March 30, 2020
Stay Positive to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed During a Crisis by Oliver Wyman
Don't allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the negative news about the pandemic, writes Gordon Rudow, and instead focus on connecting with your team members and uplifting them. "We can accelerate a positive path forward by taking control of our brains, caring deeply for those around us, and managing the challenge in a way that brings out the best, rather than the worst, in our collective humanity," he writes.
Full Story The Psychology of Leading in Uncertain Times (as you care for your teams, your family and yourself this article offers some helpful advice)
Friends For Life
Here is the link as an FYI - http://469tips.com/youth-programs/friends-for-life
Assistant Principal Updates and Information
AP Zoom Meeting This Week - Thursday, April 2, 1:00-1:50 OR Friday, April 3, 9:00-9:50 - You have two choices to attend. Agenda items include zoom managing tips for teachers, discipline management/response, DAEP update, and a Q and A.
- KISD Covid-19 Special Ed Expectations - All New Look!!!
- Admin Cheat Sheet - KISD Covid-19 SpEd Expectations -This is the condensed version of the Sped Expectations for Administrators.
- 504 Guidelines - See below
- Special Edition - Please Don't - Amanda Rocks!
- #CelebrateKISD - Post your celebrations!
Aeries - The Show Must Go On!
Click the link below to test your device and ensure that it is prepared for training.
The webex information can be found in the Eduphoria class notes as well as in the training schedule below.
Contact Rhonda Dominguez with questions.
District-Wide E-Learning Plan
Our District-wide eLearning plan will run on a Sunday-to-Sunday basis, beginning this Sunday, March 29-Sunday, April 5, and then continuing week-by-week as long as KISD campuses are closed. This way, families will have time on Sunday evening to plan out their child’s learning time for the coming week, based on the needs of the family. It also gives students and families time to complete lessons during the following weekend, if that best meets the family’s needs.
Elementary and Intermediate Plan
Students and families in Pre-K through sixth grade will receive five (5) weekly lessons by 7 p.m. each Sunday – one (1) for each of the following content areas:
- English Language Arts (Pre-K-2 Phonics, Reading & Writing)
- Social Studies
- Fine Arts
Each lesson will take up to one hour to complete.
Other daily activities beyond the five (5) lessons will also be provided, such as:
- Reading a book
- Writing a story
- Practicing reading skills
- P.E. activities
Each teacher will have daily hours when they will be available for students or parents to contact them for help and support.
Middle and High School (Not Dual Program or AP Coursework) Learning Plan
Students in middle school and high school will receive one (1) weekly lesson for each core subject (ELA, math, science and history) and one (1) for each elective class they are in, for a total of 6-8 lessons each week. Each core content lesson will take up to two (2) hours to complete. Each elective lesson will take up to one (1) hour to complete. The weekly lessons will be emailed by 7 p.m. each Sunday.
AP and Dual Program Courses
All dual program courses are currently being conducted at the college level. Dual credit courses through Tarrant County College and Weatherford College are continuing virtually with many of our own embedded professors. Dual enrollment courses through UT OnRamps are receiving support from their Keller ISD teacher as well as the university professor. Dual program students should continue to follow their individual teacher’s guidance as it pertains to each course in order to have the opportunity to earn both college and high school credit.
We recognize that the College Board will still be assessing students over the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum at the end of the year. Given this fact, AP courses will also follow teacher guidance with an overview email by 7 p.m. Sunday, but additional coursework or additional hours spent on coursework throughout the week will likely be needed.
For All Grade Levels
Teachers will provide support and feedback to students throughout the week in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:
- Phone calls
- Email correspondence
- Zoom meetings (one-on-one, small group, whole class)
- Remind 101 text messages
- Chats via SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Google Hangout, etc.
Additional support for students in special programs will be provided, including English Language Learners, students receiving 504 or Special Education support, Dyslexic students, and GT students.
504 Coordinators Recieved This Last Week - Here is a Reminder and to Keep Everyone in the Loop - From Leigh Cook
Coronovirus Updates and Resources
Employee Frequently Asked Questions site on K-Cloud (click on the COVID-19 tile folder)
Visit www.KellerISD.net/Coronavirus for the latest updates.
Joe Baker - Area Director of Student Services X1083
Stephanie Cantu - Student Services Assistant X 1115
Laura Lockhart - Area Director of Student Services X 1105