TEI Newsletter

April 15, 2016

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  • Schoolnet testing to remove TAs from schoolnet for 2016-17 SY
  • Schoolnet transition planning to prepare for end of schoolnet tech support
  • Preparation for grievance before the commissioner
  • Collaboration to support PEI/APEI/SCEI and CMS

Training & Calibration

  • Submitted TPR draft for review
  • Completed quality assurance review
  • In the process of developing training videos for the 2016-17 SY

Distinguished Teacher Review

  • Leadership and Lifelong Learning wrapped up QAR this week. Contributions making the final push next week.
  • EEIP grant application signed, sealed and in the mail to TEA
  • DTR Experience Survey and communication plan finalized and ready to go out to teachers and school leadership April 25th

TEI News for Teachers


Click here to share resources or feedback on the Core Values

Each week, we will highlight a new core value and list resources in hopes of fostering reflection and discussion. Below are some links to articles or videos suggested by team members that support our team values and norms.

Core Value #3:

We proactively communicate to build transparency and trust.

The Power of Proactive Communication

How we communicate matters. It matters at home with our spouse and family just as much as it does at work with our clients and coworkers. Many times it’s not what we communicate that is the issue, it’s what we don’t communicate that is.

Jon Gordon says,

“Where there is a void, negativity will fill it.”

When we fail to proactively communicate with others, they will typically assume the worst.

  • If you don’t tell your wife you love her and how much she means to you, eventually she may start assuming you don’t.
  • If you don’t continually cast vision to your staff and help them understand the goal, they may end up lost without a clear destination in sight (and so will you).
  • If you don’t connect with your customers and stay engaged in an active conversation, you may find yourself reacting to situations versus responding to and creating opportunities.

It’s very hard to over communicate but easy to fall short.

Take the time to practice The Power of Proactive Communication. People want to be informed. They want to know what’s going on. They don’t want to assume the worst but if you don’t help them see something in a different way, they will.

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Five Strategies for Building Transparency In The Workplace


May 10th - 25th: TEI Roster Verification window for teachers. Click here for more information.

Teacher Roster Verification Process

May 19th: Last day to conduct extended and summative observations

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

May 23rd - June 6th: Teacher rebuttal window in Oracle for summative performance evaluations

June 6th: Last day to conduct spot observations

Last day to hold summative conferences


  1. Milana, Rhonda & Susan - Finishing QAR- WAY TO GO!!!
  2. Dane - Being a wonderful team member! You are always willing to help out with even the smallest request!!
  3. Milana - Being an awesome and understanding leader during QAR!
  4. Dawn - Being the BEST panel partner- I'm going to miss our time together!
  5. Kadeishia - You always know where everything is and you're always willing to help out- you are AWESOME!
  6. Lifelong Learning Team -
    Congrats on wrapping up a great application review season! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our teachers!
  7. T & C Team - Support with gathering feedback on the rubric. Their support has been invaluable!!!!!
  8. Rhonda and Susan - Being the awesomest panel review teammates! Your attention to detail, professional expertise and focus (and hilariousness!) got us through panel review like a breeze!
  9. Ashleigh and Leila - CONGRATULATIONS on crossing the finish line on the grant renewal application!
  10. Milana, Rhonda, and Susan - Completing their panel review!!
  11. Ashleigh - Thanks for taking lead in phone protocol!
  12. Dane and Kadeishia - Thanks for helping support TEI in open house prep.


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The Health Beat...

Diabetes cases have quadrupled in just over 3 decades

Why is diabetes on the rise?

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that between 1980 and 2014, the percentage of adults with diabetes increased from 4.7% of the global population to 8.5% (from 108 million to 422 million).The rise, it says, mirrors "the global increase in the number of people who are overweight or obese."

Among the WHO's key findings about exercise:

  • In 2010 nearly a quarter of adults (18 and older) were classified as "insufficiently physically active."
  • Even more alarming were the figures on inactivity among adolescents, with 84% of female adolescents and 78% of males falling short.
  • In 2014, almost one in four adults aged over 18 years was overweight and more than one in 10 were obese.

What can be done?

"Some risk factors for type 2 diabetes -- such as genetics, ethnicity and age -- are not modifiable," the WHO says, but others, such as weight, diet, exercise and smoking, are.

"At the individual level, intensive interventions to improve diet and physical activity can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk."

It says all government sectors must "systematically consider the health impact of policies in trade, agriculture, finance, transport, education and urban planning -- recognizing that health is enhanced or obstructed as a result of policies in these and other areas."

The WHO suggests, for example, that urban planning could encourage physical activity by ensuring nonmotorized transport is accessible and safe, while taxation -- as in the case of Mexico -- could be enacted to try to reduce demand for sugary beverages.

Early diagnosis in primary health care settings is also key to avoiding poor health outcomes, the WHO says and must be easily accessible.

To read more about diabetes please access the link below:

A reason to pound the pavement and love it! Relieve Stress...

Teacher Excellence Initiative

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