The FDR Instructional Focus

Roosevelt Feeder Schools Information - January 2016

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A Word From The Executive Director


Where do leaders belong?

We’re often needed in the office, but we like to be “visible.” We like to be in hallways, in dropoff and pickup zones, in lunchrooms and at recess.

How do we stack up to leaders in other industries in this regard?

At Toyota, there’s a concept called Genchi Genbutsu, which conveys the idea of going to the gemba, or the place where the actual work is done, and seeing that work firsthand.

Leaders who don’t spend time in the gemba won’t have the information they need to make decisions, solve problems, and support employees effectively.

As leaders, we need to spend our time where the work is done. We need to understand that work deeply, so we can provide the kind of leadership the organization needs.

Leadership involves making decisions—not the decisions of a distant executive concerned only with numbers, but the decisions of a supportive, on-the-ground manager who understands what’s happening on the front lines, and is concerned first and foremost with the success of the people there in the gemba.

As instructional leaders, that means we need to be in classrooms. Is there any doubt or debate about this?

I know I’m not alone in this belief, because more than 3,200 people in 50 countries have joined the 21-Day Instructional Leadership Challenge, which is all about making a habit of being in classrooms.

Documenting What Happens in the Gemba

Being in classrooms has a number of benefits, one of which is the chance to take notes and provide written feedback to teachers.

Make sure that you are completing your spot observations and have them entered timely into Schoolnet. I will conference with you about this topic during our coaching sessions this month.

Let's begin this new semester on a positive note with strong and positive leadership. I believe in YOU!!!

Have the BEST week and welcome back!


Harold L. Wright

Executive Director of School Leadership

FDR Feeder Schools

(Excerpt above from "Why Instructional Leaders Belong in Classrooms" by Justin Baeder

What Great Principals Do Differently

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

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On The Horizon - Campus Coaching Visits

(Monday, January 4, 2016

  • 2 P.M. All Schools attend Accountability Training with Kim Gilson at Roosevelt H.S.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • School Leadership Meeting 8:15 - Haskell -(Mr. Wright)
  • 2 P.M. N.W. Harlee Mid-year Review w/Principal and Leadership Team

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Master Scoring Group in Superintendent's Conference Room 8:30 (Mr. Wright)
  • Mid-Year Roosevelt H.S. at 10:00- w/ Principal and Leadership team
  • Mid-Year Holmes M.S. at 4:00 w/ Principal and Leadership team
  • I-station's ISIP Assessment MOY (K-2) begins

Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Mid-Year Budd at 10:00 w/ Principal and Leadership team

  • Mid-Year Johnston at 3:00 w/ Principal and Leadership team

Friday, January 8, 2016

  • ED/AF Coaching Meeting 3rd floor Conference Room @ 11:00
  • Tentative Meeting with Dr. Linda Johnson (TBD)



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 ...