PfISD Curriculum Newsletter

October 12, 2021

Important Dates

Oct.18th - District PBIS Team Lead Meeting

Oct. 22nd - District IC meeting

Jan. 3, 2022 - Conscious Discipline training for all Pre-K EA's

General Information

Curriculum Links

Submitted by Kimberly Roark

We have discovered that some of the links to and in the district curriculum documents are currently inactive due to the recent Google security updates. The curriculum department will work to update the links over the next few weeks. If you encounter a link which blocks your access to a file, please email the appropriate coordinator instead of clicking request access. This will allow us to prioritize the most urgent needs as we work to restore all of the links.

BOY Screener Data

submitted by Holly Galloway

C&I reviewed and summarized the BOY Screener data and created some Just in Time professional learning opportunities.

Information to participate in theses learning opportunities to address identifies areas of need can be found in the document in the following link Just in Time Professional Learning

Murchison Elementary School - Hallway Bulletin Board

Murchison Elementary School Hallway Bulletin Board

Professional Learning

Submitted by Bridgit Shorter

Hello Pflugerville ISD! I have the privilege of serving as the district’s Professional Learning Coordinator!

I am coming to PfISD after spending 8 years with Austin ISD, where I taught Middle School ELA & Math, High School English, and served as an Instructional Coach for both MS and HS teachers across all content areas. I also served as a Campus Testing Coordinator (CTC) for STAAR testing at both the MS and HS levels for the past three years and as the CollegeBoard CTC for the past two years.

Before moving to Austin, I spent 6 years as a Higher Education Administrator in Student Affairs at three universities and colleges: Texas Christian University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Kilgore College. My experiences included working in Residence Life as a Hall Director & Area Coordinator, serving as a Level 1 Discipline Hearing Officer, advising multiple student organizations and student leadership roles, and working with the TRIO Upward Bound program. Overall, my focus centered around supporting potential first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds learn how to navigate college and university life, both in and out of the classroom.

I earned my BA from The University of Texas at Austin in English and Psychology with a minor in Spanish, then went on to complete my MS in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs from Iowa State University. I am currently pursuing an administrative certification and MEd with The University of Texas at Arlington, projected graduation Summer 2022.

Professional development and mentoring new teachers are two of my biggest passions, and I am thrilled to be able to do both of these full-time! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support this year: ext. 4-0045.

~Yours in Education,
Bridgit B. Shorter
Hook 'em, Horns!
Go Cyclones!

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

MTSS Website


Submitted by Johnna Timi

Renaissance Learning

We launched a monthly webinar series to help deepen understanding and implementation of our Renaissance programs. This month’s will be Tuesday October 12th at 10am CST, and we’ll be building off our topic from September about using data from your BOY assessment. Our October topic will cover grouping students of like abilities, setting goals in Star, especially for students in Intervention, prioritizing and planning instruction, as well as our Freckle adaptive practice program, how it connects to our Star assessments and meeting students' needs with independent practice and targeted, assigned practice.

It will be about 30 minutes in length, and we’ll be recording it to send out afterwards. Even if you can’t attend, we will be sending the recording to those who register but don’t attend, along with the attendees. Here is the registration link for the webinar.

Here is a copy of the recording from September’s webinar. Please feel free to share this out with whomever you think might appreciate watching it!

TPRI/Tejas Lee, Using Your Reports Training Session

On October 8, many joined an online training supporting the Grade 1 and 2 assessment tool, TPRI/Tejas Lee, on the Tango platform. If you were not able to participate, here is the link to the recorded session. Passcode: 60v&+P+G


Submitted by Sarah Pratte

8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

Follow this link to learn more about how to implement each tip:

1. Greet students at the door

2. Establish, maintain, and restore relationships

3. Use reminders and cues

4. Optimize classroom seating

5. Give behavior-specific praise

6. Set clear expectations

7. Actively supervise

8. Be consistent in applying rules

Social and Emotional Learning

Submitted by Mark Christie

Integrate SEL Competencies with Academic Instruction

One of the ten indicators of schoolwide SEL is to integrate the SEL competencies with academic instruction. The integration of SEL and academics involve three interdependent components. Fostering academic mindsets is the first component I will focus on.

Academic mindsets are beliefs or ways of perceiving oneself in relation to learning, and they lay the groundwork for deep academic, social and emotional learning. Examples of academic mindsets include: I belong to this community, my ability and competence grow with effort, I can succeed at this, and this work has value for me. Teachers have strong influence over academic mindsets through instructional practices and creating environments that shape students’ motivation, engagement, and persistence. Some of the ways that teachers can positively influence academic mindsets include creating a sense of belonging and emotional safety.

Check out these resources for ways to grow your integration of SEL competencies with academic instruction.
IC/PLC Resource
Teacher Resource: SEL Classroom Self-Assessment

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ELA - Elementary

Submitted by Sheri Gibson

Hi! My name is Sheri Gibson. I am one of the Reading Academy Specialists in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. I am so excited to join the PfISD community!

This is my 22nd year of teaching. Literacy has always been my passion, and I especially love early literacy! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading from Baylor University and a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist from Stephen F. Austin State University. I am also Reading Recovery trained. The majority of my career has been as an Elementary Literacy Interventionist both within the state of Texas as well as Tennessee and Colorado.

I look forward to collaborating with you!

Please feel free to email me at or call extension 40109.

What exactly is a Literacy-Rich environment?

Submitted by Jenny Olsen

A literacy-rich environment in the classroom will motivate students to want to learn to read, write, and communicate to build their literacy skills. It will provide students with multiple ways to interact with listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a meaningful and authentic way.

There are multiple ways to build a literacy-rich environment in the classroom. According to the Science of Teaching Reading, these include:
Motivate students to want to learn to read, write and communicate
Build on the assets students bring in
Bridge home and school literacies
Provide a safe space to explore literacy in a variety of contexts
Show that the educator values their learning
It supports student learning by offering scaffolds and resources
Allows for fluidity throughout the day and easy transitions
Ultimately leads to an increased time for speaking, listening, thinking, reading,
and writing
The structure in a literacy-rich environment eliminates the unknown for your learners
Focus on student-student interaction and teacher-student interaction
Make learning engaging and fun
Involve students in the learning process

Future newsletters will expand on all the components and elements of a literacy rich environment with tips on how to implement each element.

ELA -Secondary

Submitted by Rachel Scott

Hello phenomenal Pflugerville ISD! My name is Rachel Scott and I am so thrilled to be joining your team as the new Secondary English Language Arts Coordinator! I am looking forward to connecting with many of you in the coming weeks and partnering together as we continue to serve our students through the implementation of rigorous instruction.

I am originally from Washington D.C., graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and began my teaching career in Charlotte, NC. Upon moving to Austin, I attended The University of Texas (Hook ‘Em!) for my Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy and graduated with my principal’s certification. Throughout my educational journey, I have served as a high school and middle school teacher, instructional coach, athletic coach and assistant principal. I am here to support you and grow alongside you in this work and cannot wait to see all the incredible strides we will make for our students!

Please do not hesitate to reach out and say Hello! and let me know how I can best support you, your teams and your students this year!

Office #: 512-594-0104

Social Studies

submitted by Kimberly Roark

Did you know...?

Every grade level from 3rd through 8th grade AND most high school social studies courses have access to Document-Based Questions (DBQs) that support multiple TEKS. Social Studies teachers in grades 4-12 also have accounts with the interactive DBQ Online platform.

*To learn more about DBQ online, visit this site to set up a webinar or find links to screencasts.

* The DBQ Project also offers free self-paced courses to learn the DBQ process. The next cohort starts on October 12. Interested teachers and ICs can register at this site.

* For a list of available DBQ binders by grade/course, visit this link.

PfISD Curriculum and Innovation

Phone: 512-594-0000