Curriculum Courier

For the week of January 30, 2015


“Of course it’s hard. It’s suppose to be hard. If it were easy everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.”

– A League of Their Own

Reminder:  All travel authorization forms need to be submitted to Dr. Denison at least thirty (30) days prior to planned travel for any time people are out of their assigned duties during a contract day and/or anytime campus or district funds are expended for the travel. This includes travel to Region 10.

Language & Literacy: Heather Cato

Inaugural North Texas Teen Book Festival Announces Lineup

The inaugural North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF), a free, one-day festival highlighting Young Adult and Middle Grade literature, is pleased to announce its full lineup of more than 50 New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed authors.

While authors are confirming participation weekly, as of today, the following authors will appear at the 2015 festival: David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Ally Condie, Heather Brewer, Lisa McMann, Ally Carter, Gordon Korman, Soman Chainani and many more. Visit for the complete, most up-to-date listing.

The NTTBF will take place Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center, located at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Keynote and endnote duos will bookend the NTTBF’s speaker panels. Attendees can “Speed Date with a Book” throughout the day with a book signing party concluding the festival. Book sales will be available courtesy of Half Price Books beginning at 8 a.m.

About North Texas Teen Book Festival

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is presented by Irving Public Library in conjunction with the Friends of the Irving Public Library. Partners include Half Price Books, the DFW chapter of the Forever YA book club, local school districts, museums, and other public libraries. This program is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission, generous community donations through a successful Kickstarter campaign and corporate sponsors. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @NTTBFest. Media resources (including posters, bookmarks, etc. can be found here:

Need ideas of how to get your students or yourself involved? Contact Rose Brock,

Elementary: Penny Tramel

Please share with your 4th grade educators that there will be a Standards-Based Report Card Roundtable Meeting at Brock in Training Room #1 on February 12 from 3:30-4:30. It would be great if each campus could have at least one representative attend if possible.

Social Studies and CTE: Jon-Eric Ziaer


Social Studies

Our “pilot” process for Social Studies materials is underway at all elementary, middle school and high school campuses. Educators selected by campus administrators are participating in this stage of the process. Please ask these educators on your campus about the experiences and products they are using in their classrooms. We will continue this process through mid-February.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The DECA chapters at both CHS and NTH@C had numerous learners qualify for the State competition in late February. Ms. LeBlanc of CHS and Ms. Province of New Tech High @Coppell have done an outstanding job of preparing these young people for their opportunity to perform against DECA chapters from around the Metroplex and state.

“Help someone find that SMILE today that they didn’t know they wanted to share with Everybody!”

Professional Learning: Laurie O'Neill

Transformation in Action Site Visits

When: February 10, 2015

Who: Campus Principal+ 2 educators from each campus

The schedule will be sent to campus principals by end of this week.

February 16, 2015 – District In-service Day

Elementary Secondary

8:30 – 11:00 Alan November Morning: Campus Directed

Topic: Global Communication

Location: CHS Auditorium

Afternoon: Campus Directed 1:00 – 3:30 Alan November

Topic: Global Communication

Location: CHS Auditorium

CISD Summer Conference

Mark your calendars, CISD Summer Conference dates are: June 8 – 11, 2015

Intervention Services: Rhonda Carr

Have you ever wanted to give a coworker sensitive feedback but decided not to because the conversation might not go well—or might even harm your relationship? Do you ever hold your opinion inside and then one day, when you can't take it any longer, speak your mind—but by then you're so upset that it comes out all wrong?

To learn how to deal with high-stakes conversations (where opinions vary and emotions run strong) using the skills of the world's best communicators, attend our next two-day Crucial Conversations Training on February 18-19.

Registration on Eduphoria

Registration includes fee for materials. Contact Donna Johnson for details and ordering.

Principals – There is still time to register someone on your campus for this invaluable training!

Campus Administrators:

Reminder that the General Ed surveys for the Special Education Program Review are due this week to Sandra Fernandez @ Brock Friday, January 30, 2015.

Thank you to the following schools for sending in their completed surveys!

1. Coppell HS

2. Victory Place

3. CMS East

4. CMS North

5. CMS West

6. Cottonwood Creek

7. Pinkerton

8. Valley Ranch

9. Wilson

Instructional Technology: Nancy Garvey

The much-anticipated parent course for information literacy (a component of digital literacy) has been completed by the Coppell ISD Librarians (with help from the iTeam) and is being offered as an iTunesU course or there is also a PDF version (see link below). This is the same course being taught to educators throughout Coppell ISD, and the six modules will teach the meaning of information literacy, researching with integrity, search engines and databases (i.e., Google vs. databases & how to use Google efficiently), and much more! Please check it out.

Science: Linda Cook


The elementary science content specialists and secondary science department chairs will be sharing information with campus vertical science teams about Teacher-Student Relationships and Culturally Responsive Teaching. Please provide a time for your science content leaders to facilitate this training.

Next month’s focus will be specific examples of the type of feedback that leads to learning gains. Secondary will also begin discussing grading practices through the lenses of relationships and feedback.


The district Sustainability Committee met early in January and decided that rather than hold our own in-district Sustainability Expo, we will instead encourage each campus to bring a team of students to present about their campus sustainability efforts during the Coppell city’s Earth Fest celebration. For more information about reserving a booth at Earth Fest, contact Jen Ferguson at

If your campus will be putting in a new garden or green space, please let Brad and Linda know the name of a contact teacher so that we can add them to the CISD garden updates email group.

Weekly Smile

Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos