Sunday, November 25, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 11/26

Upcoming Dates:
* November 26th - IDC Meeting @ CO @ 4:00 p.m.
* November 27th - Literacy Coaching @ Davis (Jayne Knighton), Relay Cohort to training in Dallas
* November 28th - New Teachers Meeting @ 3:45 p.m. @ CO, SAC Meeting @ 4:00 p.m. (CO)
* November 29th - Literacy Coaching @ Scott (Jayne Knighton),
* November 30th - First Responders Luncheon at CO
* December 3rd - English I EOC, Learn2Lead Meeting @ 4:00 @ CO
* December 4th - Algebra I EOC, Literacy Coaching @ MMV with (Jayne Knighton)
* December 5th - English II EOC, Benchmark Assessment System Training with Debbie Jarzombek, K-8 Textbook Adoption Meeting @ CO (3:45 p.m.)
* December 6th - Biology EOC, Literacy Coaching @ Fort (Jayne Knighton)
* December 7th - US History EOC

TEKS Resource System Pacing Guides
If you use TEKS Resource System (ELAR, SLAR, Math, Science, Social Studies), Region 10 has pacing tools that help you plan each unit to meet the designated number of days. In order to login, you will need to login to your Region 10 account and when prompted to put in the pacing tool password, enter “R10pacingtools”. These tools provide performance assessments, daily teaching suggestions, and formative assessment ideas. These are extremely helpful in planning units and to fully understanding the scope and contents of each unit. Be sure to check them out!

John Hattie’s High Impact Teaching Strategies:
A great reminder on the importance of John Hattie's High Impact Teaching Strategies:
1.) Your actions can make a difference despite other hurdles that your students may face.
2.) Some approaches to your work as a teacher are likely to have a far larger impact than others. Therefore, it makes sense to start with those.
3.) No approach to teaching will work for every student, all of the time. As a result, you need to be always aware of the impact that you are having on your students. Then you adjust your approach when necessary.
Check out his website for more information

Sunday, November 11, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 11/12

Upcoming Dates:
* November 12th - SLO Check #1 for Teachers, Literacy Coaching @ Scott (Jarzombek)
* November 13th - Literacy Coaching @ Vernon (Jarzombek), Literacy Coaching @ MS (Jayne Knighton),
2nd Grade Report Card Meeting @ CO (3:30)
* November 14th - Bilingual Coaching @ Davis (Ahmed)
* November 17th-25th - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!

* Teachers should be ready to fill out the Student Growth Tracker. Here are the directions for
what teacher need to do!
* Documentation will be done on a Google Sheet- Here is the link to the Google
form for the Student Growth Tracker. It will force you to make a copy. The link will be placed
in Strive. See the above directions on where to place the link to your Growth Tracker Document in Strive.
* The dates for each of the progress checks is listed on the form - Nov 12th, January 14th, and February 18th.
* Remember that the point of the checks is for teachers to adjust instruction for the students
who are not growing - not just document where kids are.

Don’t Know Where to Start with Bulb?
Here’s an awesome STARTER ASSIGNMENT for you and your students.

12 Good Educational YouTube Channels for Young Learners 
This list of interesting YouTube channels provides educational video content for kids. The (channels) cover a heterogeneous set of educational topics using fun, entertaining, and colorful animations. Kids will get to learn basic math concepts, literacy skills, explore the world around them, engage in creative hands-on activities, experiment with various ideas and challenges, learn through nursery rhymes and music and many more.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

iACT Announcements - Week of 11/5

Upcoming Dates:
* November 5th - Literacy Coaching @ Davis (Jarzombek). STEM Innovators Coaching Day (HS), E2L Meeting @ 4:00 @ CO with Sean Walker
* November 6th - Literacy Coaching @ Fort (Jarzombek). STEM Innovators Coaching Day (MS),
* November 8th - Literacy Coaching @ MMV (Knighton)
* November 12th - SLO Check #1 for Teachers, Literacy Coaching @ Scott (Jarzombek), IDC Meeting @ CO (4:00 p.m.)
* November 13th - Literacy Coaching @ Vernon (Jarzombek), Literacy Coaching @ MS (Jayne Knighton), , 2nd Grade Report Card Meeting @ CO (3:30)
* November 14th - Bilingual Coaching @ Davis (Ahmed), STEMFormation Training @ CO (STEAM Cohort Group)

Presenter Badges
On your Badging poster, you might have noticed the circles for presenters at the bottom of the poster! (see illustration below) We certainly want to honor those of you who are taking the time to share best practices, resources, and strategies that help all of us to grow. You can earn prizes for filling up those circles and it is really easy to do!!!!!

You can earn presenter badges for presenting on a WOW Wednesday, a Lunch and Learn, a faculty meeting, or Lesson Fixer-Upper, etc! The easiest way to earn one of those badges is to plan and present at a faculty meeting or PLC meeting! All you have to do is let your principal or iACT coach know what your plans are and they will help you submit your sign-in sheet to Amber Medlin (iACT’s fabulous Admin Assistant). Amber will get your session entered in Eduphoria so that you receive credit for the PD.

One of the goals of teacher led PD is to continue to ensure equity for our students. The more that teachers share best practices and resources, the more likely it is for ALL children to learn. Feel free to let other campuses know if you offering a session or keep it small by inviting only your PLC. ANYTHING that helps you ensure students are learning and you share with your colleagues can count for PD! Please see Glenda, Dana, Kristen, and Valerie and your principals for ideas!

Edgenuity MyPath
Many MS and HS staff members have received training on Edgenuity MyPath. MyPath is a supplemental program for grades 7-12, designed to meet students where they are in reading and math, and give them the specific instruction and practice they need to catch up and keep up. Here are a few resources to guide you as you use this with your students.
* Slides -
* Parent Information for At-Home Use:
* Edgenuity Reports and Data -

Education Galaxy - translate to Spanish
Did you know students have the option to receive some of the Education Galaxy instruction in Spanish? To change the language preference for students, see these instructions -

Have You Seen This Blog?
Some good resources for teachers -