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Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) 2016 Prospective Educator Scholarship Application

Scholarship information for graduating seniors that have an interest in pursuing education as a career path:

The University of Texas at Austin-Chapter 12, of Phi Delta Kappa, awards one $500 scholarship each year; however, our top two screened applications are also forwarded to our International Phi Delta Kappa office for consideration for an additional $500 award.  Completed application forms must be returned with the required goals statement, a reference letter, and the student’s transcript (see application for details). The selected candidate/s and their parents will be recognized with the scholarship announcement on Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016.  This PDK awards program will take place at The University of Texas at Austin Sanchez Education Building, in the Dean’s Lounge, at approximately 6:00 p.m.  More information will be provided to the selected candidates.

Application: PDK Scholarship Application 2016

All completed scholarship applications are to be emailed or postmarked to me in PDK format and returned to me, Rosemary Morrow, by March 1, 2016. Please inform all candidates that we request they not send any folders, binders, or photographs. Complete application packets can be emailed to rmorr5@sbcglobal.net or mailed to the following address: Rosemary Morrow, 14513 Robert I. Walker Blvd., Austin, Texas 78728.

Questions should be directed to:

Rosemary Morrow, PhD

Scholarship Chair

Phi Delta Kappa International Chapter 12

The University of Texas at Austin

TEA Math Resources

TEA announced earlier this week several new resources now available through the Project Share Gateway at www.projectsharetexas.org

 

The new Vertical Alignment chart Grade 3-8, Statistics shows how the TEKS from lower grades align with the newly adopted HS Statistics course.  This joins the other vertical alignment documents for Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.

 

All Supporting Information Documents K-8 are now online.  The former side-by-side documents have been removed as the information in those included old TEKS.  The Supporting Information Documents show only the new TEKS and offer further clarification from TEA.

 

The Interactive Math Glossary offers a variety of Math terms in an interactive Frayer Model.  This is also available now as an App through iTunes Go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interactive-math-glossary/id1051404376?mt=8 to download.

 

This information should be shared with Math Curriculum support staff and Math teachers.

 

ESC Region 13 Math Contacts:

Susan Hemphill – Susan.Hemphill@esc13.txed.net

Mary Headley – mary.headley@esc13.txed.net

Virginia Keasler – virginia.keasler@esc13.txed.net

TEA Math Updates

The Texas Education Agency posted updates in a listserv e-mail today including:

New Resource – Interactive Mathematics Glossary: the iPhone and iPad Apps

 TEA’s Interactive Math Glossary is now available in the iTunes app store. The glossary is designed to help teachers explore and understand mathematics vocabulary used in the grades K–8 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Each glossary term is displayed in a four-quadrant Frayer Model. Go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interactive-math-glossary/id1051404376?mt=8 to download.

 

New Resource – Supporting Information Documents

 Supporting Information documents for grades K – 5 and 7 – 8 are currently available on the Gateway. The grade 6 document is in the process of being published to the Gateway. The documents are arranged by the TEKS and provide further explanations of the information in the Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents. The Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents for grades K – 8 will be removed from the Gateway on January 1, 2016. If you would like to retain a copy of these documents, please download and save them before the end of December.

SBOE Update – Financial Mathematics

 The State Board of Education is proposing that Financial Mathematics be added as an option for a third mathematics credit for students on the Foundation High School Program. This proposal went before the board for first reading and filing authorization at the November meeting. The public comment period for the proposed changes to Chapter 74, Subchapter B is expected to begin later this month. When available for public comment, it will appear on the State Board of Education’s Proposed State Board of Education Rules webpage. The proposed changes are expected to go before the board for second reading and final adoption in January.


SBOE Update – Personal Financial Literacy

 The Personal Financial Literacy course went before the board for first reading and filing authorization in November. This course is expected to be available for public comment later this month. When available for public comment, it will appear on the State Board of Education’s Proposed State Board of Education Rules webpage. This course is expected to go before the board for second reading and final adoption in January.

 

Personal Financial Literacy is proposed as a high school social studies course. Once adopted, this course will be a required course offering beginning with the following school year.

ESTAR/MSTAR Winter Windows

 The winter windows for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screeners and Diagnostic Assessments will open in early January. The dates for the ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener are January 11 – February 12, 2016. The Universal Screener assists teachers in determining if a student is at-risk for algebra readiness. The content in this screener does not cover all of the TEKS for the grade levels. The results of this screener should be used to guide instruction for whole class and interventions where appropriate.

 

The winter window dates for the ESTAR/MSTAR Diagnostic Assessments are January 18 – February 19, 2016. The Diagnostics Assessments are administered to students identified as being in need of additional support. They are designed to help teachers identify student misconceptions.

ESC Region 13 Math Contacts:

Mary Headley – mary.headley@esc13.txed.net

Susan Hemphill – susan.hemphill@esc13.txed.net

Virginia Keasler – virginia.keasler@esc13.txed.net

18th Issue of the In-Sight

The 18th issue of the In-Sight newsletter has been posted at http://www5.esc13.net/thescoop/insight/. Feel free to pass  links to articles  to your colleagues.

Articles include:

What If? Whiteboard Scenarios in Science Education
Mindsets and Math: Ideas for Helping Nurture Growth
Be the Learner
Not People, Places or Dates:Using Vocabulary to Instruct Social Studies
Social Emotional Skills, Something to Think About
Tranlanguaging – Normal Bilingual Discourse
Place Markers: An Effective Reading Strategy Tool for Distracted Readers

 

Student Success Initiative (Texas SUCCESS) Online Accelerated Instruction Resources

The following “To the Administrator Addressed” was posted on December 11th from the Texas Education Agency:

SUBJECT: Student Success Initiative (Texas SUCCESS) Online Accelerated Instruction Resources

Rider 46, General Appropriations Act, 84th Texas Legislature, authorizes the commissioner to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for “statewide licenses to provide supplemental computer-based reading and mathematics instruction to all students in grades for which accelerated instruction is required.” The Texas Education Agency (TEA) issued RFP 701-16-010, Student Success Initiative Support Programs (Texas SUCCESS) and has now completed the review of online resources submitted in response. The RFP called for “scientifically validated and research-based online programs that target the prevention of academic failure in mathematics and reading” in the following service categories:

  • Grades 3–5 mathematics
  • Grades 6–8 mathematics
  • Algebra I
  • Grades 3–5 reading
  • Grades 6–8 reading
  • English I
  • English II

An evaluation team comprised of TEA staff and district representatives reviewed the submissions and selected Think Through Math (TTM) as the provider for Texas SUCCESS math resources for grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and Algebra I.

The evaluation team selected reading resources, as well. The following programs will be available for district use in accelerated reading instruction:

  • Grades 3–5 reading– Istation
  • Grades 6–8 reading— Compass Learning and Istation
  • English I and II— Apex Learning

Each company has received a notice of award and is prepared to begin providing services upon finalization of contracts. Each contract end date will be August 31, 2017. At this time, districts can begin planning for use of the selected programs to provide accelerated instruction to students in grades 3–5, grades 6–8, Algebra I, and English I and II. Districts will be able to select one of two vendors at grades 6-8. All selected companies are authorized to begin communicating with districts in preparation for resumption of previous services and/or the addition of new services.

The TEA thanks the district representatives who participated in the review and selection of the online resources. Their participation and expertise are greatly appreciated.

Please feel free to send questions to ssi@tea.texas.gov. Instructional Materials and Educational Technology (IMET) staff are ready to assist.

Sincerely,

Monica Martinez

Associate Commissioner
Department of Standards and Programs
Texas Education Agency

“Excellence in Every Classroom” featuring PLC Expert John Wink

Transform Your School into a School of Excellence!

Join us on January 22 for “Excellence in Every Classroom” featuring PLC Expert John Wink.

This training is packed with powerful tools designed to help you create a school wide system for teacher success that will lead to the highest levels of excellence in student achievement.

In this training Mr. Wink will introduce his Hierarchy of Learning; the excellence in every classroom framework that will help you prioritize the conditions for learning to empower students to direct their own learning. He will demonstrate his Excellence Support System where participants will discover how to create systems of support using PD, digital supports, teacher/team collaboration and individualized teacher supports. Finally he will show you how to connect these systems to the teacher evaluation instruments, leaving you with strategies to become proficient, even distinguished, in every indicator.

Registration is open now!

Workshop #SP1632007

See the attached flier for details. JohnWinkFlyerJan2016

ESC Region 13 Contact:

Angela Buckingham  | 512.919.5187 |  angela.buckingham@esc13.txed.net

Laura Varney | 512.919.5137 | laura.varney@esc13.txed.net

 

Comments: Proposed Commissioner of Education Rules

Please review the following information sent out by TEA and submit comments as desired.

The following rule action was filed with the Texas Register on Monday, November 30, 2015, for publication in the December 11, 2015 issue:

 

Proposed Repeal of and New 19 TAC Chapter 150, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Educator Appraisal, Subchapter AA, Teacher Appraisal

Summary: The proposed repeal and new rules would reflect changes to the state-recommended teacher appraisal system by replacing the current state-recommended teacher appraisal system, the Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS), effective July 1, 2016, with a new state-recommended teacher appraisal system, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS).

Public Comment Period: December 11, 2015 – January 11, 2016.

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January 11, 2016.

Proposed Effective Date: July 1, 2016.

 

Please see the TEA website to view proposed commissioner of education rules.

 

You may submit comments on the proposed rule to rules@tea.texas.gov. A request for a public hearing on a proposal submitted under the Administrative Procedure Act must be received by the commissioner of education not more than 14 calendar days after notice of the proposal has been published in the Texas Register. Unforeseen circumstances may delay publication of the agency rules in the Texas Register. The Rules website will be updated to reflect any changes.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

Rulemaking

Texas Education Agency

(512) 475-1497

 

Public Comment for Proposed Rule: Instructional Materials

Notice of Proposed Review. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) proposes the review of 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, pursuant to the Texas Government Code, §2001.039.

Summary: The rules being reviewed by the TEA in 19 TAC Chapter 66 are organized under the following subchapters: Subchapter AA, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning the Commissioner’s List of Electronic Instructional Materials; Subchapter BB, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning State-Developed Open-Source Instructional Materials; Subchapter CC, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Acceptable Condition of Public School Printed Instructional Materials, Electronic Instructional Materials, and Technological Equipment; and Subchapter DD, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Instructional Materials Allotment. As required by the Texas Government Code, §2001.039, the TEA will accept comments as to whether the reasons for adopting 19 TAC Chapter 66, Subchapters AA-DD, continue to exist.

Public Comment Period: December 4, 2015 – January 4, 2016.

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption of Review: January 4, 2016.

 

Please see the TEA website for information on commissioner of education rule review.

 

You may submit comments on proposed rule reviews to rules@tea.texas.gov. Unforeseen circumstances may delay publication of the agency rules in the Texas Register. The Rules website will be updated to reflect any changes. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

Rulemaking

Texas Education Agency

(512) 475-1497

ESC Region 13 Paraprofessional and Substitute Support

PARAPROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION TRAINING:
ESC Region 13 is pleased to offer upcoming Staff Development to address the NCLB requirement of Highly Qualified for Paraprofessionals.

Paraprofessional Certification Training:
Dates:  January 25 – 27, 2016
E-Campus #SP1631901
Fee:  $225
*See the attached flyer and/or view: www.esc13.net/paraprofessional for more detailed information about this HQ certification training.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SUPPORT TRAINING:
An outreach has been developed to support the professional development needs of substitute teachers.  We are offering a TOT for school administrators as well as face-to-face training for substitute teachers.

TOT Substitute Teacher Support (for district administrator personnel)
Date: January 22, 2016
E-Campus #: SP1632974
Fee:  $500 per school personnel

Substitute Teacher Support (for substitute teachers)
Dates:  February 8 – 9, 2016
E-Campus # SP1631921
Location: Region 13 ESC
Fee:  $50 per Substitute Teacher

*See the attached flyer for more detailed information about this staff development.

The TOT Substitute Teacher Support is designed for school administrator personnel as a turn-a-round staff development for your ISD substitute teachers.  You will receive a customizable District Substitute Teacher Handbook with electronic forms, legalities, and substitute teacher survival techniques; a customizable  Power Point presentation with speaker notes and built-in activities for learning; and an electronic ESC Region 13 Substitute Teacher Support Notebook  with handouts, forms and specific guidance on instructional strategies and classroom management.

Administrators can also select to receive the customizable resources without the TOT staff development option.  See the flyer for specific details.

The course content for Substitute Teacher Support Training includes modules that can be presented separately in short increments of PD as needed:
-Classroom Management
-Safety, Ethical and Legal Issues
-Guidance in Working with School Personnel and Substitute Teacher “Survival Tips”
-Modeling of Instructional Strategies to Enhance Lessons
-Examining Resources to Enrich Student Learning Experiences
-Review Lesson Plan Implementation

 

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2015-16 Sub-flyer-TOT Aug_Jan

For more information contact:
Susan Patteson M.Ed., CALT
Project Coordinator
Susan.patteson@esc13.txed.net
512.919.5401

Public Comment Opportunity: Individual Graduation Committee

The following information was posted by the Texas Education Agency:

Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter BB, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning High School Graduation, §74.1025, Individual Graduation Committee Review

Summary: The proposed new rule would reflect requirements implemented by Senate Bill 149, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015.

Public Comment Period: December 4, 2015 – January 4, 2016.

Earliest Possible Date of Adoption: January 4, 2016.

Proposed Effective Date: February 16, 2016.

 

Please see the TEA website to view proposed commissioner of education rules.

 

You may submit comments on the proposed rule to rules@tea.texas.gov. A request for a public hearing on a proposal submitted under the Administrative Procedure Act must be received by the commissioner of education not more than 14 calendar days after notice of the proposal has been published in the Texas Register. Unforeseen circumstances may delay publication of the agency rules in the Texas Register. The Rules website will be updated to reflect any changes.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you.

 

Rulemaking

Texas Education Agency

(512) 475-1497

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