Administrators Frameworks/Resources

How to Create a STEAM Curriculum

Ever wondered how to implement STE(A)M in your classroom? Maybe you have been assigned the task to be the newest STE(A)M teacher at your school? Don't fret--You have the world in your hands! STE(A)M education is at the forefront of teaching students how to problem-solve, think critically, and be prepared for the world that awaits them once they finish their education. Be a part of that revolution, and join us as we discuss the easiest way to go about conceptualizing, building and scaffolding curriculum in your STE(A)M classroom.

Using Your Library to Create a Makerspace

The purpose of a traditional school library is to is to encourage curiosity, innovation, and problem-solving. Did you know the purpose of a makerspace is the same? If you have been thinking about creating a maker space in your library, go ahead and take the plunge! In this session we'll talk about the many advantages of giving students a hands-on place to learn and apply concepts from all fields of study.

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 4 - Professional Practices and Responsibilities

Teachers often struggle with juggling their many roles and responsibilities throughout the school year, on top of priority number one: teaching. With a profession as challenging as an educator's, self-reflection is one of the best things a teacher can do for him or herself as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works, as well as what didn't work, and why it didn't work, plays an integral role in the process of becoming a better teacher - and role model for students. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism - all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and performing at their best. As the final session of our "Technology to Support T-TESS" series comes to a close, we'll help support you as you juggle your many responsibilities.

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 3 - Learning Environment

Students and teachers sometimes consider school their "second home." Because of this, establishing a positive culture for learning and a productive classroom environment full of respect and rapport is not just the teacher's responsibility anymore. Teachers and students must work together to establish routines, behavior management plans, and everyday procedures. Even the physical space should be organized in such a way that benefits all learning styles. Teachers shift to being the advocator for the needs of all students in the classroom, and the students shift to being the collaborators, encouragers, and supporters of the peers around them. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we dive into the third session of the Technology to Support T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) series, exploring a variety of resources and technology to support both teachers and students.

Digital Citizenship for 21st Century Learners

Technology is changing the landscape of education - and the way we approach digital citizenship. Students must become evaluators of information, and we have a responsibility to equip them with this skill. In this course, we will discuss how technology is changing the way we discuss Digital Citizenship and some ways you can start the conversation in your classroom. Ditch how you thought you should approach this topic in your classroom and join us to learn a new approach! 

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 2 - Instruction

This is the second of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the second standard of T-TESS, Instruction. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Instruction!

Technology to Support T-TESS: Domain 1 - Planning

This is the first of a four-session series reviewing the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System. Join our Curriculum Specialists as they help you to incorporate technology into the first standard of T-TESS, Planning. The T-TESS is a set of standards with the purpose of reviewing teacher performance to inform the training, appraisal, and professional development of teachers. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content, and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through their favorite websites, platforms, and software programs for Planning!

District and School Performance Improvement Strategies

In the effort to improve student achievement and learning outcomes, it is essential for any school or district leader to know the methods and measures used for evaluating success. From unwrapping state standards, to developing academic intervention and enrichment programs, school and district leaders must understand how to design programs that will lead to improved achievement in the classroom and beyond. This series of administrator sessions will identify some successful strategies to enhance performance improvement initiatives in schools and districts.

College and Career Readiness

The primary goal of every school or district is to ensure that students are well-prepared and ready for life beyond the K-12 academic program. Creating successful middle and high school programs that will increase graduation rates and prepare students for college and career readiness are essential to this process. This series of administrator sessions will provide information and strategies that can be used to support school or district efforts to promote early college awareness.  

Testing Tools in the Math Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the Math classroom.

Testing Tools in the ELA Classroom

We all know that end of year testing is quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher tools to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice in the ELA classroom.

Mindfulness Activities

Do you find your students drifting away to a dream land during the day? Students have a limited attention span and getting students to refocus once they start day dreaming can be hard. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore some activities for mindfulness to help your students be fully present and aware of what is happening in your lesson.

Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety

Students are often nervous and anxious for upcoming tests. Join our Curriculum Specialists as we take a look at some strategies for your students to use to help reduce test anxiety and how you as the teacher can help.

Prepping for the Exam

We all know that those big testing days are quickly approaching! Join us as we review some helpful tools to be sure that students are prepared for what lies ahead with various upcoming exams. Learn about some helpful teacher strategies to help gauge student readiness and resources for comprehensive student practice.

Making Your Token Economy Digital

Token Economies are a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) used to recognize students for meeting goals. While the idea of giving a student a reward for meeting a goal hasn’t changed the structure of keeping track of these rewards and distributing them has. Join us as we show you how to free yourself from the problems of lost, damaged, or stolen physical tokens and create your own digital token economy.

Intro to Design Challenges

Join us for an exciting session where our Curriculum Specialists will flex their technological expertise and share with you their favorite version of the cyclic Engineering Design Process: Build, Test, Learn, Design. Whether you're practicing this process in relation to 3D Printing, or low-tech technologies it will help students build transferable 21st-century skills like critical thinking and create a student-focused environment. In this session, we will give you the knowledge and tools to get started with engineering design thinking in your classroom today!

Organizational Design and Improvement Strategies

When Designing School and District Improvement Strategies, it is Vital to Align all of your Educational Plans and Priorities Under One Large Umbrella. The Development of a Strategic Plan that Establishes Goals and Expectations, Identifies Program Strengths and Weaknesses, and Aligns Revenue and Resources into One Cohesive Document is a Necessary Tool in this Process. This Series of Admin Sessions will Focus on Key Strategic Planning Questions that can Guide the Design and Development of a Strategic Plan that Addresses Your Current Reality; Identifies Your Desired Outcomes; and Aligns Your Action Plan(s), Revenue, and Resources to School and District Priorities, Goals, and Expectations.

Best Web Resources for the High School Math Classroom

Join our curriculum specialist to learn how find and utilize some great web resources for your math classroom. We will explore advanced Google searches and some websites to assist you in your math instruction and practice. You will leave this session with a variety of math resources that you will be excited to explore more and begin implementing in your classroom.

Effective Instructional Leadership - Introduction

Among the Many and Varied Goals and Expectations of the School or District Administrator is to Need to Demonstrate Effective Instructional Leadership at the District, School, and Classroom Levels. Research Provides Several Strategies that can Assist and Support the School or District Leader in their Efforts to Improve Performance and Create a ‘True’ and ‘Inclusive’ Academic Learning Community. This Series of Admin Sessions will Focus on Some Key Strategies and Steps that can Implemented by School and District Leaders in the Efforts to Identify and Establish Clear Academic Goals, Expectations, and Plans that can Benefit their Entire School Community 

IEP/504 Accommodations

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans are instrumental tools in getting formal help for students in K-12 education with learning and attention issues. While they both focus on giving all students equal opportunities to learn, they are used for different reasons; IEPs for special education and 504 plans for physical access to learning. Join us as we go over these differences in depth and give you strategies and awareness to help you meet every student's needs according to their plans.

SAMR and TPACK

Teachers have been delivering fantastic lessons for generations, using a wide array of technology, or even none at all. Once technology is made available, how does it get used? This session will explore two paradigms to analyze technology integration within the classroom – the Technological/Pedagogical/Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, and the SAMR Substitution/Augmentation/Modification/Redefinition (SAMR) framework. Participants will leave with a keener eye towards examining technology usage and some ways to enable teachers to better their own practices.

Evaluating Effective Classroom Technology Usage

It is easy to walk into a classroom and see that a teacher has something displayed on an interactive whiteboard, but how do you really assess what type of learning is taking place? During this session, we will examine the utilization of Interactive Whiteboards, Laptops/Chromebooks, and iPads/Tablets into classroom instruction. Participants will leave this session able to apply two model frameworks for the integration of technology into classroom curriculum and content:  SAMR and T-PACK. We will look at effective tools for evaluation:  lesson planning templates and rubrics.  If you are concerned that your school technology investments may be underutilized, or you want to highlight your great technology pioneers, this session is for you.

Identifying Effective Classroom Technology Usage

What makes a great technology-infused lesson?  How can you encourage teachers to better utilize their available classroom technology more effectively? Participants will leave this session with an understanding of two popular model frameworks for integrating technology tools: SAMR and T-PACK. Administrators will be better able to motivate their teachers into higher levels of effective technology usage, and teachers will be able to do lesson planning to enable deeper understanding and increased engagement from their students.

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 4

Teachers face countless choices  daily when it comes to their students, lesson planning, parent interaction, and the environment of where learning takes place. With a profession as challenging as teaching, self reflection is beneficial for teachers as it presents opportunities for growth. Thinking about what works, and why it works as well as what didn't work and why it didn't work plays an integral role in the development of becoming a better teacher and role model for students. Join our curriculum specialists as we go through strategies for reflecting on teaching, maintaining accurate records, communicating with families, participating in the professional community, growing and developing professionally, and showing professionalism all while creating engaging lessons for our students and keeping students informed, motivated, and improving performance. As the final session of our  "Technology to Support the Danielson Framework" series comes to a close, we will help support you as you juggle the many responsibilities assigned to you.

Assistive Technology Resources

Does your classroom cater to the needs of all learners?  Are you struggling to help those students with learning disabilities or other special needs? If you answered yes to either of those questions join our Curriculum Specialists to learn about some assistive technologies you can implement in your classroom!  Assistive technology helps to level the playing field for your students and chances are you have some in your room already.  Let's take a look at how students can use assistive technologies such as speech to text, iPad apps, and even some low tech options to further their education.

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 3

Are you struggling to engage your students in learning? Do you ever ask yourself, "How can I bring this complex content that MUST be taught...to life for my students?" If you answered yes to all these questions, then you're in the right place! Our Curriculum Specialists will guide you through a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 3 of the Danielson Framework, Instruction, where their focus will be to provide strategies for improving your communication with students, introduce different techniques for questioning and discussion, and enhance your flexibility and responsiveness during any type of lesson. Here in Domain 3, teachers execute the plans that they previously created in Domain 1: Planning and Preparation. This domain is considered the "heart" of teaching and we are more than excited to support your passion for instruction as we boost students' passion for learning!

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 2

Join our Curriculum Specialists as we explore a variety of resources and technology to support Domain 2 of the Danielson Framework, focusing our attention on your efforts in creating an exceptional "Classroom Environment." Priorities for establishing a classroom environment full of respect and rapport, a culture for learning, and organizing the physical space include the teacher's ability to create an atmosphere for students that is not only safe and comfortable, but gives all students the feeling of success. Teachers and students begin to work together to establish routines, behavior management strategies, and every-day procedures that work while constructing a caring and warm space, fostering a professional learning setting for all parties involved  As a result, there is mutual respect, understanding, and ultimate success for both teachers and students. 

Technology to Support the Danielson Framework - Domain 1

In this first of four-session series, we'll explore how you can best incorporate technology resources to demonstrate your effectiveness of various components of Domain 1 of The Danielson Framework. The Danielson Framework is a constructivist set of instructional components aimed at helping teachers in four domains: Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities. From demonstrating knowledge of resources, content and pedagogy, to designing student assessments, our curriculum specialists will guide you through their favorites websites, platforms, and software programs for Planning and Preparation!

Administrator Track: Assessment and Student Data

Discover a variety of assessment tools that will help guide effective evaluation procedures in this final course of our administrator track. Whether looking to enhance formative or summative assessment in the classroom, we will share a number of resources and helpful techniques that will assist in receiving valuable date to help guide future instruction.

Administrator Track: Designing and Building Engaging Learning Environments

Join us in the second part of this administrator track where we focus on key elements of an engaging learning environment. Take a closer look at how teachers can use the tools available to them, along with additional resources to make the most of their learning environment. Assist teachers in creating an engaging and interactive learning space with some of the techniques shared by our PD staff.

Administrator Track: Identifying Effective Technology Use

In this first course of our sessions dedicated to administrators, we will focus in on how to identify whether the technology you have invested in is being used to its utmost potential. Whether you are working with interactive whiteboards, iPads, Chromebooks, or tablets, this course will help administrators and their teachers make the most out of the available resources.

Digital Online Certifications

Below are some popular Digital Teacher Certifications that are available as a series of online courses. Click on a logo to start your certification track today!