Common Sense

Thomas Jefferson Feeder Pattern News - November 9, 2015

About the Title

Common Sense was a pamphlet authored by Thomas Paine in 1775-76. It was written to inspire American colonists to declare independence from British Rule at the beginning of The Revolution. This weekly, modern, online relative of that pamphlet documents the news, events, updates, and celebrations of the TJ Revolution - the educational sensation sweeping through northwest Dallas.

TJ Feeder Pattern News in Brief

Walnut Hill ES Students Profiled on NBC 5 for Video Game Development

TJHS Band Gets Social Media Shout Out!

The TJHS Band got a social media shoutout on Facebook and Instagram last week for an awesome mix of "Como Te Voy a Olvidar" and "Hotline". Way to go students and teachers!

The post got over 10,000 likes, 10,000 shares, and 1,600 comments on Facebook!

Foster Students Broadcast News Program for Parents, Community

Falcon News week of 11-2 Spanish Edition
Students at Foster ES are creating weekly newscasts in English and Spanish to keep parents and community members updated on the happenings at the campus. Check out the most recent edition in the video link above!

Executive Director's Message

Team TJ,

This week, I will begin visiting with school leaders to discuss current levels of student achievement, as revealed by the 2nd Six Weeks Common Assessments.

Be prepared to discuss the following:

  • What grades/content areas have shown high achievement and/or growth since the beginning of the school year?
  • What "hot spots" are on your radar and may be in need of additional attention or intervention?
  • How are you utilizing common assessment data to impact the students you and your teachers are targeting for tutoring and/or Saturday School?

By focusing on data, you can work efficiently to support students at teachers in their efforts to achieve classroom and schoolwide goals.

Have a great week with students!

Timothy J. Hise

Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Feeder Pattern

Cigarroa ES, Other Dallas ISD Schools to Receive Voter-Approved Bond Funds

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How Leaders Can Build Trust

from Marshall Memo #611

In this Wharton Leadership Nano Tools paper, Adam Galinsky (Columbia Business

School) and Maurice Schweitzer (Wharton School) say there are two misconceptions about

winning trust:

  • It’s a long, slow process.
  • As long as leaders are trustworthy, people will naturally trust them.

Not true, say Galinsky and Schweitzer: “New research shows that building trust doesn’t have to take years, and even the most trustworthy people don’t automatically win trust – especially from people they work with – no matter how much time is involved… In an age where it’s all too easy to get lured into a sense of false intimacy created through social media and e-mail, real trust can be a rare commodity.”

Leaders who inspire the most trust exhibit two distinct traits: warmth and competence. “We trust warm people, because we believe they care about us,” say the authors, “and we trust competent people because they are credible, effective, and efficient.” Some specific suggestions:

  • Show genuine concern – Effective leaders project caring through a mixture of verbal and non-verbal cues with colleagues: walking around the workplace, having face-to-face talks, handshakes, eye contact, a pat on the back, asking about colleagues’ personal lives (loved ones, children, and vacation plans), remembering birthdays, sending flowers and a handwritten note to a team member who has experienced a loss. One CEO wrote letters to the parents of exceptional employees telling them what wonderful people their children were. Of course, genuinely listening to people’s responses is essential; without that, expressions of interest and concern come across as phony.
  • Show competence – Convincingly projecting competence comes through effective actions, credentials, “talking the talk” (knowledgeably using professional language), and, ironically, admitting mistakes and conveying vulnerability – showing you’re only human and are still learning.

“Building Trust: A Leader’s Action Plan” by Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer in Nano Tools: Wharton Leadership, October 29, 2015,

Data Walls Posted Throughout TJ Feeder

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Common Assessments from the 1st and 2nd Six Weeks are informing current levels of student achievement at our campuses. Teachers and administrators are holding data meetings to determine next steps. Data walls that summarize current levels of progress at our campuses are popping up throughout the feeder. Check out the wall at Burnet ES above.

Leadership Quote of the Week

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Week At-a-Glance

Monday, November 9
  • Professional Development Day - Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 10

  • Coaching Cycle 3 @ Cary MS (8:30-11:30 am)
  • Coaching Cycle 3 @ Field ES (12-3 pm)
  • TEI Focus Group @ Foster ES (4:45-5:45 pm)

Wednesday, November 11

  • CMS Training for ED's @ Haskell 8-9:30 am (TJH)
  • Coaching Cycle 3 @ Cigarroa ES (9:45-11:45 am)
  • Coaching Cycle 3 @ Polk ES (12:30-3 pm)

Thursday, November 12

  • Coaching Cycle 3 @ Walnut Hill ES (8-10:30 am)
  • Hockaday Day of Service @ Burnet ES, Knight ES, Field ES, Saldivar ES
  • TJHS State of the School Presentation @ TJHS (10:45 am - 12:15pm)
  • Coaching Cycle 3 @ TJHS (12:30-3pm)

Friday, November 13

  • ED Meeting @ Haskell 7:30-8:30am (TJH)
  • School Leadership 'B' Team Weekly Meeting @ Haskell 8:30-10:30am (TJH)
  • Coaching Cycle 3 @ Knight ES (12-2:15pm)
  • TEI Master Scoring Group @ Haskell 4-5:30 pm (TJH)

Saturday, November 14

  • Burnet ES 60th Anniversary Celebration @ Burnet ES (10am - 1pm)

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