Archive for August, 2011

STEM Historical Perspective 1794 – 1994

As early as 1749, politicians such as Benjamin Franklin, who sought to change education from elitist white privilege to education for all, tied politics and national prosperity to education reform.  Education reform has historically been extolled as t…

2011-2012 SC5100 CEIS Data Collection Form – Working Properly

On 8/23/11, you were notified that the 2011-2012 SC5100 CEIS Data Collection form was not working properly. The problem has been resolved. Refer to post sent on August 23 titled 2011-2012 SC5100 CEIS Data Collection Form for details on completing this …

Does PBL Work?

In our last blog I challenged us to incorporate more PBL as our instructional modality of choice. PBL at its best serves as a catalyst for engaging students in standards-based contextual learning, self-mastery, 21st Century Skills acquisition and appli…

What is T-STEM PBL?

In our last blog I challenged us to step up to PBL.  Across the globe one will find varied definitions of PBL, but they all have the same key tenets. In Texas, the STEM movement has defined T-STEM PBL as an: ð       inquiry-based instructional …

Rosa’s Law and HB1481

What did Rosa’s Law do? When Rosa’s law was passed in January 2010 the term “mental retardation” was removed in federal laws and regulations and the term “intellectual disabilities” was inserted.   The bill in full can be accessed by clic…

Non-Educational Community-Based Support Services

Close Out 2010-2011 It’s time to close the books on 2010-2011 Non-Ed funding.  In 2010-2011, funds were awarded and sent UP-FRONT to the LEA in accordance with the Letter of Agreement for each student. Funding ends August 31, 2011. At that tim…

ARRA IDEA-B Formula and ARRA IDEA-B Preschool Grants

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Individuals with Disabilities Act, Part B (IDEA-B) Formula and the ARRA IDEA-B Preschool grants, which end September 30, 2011, both permit infrastructure investments as allowable costs. Though these gra…

STAAR Modified Participation Requirements

                Breaking News— TEA has posted the new participation requirements for STAAR-Modified.  This form can also be located on TEA’s website at the STAAR Modified Resources page and is a State-Required Documentation Form….

STAAR Modified Participation Requirements

              Breaking News— TEA has posted the new participation requirements for STAAR-Modified.  This form can also be located on TEA’s website at the STAAR Modified Resources page and is a State-Required Documentation Form. Thi…

Rosa’s Law and HB 1481

What did Rosa’s Law do? When Rosa’s law was passed in January 2010 the term “mental retardation” was removed in federal laws and regulations and the term “intellectual disabilities” was inserted.   The bill in full can be accessed by …