FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2012
Curriculum Workshop Kicks-off MFISD School Year
MFISD Teacher Leaders gathered with campus administrators from around the District this week to continue work on its Curriculum Focus Project to align student instruction to State standards. The leadership workshop to kick-off the school year was held at the Marble Falls Lakeside Pavillion August 1st and 2nd.
"Our Teacher Leaders, campus administrators, and District leaders are critical in communicating our District goals for establishing a framework for what works for building our students' success," said Superintendent, Dr. Robert O'Connor. "Our leadership development sessions help assure that our Curriculum is aligned and our campus leaders all understand the sound best practices to support our teachers in their efforts to help students learn."
Texas school districts regularly send staff members to conferences around the State to gather the latest educational strategies for local implementation. While valuable, outside conferences can be costly due to the travel expenses. This year, MFISD curriculum leaders elected to keep the back-to-school training local to conserve on tight budgets restricted by State cutbacks. Meeting in Marble Falls' Lakeside Pavilion offered leaders the opportunity to get away from office interruptions so they could focus on developing District team collaboration, assessment strategies and curriculum alignment.
MFISD is developing its leadership capacity through its campus Teacher Leaders. Teacher Leaders are campus teachers who work to help their teachers develop and facilitate student instruction to give them the best opportunity to demonstrate success through their achievement on the new STAAR tests.
"We're working to build District capacity by helping our teachers teach to the State standards and to collaborate and make decisions around student results," said Dr. Janice Mauldin, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Programs. "Students experience success when they know what they need to learn. It's our job as educators to show them the steps they need to take to learn it."
During the workshop, administrators and Teacher Leaders worked to identify how their teams could each work to deliver consistent improvement of student performance.
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