The application is now live for the second cohort of the Innovation in Teaching Fellowship! Dallas ISD teachers interested in reimagining the classroom experience through design thinking and ‘Next Generation’ models of teaching and learning are encouraged to apply for the 10-month experience. Applications are due by Friday, March 31st at 5 PM.
Reduced STAAR Blueprints and Other Updates
TEA’s Student Assessment Division has now posted the powerpoint from the November 17th session regarding the STAAR test changes for the upcoming spring 2017 administration. The presentation includes a general overview of the changes as required by HB 743, how the reduction in the number of test items impacts the validity and reliability of each test and specific test changes for each content area.
Responding to Hate and Bias at School
Hateful acts at school areå dangerous, disturbing and disruptive. But keep this in mind: A bias incident does not define a school. It is, in many ways, a test of the school’s culture and climate. How you respond is the true measure of a school’s character. It’s up to school leaders to set expectations.
Everyone on staff, from the bus driver and custodian to classroom teachers and the IT department, must know that hate, disrespect, and intimidation have no place on campus and that every student should feel welcome.
In order to comply with the mandates of House Bill 743, the STAAR assessments will be shortened so that 85 percent of students will be able to complete the assessment instrument within two hours in grades 3–5 and within three hours in grades 6–8. The STAAR assessments will include both operational and field-test items.
TEKS Resource System
The Texas Curriculum Management Program Cooperative, or TCMPC, is a shared service agreement between the 20 Educational Service Centers (ESCs) in Texas. This shared service agreement, or SSA, allows participating ESCs to share responsibility for the management and operations of the online curriculum management system known as the TEKS Resource System.
To make it easier for you to access and use learning applications, we have recently set up a portal where students and teachers can log in once and see all of their apps. Try it out at https://clever.com/in/dallasisd Be sure to use your district Google Apps login which is your district email address and your EAD password.*
2016-2017 TRS Curriculum Overview
Welcome to the instructional video for the TEKS Resource System. This video will highlight: “What is TRS?”, how to log in and change your password, how to Navigate the system to find curriculum documents, where to find Dallas ISD specific resources, the types of documents available, and some quick tips to make each subsequent visit a little bit easier. Here is the list of topics we will cover, and next to them are the time codes where you can find them in the video. If you need to return and view this resource in the future, you can navigate easily to these places in the video to find the information you need.
In this comprehensive tutorial, you will learn how to complete your class setup, allocate a product, and allocate products to classes.
The D-Tube videos are 3-5 minute videos intended to provide teachers with a platform for self-facilitated learning on how to teach difficult TEKS/SEs based concepts. The D-Tube videos are based on a standard (TEKS), or a bundling of standards that address a specific topic, and consist of at least two sections that can be indexed and easily searched by the teacher.
*Please Note: Since Clever class roster data for allocation of products, some products may not appear until scheduling has been completed. Resources should align to classes that are visible in GradeSpeed if there are online resources available for that class. In addition please see the 5 min video for HMH product allocation below the Clever presentation. In some cases you may want additional products in your class for my.hrw (blended classrooms) or the class name may have been too far off the HMH product title. In this case the product may not appear for you on the initial login and you may need to allocate products for your class.