STAARtling Teacher Hacks in Preparation for STAAR Online

Here are four cool things teachers and administrators have been doing to help students feel better prepared for STAAR Online: Print a poster-size picture from the Educator Guide to Accessibility within the STAAR Program (like the image below) to make explicit connections to what the tool will look like and where to find it on the …

Differentiation Playbook from Newsela

In a 2018 survey, nearly half of teachers reported feeling unprepared to differentiate instruction.* In The Differentiation Playbook: 7 Key Plays for Today’s Educators, you’ll find key insights on differentiation across content areas, how differentiation intersects with culturally responsive teaching, and how administrators can support teachers in achieving successful differentiation. Read more here. Would you …

Preparing Your Students for STAAR Online During Classroom Instruction: Easy Peasy!

You’ve determined that STAAR Online will best match the accommodations your student receives in class that have been successful. You’ve provided your student time to take the STAAR tutorials and practice tests, and even helped personalize settings as part of using the STAAR Online Features & Supports Checklist. Now you’re wondering how the in-class supports …

Benefits of STAAR Online Versus Paper

If your instruction looks like this (and we know for many students it does)… …then your student(s) should be taking STAAR online! Why? Because these supports are only available in the STAAR Online Content and Language Supports. Sure, you might be thinking about the potential for technology glitches. Online testing might feel risky, but the benefits …

Are Your Students Taking STAAR Online?

If so, it’s important that they familiarize themselves with the online testing environment and embedded tools. One great way to do this is to use the STAAR Online Features & Supports Checklist while completing the STAAR online tutorials and practice tests. STAAR Online Features & Supports Checklist It’s important to explicitly teach students how to …

Update: On February 27th, Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom – Part 2 – Comprehension

Are you a bilingual educator who would like to transform your guided reading sessions and boost students’ comprehension? If so, please join us as we reflect and broaden our understanding of comprehension strategies that build students’ confidence and competence, as they become more strategic readers. We will highlight several effective learning activities and discuss how …

On February 12th -Effective EL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies

Join us in discovering ways to transform your classroom by enhancing participation and quickly assessing the learning of your EL students!  This training picks up where Strategies that Advance ELs’ Academic & Linguistic Success (FA1838895)* left off with even more tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use as you design interactive lessons that facilitate learning …

Title III -Family Engagement & Community Engagement Resource Tool

Title III, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as reauthorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), aims to ensure that English learners (ELs) and immigrant students attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Title III will also assist all English learners meet the same challenging …

On February 5th, Guided Reading in the Bilingual Classroom – Part 2 – Comprehension

Are you a bilingual educator who would like to transform your guided reading sessions and boost students’ comprehension? If so, please join us as we reflect and broaden our understanding of comprehension strategies that build students’ confidence and competence, as they become more strategic readers. We will highlight several effective learning activities and discuss how …

7 Steps to a Language Rich Foreign Language Classroom with Anna Matis on February 12

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