ESF In Action

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1.1 In Action

Essential Action 1.1 is focused on ensuring clear roles and responsibilities for school leadership. Our video and resources highlight this action by showing how effective schools create clear protocols and processes for leadership team meetings.

Principal Job Description

Sample job description for a high school principal that includes role mission, responsibilities, and aligned performance metrics.

Leadership Team Meeting Outcomes and Agenda

Agenda and outcomes for weekly campus leadership team meeting. The agenda includes topics with timestamps, needed tools for the meeting, and recurring meeting outcomes. In addition, it also includes the pre-work leaders complete for this meeting, including the PLC agenda leaders plan weekly.

Leadership Team Meeting Agenda (Table)

Sample agenda from “Leadership Team Outcomes and Agenda” shown in a table form that allows for note-taking, time-keeping, and organization during the meeting.

2.1 In Action

Essential Action 2.1 is focused on the recruitment, selection, induction and retention of a highly effective staff. Watch our video and explore resources that demonstrate some ways Texas campuses identify, select and keep strong teachers.

Teacher Interview Protocols

Interview protocols for a teaching candidate, modeling alignment to campus vision and values. Includes success criteria for sample lessons, teacher panel and interview.

Mentor Teacher Expectations

Sample Mentor Teacher Agreement with clearly developed responsibilities and performance expectations that can be used to train and provide feedback to mentor teachers.

3.1 In Action

Essential Action 3.1 focuses on a compelling and aligned vision, mission, goals, and values focused on a safe environment and high expectations. Watch our video and explore some resources that show how campuses put their mission and values into action, ensuring their practices and policies demonstrate high expectations and shared ownership of student success.

Mission, Vision and Values Artifacts

These artifacts from a Texas elementary school highlight how a campus aligns their mission and vision to their culture systems and rituals, reinforcing both inclusivity as well as high expectations for students and staff.

Schoolwide Culture Routine

This video shows a schoolwide routine in action. See how a Texas middle school executes a schoolwide routine that ensures a safe and structured hallway transition.

Student Rollout: Schoolwide Culture Routine

This lesson plan from a Texas middle school is provided to teachers in order to ensure a consistent rollout of a culture system (hallway transitions) to students. The lesson plan includes the “why” for students aligned to the school’s mission, and details exactly how the culture routine should look and sound each day.

4.1 In Action

Essential Action 4.1 is focused on the implementation of high quality instructional materials at a campus level. In our video, you’ll see a suite of materials that show alignment from assessment to unit to daily lesson level, as well as how materials are annotated and adapted to support special populations.

Example Lesson Plan: Elementary Math

This example elementary math lesson plan is a part of the unit plan also presented in ESF in Action. It is aligned to standards, appropriate level of rigor, and research based instructional practices.

Example Unit Plan

This is a unit plan from an elementary math curriculum aligned to the example lesson plan. The unit outlines aligned standards and specific lessons.

Summative Assessment: Elementary Math (Unit)

This elementary math assessment is aligned to the unit plan presented in ESF in Action. The assessment items vary in difficulty and format, giving a comprehensive picture of student knowledge.

Annotated Example Lesson Plan: Secondary ELA

This secondary ELA plan illustrates the success criteria of an effective lesson including alignment to standards, appropriate level of rigor, and research based instructional practices.

5.1 In Action

Essential Action 5.1 is focused on effective classroom routines and instructional strategies. Watch our video and explore model examples of implementation, including a teacher observation tool, example classroom culture, and management system, and a skill-building professional development for teachers.

School Observation Tool

This resource, developed for Texas in partnership with Amplify, provides a set of success criteria a school leader or outside observer can use to observe and measure the effectiveness of classroom instruction throughout a school building.

Classroom Culture Success Criteria & Artifacts

This document is provided to teachers at a Texas middle school as part of their summer professional development. The school sets success criteria for a strong classroom culture and then provides models and reflection questions for teachers to consider as they look at the artifacts.

Skill-Building Practice Labs

Examples and template for short “practice labs” to build teacher skill.

5.3 In Action

Essential Action 5.3 focuses on data-driven instruction. You will see a video highlighting examples of high-impact practices at Texas campuses, from strategic assessment calendars to detailed preparation for weekly data analysis.

Student Work Analysis & Leader Data Meeting Preparation

This example of leader preparation for a data analysis meeting can also serve as a general template for data analysis at a teacher or teacher team level. The model shows different steps in analysis of student work (break down the standard, ID the gaps, etc). Student work samples are included.

DDI Calendar and Principal Priorities

The following document shows two examples of a leader’s planning of data driven instruction. The first is a detailed assessment calendar that includes DDI moves such as data analysis and time for reteach built around interim and state assessment dates. Additionally, the aligned principal priority plan shows how the leader plans monthly actions based on this assessment calendar.