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Celebrations and Points to Ponder. Over 90% Passing on TAKS Faith AyalaRyan BrinkKursat Guzey Greg EmersonOlga QuedensElisabeth Lorenz Mike MooreChance.

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1 Celebrations and Points to Ponder

2 Over 90% Passing on TAKS Faith AyalaRyan BrinkKursat Guzey Greg EmersonOlga QuedensElisabeth Lorenz Mike MooreChance HartzMerin Simon Susan McCabeMatt WalshKenita Weldon Rory MinterBecky ChurchKristen Wilkirson Reese PierceLesli Bradley

3 Advanced placement success Christina Tribble – Biology - 9.2% Erica Linebaugh – Environmental Science – 9% Mike Moore – Statistics – 12% 92% of All Fine Arts AP Students Scored a 3 or better 60% of All LOTE AP Students Scored a 3 or better All AP Science Tests- 1% Increase All AP Social Studies Tests – 1% Increase ALL Tests - % Scoring 3 or Better – 6%

4 Advanced placement success 25 – AP Scholars (Score of 3 or higher on 3 AP exams) 6 – AP Scholars With Honor (Score of 3.25 or better on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams) 8 – AP Scholars With Distinction (Score of 3.5 or better on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams) 2 – National AP Scholars (Score of at least a 4 on all AP exams taken or eight or more exams_

5 ADVANCED CLASSES TAKS – Over 50% COMMENDED Faith Ayala Lesli Bradley Ryan Brink Susan McCabe Reese Pierce

6 TAKS SCORE INCREASES Year To Year Improvement ELAR -.12% Math -.80% Science – 3.96% Social Studies -.81% 2 Year Cohort Improvement ELAR – 2.99% Math – 27.34% Science – 28.29% Social Studies – 3.79%

7 80% or better passing EOC Ronda ConnellyAmanda Diaz Chris PorterAlyssa Dolny Shannan FearsBrenda Rodriquez Marcie Duley Dana Shirley William FranzTiffany Jones Erica LinebaughAngela McCormick

8 ADVANCED CLASSES EOC – Over 50% COMMENDED Marcie Duley Angela Finch Houston HerlinConnie Sanchez Kenita WeldonKristen Wilkirson

9 Celebrate student success UIL State Qualifiers in Journalism National and State Qualifiers in CTE **National Bronze Award Winner-Virtual Poster State Qualifiers in Band Choir Richard Del Cristo : All-State Mixed Choir The Haltom Singers earned Outstanding Ensemble for the BISD Solo / Ensemble Contest 5 Students Made the Region 5 TMEA All Region Choir 3 Students Made the Region 5 TMEA All-District Choir 2 Students Made the Region 5 TMEA 9-10 Honor Choir Varsity Treble Choir Earned a Sweepstakes at UIL Non-Varsity Treble Choir Earned a Sweepstakes at UIL Varsity Mixed Choir Earned a First Division rating in Concert at UIL

10 Celebrate student success National Merit Scholar Winner Highsteppers – National Champions District and Region Winners – Theatre Arts District, Region and State Winners – Art CREST Award – Counseling Department World Championship High Dive – Mr. Simmons

11 Winning is not a sometime thing….it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while…you don’t do the right thing once in a while….you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.” Vince Lombardi

12 Questions To Ponder Please reflect deep in your heart and how would you respond to the following question? If evidence were collected that you keep an open heart and mind to making sure your efforts in the classroom each day are based on the needs of your students, that you implement professional development initiatives by discarding your own self interests, that you realize that complaining is a natural part of who we are but do not let it dictate your outlook on life, and you look at problems as a way to create solutions, then would the evidence find you guilty of being the best teacher and colleague you can be each day?

13 Questions To Ponder If I asked if you thought parental involvement impacts the learning of our students, how many of you would raise your hand and answer yes?

14 What if I told you that I agree, but I responded with the following……. “o.k., for the most part we do not. So what do we do about it?” We only have control over what we do with our students for 8 + hours each day and we will not be deterred in offering parental involvement activities. How many in your heart would agree 100% with this statement without any doubt creeping into your mind?

15 Movies! Think about movies that you have seen about education or an inspirational teacher? Share with a neighbor

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17 What do these teachers have in common?

18 Working in Isolation! Freedom Writers- the teacher left the field of education after three years. Dangerous Minds- the teacher did not even finish the school year before leaving the field. Stand and Deliver- After Jaime Escalante left, the number of A.P. calculus students at Garfield who passed dropped by more than 80 percent.

19 Professional Learning Community Working in isolation is not what is best for you or our students!

20 There is such a thing as group IQ. While a group can be no smarter that the sum total of the knowledge and skills of its’ members, it can be much “dumber” if its’ internal workings don’t allow people to share their talents. Sternberg

21 Diet A new fad program Prepackaged foods Weekly meetings BUT Unless you have made a lifestyle change, what happens when you quit… PLC PLCs are not a program Not a weekly event It is a way of life!

22 How Would You Respond To The Following: The path for change in a school culture lies within how much we collaborate, make adjustments based on our collaborative work and accept the fact that we have an INHERENT MORAL OBLIGATION to do so on behalf of students……

23 You are walking through an amusement park. Suddenly you see a child that is about the age of 2 wandering around and crying out for help. How do you respond? Why?

24 You are walking into a store and you see an elderly lady who appears to be in her 80’s struggling to get through the door. What is your response?

25 Control What We Can Control And Take Responsibility For What We Can Control STOP THE EXCUSES!! Complaining is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere.

26 MOST OF ALL!!!! Take risks!

27 We Do Know Socioeconomic Status Matters Did You Know? Children in a Literacy Rich Environment Enter Kindergarten With 4000 Vocabulary Words Children in a Literacy Poor Environment Enter Kindergarten With 400 Vocabulary Words

28 Reading Diagnostic The Istation Advanced Reading assessment evaluates established readers in four critical domains of reading development: 1.Word Analysis 2.Text Fluency 3.Vocabulary 4.Comprehension

29 What Is Text Fluency? Fluency is the ability to read text accurately, quickly and with confidence. It can be considered a bridge between the act of decoding words and the development of reading comprehension. As children become fluent readers, they begin to think less about the words and more about the meaning of the sentences they're reading. Fluent readers become able to respond to the material with emotion and thought.

30 Istation Advanced Reading Assessment Results – 11 th Grade Students: Total students tested with ISIP Advanced Reading (on level/PAP-does not include SPED/LEP/Students Who Were Retesting on EOC) Total # of Tier 2 and 3: 104 or 23% of those tested Tier 2: 15% (66 students) and Tier 3: 8% (38 students) Text Fluency - Tier 2 and 3 total = 278 or 63%

31 Istation Advanced Reading Assessment Results th Grade Students: Total students tested with ISIP Advanced Reading (All were tested) Total # of Tier 2 and 3: 181 or 32% of those tested Tier 2: 19% (111 students) and Tier 3: 13% (70 students) Text Fluency - Tier 2 and 3 total = 386 or 66%

32 Istation Advanced Reading Assessment Results th Grade Students: Total students tested with ISIP Advanced Reading (only on level students tested) Total # of Tier 2 and 3: 281 or 49% of those tested Tier 2: 24% (137 students) and Tier 3: 25% (144 students) Text Fluency - Tier 2 and 3 total = 288 or 50%

33 Istation Advanced Reading Assessment Results Total number tested: 1601 students Total Tier 2 Students: 314 (20%) Total Tier 3 Students: 252 (16%) Text Fluency students - Tier 2 and 3 Students: 952 (59%) We are missing approximately 300 students who were not tested or were absent

34 ACT/SAT Vocabulary Word Research Mr. Simmons had Mrs. Klaerner select the 100 most used vocabulary words on the ACT/SAT, and gave one word to each student at the DAP luncheon to define. Only 45% of these students could define the word they were given. Literacy not only needs to be strengthened among our LEP population, but with our most advanced students as well.

35 What Perspective Is Your Literacy Lens? I look at it from the standpoint of “poor kid” let’s see what remedial classes we can place the student in. (Tier 2 & 3) I look at this issue with a determination that we can enhance our students learning and our instruction no matter the level of the class. (Tier 1)

36 Which Statement Would You Choose That Best Reflects Your Thoughts? I Take Responsibility Outside The Four Walls of My Classroom and Share My Best Practices So That It Helps All Students? I Share Best Practices Because I Want To Help Only My Department With Their Students?

37 If Not Me, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When? Move From A “My” Student To A “Our” Student Mindset

38 Remember These Data Points? TAKS LEP scores went up 10% in science and 12 % in ELA since last year SPED scores went up 14% in science since last year Scores for Hispanic students went up in each subject. Science went up 4% overall since last year. EOC Modified scores were between 2% and 13% higher than the state in each test. HHS was greater than or within 1% of state average on geometry, Algebra 2, Reading 1, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and World History.

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47 Remember These Data Points? DISCIPLINE REFERRALS: Total for :9,768 Total for 2011 – 2012:6101 (38%) Total for 2012 – 2013:2528 (69%) Two Year Decrease: (75%)

48 So What Is Your Point???? Data is a useful tool to change our campus and classroom practice. It is not used as a means of hoping that you get better and smarter students. It is used as a means to get “good” with our Tier 1 instruction based on our professional development focus and then get “better” at what we are doing “good”

49 Now To Answer The Question ARE YOU A FOREST?

50 Now To Answer The Question ARE YOU A TREE?

51 A Look Ahead At The Rest of The Week The buzz words: Differentiated Instruction So…… If we are asked to focus on the unique needs of students, then why is it not o.k. to differentiate our professional development to meet the unique needs of our faculty/staff?

52 Literacy is the basis of who we are….. What is your vision Mr. Simmons… All I want is a focus that will make all of us better reading and writing teachers and all of our graduates better communicators


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