TXSBOE April 2017 Session Update
What a week! Here's what happened in the world of serving Texas students:
Preparing Texas students to be 21st Century STEM Champions
During the Public Hearing on Science Standards (TEKS), these four educators testified on the importance of authentic and effective Science education, focusing on the best interest of Texas students.
Photo from left to right: Barbara Cargill (SBOE 8), Karina Martinez-Bray, Chemistry (Irving ISD), Aicha Davis, Physics and Chemistry (DeSoto ISD), Lynlie Brown, Biology (Grapevine-Colleyville ISD), Georgina C. Pérez (SBOE 1), Stephanie Strike, Physics (Irving ISD)
Spanish: a syllabic language
The Public Hearing on Spanish Language Arts & Reading put El Paso educators in the spotlight... and what a show! Over 20 pages of amendments - all passed unanimously, resulting in some of the best Language Arts and Reading standards Texas dual-language learners have ever received. Read the amendments
Photo from left to right: Lucia Palomino, Dual Language Teacher (El Paso ISD), Donna Bahorich (SBOE Chair) Georgina C. Pérez (SBOE District 1), Marianne Sotelo, Dual-Language Teacher (El Paso ISD), Maria Eugenia Rapozo, Dual-Language Teacher (El Paso ISD), Margarita Compean, Dual-Language Teacher Facilitator (El Paso ISD)
The background work:
Yes, lots and lots of time and effort goes into creating great documents for our students. Check out the first ever, live-stream, statewide teacher workgroup revising standards in a collaborative and transparent effort. Educators from Region 19 (El Paso), Region 13 (Austin), Alief ISD (Houston), Canutillo ISD, El Paso ISD, San Elizario ISD, La Fe Prep, and Ft Hancock ISD (Hudspeth) - all working on Spanish and English Language Arts and Reading so our Spanish speaking students learn English well... and our English speaking students learn Spanish well, side by side in Dual-Language classrooms across Texas.
Committee on Instruction discusses a high school Comparative Literature course
Board member Georgina C. Pérez, D-El Paso, has proposed a comparative literature class for juniors or seniors that would include works by authors from diverse backgrounds.
The optional course would fulfill students’ English 3 or 4 requirement and would follow established curriculum, so the board wouldn’t have to take on the complicated and lengthy process of creating new curriculum standards. Read the article
Watch our archived April session videos online
PREVIEW OF THE JUNE 2017 SESSION
TEKS Review Schedule
Canutillo ISD Board of Trustees
This week, the CISD Board of Trustees proposed a misguided resolution containing discriminatory terminology, aimed at low-income students. Here is some of the media coverage: El Paso Times, KTSM, KFOX, KVIA, El Diario, and our released statement read at the CISD School Board meeting. 17 Feb 2017
TXSBOE February 2017 Session Update
I want to take this opportunity to bring you all up to speed on what we were able to accomplish at the first meeting of the Texas State Board of Education for this term.
On a personal note, it was very exciting for me because it was my first meeting as your member representative of District 1. Here are a few of the highlights from last week:
I have been committed to ensuring that the TXSBOE is more inclusive for all Texans. I proposed a rule change that would prevent the Chair from limiting public comment to just 30 minutes. Previously if you drove all the way to Austin from El Paso, Odessa, the Trans-Pecos area, or Laredo to address the Board, there was a good chance you wouldn’t even be heard. Now everyone will get their opportunity to address the Board.
Science Standards, Streamlining
We demonstrated that the 4 TEKS in question, focusing on theories outside of the realm of science - leading students to question evolution and introduce creationism - were never written by teachers or scientists, rather they were written by TXSBOE members in 2009. In this article written by former TXSBOE Chair Don McLeroy (appointed by Gov. Rick Perry), who put passages in standards, said he wanted to lead students to creationism.
English Language Arts & Reading Standards
We worked closely with professionals from Region XIX before the meeting and took suggested amendments for K-8 to Austin for consideration. We were able to pass all amendments K-8, submitted by the Region XIX teacher group without opposition.
Spanish Language Arts & Reading Standards
Because Region XIX leads the state in SLAR and ESL success, our suggested amendments were accepted and we will be sharing our strategies with the rest of the state with the hopes of duplicating our success in this area across Texas.
Please note: The Public Comment period will soon open for the aforementioned amendments to be reviewed by all stakeholders. Please feel free to submit your feed back to our office at: Georgina.Perez@tea.texas.gov
February Meeting Wrap-Up
Read the summary of votes taken at the Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 General Meetings of the Board.
Math & Reading Academies
The mathematics and reading academies will be implemented during summer 2016 and summer 2017 according to the following schedule: Read more
SBOE Heroes for Children
The TXSBOE is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Heroes for Children Award. This annual award recognizes public school volunteers who have been strong advocates for Texas schoolchildren. The nomination deadline for the 2017 Heroes for Children award is May 26.
National History Teacher of the Year Nominations
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is now accepting nominees for the History Teacher of the Year. You all know many K-12 teachers of American history who should be recognized for their outstanding teaching. State winners receive a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources, and recognition at a ceremony within their state. National winner receives a $10,000 prize presented at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City. More information
Important Calendar Dates
Deadline for 2017 nominees to submit supporting materials: April 30, 2017
Deadline for 2018 nominations: March 31, 2018
Deadline for 2018 nominees to submit supporting materials: April 30, 2018
#IAmTXEd Successful Texas Teachers
There is no shortage of amazing educators in Texas ISD classrooms and because of this our students and communities benefit greatly. #IAmTXEd focuses on sharing the continuous successes of Texas classroom educators. Teaching is a calling, a blessing... and we do it every day because we love all students from all backgrounds and all zip codes. More info.
2018 Texas TOY Application
The 2018 Texas Teacher of the Year application packet is available online. Each school district is encouraged to nominate two eligible educators — one elementary and one secondary.
Districts should submit their nominations to their regional ESCs by June 7. Learn more.
TEA releases 2015-2016 Individual Graduation Committee data
The 84th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 149 in 2015, which revised the state's assessment graduation requirements for students enrolled in Grades 11 or 12 during the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 school years. Under the new requirements, a student who failed an end-of-course assessment for no more than two courses could still receive a Texas high school diploma if the student was determined to be qualified to graduate by an IGC. Read More
Rural Schools Forum Update: 22 March
Meeting with Commissioner Morath, to submit recommendations.
The BIG 3:
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Title I
Federal Title I, Part A Sec. 1112(b)(2) under ESSA requires all local educational agencies that receive Title I funds to develop a plan for “how the local educational agency will identify and address, as required under State plans as described in section 1111(g)(1)(B), any disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught at higher rates than other students by ineffective, inexperienced, or out-of-field teachers.” This section of ESSA requires all districts that receive Title I funds to create and submit plans describing how the district will improve gaps as they relate to low-income students and students of color being taught at higher rates than other students by inexperienced, out-of-field, and ineffective teachers. TEA has developed a Texas Equity Plan Toolkit to support districts in the process of developing a district equity plan. The toolkit is found at: https://texasequitytoolkit.org/.
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