Saturday, August 18, 2012

Back to school Monday...I can't believe the summer is over!  I have been meeting with my principal and assistant principal the past few weeks to discuss the upcoming year.  This year we are going to have 2 book studies.

1.  The Energy Bus  by Jon Gordon


2.  How to Motivate Reluctant Learners by Robyn R. Jackson


My principal will lead the book study for The Energy Bus.  She has asked me to lead the book study for How to Motivate Reluctant Learners.  This is be my first time leading a book study so I am a little nervous but I will let you know how it goes.  I am excited about both books and hope to learn a lot about myself. I also hope teachers will take something away, personally or professionally, from at least one of these books.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Great article on teaching challenging text to students.
Great article on summary and getting the gist.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

This week I created a monitoring group in Eduphoria which included the 75 LEP students currently enrolled. The system will allow me to monitor the students throughout their education at our school. In other words, if a student started with us in Pre-K, I will be able to monitor their progress from Pre-K through 4th grade in my monitor group. It will be nice to be able to see their progress from year to year.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Staff Development Day

Today I presented ESL information to our staff for our campus wide staff development day. I shared with the staff the resources available on campus. I also showed a great video from the website Doing What Works titled Teaching Vocabulary to English Learners.
The video can be located at the following address:

I also shared with the staff a Jog the Web I created that included great interactive games to strengthen our students academic knowledge through technology.

The staff seemed to enjoy the information and resources that were given to them. I think the video also helped remind them of how limited our students' vocabulary can be and to not assume all students understand such basic word like "pencil" or "tree". I also wanted the teachers to realize that they are already using most of the teaching strategies everyday through the district's Tier I best practices.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I met with my principal to review my plan and she stated that it looked good. Next Monday is our staff development day and I will be providing the staff with information from our ESL Cadre as well as additional technology resources they can utilize in their classrooms.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Action Plan

Action Planning Template

Inquiry: How can we ensure our ELL/LEP students are maintaining growth? What does the data tell us about our strengths and weaknesses as a growing ELL campus?

Goal: To provide data that can guide instruction for our LEP students. To assess and ensure the academic growth of our LEP population. To provide support, communication, resources and strategies to meet the needs of our growing LEP population.

Action Step(s)

Person(s) Responsible

Timeline: Start/End

Needed Resources


1. Review Campus Improvement Plan and establish a campus need.

Traci Landis

January 20, 2012 – January 26, 2012

Campus Improvement Plan

Find need for campus.

2. Meet with the principal to discuss 3 possible action research topics.

Traci Landis

Renee O’Neal, Principal

January 27, 2012

3 written action research topics and explanation for each.

Establish a priority for action research.

3. Read relevant literature to help understand and provide resources available for our ESL teachers.

Traci Landis

January 20, 2012 – May 30, 2012

Google, Firefox, Bing, Literature, Bilingual/ESL department and TELPAS, Title I funds

Create document and web page with resources.

4. Review TELPAS report cards which scores our LEP students reading, writing, speaking and listening skills each semester.

Traci Landis


Jennifer Moran, Asst. Principal

October 21, 2012 – May 31, 2012

TELPAS scores, district form English Language Assessment for Report Cards

Create excel worksheet for LEP students and document scores for reading, writing, listening and speaking.

5. Review reading benchmark scores and Universal Screener data.

Traci Landis


Renee O’Neal, Principal

September 26, 2012 - May 21, 2012

List of LEP student on campus, Eduphoria Aware data, View-it

Print reports listing data of teachers, campus and district scores.

6. Review DRA levels documented every semester.

Traci Landis


September 26, 2012 - May 21, 2012

List of LEP student on campus, Eduphoria Aware data, View-it

Create excel worksheet listing DRA levels for LEP students.

7. Review math benchmark scores and Universal Screener data.

Traci Landis


Renee O’Neal

September 26, 2012 – May 21, 2012

List of LEP student on campus, Eduphoria Aware data, View-it

Print reports listing data of teachers, campus and district scores

8. Review RTI data, if LEP student is receiving RTI services, at progress monitoring meeting after each cycle.

Traci Landis

RTI team

Renee O’Neal, Principal

Jennifer Moran, Assistant Principal

October 18, 2012 – May 21, 2012

List of LEP student on campus, Eduphoria Aware data, Lexia, Destination and Neufeld data.

Document RTI data such as graphs and reports from progress monitoring meetings.

9. Review teacher TIER I interventions and accommodations in place for LEP students.

Traci Landis


October 18, 2012 – May 21, 2012

List of LEP student on campus, Eduphoria Aware data, AIP’s, Student Data Form, Student Multiple Intelligence Inventory

Create and save AIP’s, Student Data Form and Student Multiple Intelligence Inventory in Eduphoria.

10. Review 3rd and 4th grade reading and math STAAR test scores.

Traci Landis, Renee O’Neal, Jennifer Moran, 3rd and 4th grade teachers, SBDM

May 1, 2012- May 31, 2012

STAAR test scores

Review scores of LEP population from STAAR test.

11. Compile data and draw conclusions on the effective and ineffective strategies in place for our LEP students.

Traci Landis


September 26, 2012 – May 31, 2012

List of LEP student on campus, Eduphoria Aware data, AIP, ARI, AMI documentation, View-It data, RTI data (if applicable)

Create a Power Point or Google document explaining finds.

12. Present findings to administration and ESL teachers. Discuss our strengths and weaknesses of the strategies in place and discuss recommendations for the following year.

Traci Landis

May 1, 2012 – June 30, 2012

List of LEP student on campus, Eduphoria Aware data, AIP, ARI, AMI documentation, View-It data, RTI data (if applicable) , INOVA

Create a Power Point or Google document explaining finds.

Also create an account on Jog the Web for easy access to teachers and parents with websites and resources available.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Reflection Week 2

I have learned this week that there are a lot of topics that an administrator can inquire about. I also realized that one action research topic may actually answer another inquiry that one may have. Action research can benefit so many and help to develop a habit of inquiry. Administrators and teachers should utilize this process in evaluating their successes, the student's successes as well as the campuses weaknesses and needs. Action research should become an imperative process on every campus.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Action research purpose and significance

The Purpose for my action research is to monitor our ELL students
academic growth and to identify our strengths and weaknesses as a
campus. Also to research, implement and provide resources and curriculum to the
teachers and parents to ensure the students maintain a level of academic growth
and success. Through this process the teachers will monitor the ELL students
reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities each semester. The teachers
and myself will identify any students who seem to be lacking in growth and
identify what areas (i.e. reading, writing, speaking, or listening). We will
also review all interventions already in place and we will establish what
assistance and interventions we could apply to help the student in the area of
need. I will also train and develop the teachers and students on new resources
or curriculum that we discover may be helpful to our ELL students in maintaining
a level of growth in all areas monitored. The action research will benefit the
teachers, the students, the administration, the community and the campus as a

Monday, January 23, 2012

What I have learned about action research.

I have learned that action research plays an intricate role in a schools success and climate. As a school leader, it is imperative to ask questions and motivate teachers to inquire about their students and their instruction. It is also important to provide the staff with opportunities to take an active role in action research. Action research provides a way for stakeholders to plan and organize their inquiry, reflect on their findings and grow professionally in the process. I was pleased to find that my campus already employs action research as a regular practice. I am also lucky enough to participate in almost all discussions and reflections as the Title I teacher. I find it enlightening and I enjoy listening to the ideas and feedback that is shared within the PLC. It can be frustrating at times when we feel like we have tried all avenues but are not reaching the success we had hoped for but it allows to the opportunity to work together. It also allows me the opportunity to identify strengths and talents in teachers that I may not have already known. I definitely feel action research is a must for all campus leaders to administer within their school.


Dana, Nancy F. (2009). Leading with Passion and Knowledge:The Principal as Action Researcher. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Harris, S., Edmonson, S., & Combs, J. (2009). ExaminingWhat We Do to Improve Our Schools: 9 Steps from Analysis to Action. Larchmont, N.Y.: Eye on Education.

How Leaders Can Use Blogs.

Leaders can use blogs to share information as well as share their successes and their failures. They can also utilize it as a tool to provide them with insight from others whom may have already dealt with a similar situation or concern. It can be a very useful tool and collaboration with a small or large group of participants. As long as the blog is utilized as a professional tool, there is no reason to not partake in discussion with your peers and enjoy the camaraderie.