Leaders Leading Learners

Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter September 19, 2014

Ambassadors

This week I had the opportunity to be at Crockett Elementary in one of their PLCs. The Instructional Coaches did an outstanding job of being ambassadors for the lesson planning review process. I was so impressed with how they explained the "why" behind the process as well as how they linked a mini-professional development session on "I can" statements to the lesson plan review process.

Quote

"When you identify the discomfort, you’ve found the place where a leader is needed.

If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader." - Tribes

Action Items

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Core Content Area News

ALL PRINCIPALS:


Instructional Coach PLC: September 19 Notes & Powerpoint


REMINDERS/REVISIONS

District Data Review Team Meetings: Please note that the DDRT meetings will not begin now until October 6th. Please review the process for DDRT meetings on pg. 49 - 50 of the RtI Handbook.


RtI: Teachers, counselors, and administrative team view the modules 4 & 5 by Friday, September 26. We realize this is only 2 weeks but there is important information regarding the teacher process and entering universal screener data into AWARE by October 3. Both videos combined are only 20 minutes. Module 6: Behavior RtI should be viewed by October 24. If you have any feedback about information from the modules or any of the new behavior forms, please let Kammi Green know. Please note: There is information in Module 4 that states teachers should fill out a Log after they administer universal screeners and this information is not accurate. We are working to provide a list to campuses with the students that qualify for Tier II based on other qualification criteria once data is entered into AWARE.


NEW

Unit Test Recordings: As you may have read in an email from Dr. Voltz, unit test recordings will be done at the campus level for the 2nd - 6th six weeks. Please click here, to complete the spreadsheet with the name of the individual on your campus that you want to be the contact person for receiving a copy of the unit tests to record.



ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS:

Online enrollment in the 2014-2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee is now open at spellingbee.com. The deadline for early bird enrollment is October 15. User names and passwords must be renewed each year. You will create a new user name and password when you go through the enrollment process. You can check on the enrollment status of your school by filling in your zip code here: http://bit.ly/EnrollmentCheck. Our goal is 100% participation!


First Move 3rd grade materials were shipped this week and should arrive on your campus by Fri., 9/19. Chess should begin next week, 9/26.


MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS:

Online enrollment in the 2014-2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee is now open at spellingbee.com. The deadline for early bird enrollment is October 15. User names and passwords must be renewed each year. You will create a new user name and password when you go through the enrollment process. You can check on the enrollment status of your school by filling in your zip code here: http://bit.ly/EnrollmentCheck. Our goal is 100% participation!

Professional Development

Teacher/Para Equivalency Days: As a reminder, all professional development for November 24th & 25th Time Equivalency Days must be completed by October 17th.


The Curriculum & Instruction Department is providing several after school PD sessions. All participants should preregister for training three workdays in advance of the training. For example, the first training offered is on September 23rd; therefore, participants should register by Friday, September 19th. Please click here to see the list of PD sessions being offered.

Bilingual/ESL News

Elementary News

Instructional Materials: Please remind all bilingual / ESL/ DL teachers to write proposals for supplemental monies to purchase scientifically-based ESL and Spanish instructional materials that meet the needs of your at-risk students. The informational letter and proposal form are in the Vault. Principal signature is required before sending to the Bilingual Department for consideration.


LOl/LOD charts: The week of September 22-26 is an "A" week. All bilingual / dual language and ESL partners should have their LOI/LOD charts and daily schedules visible on the outside of their doors. This is an expected requirement so that observers know which language should be delivered and in which subject area.


Parent Notification Letters: It is necessary to send copies of signed and dated Parent Notification Letters to Charity Selix. The district receives funding from the date the letter is signed.


Secondary News

Please remind all bilingual / ESL/ DL teachers to write proposals for supplemental monies to purchase scientifically-based ESL and Spanish instructional materials that meet the needs of your at-risk students.The informational letter and proposal form are in the Vault. Principal signature is required before sending to the Bilingual Department for consideration.

Special Education News

American Sign Language: The Deaf Coop will be offering classes in American Sign Language. For teachers who are working with students who sign, there is no cost. For everyone else, the cost will be $50.00. Classes are on Tuesday evenings at Bowen Elementary from 6 until 7 pm, September 23 through November 11 and January 20 through March 10.


Resources Teachers & In-Class Support: Our resource and in class support teachers have their monthly meetings next week.


Elementary Teachers

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 - 3:30 - 5:30 Rudder High School Presentation Room


Secondary Teachers

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014 - 4:00 - 6:00 Rudder High Presentation Room

Please remind all of your teachers that their attendance is required.

Curriculum & Instruction Department

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