"This is not rocket surgery!"
Scenes from Around the City on Institute Day
Keynote speaker Tara Brown, known as The Connection Coach, came to town to "sling some dopamine" to TCS educators as they begin the new school year. Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria offered a charge for the school year that the mark of the Tuscaloosa City Schools should be that every student engages and exits enrolled, enlisted or employed when they graduate.
Re-live keynote speaker Tara Brown's speech! Click the link and download the video to your computer to watch! (The video is only available to TCS employees through their Google accounts.)
- Alabama Power Company's Electric Academy
- The University of Alabama Online’s College of Education program offerings
- The United Way's annual giving campaign
Laying the Foundation
First, we will use daily check-ins with staff and students to take the emotional temperature of the classroom and school while allowing an opportunity to self-regulate before starting academics. Second, we will establish a common social-emotional language to name and identify feelings using Zones of Regulation. Last, but not least, we will build relationships using trauma-sensitive practices to create a safe and supportive learning environment.
This work isn't one more thing on our plate, but is embedded into our district and school culture.
Do You Hear Me Now?
Virtual instruction and pandemic teaching underscored the importance of students understanding what teachers say. TCS has invested in Lightspeed Technologies audio enhancement systems to support great classroom instruction. Using the microphone and speakers helps teachers by supporting the teacher's voice to avoid strain. Using the system supports students by improving the clarity of speech and other sounds. Every teacher should use the audio enhancements!
Schoology is the Online Home for School!
The TCS Tights detail how educators should begin their planning of instruction for the new school year. All teachers will create rigorous and equitable opportunities for students to own their learning by utilizing the TCS Elements of Personalized Learning. Additionally, all teachers will engage in planning and implementing instruction that facilitates student mastery with effective integration of digital practice.
- Use physical and digital technology resources daily and effectively.
- Use the Schoology learning management system daily and effectively
- Provide intentional support for growth in digital literacy.
- Provide ongoing evidence of student learning.
ADPH Releases Updated Toolkit
Our school nurses and administrators are currently reviewing the toolkit to understand best how to use the guidance to ensure a safe learning and working environment for all. Your school nurse and building leader will provide more information on how TCS will implement the toolkit in the coming days.
These items are provided to help ensure safe working conditions for you and are available. Please let your principal know of your needs to request items on behalf of your entire school.
Join the Sick Leave Bank
Unforeseen circumstances happen which can take you away from work as you deal with personal or family illness. The Tuscaloosa City Schools offers a sick leave bank during a time of need for an employee. As a participant in the sick leave bank, you can borrow leave days if all your leave days have been exhausted.
Participating employees shall make an equal contribution of two days to join the sick leave bank. After the initial contribution, no additional contribution shall be required.
If an employee wishes to join, complete the attached form and send it to Lynne Wright in the Human Resource Department to authorize the removal of two days for placement in the sick leave bank. Have questions on the sick leave bank? Contact Lynne Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presently, about 1,100 TCS employees are members of the sick leave bank.