The ASOT Reflection

Region 9 High Reliability Schools-May 2019

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Let's Reflect and Celebrate!

Reflection and celebration are closely tied together. When we reflect on how things have gone this year, we can see areas to celebrate...whether we are talking about our own practice, our students' success or our campuses' growth.

For Teachers

It's important for us, as teachers, to reflect on our practice throughout this past year. Just like we focus on growth with our students, we want to focus on our own growth as well. You can reflect on your own using the reflective scales found at the end of each folio in the compendium. You can also use the self-audit as an end-of-the year check in/reflection.

Feedback from Students

You can also use feedback from students to help you reflect on the year. You can find student feedback forms in the compendium, or you can use more generic forms like this one or this one. It can feel a little scary to see what your students have to say about your class and your practice, but it is a great way to find out what went well and what needs work.

Campus Celebrations!

We don't want to forget to celebrate the work your campus has done as well! Take a look at the slideshow below for this year's HRS certifications. In all, we had 22 campuses certify in on of the first three levels of HRS. This couldn't happen without teachers, leaders and staff putting in lots f hard work and focused efforts. Congratulations!

For Students

Just as teachers should reflect on a regular basis, so should students. One way to do that is with an end-of-of-the-day procedure that gets students thinking. This could easily be modified to an end-of-the-year reflection as well.

Once students have had a chance to reflect, celebration is next! Teachers can help students celebrate this year's accomplishments...not necessarily scores or results but growth and learning instead. Take a look below at a few ways to celebrate students.

For Us

We as an HRS Team are still in the business of educating as well, and we could use your feedback to help us reflect and grow in our practice. Please take a moment to fill out the form below. If you received it in an email from your R9 support team member, you do not need to fill it out again.

We hope to use this information over the summer as we prepare for next year!

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You've got questions...we've got answers!

In one of our recent ASOT sessions, we asked participants to leave us any questions they had. We'll address some of those in this section each month.

If you have any questions for this section, please let us know by emailing Christy at

I need to make a goal for T-TESS next year. How can that connect with ASOT?

Miranda says...

I love this question! How many times, as an educator, do we feel that we are recreating the wheel to serve a similar purpose? Creating a TTESS goal is the same thing as creating an ASOT goal! In fact, Marisa recently created a modified ASOT placemat that references the TTESS domains.

If I were tasked with creating a TTESS goal that ties in with ASOT, I would start with the ASOT piece. I would design my ASOT goal making sure it is a SMART Goal and I would use the folio from the Marzano Compendium to support my work toward that goal. The two examples hyperlinked in this paragraph illustrate a goal designed to support the element of displaying objectivity and control.

To take this goal to the next level, I would make some decisions about how I would want to track my progress toward this goal. Reflection scales and student surveys can be very helpful. As well as, some kind of tracking tool (p. 25 in the folio link above). Some teachers choose to keep a digital reflection journal. This will allow them to upload their documentation when it comes time for their TTESS summative conference.

I mentioned earlier that creating a TTESS goal is the same as creating an ASOT goal. I walked you through the ASOT piece, so now its time to consider how this ties to TTESS. You can see the example that I referred to throughout this excerpt was in reference to Element 40 on the New Art and Science of Teaching placemat. Using Marisa's handy dandy modified placemat, you see that the TTESS correlations are Domain 3 and 4. If you need to be more specific, 3.3 refers to your Classroom Culture and 4.1 refers to Professional Demeanor and Ethics.

If you want more information on setting ASOT goals that are tied to TTESS, please feel free to reach out!

I am feeling burned out. What can I do to recharge?

Our team says...

We are so glad you asked! We know this time of year is tough on teachers, and we want to inject a little energy into your world. We are so excited to announce the #R9SummitChallenge that is taking place from now until the end of the school year. We hope will be a great way to energize yourself both professionally and personally. You'll find elements from ASOT as well some ideas for a little self-care in the challenge.

Even more exciting is that every entry you tag with #R9SummitChallenge on Twitter enters you into a drawing to have lunch with Dr. Tina Boogren of Marzano Research and to win a copy of her book Take Time for You. If you have never met or heard her, she's a fantastic advocate for teachers taking care of themselves in order to be better teachers.

Watch the video below for a little more information about the challenge. Be sure to click on the #R9SummitChallenge image to see the entire choice board.

Summer Sessions

Registration Is Open!

We are so excited to offer several professional development sessions this summer.

First, we are hosting a Mini-Summit June 25 and 26. Each day is a separate session, so you can attend one or both. Dr. Tammy Heflebower, Dr. Phil Warrick, and Dr. Tina Boogren will all be here as keynote speakers. We will have breakout sessions presented by leaders and teachers from our region who have seen the benefits of HRS and ASOT.

For more information on the Region 9 HRS Mini Summit, check out

It is free for those in our region, and you do not have to be on an HRS campus to attend (so feel free to share!). If you know someone outside our region that might be interested, please pass along the information. Registration for non-Region 9 participants is $150 for the two-day conference.
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However, the Mini-Summit isn't all we have to offer this summer!

Proficiency Scales

There will be a proficiency scales training June 20. The session number is #347124. This is designed for teachers who have been trained in ASOT to implement Element 1 in the classroom.

ASOT Follow Up

We are also hosting what we call ASOT Follow Up sessions July 23-25. These are designed for teachers who have been through ASOT training (in any year) who want to work on applying those elements to their own classroom practice. These sessions are stand-alone, so feel free to attend one, two or all three days. The session numbers and content are here:

July 23 #347314 Feedback

July 24 #347315 Content

July 25 #347316 Context

ASOT for Young Learners

On July 18, there will be a session for teachers of young learners in adapting the elements of ASOT to the particular needs of younger students. The session number is #347125.

Please see the document below for more information.

Resource: R9 HRS Site

Don't forget about our website, which you can find at There is a tab just for you as an ASOT teacher complete with files and documents that will help you reach your goals. We are constantly updating the site are especially proud of the Resources by Element document that you can find under the Resources tab (or click the document below). This is a great way to find ideas for how to implement the goal you set for yourself for next year.