Wilson Ranger Post

January 11, 2016

A 30 Day Challenge for You!

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What are your Strengths?

Now that many of us have done the StrengthsFinder, please post your Strengths outside your door. This will be a great reminder as we work together!

Also, please email your top 5 Strengths to Chris. He will compile them into a campus spreadsheet.

“What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them?” - Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D

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Poverty and Vocab Reminder...

Just a reminder that our poverty and vocabulary faculty meetings will be Monday, January 11th. Please be prepared with any information you need to discuss.

RtI Next Steps...

Our next round of RtI meetings start this week.

Reminder from the December smore: I have developed some Next Steps for our process based on past experience and anticipation of moving forward.

1. If you will be discussing moving a learner from Tier 1 to Tier 2 or Tier 2 to Tier 3, Renee, Christina, Jennifer or Mary should have conducted a fidelity check in your room during your intervention time.

2. As you are intervening with your learners, please keep notes and data of their progress.

3. The notes and data you have on each of your learners needs to be uploaded in to Euphoria PRIOR to the January RtI meeting (pg. 2 of the existing form). The teams who had this done had a much more efficient meeting and the educators were able to talk about their learners' progress succinctly.

4. Please make sure your Tier 2 and 3 learners who are being pulled for intervention are ALSO receiving intervention from you. The double dip is what will help close the gaps.

Confidentiality and Child Find

In the event that you have not had a chance to view the Confidentiality and Child Find Training Documentation in Schoology, you can still access the information!

  1. Go to: http://schoology.coppellisd.com
  2. Log on to Schoology
    1. Use your network username and password
  3. Once you have logged in, click on COURSES at the top of the webpage
  4. Click on JOIN
  5. Type in the following code: 4VVC5-4HVN5

Testing Season

It's almost the 2nd semesters, which means it's almost testing season.

Not only is the MOY window approaching, but we have a couple of Wilson assessments that will be completed.

Please discuss with your team leader the information on the numeracy assessments that will be given during this semester.

Additionally, mock STAAR assessments will be given, and tutoring will begin in Feb for 5th reading and math and 4th writing and in March for 3rd and 4th reading and math and 5th science. More details to come.

3rd - 5th Math Universal Screener (from Mary Kemper)

Grades 3 – 5 Mathematics Universal Screeners (MOY): Please see the Intervention Services Public Folder for information about the new CISD-Created Universal Screeners for grades 3 – 5 mathematics. The assessments are finalized and ready to implement in classrooms later this month. Educators should make copies of the assessments for use with their students.

Link (grades 3 & 4): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ovld596ZLu0m80lhoiy6ZfRXuZ4jjWdLelDT07J1SFA/edit?usp=sharing

Link (grade 5): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SxytVC29ywIsdEK0zMtHBkwfeUh9agvH-w-ILnDGUYM/edit?usp=sharing

A Word from Special Ed...

Welcome back.. just some helpful information if you ask for an observation, whether it be from Speech, Special Ed, outside services, etc.

We are coming to see what behaviors your learner is having, this is best achieved by continuing with what you would usually do. We are looking for ABC of the behavior:

A is the antecedent, or what happened that caused the behavior. A demand at the table or away from, or something else.

B is the behavior the learner displayed. This could be screaming, crawling on the floor, crying, etc.

C is the consequences of the behavior. What did you do in reply to the behavior. Did you ignore, talk to them, etc.

We will be looking at all of these things, but we are not coming in to fix the behavior or deal with the learner right then. We have had several incidents that we have come to observe the learner and they may have been displaying the behavior, but as educators we were not doing anything about the behavior (for example: a learner crawling on the floor, but never told to get in their seat). It is difficult to know what could have been done differently if we don’t see anything done in the first place. Please help us by keeping the environment and responses to behavior as natural as possible. This will allow us to most accurately observe the child and move forward as needed. We will brainstorm following the observation to develop or make changes to plans for these learners.

As always, thank you all for all that you do! It is a pleasure to collaborate with you all!

Red and Black Super Star Learner or Educator

Just a reminder as we near the ending of the 9-week period that the Red & Black Super Star nomination deadline is next Friday — January 15th. Please be sure to let all of your teachers and staff know — it only take a couple of minutes to make a nomination. Any CISD employee can nominate a student or another teacher/staff member. Either go to the Education Foundation website or use this link to get to the nomination form — Nomination form link

Thank you,

Dana Starner

Coppell Education Foundation

District Curriculum Audit FYI from Penny Trammel

Coppell ISD will be conducting a curriculum audit February 1-4. The purpose of this audit is to assist us in ensuring we have a strong curriculum from Pre-K through 12th grade as evaluated by a nonbiased outside party. There will be a total of three auditors in the district and between the three auditors, they will visit every school and most of the classrooms. The Curriculum Department, Human Resources Department, and the Business Office is in the process of gathering information for the auditors at this time. Auditors began looking at curriculum documents from Forethought over the Winter Break and will continue to review documents until they arrive in the district.

Interviews will also be a part of the process. I will be creating a schedule for interviews and will communicate the schedule out to principals and those involved in the interviews no later than the second week in January. I have been asked not to “cherry pick” individuals for interviews, but rather to randomly select educators and learners. Learners will be made up of high school aged learners only per the request of the auditors. Educators interviewed may range from educators new to our district to veteran educators in our district. Every assistant principal and principal will be interviewed if they are in attendance on the day of the interview, as well as central office personnel. I have been assured by the auditors that interview information will not be shared in connection with any individual, school, or location, but rather in a comprehensive report to ensure integrity in the audit process. We are excited to have this audit opportunity to better guide our work in meeting the needs of the administrators, educators, and learners in our district.

PLC Notebook

This is a reminder that we will be checking the notebook for updates on Monday. We should see all common assessments and agendas.


In case your New Year's Resolution is to get organized...

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