The FDR Instructional Focus

Roosevelt Feeder Schools Info - January 11, 2016

A Word From The Executive Director


This past week you reviewed all of your data from ACP assessments and the Climate Survey. As a feeder pattern we scored at or above the district average in majority of the content areas. While we can celebrate this accomplishment for the moment, we still have much work to do!

I am very curious moving forward with how schools will embrace and use the descriptors to develop lessons with high level thinking. We must focus our efforts on activities that will most effectively improve our students’ success. Have you changed your priorities based on the ACP data and how you will progress monitor students? Have you completed the work of tiering your teachers with identified supports based on these results? What impact will your climate survey have upon your actions and how you and your leadership team plan to improve based on this data. Now is the time to think about writing an action plan! An action plan for how to improve your program over the next six weeks. This plan will take accomplishing short term six weeks attainable goals and hard changes and breaking them down into steps you can keep track of and complete. The six weeks action plan usually includes goals, steps, assignments, and deadlines. Develop your action plan with your team as it will be stronger with the collaboration of others ideas.

It is critical for each of you to have a plan of how you will use the data you have received, because without a plan you will just keeping reviewing the data and not take the specific actions to make adjustments and interventions.

Get the data working for you! We are half way there! Be deliberate! Success will only be achieved because you planned it!

Please make sure that you read the WAIP because there are some critical dates and activities that take place for master scheduling for next year. Make sure that your counselors attend all scheduling meetings and either the principal or the assistant principal assigned to do the master schedule attends the master scheduling training/updates.

As I visit campuses this month, our activities will consists of classrooms visits, review of support plans, walking data rooms, reviewing curriculum alignment artifacts, and visiting PLC's (planning and DDI). I look forward to very productive visits.

Plan your work and work your plan!

Make it a GREAT week!


Harold L. Wright

Executive Director of School Leadership

FDR Feeder Schools

What Great Principals Do Differently




  • Complete the extended observation for potential non-renewals

  • Plan summative conferences for non-renewals

  • Complete Distinguished Teacher reviews

  • Begin 2nd semester spot observations

  • Submit non-renewal documentation to HCM

  • Mid-year conferences with APs and teachers

Instructional Planning

  • Monitor CIP

  • Review/Appeal 16-17 projections (demographics)

  • Budget meeting preparation

  • Project staffing needs from course tallies

  • Choice sheets-completed & tallied

  • Draft master schedule

  • Senior transcript reviews

  • Finalize plans for spring professional development

  • Consideration for campus-based summer programs

  • Curricular Focus – Writing/Reading


  • ACP data review meetings with teachers (create interventions)

  • Monitor Reasoning Mind, ISIP, College Readiness, Achieve 3000

  • Review attendance data/Monitor attendance for credit plan

  • Review student discipline data

  • Grade failure reports, meetings, and intervention plans

  • Climate Survey

  • Magnet Applications due 1/31

PLC Topics

  • Classroom observations

  • Monthly update of CIC coaching and faculty training

  • Climate survey results meetings and conversations

  • TEI System and support for DTR Eligible Teachers in completing applications

  • ACP data

  • Feeder pattern trends

  • Spiraling low SEs

  • Action plans

The 3 Key Actions for the Roosevelt Feeder Pattern

From the Academic Facilitators

The role of the AFs is to help build the capacity of your Campus Instructional Coaches centered around improving the quality of instruction. The Academic Facilitators will provide Professional Development to your CICs through our "First Friday's" program and weekly campus visits. I will make sure that we communicate key instructional "look fors" each feeder meeting so that you will be informed about the support being provided to the campus instructional coaches.

Instructional Coaching and First Friday Resources

Resources for Reading Literacy

Given the focus on reading and literacy across the district, feeder, and campus levels, I wanted to share several resources with you that you may wish to share with your ELAR teachers and coaches.

1. High-interest e-texts that students love! The creator is a former DISD teacher from Sunset.

2. Expository texts with leveled text/questions by Lexile Levels

3. From today’s Marshall Memo….Three Questions to Help Students Read More Critically

In this article in AMLE Magazine, New Jersey educator Sandra Wozniak makes the case for integrating current events into science, history, language arts, and other subjects. “Just because it’s not ‘in the book’ does not mean it’s off topic,” she says. She also offers a suggestion from James Bach for three questions to ask students as they read any text:

- Huh? What is this all about? Is it confusing? Is it vague?

- Really? Is this factually accurate? What’s the source? What’s the evidence?

- So what? Why does this matter? To whom? How much?

More from Bach at

“Motivating Students with Teachable Moments” by Sandra Wozniak in AMLE Magazine, August 2014 (Vol. 2, #1, p. 10-13),

I hope you find these resources valuable!

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On The Horizon - Campus Coaching Visits

Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Mid-Year Review Conference – Part 1 Holmes MS @ 8:30 – 10:30

  • School Visits to Budd and Miller

  • Mid-Year Review Conference – Part 1 Harllee @ 3:00 – 4:30

  • CIC Meeting at Starks 3:30 - 5:30

  • Assistant Principals Focus Group at Haskell 4 p.m.

  • High School Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Executive Director’s Meeting - Haskell Bldg. @ 8:30 – 10:30

  • Office Time

  • School Visit to Holmes

  • Mid-Year Review Conference – Part 1 Miller @ 1:00 – 2:30

  • Middle School Parent Conferences @ 4:00 – 8:00

  • TEI Campus Expert Meeting – Conrad @ 4:45 – 5:45

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • School Visits to Bryan and Johnston

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 1 Bryan ES @ 1:00 – 2:30

Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • School Visit to Harllee

  • Mid-Year Review Conference - Part 1 Starks @ 12:30 – 2:30

  • Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences

Friday, January 15, 2016

  • School Leadership ED Meeting – Haskell Bldg. @ 8:00 - 10:15

  • Board Appreciation – Admin Bldg. @ 11:00 – 11:30

  • School Visit to Roosevelt



6-27--I-station's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2)


2--SAT (Grade 11)

7-April 6--TELPAS (K-12)

29--STAAR EOC English I (9-12)

29--STAAR Writing Day 1 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

29--STAAR Math (Grades 5 & 8)

30--STAAR Writing Day 2 (Grades 4 & 7) (This date will be clarified)

30--STAAR Reading (Grades 5 & 8)

31-STAAR EOC English II


4-15--STAAR ALT 2 Assessment Window (3-8 & EOC)

4-8--ES & HS Art Performance ACP (Grades 5, 9-12)

12-15--Student Survey Window (Grades 3-12)

12-22--ITBS/LOGRAMOS Window (K-2)

18-19--ES Gym ACP (Grade 4)

18-29--Secondary Band Performance ACP (Grades 6-12)

20-21-ES Music Performance ACP (Grade 3)


9-24--Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8)

16-19--Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7)

2-6--STAAR EOC Algebra I, Biology, US History (9-12)

9--STAAR Math (Grades 3,4,6,7)

9--STAAR Math Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

10--STAAR Reading (Grades 3,4,6,7)

10--STAAR Reading Re-test (Grades 5 & 8)

11--STAAR Science (Grades 5 & 8)

12--STAAR Social Studies (Grade 8)

2-27--Istation's ISIP Assessment EOY (K-2)

18-26--ACP (Grades 3-5)

27-June 2--ACP (Grades 6-12)

**This chart will be updated as necessary

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

December 7-January 14:

Wave 2: The DTR application portal will open for Wave 2 DTR-eligible teachers and teachers must submit their application by noon on January 14, 2016. Wave 2 teachers will receive an email the first week of December with the application link and optional DTR teacher trainings. View trainings by registering here

January 14
Wave 2 DTR application deadline (by noon)

Dallas ISD 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.


With the new open carry law going into effect on January 1, it is going to be important to communicate this law and its impact with your campuses during your January 4 PD day. It will remain illegal under the new law for a licensed gun holder to bring their firearm onto school property. Ensure you and your staff watch the brief video on the HUB with Chief Miller explaining the law and then some questions and answers to help guide campus personnel. Posters about the law have been placed on each campus. No guns are allowed on public school facilities except by officers of the law.

Spring Parent Conferences


One of the items on the January duty list for Principals is to prepare for upcoming Spring parent conferences.

Hope it helps! I have some cool stuff on student-led conferences too if you are interested. Just let me know.

From Joe Miniscalco, Executive Director

High School - January 11th

Middle School - January 12th

Elementary School - January 14th

A. Link to Scholastic site that provides some structure to get ready for conferences:

Planning for Parent Conferences |

If you're a new teacher, use these helpful resources for planning your first parent-teacher conferences. They include sample forms, suggestions for the arranging the ...

B. Signup Genius also built in some suggestions and promote the use of their tool to help organize parent sign-up:

How to Plan a Productive Parent Teacher Conference

How to Plan for a Productive Parent-Teacher Conference ... Meet with Parents. Begin by discussing positive aspects of the child’s experiences in your class.

C. Education World resource on meeting with Parents:

Education World: Meeting With the Parents -- Making the ...

Education World is pleased to present these professional development tips shared by author and educator Jim Gomes. Have a Student Secretary for Parent-Teacher ...

D. NEA parent teacher conference preparation materials:

NEA - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences can be stressful, for you and the parents, but with proper planning and organization you can lay the groundwork for a production ...

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