletic/fine arts transportation schedules  Check to make sure all arrangements are done for athletics…transportation, eligibility, physicals, insurance waivers, etc.  Prom check to make sure things are progressing  College planning for seniors  College planning for juniors  Fine arts special events

    Professional Development Opportunities

    Have you saved the dates for SLC2020?

    June 28-July 1st at South Shore Harbour Conference resort in Kemah, Texas.

    Have you booked your hotel room?

    Our rooms at SSH are booked, but we have two more hotels close by. Please see the SLC website for the contact information.

    Have you selected your activities and completed the SLC registration form?

    At this time only 34 people have registered for the conference. Attached you will find directions. Please visit the SLC website to select your activities and complete the registration form.