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1: Leadership | Principal, Mr. Jessie Woods, greets students daily at the main intersection of the front of the school. Mr. Woods greets each individual student by name! | Giving Guidance Sharing A Vision Empowering Followers to Achieve

3: Mr. Jessie Woods is an active leader. Teaching a class when needed, conducting professional learning community meetings, and collaborating in faculty meetings. He is always involved and is never above helping in any way .

4: In the state of Texas, 743 campuses received funding under Reading First. Houston ISD had 82 campuses that received the Reading First Initiative funding. James Burrus Elementary was one of those 82 campuses. For the last six years, Burrus has shown continued steady progress of increasing the reading outcomes of all students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade. In fact, in 2009, all third grade students passed the TAKS reading assessment. The growth of the student outcomes and teacher knowledge, along with the level of implementation of the Reading First non-negotiable domains has set Burrus Elementary as one of the campuses that has been identified as a Demonstration Site for the 2009-2010 school year. Sixteen campuses in Texas will be showcased for what the students, teachers and administrators have achieved over the last six years during the funding of the Reading First Initiative. Each campus has a team working to identify what makes this a strong campus. Burrus strength can be defined in the administration team and the data reporting system that is used in all grades, not just limited to the Reading First kindergarten through 3rd grade, but expanded to include pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. The administration team that consist of the principal, Mr. Jesse Woods, the LCC, Mrs. Tiffani Pender and the SFA/Title 1 Coordinator, Mrs. Brewer works with the teachers regularly discussing each individual students data and how each student can be challenged to grow and progress as far as possible.

7: Mr. Woods buzzing around leading our school.

8: Mr Woods working with faculty teams after school in the library planning strategies to meet all students' needs. Mr. Woods and the 3rd grade team meeting during planning period to review data and discuss strategies for each child.

9: Sample agendas for faculty and grade team meetings. Weekly Faculty Meetings always include data. This enables all teachers to be aware of the success of each individual student and to work as a team across grade levels to meet all their needs.

10: Sample Agendas from Faculty Meetings

11: Students were asked to draw campus leaders in action. Mrs. Hollie - Third Grade Reading Teacher Mr. Herrera - Communities in Schools Director

12: Data Meetings drive the instruction of each classroom. Teachers use their grouping mats to group students according to the skills identified in the data.

18: We use district criteria to group the students into tiers. Then we transfer the names onto the grouping mat in order to match the student with the skill needed.

19: Ms. Byrd, the interventionist, works very hard to make sure the students grasp each concept.

20: Ms. Curry | Ms. Grant | Mr. Files leads students in an exercise to improve their reading skills.

21: Mrs. Jackson | Ms. Goode

22: Not only do we have interventionists, but teachers are also responsible for using grouping mats to provide their own intervention as well. | Ms. Clark, Kindergarten

23: Mr. Lovelady, 1st Grade | Mrs. Paster, 2nd Grade | Mrs. Crawford, 1st Grade

24: Workstations are a way for students to master the skill taught on their own.

26: TPRI DATA GRID The skills needed on the TPRI test are the same skills that are practiced during workstation time.

27: Stanford 10 Data Chart

28: Ms. Walker, textbook coordinator, motivates and encourages all students to do their very best.

29: Professional Development keeps us abreast of the latest trends in education. You can never know too much!

30: Students used statements on sentence strips to figure out if the thought was in my head (inference) or "in the text (explicit). | Elements of Understanding:

31: Lauryn Nguyen, HISD Reading Manager | Sandra Brewer (pictured on right) Title One, Testing, and Success For All Reading Coordinator | Tiffani Pender, Literacy Coach, Capacity Building Supervisor, and Demonstration Site Manager | Non Classroom personnel step in to help whenever needed. | Ms. Scott Counselor | Non Classroom Personnel also step in to help whenever needed.

32: In every classroom lies an eager role model. | Mr. Hernandez, Band Teacher | Mr. Dorsey, Fifth Grade | Mr. Kent, Fifth Grade E.O.> Smith

33: Mr. Pollard, Part Time Principal & BAC Teacher | Mr. Hall, Kindergarten Teacher | Mr. Lovelady, First Grade Teacher

34: Burrus is also a mentor/partner school to E.O. Smith. E.O. Smith services children grades PK - 8. Their fifth graders are at Burrus by 8:30 everyday to target academic challenges then are bused back at 3:00. The students at E.O. Smith experience the best of both worlds. Mr. Kent, 5th Grade teacher, E.O. Smith

35: Mr. Lopez, Custodian

37: We are always here to lend a helping hand !

38: Pre-Kindergarten is the foundation to our success. At Burrus Elementary, our pre-K begins with students as young as three and they remain at school until 3:00. No half day pre-k here !

39: Earth Day with Pre -K

41: Ms. Harris makes sure that she integrates the reading, math, science, and social studies curriculum while enjoying the beautiful day in our outdoor classroom.

42: Under the British Council Program, Teachers and Principals from Birmingham, England were given a chance to spend a week visiting our school. They were able to observe our teaching practices and compare them to the way things are done in England. | Dr. Alma Allen, Texas House of Representatives District 131

43: Tracy Weeden, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Superintendent Weeden took time from her busy schedule to enjoy lunch with our visitors from England.

44: Book Fair | Computer Lab | Health & Nutrition | Odyssey Of The Mind | Name that Book Competition | Extra Curricular Activities

45: Step Team | Burrus Houston Children's Choir | History Fair | Soccer | Library

46: At Burrus, College day is a huge production. Teachers compete by decorating their doors and wearing their college t-shirts. Third through fifth grade meet in the cafeteria to ask questions and talk to college representatives.

48: Mr. Hernandez, Band Director

49: Ms. Prince, Dance Instructor

50: Ms. Thelander, Visual Arts

51: Coach Jones, Gymnastics Instructor

52: Ms. Champagne, helps guide children to success.

53: Mentors come from near and far to show our students support. Toni Richerson from the University of Houston. Mr. Scott from a local business.

54: Parental Involvement takes place both at school and at home. Parents help us to reinforce skills outside of school.

56: A literacy coach's work is never done ! | A literacy coach's work is never done ! | Shelia Galvan & Tiffani Pender reviewing data. | Angie Durand & Tiffani Pender reviewing data.

58: Mr. Woods sees all ...


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  • Title: Burrus Elementary
  • Read the story of how Burrus Elementary in Houston ISD is a demonstration site for the state of Texas for K-3 reading!!
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  • Published: about 8 years ago