PFP Campus Instructional Coaches

Monday, September 19, 2016

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District Goals

  • Goal 1: All students will exhibit Satisfactory or above performance on State assessments. Students below Satisfactory performance will demonstrate more than one year of academic growth;
  • Goal 2: Dallas ISD schools will be the primary choice for families in the district;
  • Goal 3: The achievement gap by race, ethnicity and social economic status will be no greater than 10 percentage points on all academic measures;
  • Goal 4: 95% of students will graduate. Of the graduates, 90% have qualifying scores for community college, college, military, or industry certification;
  • Goal 5: 95% of entering kindergarten students are school-ready on a multidimensional assessment;
  • Goal 6: All students will participate in at least one extracurricular or co-curricular activity each year.

PFP Priority Plan


  1. Ensure a Balanced Literacy Model that is implemented with fidelity throughout the feeder schools.
  2. To improve the socio-emotional health of students and families, each campus will create a vertical campus and community committee to identify resources, best practices and to develop a longitudinal implementation plan.
  3. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, Pinkston Feeder Pattern Schools will implement systems to improve school morale by a minimum of 5%, as indicated by Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 surveys.

Imporant Updates and Action Items:

Shout outs and Celebrations:
  • De Zavala ES was featured on WFAA due to SEL


Campus based Professional Development:

  • Steve and Christian are available for support with Professional Development. The AFs can create and present, support CICs in both creating and delivering, and more, please do not hesitate to reach out or to discuss during CIC visits
  • PDs ready to go: Unpacking the TEKS, Interactive Word Walls, and Gretchen Bernabei's/Writing Best Practices BOY.
  • Writing Best Practices BOY will be presented on Saturday, September 24th from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Earhart ES. This session is for new CICs and new 4th grade teachers only. Next step and follow trainings will be held later this semester.


  • K-2nd grade BOY should be administered by Friday, September 23rd, this is the data to be used for K-2 during our feedback loop. [All other grade levels will use the Common Assessment Data, aligned to our STAAR tested grade levels and contents.]

5th grade RM PLCs:
  • Reasoning Mind PLC: 10/7/16 - 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Stephens Park Elementary - Portable 2
  • PLC will address the 5th grade implementation of Reasoning Mind
  • Participating schools: Martinez Elementary and Stephens Park Elementary.

Data Walls: Where are we with the set up and updating of our Data Walls?

  1. Main office: What should be posted? Accountability Summary, Climate Survey for 2015-2016
  2. PLC/Conference Room: What should be posted? High leverage data determined by the campus.
  3. Classrooms: What should be posted? High leverage data determined by the campus.
  4. Data Wall Artifacts: During our first principal meeting, we will have a discussion over highly effective data walls, and we will ask all schools to share artifacts and best practices.


ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments

Please be aware of the availability of ESTAR (grades 2 - 4) and MSTAR (grades 5 - 8) Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments, valuable tools to support instructional decision-making regarding students’ algebra-readiness.

These tools can be accessed on the Texas Gateway at

Administration Windows

ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners

  • Fall: August 22, 2016 - October 14, 2016
  • Winter: January 9, 2017 - February 10, 2017
  • Spring: April 3, 2017 - May 5, 2017

ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments

  • Fall: August 29, 2016 - October 21, 2016
  • Winter: January 16, 2017 - February 17, 2017
  • Spring: April 10, 2017 - May 12, 2017

ESTAR/MSTAR Professional Development

The ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners, Diagnostic Assessments, and professional development courses are available at no cost to all Texas public school districts. Teachers are encouraged to complete the appropriate online professional development courses when using the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments. The following online courses are available on the Texas Math Support Center (

TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners

TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Learning Progressions

TEA ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments

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Building Culture and Climate: Inspirational Quotes

Mark Your Calendars!

September 2016:

9/19/16 through9/23/16

  • Common Assessment Window
  • All common assessment data should be entered into All in Learning by End of School Day
  • Pinkston HS Community Coalition Meeting - 4 p.m. - West Dallas El Centro


  • Campus Administrator Student Support Team (SSI) update - 1:00 - 4:00
  • Location: HB Bell room 741


  • Pinkston Prep U Meeting - 10:30 a.m. - PHS Library
  • United Way Training for Coordinators
  • Activity Fund Training-1 p.m.
  • United Way Training for Coordinators
  • PFP Principal Meeting - 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - G. P. Allen
  • 1st Six Weeks Climate Survey based on your needs assessment
  • United Way Kick-off
  • PFP CIC Conference - All CICs - 12 -4 p.m.


  • Reasoning Mind PLC: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Stephens Park Elementary - Portable 2
  • PLC will address the 5th grade implementation of Reasoning Mind
  • Participating schools: Martinez Elementary and Stephens Park Elementary.


Executive Director: John Vega
Administrative Assistant: Yamily [Mily] Alacron
Academic Facilitators: Steve Villa and Christian Ruiz
  • Dwain Simmons, Pinkston HS
  • Diana Nunez, D.E.S.A. MS
  • Salem Hussain, Quintanilla MS
  • Sheila Ortiz, Allen MS
  • Kelly Ohara, Arcadia Park ES
  • Lisa Miramontes, DeZavala ES
  • Nikki Hudson, Earhart ES
  • Alyssa Peraza, Lanier ES
  • Josefina Murillo, Martinez ES
  • Cameron Ramirez, Principal - Stevens Park ES

PInkston Feeder Pattern

VISION - All students will graduate college and career ready.

MOTTO - Pride of the West Side

  • Accountability for All
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Teamwork and Collaboration


  1. Strive for perfect attendance.
  2. Strive to arrive to work on time; be punctual and timely in all your endeavors.
  3. Be the consummate professional; meet timelines, deadlines and exceed all expectations.
  4. Maintain and build a positive culture and climate on your campus and within our feeder pattern.

Article of the Week: How can you burn out in just 90 days?

Principal Center: How can you burn out in just 90 days?

It's pretty simple:

  • Genuinely care about your students
  • Hold yourself to high standards
  • Do what needs to be done, and solve the problems that only you can solve for your school
  • Support your teachers
  • Deal with conflict
  • Work at nights and on weekends
  • Bring your whole self—heart and soul—to your work

In other words, do all of the normal stuff that instructional leaders do.

The job itself is a recipe for burnout—you don't need to do anything out of the ordinary.

Burnout is a predictable consequence of being in this job—if you're missing one thing.

There's a simple antidote against burnout:


If you let this job have all of you, it'll take all you have to give, and more.

But if you have boundaries, you can do all of the above, in good conscience, and still carve out a life for yourself.

Time to relax.

Space to not worry for a few hours.

Room for your family and relationships that matter to you.

(Heck, even a chance to watch Netflix or whatever reality TV show gives you a good laugh.)

Here are 3 ways to create boundaries for yourself:

1. Leave on time

Are you working past dinnertime on a routine basis?

You can stay all night if you want. It won't help.

Don't worry—your work won't run away while you're gone. It'll be there waiting for you.

Give yourself a fixed time that you leave, and if you don't have a school event, go home.

Parkinson's Law states that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion."

The implication? If you set a firm "go home" time each day, you'll work smarter and get just as much done.

Staying late has sharply diminishing returns. Set the boundary.

2. Do something that isn't urgent every day.

Read a book. Color with your kids. Have a hobby.

No, you don't "have time."

But life is for what we decide it's for, and if we only ever give our time to our work...that's not much of a life.

Even when you're at work, make time for more than the tyranny of the urgent.

Make time to learn and grow.

Being a professional is meant to be more than an endless grind.

Set a boundary around the urgent, and give your time to what deserves it, not what's clamoring for it the loudest.

3. Delegate

Giving 100% doesn't mean you do everything yourself and do everything the hard way.

When it makes sense, delegate.

When you can't delegate to someone else, delegate to a system.

Our profession doesn't need more heroes burning themselves out.

It needs high-performance instructional leaders who work smart on behalf of kids.

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