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Allen ISD Employee Recognitions - December 2022

Each month, Allen ISD recognizes employees who exemplify one of the District's three goals: Culture of Excellence, Future Ready Skills, and Empowered Learning. For the month of December, the focus is on Empowered Learning.

 

 

Two Kerr Elementary Teachers Revamp Morning Announcements 

 

Two Kerr Elementary Teachers Revamp Morning Announcements 

 

Jamie Morris and Pooja Bhatt have completely redesigned The Kerr Elementary morning announcements this year to make it 100% student driven. 

 

The K-COMM crew works together to design the announcements each week, run the board & cameras, provide jokes on Wacky Wednesdays and learn each job throughout their rotation time. 

 

“This is a new initiative for our campus to make our morning announcements completely student driven and our K-COMM crew has done a fabulous job,” said Katie Ponce, Assistant Principal at Kerr ES. “We are extremely lucky to have Pooja and Jamie supporting them as they have empowered them with this task.”

 

 

Norton Elementary Special Education Team Empowering Students Through Individual Needs

 

Norton Elementary Special Education Team Empowering Students Through Individual Needs

 

The Special Education team at Norton Elementary exemplifies the qualities of empowered learning by personalizing their lessons to the individual needs of their students, supporting them as needed, and empowering them to achieve their goals. 

 

They help students take ownership of their own learning and focus on instilling a growth mindset, giving students the confidence they need to succeed. 

 

“They pour into our students daily, they help each other out when needed, and they do it all with a smile and a great attitude,” said Amiee Cherry, Principal at Norton ES. “We are so grateful for their hard work, dedication, and collective expertise.”

 

 

Rountree Elementary Third Grade Team Planning Instruction through Thoughtful Analysis

 

Rountree Elementary Third Grade Team Planning Instruction through Thoughtful Analysis

 

The third grade team at Rountree Elementary exemplifies the meaning of empowered learning by taking time and attention to plan instruction that quickly identifies student successes and needs and guide their instructional practices.  Through bi-weekly assessments, they analyze student data, identify the student level of understanding, collectively pinpoint a skill focus, and  collaborate on strategic instruction to close the gap. 

 

The team’s growth mindset empowers each of their learners to strive for continuous growth and opportunities to progress in their learning everyday.  

 

 

Vaughan Elementary First Graders Deepening their Thinking with the Help of Two GATE Teachers

 

Vaughan Elementary First Graders Deepening their Thinking with the Help of Two GATE Teachers

 

Laura Nguyen and Shari Waites are working together at Vaughan Elementary to empower learning in their first grade GATE classrooms.  Their students are setting academic goals and meeting with their teachers to create action plans on how to reach their goals.  They are also utilizing Depth and Complexity Icons to enrich the learning experiences for their students.  

 

Laura and Shari are empowering their students by allowing them to choose how they enrich and deepen their thinking by choosing an icon to connect with and responding to questions through the lens of the icon...all this with first grade students!

 

 

Marion Elementary Third Grade Team Empowering Students through Goal Setting

 

Marion Elementary Third Grade Team Empowering Students through Goal Setting

 

Marion Elementary 3rd-grade team is implementing the student goal-setting process which empowers students as learners and focuses on individual growth. The goal setting process teachers use is personalized and empowers student ownership. Third grade teachers are supporting each student, as a whole child, in achieving personal and academic growth. 

 

The grade level lead, Mrs. Dianne Barton, is sharing these goal-setting practices with the entire faculty. She led a goal setting professional development session in September for Marion Staff and in October during the district professional learning day. 

 

“We are proud of our third grade team,” said Ulyana Payne, Principal of Marion ES. “I look forward to an increase in academic achievement from our students as a result.”

 

View a highlight video of the Third Grade Team in action at Marion Elementary.

 

 

 

Olson Elementary ALC and R2 Teams Developing Unique Learning Student Goals

 

Olson Elementary ALC and R2 Teams Developing Unique Learning Student Goals

 

ALC and R2 teams at Olson Elementary are endeavoring to empower student learners.  Every student in the ALC and R2 classrooms has specific and unique learning goals that their teachers and support staff help them achieve.  

 

In all of the specialized classrooms you will see visual schedules, timers, and individualized assignments and tasks that teachers and paraprofessionals have created to help students take control of their learning.  

 

In addition to working with our students, the ALC and R2 teams work with parents to help apply the skills the students learn at school in their home environment.  

 

View a highlight video of the ALC and R2 teams at Olson Elementary.