WEEKLY UPDATES

MAY 13, 2019

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“Achieving in the Middle” is our initiative aimed to improve academic achievement in 24 Dallas ISD Middle Schools by creating, refining, and supporting best-in-class systems for leading and learning.

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***Principal Action Items***

  • Complete AIM Instructional Leader Survey linked here by May 29th. You can also use this address to access the survey: tiny.cc/AIMsurvey (case sensitive).
  • Forward AIM Instructional Leader Survey link to APs, CICs, Counselors, and ILTs to complete by May 29th.
  • Hire ILTs by May 29th and inform them of June 4-6 PD.
  • Read Bain & Company Distributed Leadership Article linked here.
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2019-2020 AIM CAMPUSES

ATWELL MS

BROWNE MS

CARY MS

COMSTOCK MS

DADE MS

GARCIA MS

GASTON MS

HILL MS

KENNEDY-CURRY MS

LANG MS

MARSH MS

MEDRANO MS

O.W. HOLMES MS

PIEDMONT MS

PINKSTON (GRADES 7-8)

RUSK MS

SEAGOVILLE MS

STOCKARD MS

STOREY MS

TASBY MS

WALKER MS

YMLA @ FLORENCE

ZAN HOLMES MS

ZUMWALT MS

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Weekly Learning: Distributed Leadership

"The opportunity is clear: We need to commit to models of 'distributed leadership' in our schools that establish a cadre of talented educators in each building who have end-to-end responsibility for the development of the teachers on their teams."


Read more of this article from Bain & Company here.


Principals/APs/CICs/ILTs: Please read this article prior to your AIM Professional Development days in June. Thank you!

KEY COMPONENTS OF AIM

STRATEGIC STAFFING

  • Campus staffing based on aligned Vision, Mission, Values

  • Distributed Leadership Model with three APs, three Counselors, and Core Content Instructional Lead Teachers (ILTs)

  • Professional Development to study, align and develop top talent

INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE

  • Master Schedules built with defined instructional blocks

  • Effective Lesson Design through PLC; aligned and differentiated with data, rigor and student interest

  • Engaging Lesson Delivery through exploration, expression, and cultural competence as well as Small group instruction, Differentiation, and Blended Learning with writing in all contents

POSITIVE, RESPONSIVE CULTURE

  • Schoolwide Systems & Structures for Arrival, dismissal, lunch, Student Teams, Celebrations, etc.

  • Restorative & SEL practices including class meetings, circles, integrated SEL & suspension alternatives

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Enrichment and Interventions with a variety of offerings and goals of 80% participation for 6th grade

  • Intervention with tutoring and self-directed intervention with technology

SUPPORTIVE PARTNERSHIPS

  • Parent Advocacy with Data, High School Choice and SEL at Home Seminars

  • Parent Leadership with revitalized SBDM, PT/PTSO organizations

  • Community Engagement with opportunities for community outreach, events and partnerships

QUOTE OF THE WEEK.

“If you’re trying to be more productive, don’t analyze how you spend your time. Pay attention to what consumes your attention… [Focus] on getting things done for the right reasons, in the right places, and at the right moments… Prioritize the people and projects that matter...”

- Adam Grant, Wharton SchooL