The Longfellow Voice


Principal's Message

We are on the move! Everyone should have completed their three week interim assessments last week and now we can begin looking at the analysis of data for instructional decisions.

“Data-based decisions”—the phrase has become a buzzword in education over the last few years. However, it does make sense that using information to help clarify issues, identifies alternative solutions to problems, and target resources more effectively will lead to better decisions. The real question should not be whether to integrate the use of data in decision making, but how to use the data to make better instructional decisions. Finding good data and using it effectively is actually a complex process—one that many schools and districts are just beginning to address. One specific type of data-based decision making that shows promise for helping schools dramatically increase student achievement is the use of assessment data to drive instructional improvement.

We must shift our paradigm to see testing as being less about sorting and selecting and more about offering information on how to develop more effective instruction. As assessment and instruction are more closely linked, achievement measurement will be integral to long-range learning rather than imposed by one high-stakes test.

This week during your PLC’s use this time to discuss and review the data from your interim assessments to adjust your instruction and provide any needed Tier I interventions for students. Remember your data-decisions will make the difference for students.

Make it a GREAT week!

Dr. Wright

Dallas ISD National Blue Ribbon Nominated Schools

Longfellow Academy is 1 of 4 Dallas ISD Schools Nominated for a National Blue Ribbon. Click the link above to read the Front Page article.

The Best Day Ever - Monday, Sept. 15th

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Prioritizing Student Voices

Opportunities to share work and ideas in meaningful ways can transform students. (Click link to read article)

GENTX: Education Go Get It! Week September 15-19, 2014

Tuesday, 9/16

“Step Up for Education”

Wear your tennis shoes and wild socks to highlight your flair for learning.

Wednesday, 9/17

“Hats Off to Education”

Wear your favorite college team cap to kick off the week!

Thursday, 9/18

“Longfellow Longhorns are College Bound! “

Wear sunglasses to show your future is bright!

Friday, 9/19

“Catch the College Spirit”

Go all out in your college spirit wear to end the week!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Ms. Dorrough and the SCAT members will be planning an assembly for our Longfellow community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. If you are interested in assisting with planning this program please see or email Ms. Dorrough.
5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

In the classroom the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed questions, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. (Click the link above to learn more.)

Week-at-a-Glance September 15th - 19th

Monday, September 15th

· "The BEST Day Ever" - Classroom observations

· Lesson plans due in Google Docs

Tuesday, September 16th

· Spot Observations

· Administrative Team Meeting

· DAT team meeting after school during PLC planning (Library –Bring Action Plan)

· Weekly PLC meetings; discuss and review interim assessments

Wednesday, September 17th

· Spot Observations

· Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review interim assessments

Thursday, September 18th

· Spot Observations

· Lesson Objectives and Demonstration of Learning due to CILT/CAT members for review

· Weekly PLC meeting; discuss and review interim assessments

· Faculty meeting 3:45 – 4:30

Friday, September 19th (Feedback Friday)

· Instructional feedback conferences – TBA

Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy

"Our students are learning to think globally,

act locally and go boldly into the future!"