Carter Chronicle

The week of May 16-20

Carter Mantra

"Every Scholar, Every Day, NO EXCUSES!"

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Happy Educational Bosses week to the leaders of the Carter Coalition! The work you do on a daily basis is so important and impacts the future scholars of tomorrow. Enjoy your week, you deserve it and so much more!

Carter Coalition Mission

The Carter Coalition is committed to working collaboratively in leading the transformation needed for continuous academic success and equity for ALL scholars. We will work with parents and stakeholders to foster productive relationships to ensure ALL scholars are college and career ready!

Carter Coaliton Leverage Points


The latest TEI NEWS FOR PRINCIPALS email was very informative as it outlined all of the requirements needed in order to complete teacher extended observations. I also emailed this document to you along with your latest SPOT observation progress. Please take the time to read and internalize the information so that you can be on track to meet all TEI deadlines.

May 10-25, teachers will verify their rosters in order to verify the students will be included in the calculation of their student achievement results.

May 16- DTR snapshots available (available to teachers on May 20) Student Survey results available via schoolnet (available to teachers on May 18)

MAY 19th is the last day that administrators can score the SLO Goal Accomplishment for teachers. Please plan with your teachers to ensure that they enter appropriate information in a timely manner so that this goal can be met.

MAY 19th is also the last day to enter extended observations and summatives in schoolnet.

May 20th- Nominate your 2016-2017 TEI Campus Expert

May 23-June 6 will be the teacher rebuttal window in oracle for summative performance evaluations.

June 2 is the last day to conduct spot observations and the last day to hold the summative conferences.

June 10 (5pm) Last day for principals to act on rosters submitted by teachers through the TEI Roster verification.

News for Teachers Important Dates:

May 10-25- Teacher Roaster Verification Process

May 18- Student Survey results available via schoolnet

May 19- Last day to enter extended, summative and SLO scores into Schoolnet

May 20- DTR snapshots available

June 2- Last day to conduct spot observations

June 2- Last day to hold summative conferences

Evaluation Instrument Milestones for Administators

Milestone 1:

The first target date is quickly approaching. By May 19th, the following TEI evaluation items should be complete within Schoolnet:
* Score SLO Goal Accomplishment
* Conduct and Submit Extended Evaluation
* Score and Submit Summative Performance Evaluation

Milestone 2:

The second target data is May 26th for SCEI submissions. The following SCEI evaluation items should be complete within the Google Form:

· Score and Submit Individual Evaluation
· Score and Submit Team Evaluation

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Monday, May 16, 2016

  • Middle School Art Performance ACP (Grade 7) begins
  • Barbara Manns SR Visit #1(Ms. Torres/ Ms. Portley) 8:30AM
  • Parent Meeting @ Mark Twain -11:30
  • Mark Twain SR Visit #1 (Ms. Torres, Mr. Ross) 1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Birdie SR Visit #1 (Ms.Torres / Ms. Kendrick) AM
  • Turner SR Visit #1 (Ms. Torres /Mr. Nickson) PM
  • TEI Expert Meeting @ Henderson Elementary-4:45-5:45
  • DISD Destination 2020 Job Fair Hiring Event-All vacancies- @ Dade 5:30-7:30

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

  • ACP begins (Grades 3-5)
  • T. G. Terry SR Visit #1 (Ms. Torres /Ms. Bradley) @ 8:30AM
  • Collegiate Meeting -Dallas Public School @ 11:45-1:00 (Ms. Torres, Mr. Davis & Mr. Matthews)
  • Monthly District-Wide Principals Meeting-Dallas Public Schools @ 1:00-5:00
Thursday May 19, 2016
  • Middle School Art Performance ACP ends (Grade 7)
  • Carter Collegiate Leadership Team Meeting @ 10:00-11:00 Carter High School
  • ED Celebration (Carter, Molina, Pinkston and North Dallas) 11:45-1:45
  • Unscheduled Campus visits
  • Collegiate students enroll @ Cedar Valley 5:00

Friday, May 20, 2016

  • School Leadership Meeting 8:15-10:15 @ Haskell (Ms. Torres)
  • Collegiate Academy Meeting w/Mr. Cordero @ Haskell 10:30-12:00 (Ms. Torres)
  • Martin Weiss SR Visit #1 ( Ms. Torres /Ms. Brown) PM
  • Last day to take the district climate survey

NEWS YOU CAN USE.................


26-Carter Coalition Meeting @ Hulcy STEAM 9:00-12:30 (ALL principals)


9-Systems Review Meeting #1 Ends

13-Systems Review Meeting #2 Begins

13-16-PBL Conference in Nappa Valley, California-AASI campuses

20-Carter Coalition Retreat-Location TBD-9:30-5:00 (ALL Principals & AF's)

23-Systems Review Meeting #2 Ends

3-5 Cadre Training Topics for Cohort II (Elementary Principals ONLY)

  • Wednesday, May 18 @ Nolan Estes Training Room A( Bring student work samples and corresponding lesson plan)
  • Wednesday, June 1 @ Nolan Estes

*All Training Sessions will be from 2:00-5:00PM- Send Literacy Coach and 2 strong teachers who can deliver the PD to your staff successfully*

HB 1842 Rollout- 2016 Timeline Update

Please take note of the following 2016 dates for the required development of a Turnaround Plan for Improvement Required 2,3,4,5 campuses:

  • June 1, 2016: Board Approval of Turnaround Plans no later than June 1.

  • June 15, 2016: Commissioner Approval of School Turnaround Plans.


24-Middle School Gym Performance ACP (Grades 6-8) window closes

26--ACP (Grades 3-5) ends

27--I-station's I-SIP Assessment EOY (K-2nd) window closes

27--ACP (Grades 6-12) begins


2-ACP (Grades 6-12) ends

**This chart will be updated as necessary

Carter Coalition Kudos

Barbara Manns Education Center

Students at Barbara Manns Education Center attended a college visit in Commerce, Texas at Texas A&M University. Students learned valuable information about the road to college and were excited to share with their peers upon their return to campus.


Hulcy Steam celebrated Cinco de Mayo Friday. Brashear students were special guests for the staff and students. Several parents volunteered to make and serve authentic Mexican dishes for the students to sample including 'Agua de Jamaica.'

David W. Carter HIgh School

Carter High School held it's first annual signing day for the Senior class of 2016. Scholars received acceptance letters and were granted over 5.5 million dollars in scholarships and grants! This is the largest amount to date for any comprehensive campus within the school district. Congratulations to the Carter Senior class of 2016.

Martin Weiss Student Job Fair

Martin Weiss Elementary school hosted its first Leader in Me student job fair! Counselor, Mrs. Washington, coordinated the event as an extension of career day. All of the staff synergized to ensure students were prepared for their interviews! Faculty interviewed the professionally dressed scholars to ascertain their interests and skill sets. Students will hold their campus wide jobs for two weeks. At the end of the year, they will receive their leadership evaluations!


Carter Coalition,

We are rounding the bend of the middle of the month as you are busy working on getting all of your TEI files complete, filling all of your vacancies, keeping an academic tone in your buildings and preparing for your Systems Review meetings--all within the next three weeks! From being a campus principal, I understand the many hats that you all wear and I want you to know that you are appreciated! Keep up the great work in your schools and let's finish this week STRONG!

Happy Educational Bosses Week!

Here's to another great week of teaching and learning!

Ms. Torres, Carter Coalition Executive Director

Marshall Memo #636

Charlotte Danielson on the Best Way to Improve Teaching

(Originally titled “Creating Communities of Practice”)

In this Educational Leadership article, evaluation expert Charlotte Danielson says the time-consuming, top-down, bureaucratic nature of teacher evaluation in many schools is “undermining the very professionalism that’s essential to creating positive learning environments for students.” Of course evaluating teachers is essential to quality assurance, she says, but if only about six percent of teachers aren’t meeting basic standards, what about the other 94 percent? To answer this question, we need to acknowledge three basic realities in schools:

  • Teaching is complex work. “The impossibility of reaching perfection is in the very nature of creative, professional work,” she says.

  • Current evaluation systems are underperforming. “In many schools and districts,” says Danielson, “teacher evaluation has become simply a matter of numbers, ratings, and rankings… I receive frequent e-mails from teachers expressing their dismay over what they perceive as a serious distortion of their mission to engage students in meaningful learning.”

  • Even if they’re conducted well, evaluations “are not the best approach to stimulate teachers’ learning about their complex and important work,” she says. In other words, evaluations might be able to describe a teacher’s work, but they seldom improve it.

The bottom line: “Schools should not rely on evaluation as their main engine of teaching improvement,” says Danielson. “[I]t’s time to shift from an emphasis on high-stakes accountability for individual teachers to an emphasis on schoolwide communities of professional inquiry in which educators learn from one another.”

One of principals’ key jobs is orchestrating this process. And indeed, a symphony orchestra is a good metaphor, says Danielson: conductors lead individual players toward the goal of making beautiful music, and principals lead teachers toward the effective education of all children. Some essentials for good orchestrating in schools:

Create an environment that’s safe and challenging. Teachers must be able to express themselves and take risks, constantly seeking new and better approaches. Danielson suggests encouraging teacher teams to identify and share “high-quality mistakes” – approaches that didn’t work out but from which valuable lessons emerged. Principals might do the same.

Establish the expectation of collegial learning. “We know that teachers learn more from their colleagues than from their supervisors,” says Danielson. This may be an issue of principals’ limited subject-area expertise, but teachers also worry that admitting uncertainty or lack of mastery might end up as a negative evaluation. Principals need to affirm the key role of learning from colleagues and model openness about their own imperfections and struggles.

Flip the classroom observation process. Principals should encourage teachers to visit a specific number of colleagues’ classrooms, not to give feedback, but to learn. The principal might offer to cover teachers’ classes during these visits.

Schedule and guide team meetings. Common planning time for key groups, clear expectations for what teams should accomplish, and skilled facilitation can produce remarkable results, says Danielson.

Support teacher leadership. Many colleagues are ready to take on the role of mentor, instructional coach, department chair, or team leader. It’s the principal’s job to spot talent, delegate responsibility, and provide training and support. Some key skills: active listening, summarizing a discussion, acknowledging and building on others’ ideas, problem-solving, and problem identification. Principals also need to know when outside expertise is required.

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  • David W. Carter High School: Principal, Fred Davis III
  • John L. Patton Academic Center: Principal, Leslie Swann
  • STEAM Hulcy Middle School: Principal, Jonica Crowder-Lockwood
  • William H. Atwell Law Academy: Principal, Selena Deboskie
  • Barbara Manns Education Center: Principal, LeTrice Portley
  • Ronald McNair Elementary: Principal, Ariss Rider
  • T. G. Terry Elementary: Principal, Alicia Bradley
  • Birdie Alexander Elementary: Principal, Valarie Kendrick
  • Mark Twain Vanguard: Principal, Derrick Ross
  • Adelle Turner Elementary: Principal, Michael Nickson
  • Martin Weiss Elementary: Principal, Shundra Brown


Our main purpose is to improve student academic achievement.

Effective instruction makes the most difference in student academic achievement.

There is no excuse for poor quality instruction.

At risk students will achieve at the same rate as non-at-risk students.

Staff members must have a commitment to children and a commitment to the pursuit of excellence.