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  • Interactive TV Network ITV KACE Help Desk Technology Planning Web Hosting This blog is maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders When Learning is the Center We Will Know It Aug 15 2015 12 02 00 pm We had over 2500 educators at our Leading With Excellence for All Learners conference last week We had a great time with educators from districts in Region 17 and many districts brought their entire staff for three days It was great fun and really an enjoyable activity for our staff here at Region 17 I learned a great deal from the presentations myself and left with the understanding that we are really called to learning as a profession It really should consume our actions as educators and leaders on a daily basis How will we know when learning consumes us Students who do not learn will create as much anxiety as students who do not behave Bulk formative assessment will be routine and cultural Systems are in place for students to monitor their own progress in classrooms Lead4ward has student learning reports that allow students to monitor themselves Our goal becomes to create historians scientists artists authors and engineers rather than just learn some stuff Students get better every day as a result of contact with the teacher School social media is filled with examples of high quality student work and high quality instruction from teachers Dr Aron Strickland did a presentation at our conference last week that spoke directly to this issue The adults in the building are consumed with expanding their craft and becoming skilled practitioners because learning is the work The new appraisal system has to be embraced as a positive step for all educators in large

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  • blog is maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders Takeaways from TEPSA 2015 Jun 14 2015 07 08 00 pm TEPSA 2015 was a great experience Participants learned a great deal to take back and use at the district and campus level and to use for personal growth These things stood out for me Constant Evaluation of Systems This was a theme that resonated among the breakout sessions John Wink spoke of the intervention that TEACHERS needed as they begin their career and how we must provide support to those new and novice educators This can only come with constant monitoring discussion and feedback regarding performance The sophisticated leader has personal systems in place that allow for constant monitoring of culture and how staff are doing the work Great Leaders Motivate Their Staff Every Day Steve Gilliland said something in his keynote address that will stick with me forever You cannot burnout if you have never been on fire Ultimately we want staff who are ON FIRE If we have staff who are not grinding then it really rises and falls on the leader Motivation is not like an immunization you get every 20 years or at the very least the week before school starts People who lead must be intentional about motivating staff and recognizing unmotivated staff and doing something about it Angela Maiers gave clear evidence that people want to matter as much as they want to breath and eat Perhaps there in lies the motivation leaders need to capitalize on YOU MATTER and here is why Protect Time To Do Things that Matter We really must define to stakeholders the inherent reason students come to school Parents and stakeholders must understand that LEARNING is

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  • have to drop one of the essays They would more than like keep the expository and not the narrative Still in the exploratory stages of this Implementation will be spring in 2017 Have to change the blueprint and the vertical scale so it will take a year to implement the shorter tests HB1164 Requires the state to create a pilot test and allow the prompt to be locally scored Requires it to be studied at the local level and create a portfolio approach at the local level Only a feasibility study at this time All 3 8 will be the week in May when we do second administration for SSI Next year You will not get results back before the end of school Results due in districts on June 15th There is a trade off Accountability Index 1 target went up 5 points and Index 3 and 4 remained the same Index 2 is still set at the 5 th percentile STAAR Contractor question ETS got the bid What the test looks like is a TEA decision and not a vendor decision TEA is working to ensure the look of the assessment does not change a whole lot They hope the change of vendors is invisible to the client Phase In 2 Level 2 will be the standard next year As of today STAAR A and Alt will be included in accountability next year Indices Intellectualism and Instruction Click here for the slides One way to impact Level III performance in schools is to increase the intellectual practice of the teachers in the business Students need to see adults doing intellectual work Blog Show kids what smart writing looks like Instructional Rounds The benefit is not simply in increasing sophistication in staff but rather allowing students to see intellectual work taking place Mattering is the Agenda Angela Maiers http www littlethings com johanna dances respect Have you lost a little bit of your 5 year old self When was the last time extremely confident in your knowledge and ability Are you the teacher or leader who makes people excited about the future We tend to think we matter less as we get older and by grade 4 it starts Kids stop running to school earlier and earlier Research says it comes down to one thing People need to know that they matter You have more talent than you realize and most are not showing it Gallup Poll 100 million US workers 86 million said they were disgruntled because nobody thinks they matter Have you told someone they matter this week What if you made it a point to someone s life everyday by telling them they matter Everything a customer sees impacts the experience Everything matters Industries know it especially those in the luxury market get it They understand everyone matters There is Smile Training at Zappos Nothing is an accident Find a time to speak to each student or teacher or staff member in your life each week Simply

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  • Internet Filtering Interactive TV Network ITV KACE Help Desk Technology Planning Web Hosting This blog is maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders Every Teacher A Jun 06 2015 08 00 00 pm If you are in education and have not heard STAAR scores are flat you are either living under the proverbial rock or at the very least are not on Twitter The concern over writing in 4 and 7 and on the English I and II exams has certainly resonated loudly in social media circles and among teachers as well The simple fact is STAAR is a difficult state assessment that requires rich knowledge of academic language and the ability to understand content deeply Several years ago our team here at ESC 17 did a great deal of training around the concept of Every Teacher a Reading Teacher I thought of this after a week of consulting training and conversation around STAAR results and how we can work to improve learning for students My colleague at the ESC 17 Syd Sexton made an interesting point that perhaps this is training we need to look at again and perhaps market it in a different way or rather not market it at all The writing issue certainly goes hand in hand with the reading dilemma as the two cannot be separated and certainly not by bell schedule or course name Writing allows students to make the connections necessary for retention and content connections Any re branding of the Every Teacher is a Reading Teacher may just need to simple be Every Teacher Writes Every Day When adults separate writing from content we do the content a disservice as how can you really learn it if you do

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  • Board Training Student Support Student Support Student Evaluation Services Assistive Technology Autism Child Find CRCG Community Resources Coordinating Group Deaf Education Certification Low Incidence Disabilities Multicultural Diverse Learners Non Ed Community Based Support Services Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities PPCD Positive Behavioral Interventions Support Project Psychological Services Speech Language Pathology Transition Services Visual Impairment Blindness Technology Technology Services Distance Learning Email Services eRate Support Internet Access Internet Filtering Interactive TV Network ITV KACE Help Desk Technology Planning Web Hosting This blog is maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders Takeaways from Accountability Release 2015 Apr 09 2015 10 14 00 pm Full Press Release http tea texas gov About TEA News and Multimedia Press Releases 2015 STAAR grades 3 8 math assessments to be excluded from 2015 state accountability system 2015 Accountability Development Materials http ritter tea state tx us perfreport account 2015 materials html These were certainly some very interesting developments in regards to Accountability 2015 and the use of Math and STAAR Alt and STAAR A The new Math TEKS have certainly generated a great deal concern and Commissioner Williams addressed this with the elimination of grades 3 8 math from the 2015 Accountability results Removing STAAR A and STAAR Alt also provides relief for these new assessments with very little predictive data on future performance There are however some issues to consider with the removal of these assessments There are some takeaways as we move forward Removing these assessments increases the significance of the other assessments The denominator becomes smaller and reading scores for example are magnified Each reading student becomes more valuable in each index This will impact campuses especially that are grades 3 4 only for example as they have only writing and reading to contribute to index calculations The Level III in Index 3 and the Level II Final Standard on two or more tests in Index 4 become more valuable as well When you shrink the denominator that places an extra spotlight on these scores The work we have done in regards to unpacking the new math TEKS has been worth the effort regardless of this decision The data from the assessment will be invaluable to future planning and professional development needs of teachers There is give and take in this Removing assessments makes it easier to change the index target as there is no change in the passing standard Moving the target in Index 1 to 60 will impact some districts and campuses Accountability 2015 and Beyond June 19 th update on the final accountability release by the Commissioner http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15978 Index Accountability 101 June 5 th This training is designed for leaders to gain a fundamental understanding of the Index Accountability System We will take a comprehensive look at the system as well as instructional implications http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15979 Linking Accountability and

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  • Find CRCG Community Resources Coordinating Group Deaf Education Certification Low Incidence Disabilities Multicultural Diverse Learners Non Ed Community Based Support Services Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities PPCD Positive Behavioral Interventions Support Project Psychological Services Speech Language Pathology Transition Services Visual Impairment Blindness Technology Technology Services Distance Learning Email Services eRate Support Internet Access Internet Filtering Interactive TV Network ITV KACE Help Desk Technology Planning Web Hosting This blog is maintained by Ty Duncan Coordinator Accountability and Compliance Services 806 281 5832 Like us on Facebook Follow InstructionalLe Instructional Leaders Index 2 and You Mar 20 2015 10 15 00 pm The new accountability system has brought many substantive changes to the way we measure effectiveness in Texas Perhaps the most radical shift was the addition of a growth indicator to the system for reading math and writing This indicator measures vertical scale score growth in students as they progress through the system This has forced educators and leaders to add another layer to data analysis and create systems to ensure all students are meeting this indicator At the Texas Assessment Conference back in February several districts shared their effective approaches to the new index two growth measure Perhaps most interesting of these approaches was the Kid By Kid approach the Wylie ISD was using to improve student performance They had taken elements of standards based grading and student self monitoring of their own content knowledge to create a highly effective plan to increase index performance The systems were fabulous and well designed Data walls with student s pictures in teacher conference areas with color coded charts detailing progress Students had their own progress tracking to give teachers feedback on their knowledge and confidence of the student expectation The real impact of these systems is perhaps in creating an attitude and culture where learning consumes the organization The key to index 2 is measuring learning at the student expectation level and this will impact all other indices as well Index Accountability 101 June 5 th This training is designed for leaders to gain a fundamental understanding of the Index Accountability System We will take a comprehensive look at the system as well as instructional implications http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15979 Leverage Leadership A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools June 2 nd We have posted a book study for June 2nd on the Leverage Leadership book that we used at Instructional Leaders Bring your books and come learn with us http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15949 Data Day Tools For Your School June 15 th http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15963 Come as ESC staff show leaders how to lead a Data Day for their staff before school starts in August Accountability 2015 and Beyond June 19 th update on the final accountability release by the Commissioner http escite2 esc17 net default aspx name wmsworkshop w 15978 Skillful Leadership Confronting Mediocrity in the Classroom June 29 th

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