Principal Weekly Wrap Up

February 1, 2016

OAP Mission Statement:

To provide a collaborative learning community that prepares students for the future.

My Goals:

To have a safe place for all of us to be able to speak on tough topics and be aware of our own biases with clarity and deep compassion for students, parents, our community and each other.

To get us focused and to bring clarity to our systems by creating our "This is how we do business at Peterson handbook" by June 2016.

Campus Instructional Focus (A.K.A. POP):

After an analysis of campus data, we found that faculty and staff need to effectively use PLCs so that students will have clarity as to what they need to know and what they must be able to do with their learning in order to achieve personal growth in all content areas.

Theory of Action:

  • Provide the foundational purpose of the why behind PLCs.

    • Teachers will use PLCs as the primary strategy for improving the instructional culture of Peterson Elementary through:

      • Looking at student and teacher work;

      • Designing quality common formative assessments (CFAs)

      • Reviewing and responding to data.

  • Guiding Questions: What does an authentic and collaborative PLC look like? How does data, student work, and student feedback validate the effectiveness of PLCs? What professional development is needed to ensure that all staff members understand what learning targets, authentic learnings tasks, and collaborative PLCs look like?

    Current status of campus transformational tasks:

    Campus calendar has been updated and completed after ILT review. Calendar is attached with the two weeks at a glance.

    Move in date for the portable has been pushed back one week to allow for upgrades to the portable.

    February 9th- State of Class (SOC) due. What data are you tracking (macro/micro)? What is the standard/TEK being tracked? What template [form] are you using to track the state of the class?

    Real World example of Reviewing and Responding to Data: Data Collection Tools

    There is an attachment labeled Data collection tools. Within the document are two examples of tools used on campus to collect macro/micro data.

    The RTI Documentation form was created by Ashley Burwell. It is designed to be a one-stop show of information used to help lesson plan.

    The state of the class document was created and utilized by Gary Cooper. His 5th grade colleague Pam Templin uses the same form.

    Journal Writing- Week 16

    Deliberate Optimism: Can we model what we are asking of our students? Reflective thinking and capturing our thoughts on paper.

    Please join me this week in reflecting on the following question and/or task:

    What method is used to determine if the work produced in class is below level, average or above level? Is your expectation the same across the grade level? Across the campus?

    New Twitter Account: Please tag photos @OAPetersonElem. We will continue to use #oapelem

    How can you use twitter in your classroom to communicate the great instruction going on in your classroom?

    Gallery Walk: Rock Stars of Peterson January 25-29

    Review Bathtoom Expectations This Week

    If you have observed someone on campus exhibiting our mission statement and would like for them to receive Rock Star status, please email me

    Specials thanks to:

    The 4th grade team for their assistance with ensuring the items for the human sundae were ready to go. In addition, huge thanks to Ms. Wade and the Speicals Department for assisting with the pep rally.

    Article/Blog/Resources Worth Reviewing:

    Professional Development Opportunities: See links below

    Texas Educamp is free. You will have to register to receive a free ticket. The event is designed for educators to meet in one spot, share ideas then create the schedule for the day to collaborate. If you are interested in attending or presenting, I encourage you to sign-up.

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