Archive for February, 2014

TETN Accountability Update – Feb. 26, 2014

Were you unable to see the accountability presentation at the Texas Assessment Conference last week? No worries, TEA has just posted slides from their TETN presentation from Wednesday. This presentation includes many helpful sides with 2013 and propose…

Picture Books in Secondary Libraries

A recent blog post by Shannon Miller got me thinking (again) about the value of picture books for all ages of students.  We tend to think of picture books, or “Everybody” books, as literature to support early and emerging readers.  We ma…

Testimonials from SOA Pilot Programs

As you may know, a number of campuses participated in a pilot program for the online Standardized Oral Administration accommodation option last year. This pilot program allowed TEA to evaluate the effectiveness of the SOA option for the STAAR test with…

France, London, New York…Teacher Summer Seminar and Institute Opportunities

    I know that it is February and you may not be thinking about your summer professional development plans, but the following opportunity may pique your interest. National Endowment for the Humanitites 2014 Summer Seminars and Institute…

Report: The State of Learning Disabilities

Educators may be interested in the recent report from the National Center for Learning Disabilities: 2014 State of Learning Disabilities. The report highlights trends and information about Learning Disabilities from a national perspective.  

Adelante Conference for Dual Language Bilingual Educators

Adelante! is an educator­‐led conference focused on Bilingual/Dual Language education in Central Texas. This conference is a forum for educators to share their experiences with other educators, to disperse insight and innovations in teaching and lea…

Federal Programs Workshop Reminder!

Our next FPL workshop is on March 3. We will be covering Title I Fiscal Issues, including amendments to the Consolidation Application and Private Non-Profit school participation. Sheila Collazo will be our guest trainer. Head over to https://ecampus.es…

STAAR Update: TEA will Assess New TEKS for 2014-2015

During a STAAR update at TASM (Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics) the Region  13 Math team learned that TEA will assess the new standards for grades 3-8 based on the Assessed Curriculum documents. Up until now we had been told that they …

Technology As Professional Development: One Leader’s Story

“Technology is not a tool, it’s an environment.” John Couch, VP of Education, Apple The notion of “Technology as Professional Development” came out of my work as a campus principal.  As an instructional leader, albeit,

Proclamation 2014 Initial Bids and Pricing

TEA has released the Initial Bid and Pricing document. If you have not already viewed this via their website (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147505402), you can download it here!   Proclamation 2014 Initial Bids and Pricing_02 2 2014