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Friday, August 7, 2015

Hullabaloo with Common Core is...

What's the hullabaloo with Common Core?

Just wanted you to know, in case you're wondering.

  1. LISD Board of Ed is unified in upholding and exercising the right of states and local districts to determine which curriculum is delivered to their own children.
  2. Common Core (curriculum, instruction modes and assessments) is developed in Washington, D.C., thus diminishing local control.
  3. Common Core includes penalties which negatively impact local control of local neighborhood schools.
  4. Educate yourself as to what the 10th Amendment of U.S. Constitution states.   Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution
  5. TEKS are developed within the state of Texas.
  6. LISD Curriculum is rooted in the TEKS, but delivered according to local citizenry's preferences.
  7. Texas State Board of Education is receptive to input from educators regarding much needed revision and update of current TEKS.

Stay informed; get involved.  Call the Texas State Board of Education. Express thanks and appreciation for valuing input of educators in the process of curriculum revision. Call SBOE and express thanks for inviting input from educators   Phone calls are superior to email. Live person/s answer; make note of your comment and pass along to the rep.  Call others beyond your rep too.

District 1
Martha M. Dominguez (D)
P.O. Box 960543
El Paso, TX 79996
(915) 373-3563

District 2
Ruben Cortez, Jr. (D)
1875 Los Angeles Ct.
Brownsville, TX 78521
(956) 639-9171

District 3
Marisa B. Perez (D)
P.O. Box 276406
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 317-4651

District 4
Lawrence A. Allen Jr. (D)
2130 Vermillion Oak St.
Fresno, Texas 77545
(713) 203-1355

District 5
Ken Mercer (R)
P.O. Box 781301
San Antonio, TX 78278-1301
(512) 463-9007

District 6
Donna Bahorich (R)
P.O. Box 79842
Houston, TX 77279
(832) 303-9091

District 7
David Bradley (R)
2165 North Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 835-3808

District 8
Barbara Cargill (R)
The Woodlands, TX
(512) 463-9007

District 9
Thomas Ratliff (R)
P.O. Box 232
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 717-1190

District 10
Tom Maynard (R)
P.O. Box 2885
Georgetown, TX 78627
(512) 763-2801
(512) 532-9517

District 11
Patricia Hardy (R)
900 North Elm
Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 598-2968
(817) 598-2833 FAX 

District 12
Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R)
1100 Providence Tower West
5001 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, TX 75244-3910
(972) 419-4000
(214) 522-8560 FAX

District 13
Erika Beltran (D)
P.O. Box 601523
Dallas, TX 75360
(650) 269-8544

District 14

Sue Melton-Malone (R)
101 Brewster
Waco, TX 76706
(254) 749-0415

District 15

Marty Rowley (R)
8010 South Coulter
Amarillo, TX 79119
(806) 374-4600
(806) 373-3454 FAX

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Teach someone to teach someone to read.

If you know the alphabet (written and verbal letter sounds and letter recognition), you can share this life-changing and empowering gift with someone. 

Take advantage of the long days of summer to read, encourage reading and teach another person to read. Start with the alphabet. Share your success with another. 

Local libraries are available online too.       Carrollton Public Library

Adult literacy in Texas:  Kids can teach adults to read

Connect to promote literacy today.  Share the gift of literacy. 

This important gift is likely to have a life-long, positive impact of the fortunate recipient of your gift.

Written by Lynn Ford, M. Ed.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Open Letter to Parents of School-Age Kids Regarding Test-Taking Fears

Assessments are one of the three major components of education and learning. The other two: curriculum and instruction.

Unhealthy Stress Related to Assessments

This student-focused writer is alarmed at increasing concerns of stress in children related to test-taking.  Please help me slow the progression of this and even reverse it.

Our goal and desire is that our students and their families reap benefit from the experience of test-taking.  For example, benefits of assessments include:  show progression of skills learned, accountability, interventions needed or level of effectiveness of interventions, just to name a few. 

Our staff takes the overall accumulative effect of the entire educational experience very seriously. We are saddened and deeply concerned when we learn that students are experiencing unhealthy stress related to assessments.

Our faculty is passionate about emphasizing that students approach testing as a routine part of their learning experience.  Our expectations are simple, straight forward and designed to fortify students with confidence for assessment of their learning.

It's always a good habit for test takers to do their very best on a test of any description and we certainly desire that our students take tests/assessments seriously.  However, we want to speak cautiously and with the right purpose when saying this to children. Too frequently for this writer's student-centered comfort, an unhealthy fear is established that is often difficult to untie once rooted.  This trepidation can lead to an undesired and unhealthy view of learning and school overall. Help us guide your child toward a positive and healthy approach to successful test-taking.

Please join our staff in approaching all testing with these simple requirements below. We purposefully and intentionally DO NOT emphasize, "you must score this or else "this (bad stuff) will happen'".  With positive nurture and calm we communicate the following to our students:

Adopt the DSL technique:
Do your very best.
2. Show what you know.
3. Let it go!

These simple reminders for your child should provide reassurance and confidence for your child. Please contact us if we can help or if you have questions. email: FORDL@LISD.NET; RODGERSS@LISD.NET; HEASTYYOUNGN@LISD.NET; HERKIMERD@LISD.NET; PERRYSR@LISD.NET  ; BRAWNERTM@LISD.NET ; TROYERL@LISD.NET or your child's teacher

Mayo Clinic - Generalized Anxiety Disorder

written by Lynn Ford, M. Ed.

Twitter: @lynnhillford


Teach someone to teach someone to read.

If you know the alphabet (written and verbal letter sounds and letter recognition), you can share this life-changing and empowering gift with someone.

Share the gift of literacy.

Read Across America week, March 2-6, honoring Dr. Seuss's birthday. Plan, support or volunteer for an event to support reading literacy.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Community Partnership

Academic Support Volunteers Close Achievement Gaps at Homestead Elementary

Community members join forces with our outstanding faculty to target and strengthen reading and math skills one kid, one concept at a time.  Together, we can close achievement gaps. Are you a candidate to serve alongside us in the important work for our community?

Contact Lynn Ford or Sally Rodgers 
for information on how you can join our volunteer team of 
Academic Support Volunteers

Random Acts of Kindness Campaign

Homestead Elementary is highlighting Random Acts of Kindness week, Feb 9-13, 2015. This event is organized and lead by our counselor, Mrs. Sally Rodgers. Students attend class with Mrs. Rodgers and work on lessons and activities to learn of the importance of spreading kindness in our world.