Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Newsletter

September 2013

Melinda Baiza, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Director

TISD Instructional Framework

Welcome to another exciting school year in Taylor! The district is continuously focusing on school improvement efforts that will lead to student success. This year all staff will incorporate the Taylor 7 Instructional Framework in their daily instruction.

These strategies create classrooms that allow for powerful learning and powerful teaching and form a systematic instructional process for continuity throughout Taylor ISD. These instructional strategies succeed because they engage all students in learning and require them to take an active role in their education.

  • Framing the Lesson - includes posting the Objective, Product and teaching in the power zone.
  • Literacy - includes balanced literacy at the elementary level and literacy across the content areas at the secondary level
  • Writing to Learn - strategy through which students can develop their ideas, their critical thinking ability and their writing skills.
  • Collaborative Group Work - involves bringing students together in small groups for the common purpose of engaging in learning.
  • Questioning - challenges students and teachers to use good questions as a way to open conversations and further intellectual inquiry.
  • Scaffolding - helps students to connect prior knowledge and experience with new information.
  • Classroom Talk - creates the space for students to articulate their thinking and strengthen their voice.

Partners in Learning!

Melinda Baiza

CIA Menu Now Available on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Fusion Page

The Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment team is here to SERVE YOU and your campus. We now have a new "menu" of CIA staff's areas of expertise! You can find this document in the "Files" section of our Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment fusion page on the TISD website. If you need some help with a specific training, strategies for a specific content/subject area, information about classroom technology, or have any other area of concern, please check out our new menu, and contact the CIA!

Beginning of the Year Poem from Linda Pachicano

Here is a Parent/Teacher poem as we begin the school year:

By Cleo V. Swarat

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher:
the tools she used were books and music and art;
One was a parent
With a guiding hand and gentle loving heart.

And when at last their work was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had worked into the child
Could never be sold or bought!

And each agreed she would have failed
if she had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school,
and behind the teacher stood the home!

Please visit my profile at http://pachicano.taylorisd.schoolfusion.us

JP Hale, Instructional Technology Coordinator & District Webmaster

My primary job is to help all staff integrate technology in appropriate and meaningful ways to improve instruction as well as provide leadership and training in streamlining processes by taking full advantage of technology.

The primary programs I support include: Discovery Education, Eduphoria Suite, Gaggle, Hayes Inventory, iPad Apps, Learning.com, Mimio, Project Share, Schoolfusion, and Vtel.

Visit my profile at http://jp-hale.taylorisd.schoolfusion.us

Note: Currently I serve as Interim Director of Technology.