School Improvement Services

Region 17 Education Service Center

can you answer both questions?

First things first, where are your teachers in their scope and sequence? Students are highly unlikely to perform well if they have not been provided all the information/tested standards (TEKS). Lead4ward offers a great FREE snapshot resource, click here.

Second, who's working harder in the classrooms on your campus, teachers or students? Rigor is a word used often in teaching, but many don't quite understand what rigor means. Rigorous learning is not a measure of the quantity of material covered or the number of times it is covered. Rigor is an element of the learning environment that promotes an in-depth, active, and engaged learning process for students. In short, what are STUDENTS DOING?

So, how might "rigor" be achieved? The goal is to move students from being teacher-dependent to be(com)ing independent. For a quick tool, access Webb's DOK wheel here and use these verbs to determine what students are "doing" to master the learning objective and increase rigor.

PSP and Focus/Priority Meetings

From 9-11:30 each day listed below. Mark your calendars and click on the dates to register!

February 5, 2014 - Part 3 (of 3) from Schmoker and the TOT "How" for Leading Intentional Interventions (Part 2 of 2)

March 5, 2015

April 2, 2015

May 7, 2015