Weekly Coaching Communication

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04 - 08 January 2016

On the Standards Front . . .

Before the holiday break (14 December) , I read an article in The Washington Post about literacy education in a school out East: "In this high school, reading and writing happens in every class, even math and chemistry." Reporter Emma Brown showcased Northwestern High School in the "Education" section because they are part of a shift in education:

  • ". . . the beginning of what Prince George’s County officials hope will be a significant shift in teaching and learning, one that mirrors a change taking hold in high schools nationwide as districts adjust to the Common Core State Standards. Literacy, long the responsibility of English teachers, is filtering into every other classroom — including math, science and even health class."


Center Point - Urbana, as a district, has already begun this shift. Secondary and elementary grades are in our second and third year, respectively, of Write Tools, and our primary and intermediate buildings are making huge progress with Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in reading for all subject areas.


Although many of us are focused on our content standards for our work with Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD), I strongly encourage you to also explore the reading and writing (literacy) standards offered on the Iowa Core website. English teachers would use the first five links on the provided page. Other content areas will access the last five links on the provided page.


If you would like help incorporating literacy into your curriculum, or help in determining which standards go with your existing curriculum, please see me for help.

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Quotation of the Week . . .

"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us"

~Hal Borland


I thought Borland's quotation for educators, since, really, we are approaching the middle of the school year but the end of the calendar year. Our school year is definitely "a going on," and experiences are abundant. However, Borland claims that the experience will instill the wisdom, but I will contend that it is the reflection on experience that truly instills the wisdom.


Experience, alone, can provide the platform and the tools, however, it needs the reflection to evaluate what was glowing and where growing can take place for wisdom to lay claim.


Please call upon your experiences and take the time to reflect on what has gone well and where you can improve, on what you have accomplished and where you can take risks, and on what you have empowered in your students and what connections you can still make.

Coaching Schedule -- see Google Calendar for specific "Busy" times **schedule subject to change**

Monday, 04 January -- WELCOME BACK!

  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Classroom Observations
  • Research & Resources


Tuesday, 05 January

  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Classroom Observations
  • Research & Resources


Wednesday, 06 January -- LATE START 9:00 AM

  • Data Teams Meeting Library @ 7:30 AM
  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Classroom Observations
  • Research & Resources


Thursday, 07 January

  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Classroom Observations
  • Research & Resources


Friday, 08 January

  • Principal/IC Meeting 7:30 AM
  • Meeting w/ Jeremiah McGraw 10:00-11:45
  • Serve Teachers & Students
  • Research & Resources
  • IC Team Meeting w/ Program Leads 12:00-3:00 PM @ Middle School
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