Curriculum & Instruction News

June 2013

Introducing the Newest Member of the Curriculum, & Instruction Team

Mary Shelton is joining the Curriculum and Instruction Department as the 4th - 12th grade ELA Facilitator. She received her BA from Stephen F. Austin, and more recently her M.Ed. from Southern Methodist University with specializations in ESL and Master Reading Teacher. She has taught a total of 14 years at the secondary level, with 5 years at Dan F. Long Middle School in CFBISD, and 9 years at Naaman Forest High School in GISD. She grew up in Garland, and has lived in Rowlett for the last 13 years with her loving husband, Cayce and their two boys Bailey, 13, and Jack, 10. Her boys and husband keep her on her toes with their crazy schedules, but are the lifeline of support for her in all her endeavors. They enjoy escaping on weekend trips to go camping, and travel as much as possible. Mary looks forward to meeting and working with all of the teachers in Forney. She thrives on collaboration and creative ideas and can't wait to get started!

Forethought Information for End of School Year

If a member of your team or department will not be returning to Forney ISD next year, make sure they are sharing their lesson plans in Forethought. If the lesson plans are not shared, then those lesson plans will not be accessible next school year. If you are unsure how to share your plans, follow this link to the handout or contact Lisa Rogers.


As you are reviewing your curriculum resources this summer, be mind full of what you post on your SchoolFusion webpage. Resources from Math Pizzazz, Sciencesaurs, and Laying the Foundation CAN NOT be posted UNLESS visitors must log in to your webpage. You do not want to take a risk of being sued for copyright violation.

Labshares Clean out

Labshares will be cleaned out this summer. Make sure you save what you need from your Labshares folder, Student Dropboxers, Examview folder, and Campus folders. Your ‘H’ drive will not be affected.

Looking for summer professional development??

Check Eduphoria for available summer sessions. There are sessions for everyone; face to face, book-study, and online sessions.

BYOD overview

  1. You are not the device expert -- you are the content expert.
  2. It's not about the cool tools or the technology, it's about the content.
  3. BYOD will give the students/teachers the opportunity to participate and demonstrate learning by using devices they are familiar with.
  4. Devices be used for in the classroom for critical thinking, research, question/quiz response, communication, collaboration, differentiation, and creativity.
  5. Teacher must set the limits and expectations and be consistent!
  6. Best practices are still best practices what has changed are the tools.

The 5C's of Innovative Education

Critical Thinking





The most important 21st century tool in any classroom is the attitude and mindset of the teacher.