Teaching & Learning Newsletter
December 4, 2015
Jim Knight has synthesized themes and written seven principles that describe a theory of interaction used by Instructional coaches. Click the title of the article to view: Seven Partnership Principles
Jim Knight, ASCD
Core Content Area News
In order to accommodate the need for more data review sessions, December 14 will be for both academic and behavior issues. Sign up here.
Read 180/System 44 Data Meetings
Read 180/System 44 teachers will request a thirty minute conference to review Middle of the Year SRI data with you. Teachers will be prepared to discuss the following: professional celebrations and goals for the year, student celebrations and concerns, and any classroom needs. Please have these conferences complete by January 8.
What: Grades 6th - EOC Horizontal Meeting
When: December 7, 2015
Where: Davila Middle School - Cafeteria
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Who: Grades 6, 7, and 8 (Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies teachers); AND
Algebra I, Biology, U.S. History, English I, and English II teachers.
6th grade - EOC horizontal group meeting will use data to improve teaching and learning. This will involve a focus on: Teaching - strategies, ideas and content development needed to empower the teacher to provide quality instruction to move students toward mastery on historically challenging standards. Learning - monitoring individual student progress on historically challenging SEs with a special focus on all subpopulations.
Participants are asked to bring their fully-charged laptop to the meeting.
Each eligible participant will be compensated $30.00 for each 2.0 hour meeting that is attended, provided they sign the sign-in sheet at the time of the meeting.
K- 6 Planning Collaboratives
Teachers are working together as they study SEs. If you would like to review outcomes please review notes available here.
Middle school and high school Instructional Coaches have been informed if they will be administering the EOC the week of Dec 7-11.
TAMU Basketball Game
Please have your students and chaperones ready for pick-up according to the schedule sent from Gary Bunch. Your help with this will ensure that everyone is picked up on time so that they can all arrive to Reed Arena on time. Everyone is encouraged to MAROON OUT the arena since the game is being televised on the SEC network.
Professional Development News
Arrangements were made for Dr. Kristi Thaemlitz from Region 4 to conduct a Short Answer Response PD for 9 & 10 grade ELA teachers on January 4th. Based on the benchmark data our students along with teachers are still struggling with this skill. This training is not mandatory for teachers to attend, but simply suggested. If this professional development opportunity is feasible and does not disrupt current campus plans, please strongly encourage your ELA teachers to attend.
The training will be held at Rudder HS from 8:30-3:30 in the Cafe. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
New Teacher Induction Celebration
The New Teacher Induction Celebration will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 (4:30-5:30) in the board room. This is our time celebrate all the great things our brand-new teachers have accomplished this year. For this event we will have elementary and secondary together as one group.
Special Education News
Please join the Special Education Department in welcoming Lora Ouren as the new Deaf Ed Supervisor. Lora will replace Connie Ferguson, who is retiring in December 2015.