- All teachers fully implement high quality, deeply rigorous, and fully aligned TEKS Resource System curriculum.
- Follow and understand the depth of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and follow the TEKS Resource System Curriculum for the content area and teaching assignment.
- Incorporate student objectives and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) in lesson and unit planning.
- Know the distinction between the readiness, process, and supporting standards from the TEKS content standards eligible for assessment.
- Instructional strategies will closely match the cognitive complexity level evident in the TEKS.
- Process skills will be assessed in context, not in isolation, which will allow for a more integrated and authentic assessment of learned skills.
- Lesson plans are school-specific and based on the TEA’s Effective School’s Framework. Sample: Elementary lesson plan template, Secondary lesson plan template; ESF sample lesson plan template
- Complete lesson plans per campus expectations prior to the team or department planning.
- Instructional Coaches will provide support and feedback in the design and implementation of fully aligned lesson plans.
- 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.
- 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.
- Collaborate with colleagues in Professional Learning Communities to review data, align instructional strategies to meet student needs, and improve learning.
- Teachers are encouraged to reflect and adjust instruction daily based on checks for understanding and student feedback, such as exit tickets or formative assessments.
- Utilize Thinking Maps in classroom instruction.
- Instructional coaches will provide reflective instructional feedback through coaching sessions.
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.
- Analyze 9-week assessments, which measure grade-level progress on the state standards and be prepared to discuss results with principals and campus leaders.
- Re-teach and adjust teaching practice based on the 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.
- Smile and greet students at the door every day and every class period.
- Communicate and foster a caring environment which promotes a growth mindset for both students and adults.
- Work to “Capture Kids Hearts.”
- Contact and communicate with parents regularly, per campus expectations.