Curriculum Courier

For the week of May 22, 2015


“Be careful; think about the effect of what you say. Your words should be constructive, bring people together, not pull them apart.”

– Miriam Makeba

ESL: Penny Tramel

There will be a training in the Board Room on May 27, 2015 from 1:00-4:00 on the Imagine Learning Program for ESL facilitators. This is a program built for ESL learners that we feel is going to accelerate vocabulary and comprehension skills, while supporting the rigor of the TEKS in our ELLs.

Science: Linda Cook


Upcoming professional learning in science:

Aug. 19th - Any Elementary Science Educators who are not attending the Social Studies materials adoption or iStation trainings will participate in a math/science immersion experience into inquiry-based learning.

Aug 20th - All Secondary Science Educators will receive training in Argument Driven Inquiry in Science through a presentation by Dr. Victor Sampson from UT Austin. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, department chairs and PLC leads will conduct follow-up book studies and support the focus on inquiry-driven science.

Three After School Trainings (Dates TBD) - Our amazing elementary content specialists will provide Science Camp for Teachers - an immersion experience into inquiry science teaching practices. More information is forthcoming.

Oct. 15th and 16th - Page Keeley is coming to Coppell ISD! She will provide training on Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science as well as Formative Assessment to identify common student misconceptions.

Oct. 30th - The authors of Picture Perfect Science will be presenting at the Momentous Institute in Dallas. This training focuses on the use of picture books to guide inquiry science in primary grades. This would be appropriate for K-2 teachers.

Nov. 12-14 - the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) will be held at the Ft. Worth Convention Center. I will be paying for registration and subs for each of the science content specialists. I would recommend sending other science educators from your campus if you have the funds.


The Garden and Composting training last week was a huge hit! We thank the Coppell Community Garden and Real School Gardens for providing training, Helen and Jean for providing lunches, and Laurie O'Neill for providing subs. Each participating school received a bucket of materials to use in the school garden.

Mathematics: Mary Kemper

The final secondary math department chair meeting of the school year will be on Thursday, May 21 at 4:00 pm at Victory Place.

I am working to update the CISD Mathematics Website. When you visit, please be patient as the site structure has changed. The recent scope and sequence work for Grade 8 Math as well as Geometry are both located on the CISD Math site, under Curriculum Resources.

Elementary Math Curriculum Development will be held on June 9 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm) at Brock, Training Room 1. Please be sure that educators have been extended an invitation via email from Mary to attend this day of curriculum work prior to enrolling via Eduphoria. Extra duty pay is limited and the educators selected make up a variety of staff including grade level and campus representation.

Secondary Math Vertical Alignment Professional Learning will be held on June 25 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm) at Brock, Training Room 1. All secondary math educators are invited to attend this day of professional learning to collaborate, investigate the vertical alignment embedded within the Revised (2012) TEKS, and contribute to discussion about horizontally and vertically aligned teaching practices. This professional learning will count toward flex credit (6 hours). Educators are asked to bring a technology device (iPad or laptop) if possible and register via Eduphoria:

Revised Math TEKS (Grades 9-12) Professional Development Courses: Online professional development courses introducing teachers to the revised math TEKS for grades 9-12 are now available through Project Share. The goals for participation in the courses are to become familiar with the supporting documents, to examine how to use the documents to improve math instruction, and to explore vertical alignment of math concepts and processes within the revised math TEKS. Teachers, instructional coaches, supervisors, and administrators may enroll in the following courses:

Grade 8 Math OnTRACK™ Lessons and Gateway Resources: Grade 8 Math OnTRACK™ Lessons are now available for import and management at the district level. The lessons are aligned to the revised math TEKS and designed to supplement classroom instruction and provide additional practice for students. Teachers may enroll in a preview copy of the lessons. Grade 8 Math Gateway Resources are now available on the Project Share Gateway. To view the TEKS-aligned, interactive resources on the Gateway, select the subject (Mathematics), the grade/course (Grade 8), and “FIND TEKS.”

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Assessment: Debbie Youngs


For those learners who took the online format of the Algebra I, Biology, or U. S. History EOC, the roster of results is in the T-Share.

The next set of preliminary rosters will be for all EOCs and should be posted by Pearson on 5/21 with the final rosters and CSRs received in district by 6/5.


TEA sent out a SB 149/IGC FAQ, and this additional information has been added to Google in the Overview folder. Currently, I am working on the Procedures and meeting with SpED today (Monday) to provide a specific set of procedures to follow. I’ll email you when those have been added. I have another accountability webinar this week, and I imagine IGCs will be the focus. I’ll keep you updated.


At the end of the school day this Friday, the NWEA MAP testing window will close. NWEA takes 24 hours to generate the reports, so they will be ready for printing on Monday. While your educators may have shared the MAP report with parents during EOY conferences already, those reports would not have contained the District information. Please send home the final Student Progress Report and the Student Progress Report Quick Reference with the learner’s report card. The link is a How To on quickly printing the reports.

Directions to Access EOY Student Progress Report/Quick Reference for a Class


4/27-5/22: MAP EOY Window

Grades K-8 Reading and Math

Grades 3-8 Science

5/27: Deadline to enter MAP and Literacy Data into AWARE

6/8-9: PreK Testing

6/8-9: Credit by Exam for Grade Level and Course acceleration

6/9: Credit by Exam Math Acceleration for 5th/6th

6/9: Credit by Exam Course Acceleration

6/10-11: Kinder Acceleration

6/23: STAAR Reading Retest Grades 5th/8th

Language & Literacy: Heather Cato

2015-2016 Literacy Academy

In order to foster a love of reading and writing within our learners, educators will participate in an in depth study to increase their own knowledge and understanding about the interdependent relationship between reading and writing. Through this experience, educators will collaborate within and across grade levels as they develop proficiency in crafting authentic literacy experiences for learners. In turn, educators will gain confidence in supporting literacy efforts on their campuses.

Educators who are interested in participating should contact their campus principal.

PRINCIPALS - This is the link to the handout you were given at the last Principal’s Meeting Please remember that potential participants will need to attend the first two training on August 3rd and 4th. I will need the names of your participants by June 1st.

Enrichment Programs: Regina Owens


Thank you so much for your support this year with SHAC representatives from your campuses. The advisory council has worked diligently and due to the commitment of the members as we have worked to streamline and measure the success of our efforts, our Coppell ISD SHAC received the “Excellent Work Award” from It’s Time Texas, our state organization.

Service Learning

Thank you for allowing your educators to serve on the Service Learning Committee for the district. We spent our year researching and learning from local and international partners in hopes of redesigning our service learning work. I am pleased to share that we will be moving from service learning to global connections. We look forward to sharing more information with administrators and campuses in the upcoming year and selecting educators to participate in our first Global Connections Learning Community.

Social Studies/CTE: Jon Eric Ziaer

Social Studies

David Norman, Anthony Smith, Jim Burrows, and Davis Scott helped to establish the 1st ever Youth and Government team for the Coppell Middle Schools. Congratulations and Thank You for their hard work in providing the support for our middle school learners to be able to participate in this nationwide program and have such tremendous success.

Angela Geiger has worked tirelessly to support our National History Day competitors. Congratulations and Thank you for all of your hard work in helping our learners advance to the State competition.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The BPA team from Coppell High School recently competed at the National BPA competition in Anaheim, CA and had numerous Top 10 finishes. Congratulations to all of the participants and Ms. McClintock and Ms. Wolfe-sponsors at CHS for all of their work hard and commitment.

“Go out of your way, to help others find their way!”