Curriculum: All teachers fully implement high quality, deeply rigorous, and fully aligned TEKS Resource system curriculum.
- Understand deeply what is demanded by the TEKS.
- Follow and understand the TEKS Resource System Curriculum for content area.
- Incorporate student objectives and English Language Proficiency Standards in lesson and unit planning.
- Know the distinction between the readiness, process and supporting standards.pdf from the TEKS content standards eligible for assessment.
- Instructional strategies will closely match the cognitive complexity level evident in the TEKS.
- Process skills (Math Process Skills.pdf, Science Process Skills.pdf, Social Studies Process Skills.pdf and Reading Comprehension Strategies.pdf) will be assessed in context, not in isolation, which will allow for a more integrated and authentic assessment of learned skills
- Lesson plans are written on the 5E Lesson Plan.docx , Balanced Literacy.pdf or school specific model, such as High School Daily Lesson Plan Template.docx. Use the LessonPlan Teacher Guide.docx to focus your lesson planning and Quality of Lesson Plans Rubric.doc to evaluate your lessons.
- Complete the Lesson Plan Teacher Guide.docx for department collaboration ten days prior to beginning the lesson.
- Access Instructional Coaches for additional support in the design or implementation of fully aligned lessons with quality and fidelity.
- Copy electronic department lesson plan to your personal lesson planner and if necessary, alter your personal changes to the instructional strategies five days prior to beginning the lesson.
Instruction & Feedback: All teachers' instruction is constantly improving in its alignment to TEKS and instructional practices due to actionable, evidence-based feedback.
- Teach lessons that are aligned to the TEKS Resource System Curriculum.
- Utilize instructional decision points that include high yield researched-based instructional practices and 7 Steps to a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom to help students achieve the learning of the curriculum objective.
- Collaborate with colleagues in grade level / content area to align the work in readiness, process and supporting standards.pdf.
- Reflect, adjust instruction and act on daily Check for Understanding (CFU) feedback.
- When reading, greater emphasis is given to critical analysis.pdf rather than literal understanding.
- Provide daily writing opportunities in all content areas that support expository, narrative and persuasive writing in addition to literary writing. 4th_grade_writing_descriptors ; 7th_grade_writing_descriptors.pdf; english_i_writing_descriptors , english_ii_writing_descriptors.pdf; english_iii_writing_descriptors
- K-5 Writing teachers will utilize Written Expression -Project Write and Empowering Writers resources to instruct writing.
- Pre-K through 8th grade English Language Arts teachers will follow ECISD's Writing Expectations
- Utilize Instructional coaches for reflective instructional feedback.
Data Driven Instruction (DDI): All teachers incorporate results from analysis of periodic common formative assessments and/or performance tasks to inform instruction and address student misconceptions and preconceptions.
- Prior to teaching, review 9 weeks assessment and plan according to the rigor of the assessment with a focus on Marzano's High-Yield Instructional Strategies to teach the objectives: Comparing - Similarities, Contrasting - Differences, Classifying, Summarizing, Reinforcing, Practice/Feedback, Linguistic Representation, Cooperative Learning, Generating/Testing Hypotheses, Cues and Question Strategies.
- Utilize thinking_maps.pdf in classroom instruction.
- Analyze 9 weeks assessment which measure grade level progress on the state standards using the Guide to Analyzing Data and be prepared to discuss results with principals and campus leaders.
- Re-teach and adjust teaching practice based on analysis of student progress against the standard.
- To assist with monitoring student growth and effective instruction, students will take a Star Renaissance test four times a year.
Culture of Safety & Development: All educators report feeling part of a safe, risk-taking environment where it is safe to try new things and get smarter at implementing the state standards.
- Utilize and implement EC's PR Plan.
- Post Classroom/Teacher Expectations.
- Communicate high expectations where all students develop and continuously improve through practice, feedback, reflection and teacher interventions.
- Greet students at the door.
- Communicate and foster a caring environment in which growth is a process that involves risk-taking, making mistakes, and perseverance for students and colleagues.
- Work to “Capture Kids Hearts”.
- Regularly contact parents.