Leaders Leading Learners

Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter March 13, 2015

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Core Content Area News

All PRINCIPALS:


3/13/2015: Friday IC PLC Agenda & Notes


New Information


IC Schedule: Instructional Coaches will be on their home campus on 4/17 and 4/24 and in May on 5/8 & 5/15. Curriculum Writing will begin 5/18 and continue through 6/12.


DDRT: Campuses no longer need to scan and email the Request for DDRT Input form to Imelda. Campuses should still sign up for a time to bring a student to the DDRT committee on the DDRT Meeting Time spreadsheet. The DDRT committee will review the Request for DDRT Input form in AWARE. If you have any questions, please contact Kenya Mitchell.


Instructional Coach Pool: An Instructional Coach generic job posting is now listed on the BISD website. This posting has been created to allow for an Instructional Coach job pool. The C&I department will interview Instructional Coach applicants from the pool. If an IC opening occurs at a campus, selections can be made from the IC pool.


Reminders:


Lead4ward Instructional Strategies: Lead4ward has made a comprehensive list of high-yield strategies with explanations and what process TEKS each strategy addresses. As you are focusing on increasing rigor in your classroom, the Lead4ward Instructional Strategies Comprehensive List is a great resource for your teachers to use when planning lessons.


TEKSbank Teacher Instructions: Information about the TEKSbank test bank in AWARE was shared in January. If teachers need a refresher on how to access the test bank and create teacher-made assessments, please click here.


Instructional Coaching Positions: Since it can be difficult to provide coaching on the same campus where an Instructional Coach has been a teacher, only applicants outside of your campus will be considered for open IC positions. If you have any questions, please contact Teressa Voltz.


SSI Manuals: New SSI Manuals are now available from TEA. You can click here to access the manual.


GT Testing Timelines:

1, 2, 3 & 4: February 9 - April 17

6, 7, & 8: February 9 - April 17 (the middle school timeline has been extended to April 17)


Elementary Principals


Curriculum Trainings for Principals: Please come for a review of the ELA/SLA curriculum and training on best practice for language arts. This training will help you better support your teachers in their lesson planning and classroom instruction.

  • 3/26 3:45 - 4:45 - Readers' Workshop
  • 4/2 3:45 - 4:45 Writer's Workshop
  • 4/9 3:45 - 4:45 Word Work (This is a date change due to a meeting on 4/16 for New Principals that was previously scheduled.)
  • Location: Fannin Elementary Library


MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS:


Read 180 Middle of Year Progress: The SRI testing window for MOY II progress concludes on March 13. Read 180/System 44 teachers are to input student Lexile information into Aware by March 13 at 4pm.


Edgenuity Passwords: On April 10, 2015, Edgenuity will improve user account security by implementing a password encryption enhancement. This change will ensure Edgenuity is compliant with new state laws and district policies and increase security for all our partners. A self-service password retrieval feature will allow both students and teachers to have a password reset link e-mailed to them as long as they have a valid e-mail address stored in Edgenuity. Check your profile now, and make sure your e-mail address is correct! Passwords for teachers and students will no longer be visible to educators and administrators. Instead, a password reset feature will allow educators and administrators to generate a temporary password, which the system will prompt users to change upon next login.



HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS:


Read 180 Middle of Year Progress: The SRI testing window for MOY II progress concludes on March 13. Read 180/System 44 teachers are to input student Lexile information into Aware by March 13 at 4pm.


Edgenuity Passwords: On April 10, 2015, Edgenuity will improve user account security by implementing a password encryption enhancement. This change will ensure Edgenuity is compliant with new state laws and district policies and increase security for all our partners. A self-service password retrieval feature will allow both students and teachers to have a password reset link e-mailed to them as long as they have a valid e-mail address stored in Edgenuity. Check your profile now, and make sure your e-mail address is correct! Passwords for teachers and students will no longer be visible to educators and administrators. Instead, a password reset feature will allow educators and administrators to generate a temporary password, which the system will prompt users to change upon next login.

Professional Development News

Professional Development During School Hours: Please make every effort to schedule Professional Development after school. If this option is not possible and there are more than three teachers in need of subs, please email Tina VanHorn, Shay Sicinski and Leslie Holtkamp with the list of names and training topic two weeks in advance. You will also need to input sub requests in AESOP two weeks in advance. If positions do not fill by the day before the training that teacher can not attend, unless you fill in house and mark "no required" in AESOP. We are very short on subs this time of the year.


Administrator's Meeting: March 24 - Administrator's Meeting, 8:00am to 5:00pm, BHS Blue


AP PLC: For March 26, 2015 has been CANCELED

Bilingual/ESL News

All Principals


Upcoming SIOP: Opportunities are available for teachers and new instructional coaches to attend SIOP training.

  • April 26, May 2, and 9 at Rayburn ($100/day paid to participants - no TE credit)
  • June 8, 9, 10 at Bryan HS (TE credit only)
  • August 6, 7, 8 Crockett Elementary (TE credit only)

Training is open to 35 participants at each location. Participants must attend all three days for credit and/or payment.


Portable Translation System: BISD now has a portable translation system available for check-out that can help you provide foreign language support at meetings and parent involvement events. The translation devise, or TalkSystem, allows your interpreter to simultaneously translate spoken words between a speaker and a bilingual audience. The benefits of simultaneous translation are time savings and helping people to understand your message in the language they speak. Delivering your message in the home language is in direct support of what NCLB says about communicating "in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand" [Section 1118 (e),(5) NCLB]. The TalkSystem system is housed at the Travis Education Support Center and can be reserved by calling the Comp Ed office at 209-1068.


Elementary Principals


Calendar: When we return from Spring Break, the week of March 23-27 will be an "A" week.

Special Education News

All Principals


LRE Support Committee Documentation for District Staffing:

In order to provide each campus with the necessary support and to insure that we as a district are doing what we can to support students in the least restrictive environment, we will begin a new procedures for the district. When it appears that there needs to be a significant change in a student’s placement, the district will review campus documentation to determine how best to support both the campus and the student.


Meetings are scheduled on Fridays and the campus personnel will bring documentation to the committee to review. At these meetings, all possible supports will be considered.


When the campus feels that a student needs to be reviewed at the district level, the assessment person will need to contact Cathy Burgin so she can schedule a time.


The assessment person assigned to the campus will need to bring the following documentation to the LRE committee staffing.


  1. A copy of the behavior intervention plan (BIP), if applicable.

  2. A copy of the reinforcement system currently in place, if applicable.

  3. IEP updates

  4. Work samples

  5. Teacher observations/input

  6. Attendance

  7. Discipline

  8. Report cards

  9. Other information

Curriculum & Instruction Department

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