Curriculum Courier

For the week of May 29, 2015


“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.”

– Robert South

Social Studies/CTE: Jon Eric Ziaer

Social Studies

The School Board approved our Instructional Materials recommendation for the following:

K-3 and 5th Grade: TCI(History Alive)

4th Grade: Pearson

6-8th Grade: Pearson

World, Geography, World History, U.S. History, Economics and Government: TCI(History Alive)

*As part of the Back to School Professional Learning Week, we will have training provided for effective use of these new materials.*

Summer Professional Learning Opportunities

at REGION 10

June 12th U.S. History Conference

June 18th 6th Grade World Cultures Conference

June 22nd Texas History Day

June 24th Formative Assessment Strategies and Techniques

July 14th World Geography Conference

July 16th World History Conference

June 29th TCI(History Alive)Strategy Training for K-5


July 27th TCI(History Alive)Strategy Training for 6-12 Educators

Visit: to Register!

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Fox4 News did a feature on the Coppell High School InvenTeam and their creation of a device to support learning for special needs learners by disruptive innovation. The CHS InvenTeam is led by Mike Yakubovsky. The group will have the opportunity to travel to MIT this summer to present their invention.

“Today may be an opportunity to make a 1st impression, make sure they see who YOU are!”

Language & Literacy: Heather Cato

Just a reminder, all data for the EOY assessments need to be in Aware by May 27th.

Information regarding elementary and middle school End of Year Literacy Assessments can be found on the Language and Literacy Site

Enrichment Programs: Regina Owens

  • 1. Dual Language Immersion: We are excited to host our first Dual Language Immersion Institute on August 11th and 12th this summer with a focus on Language Acquisition. Our educators will meet for two days to learn about the theory and best practices of language acquisition while ensuring continuous improvement for all educators and learners with operational guidelines for the program and expectations for dual language classrooms.
  • 2. Pre-Kindergarten: Pre-K and kindergarten educators convened one of their first district wide meetings to align the Pre-K Guidelines and new kinder TEKS to ensure our pre-k learners are working to meet the same performance tasks district wide. In addition, the educators are working to pen classroom environment expectations, design expectations, and curriculum alignment as we prepare for the possibility to have more pre-k learners and educators in the future if House Bill 4 is signed by our governor. We have partnered with Commit! A non-profit organization who is working to increase kindergarten readiness, streamline pre-k enrollment, and increase parental awareness across the DFW area.

Service Learning: Service Learning is now officially Global Connections. We will launch our first Global Learning Community this summer. This group of educators will work as a cohort to actualize global dispositions for learners as we continue to do a great job with embedding technology and service learning. Educators are applying to participate with a focus on professional learning and building capacity for the upcoming 2015-2016 school

Science: Linda Cook

Science Updates

Principals - let me know if you would like to schedule a meeting with me to review your science STAAR data.

Elementary Principals - the Science Content Specialists will be delivering "Science Camp for Teachers" after-school trainings three different times during the year next year. Each of the trainings will model hands-on inquiry based experiences that may be implemented within the classroom. Educator participants will choose from a list of topics (more details to come). We are working to coordinate the dates with math and language arts trainings to avoid conflicts.

Secondary Principals - The secondary science educators will be engaged in training on Argument-Driven Inquiry during our district professional learning day on August 20th, with planned follow-up discussions during PLC or department meetings throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

All Principals - Page Keeley will be coming to Coppell ISD on Wednesday and Thursday, October 14th and 15th. Subs for educators will be provided. The focus of the training will be Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science, based on Keeley's new book. She will also model the effective use of formative assessment to drive instructional decisions. The training will be provided for a vertical science team from each elementary (6 teachers per campus), all middle school and NTH@C science educators, and 6-8 CHS science educators.

Navigating Through Discovery Education - Our Discovery Education reps as well as David Noel will provide support for deeper navigation through our online text resource through PLC, vertical team, or department meetings as needed next year. Let me know if this is something that your campus needs.

Advanced Academics: Deana Harrell

Community-Based Accountability

Please remember Community-Based Accountability surveys must be completed by the end of the day on June 4th. I will work to compile that information next weekend and have it ready for campus principals to sign off on for the June PEIMS submission on June 8th. Any corrections can be submitted to me until noon on June 11th.

GT 6 Hour Updates and initial 30 Hour Trainings

The GTi Specialists and I have created several 6 hour modules available for the GT 6 hour update, however, the release of those modules is on hold until they are migrated into Schoology. Educators wishing to complete their 6-hour updates need to check their email over the summer. We will notify everyone when enrollment is opened.

As a reminder, any new classroom educator at the elementary level needs to complete their GT 30 hours by the end of the 1st semester. Any educator in the core areas in middle school and those teaching Pre-AP (or the equivalent), AP, IB and GT courses at the high school level need to complete the 30 hour GT training. Enrollment for that course will also be available this summer and again in the fall as soon as it is migrated to Schoology.

GT and Social Studies Professional Learning Opportunities

The DFW World Affairs Council is hosting a FREE Global Classroom Workshop at Region 10 on Thursday, June 25th – Saturday, June 27th. This is an amazing learning opportunity and it offers 18 GT hours. Spaces are filling up fast. Interested educators can register here.


Elementary GTi Meetings are scheduled for the following dates/locations:

June 2nd – 8:30-3:30 at Pinkerton Elementary

Weekly Smile

Heart of the City by Mark Tatulli