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Dallas ISD teacher praise response

Dallas ISD teacher praise response

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51 pages of praise and encouraging stories from DISD teachers about the changes Superintendent Mike Miles has made in the district.
51 pages of praise and encouraging stories from DISD teachers about the changes Superintendent Mike Miles has made in the district.

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Published by: The Dallas Morning News on Nov 07, 2012
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6 Nov 2012 Page 1
From Teachers to Teachers
 In any major reform effort, people are usually faced with two competing feelings
best hopes and worst fears. On some days, given the challenges of change, it is easy tosuccumb to negativity. On other days, a pat on the back or a positive thought can help usgravitate toward our best hopes. Sometimes we need to see some small successes around us or hear the sound of small victories taking place amidst the challenges.
Sometimes leaders need to accentuate the positive. That doesn’t mean that the criticisms
are falling on deaf ea
rs or that the leaders do not want to hear “the bad news.” It simply
means that sometimes people need to hear some positive messages in order to continue totackle the hard work and to strive for their best hopes. If you feel like getting a small boost of hope and renewed vigor, read some of the following messages from your colleagues. And for a moment -- if only for a moment 
  find hope in the inspirational words of others, who, like you, are stepping up every day tochange the world for children.
I have been teaching in Dallas ISD for 16 years. This year, I feel I have been given atop of the line GPS to help me get to my destination, which is improving studentachievement. With effective lesson objectives, demonstrations of learning andmultiple res
 ponse strategies, I can really see the improvement in my students’ level of 
engagement. The frequent spot observations and timely feedback by my principal alsohelps me improve my planning and teaching the lessons. Together, with my new GPSand the help and support from my principal and my colleagues, I am confident I canreach the destination in the most effective way and improve student achievement.
(Phoumy Keonine, Angelou)
At my campus, I believe the District Core Beliefs are making an enormous difference because our commitment to the students has amplified. Our entire population of students is at risk, and we emphatically make it a point to ensure that our studentsachieve at the same rate as non-at risk students. My co-workers have wholeheartedlyembraced the commitment to the children by dedicating long hours, inclusive of evenings and weekends, instituting the new structure of Destination 2020. We do so because we are in pursuit of effective instruction by aligning the state curriculum withthe Objective and DOL requirements, along with instilling the Multiple ResponseStrategies for 100% engagement of our students. Our main purpose is to improvestudent academic achievement and to see them excel!
(Michele Safford, Angelou)
6 Nov 2012 Page 2
I have been with the district for 18 years at this campus. I love working with my population, teaching students career skills applicable to the world of work. Thestudents have responded favorably to the use of multiple response strategies that weare using. The Multiple Response Strategies and Core Beliefs have hit home and Ifind myself doing things that are more beneficial for my students. (
 Ronnie Hamilton, Multiple Careers Magnet Center)
As a Construction Trades teacher for thirty years, I have witnessed many differentteach
ing strategies and initiatives…
All teaching is about the students, but the studentsneed great teachers. The Dallas ISD Core Beliefs are great. They are all focused onthe students. My principal has given me various multiple response strategies that havehelped me to improve. My students and I welcome anyone to come and see theteaching and learning that is taking place.
(Terry Stotts, Multiple Careers Magnet Center)
I have worked in the District for four years and this is the first year I have seen positive action in motion to benefit our students. As an educator, I have adapted themindset that I should always be learning/growing, and this year is definitely a year of learning. Administration at my campus greatly exemplifies the Core Beliefs and has passed this on to staff, which in turn is posi
tively affecting our students…
isn’t always easy or accepted right away, but
change is necessary for growth; and it's anice change to see our district changing for the better. (
 Ellena Johnson, MultipleCareers Magnet Center)
The new core values are consistent and at times relentless. Training from our administrator at Multiple Careers Magnet Center has led to such joy in the re-creationof our program. Instruction is clear, focused and productive. All students are engaged,and, best of all, parents are sharing the changes they are seeing in their children in lessthan 12 weeks! I am tired and we are all working hard, but the value of these districtinitiatives is already clearly evident.
ina “Tina” Ray, Multiple Careers Magnet 
As a new teacher, constructive feedback is key for professional growth. Our administrator is extremely supportive in every aspect. She provides constructivefeedback in a timely manner that allows us to improve our lessons to provide qualityinstruction.
(Patricia Vest and Monica Cruz, Stone)
I enjoy creating learning opportunities for students every day. This year has beenincredibly challenging yet very educational because of the constructive feedback, notonly from our supportive principal but others as well. I am genuinely lucky to work atJill Stone Elementary at Vickery Meadows; we have such a committed staff to our students.
(Laura Ramos, Stone)
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I feel the Core Beliefs are great! The Beliefs have given me focus. My experiencesthis year have helped me realize that it's all about the students. When I write mylesson plans, I think about the core values and link my LOs with DOLs along with the purposeful instruction. They all go hand in hand! (Because of this year) I think aboutwhat's best for the students.
(Jacqueline Sanders, Lowe)
Effective instruction impacts the students. It's related to good, first instruction andmakes the most of the first initial introduction of the lesson. Every part of the lesson plan should be aligned. Spot observations help me understand what the expectationsare for the teacher, observer, and above all, the students!
(Eduardo Macias, Lowe)
The Core Belief 
At-Risk students can achieve just as the non At-Risk Students
isthe one that connects with me the most. I have had professional experiences wherestudents of different levels have achieved academically. They can all achieve with our support!
(Yessica Shaw, Lowe)
As Conrad High School's Academic UIL Coordinator, I have been very pleased to seethe eagerness and excitement of both staff and students to expand the foundation of 
our students’ participation in academic competitions…For 
the first time, our four timeBest Overall Speech, and state qualifying, Debate team will expand its horizons bystepping up to compete alongside of our district neighbors by competing in the TexasForensics Association, all of which could not be happening without the support,flexibilities and continued efforts of our students, teachers and administrators who arecommitted to the overall success of our school.
(Carl Scafuro, Conrad)
Working here at F.P. Caillet Elementary during this time of great change has really brought out in everyone a strong sense of collaboration and teamwork. With theexpertise of our principals and teachers, and guided by our core beliefs, day by daywe continue to work toward the realization of our mission,
empowering all students tobecome responsible citizens and lifelong learners.
Fabian Hypolite, Caillet)
As we plan our lessons for the following week, I am amazed at the energy, reflectionand focus of my team. Each teacher brings their own special expertise to developingthe curriculum to fit the needs of the students at F.P. Caillet. Through this processeach child is guaranteed the best skills and experience of several teachers, while thelearning is tightly aligned.
(Joan Daddona, Caillet)
Since joining the Caillet Fraternity of educators, I have been exposed to a positiveatmosphere toward educating our youth and a conserted effort not to lose focus of fundamental factors, such as proper lesson planning and progress monitoring, whichhelps us accomplish our mission
of “becoming responsible citizens and lifelong

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