Curriculum & Instruction Newsletter

October Edition

Dear Teachers and Instructional Staff:


Last week we welcomed our face-to-face students back to school! We cannot thank you enough for all the hard work and intense planning you are doing to teach our children - whether it is through remote instruction, face to face, or maybe even both ways. Please know that the role of Curriculum & Instruction Team is that of support. We are here to support you and your campus leadership, and provide you with resources and guidance to design the best instruction possible for ALL of our students. We certainly understand that this has been an unusual year, and being a teacher now is harder than it ever has been. We cannot thank you enough for your efforts and dedication, and we want to make sure that we provide you various layers of support. Please see below for resources, PD collaboratives, extensions, and support meetings that the C&I Team has compiled for you, . Please stay safe and hope you are enjoying this nicer, cooler weather.


With Much Appreciation - The C&I Team

Ongoing Support for Teachers & Staff

Deadlines Extended for Universal Screeners

Great news! The deadlines for universal screeners have been extended to allow additional time to screen students remotely or F2F. Please see new deadlines below. If you need assistance with screening, please reach contact your content area specialist.
  • TX-KEA for Kindergarten extended to Thursday, October 22
  • Amplify for 2nd grade extended to October 16

  • Imagine Learning (Reading) for Grades 3 through 8 extended to October 22nd

  • Imagine Learning (Math) for Grades 1st and up extended to October 22nd

  • Writing Diagnostic extended to October 9th

Curriculum Unit Assessments/Checkpoints Retests

Curriculum Unit Assessments (AKA Checkpoints) are the formative assessments included at the end of each curriculum unit of instruction. For elementary, these are not taken for a grade, but they are graded in secondary. Many 6-12th grade teachers reached out to the C&I specialists asking for help by developing a retest at the district level. Therefore, the secondary specialists are including a retest that is a COPY of the unit assessment in the curriculum, and it will include randomized questions or answers.


Please know that you are NOT required to use the district created retests, BUT THEY ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE THEM. Contact your content area specialist to learn more.

Content Area Weekly Zoom Meetings

Need help with planning? Looking for a specific instructional resource? Have a question about Eduphoria, Canvas, Electronic Texts, or Assessments Online? We've got you covered!! In addition to the Monthly Roadshows offered by the C&I Team and the Region 20 PD Collaborative, we are adding one more layer of support for our teachers and instructional staff- this means paraprofessionals, academic coaches, academic trainers, and instructional support staff!


Join our weekly meetings via Zoom to provide you with a consistent way to openly communicate with our C&I specialists and Directors. Please see the list below for the zoom link that applies to your content area or grade level. Hope you can join us! We want to serve and support you!

This wiki page will keep the zoom links listed below all year long in our intranet! Feel free to visit this page as needed to join our instructional meetings for support.

Instructional Technology Weekly Zoom Meetings

Elementary, Middle, and High School meet every Monday and Thursday 3:00-5:00

To join, click the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8826341168

ELAR Weekly Zoom Meeetings

Primary grades K-2nd meet every Wednesday 3:30 - 4:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81699241938


Elementary grades 3rd-5th meet every Wednesday 3:30 - 4:45
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87344245267


Middle School meets every Monday 3:30 - 4:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82543885563?pwd=Zndpck1jaXl5c0gzZ2hsMTlMRXlDQT09


High School meets every Monday 4:30 - 5:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82543885563?pwd=Zndpck1jaXl5c0gzZ2hsMTlMRXlDQT09

Spanish ELAR Weekly Zoom Meetings

Elementary School meets every Thursday 3:00 - 4:00

To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81176962055?pwd=djY5ZUZvU3hQbE1zMTBvL3k2RVFJdz09

Math Weekly Zoom Meetings

Elementary 2nd - 5th meets every Monday from 3:30 - 4:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81264075022?pwd=eUJVNzJmdTh5UG5mSXJTSk1tbEZ2dz09
Meeting ID: 812 6407 5022
Passcode: 621011


Secondary meets every Monday from 4:00 - 5:00
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81264075022?pwd=eUJVNzJmdTh5UG5mSXJTSk1tbEZ2dz09
Meeting ID: 812 6407 5022
Passcode: 621011

Science Weekly Zoom Meeetings

Elementary School meets every Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:00
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5562920664?pwd=a3ZOQ1BmRlRCWkVpb2drbG1wU3RrZz09


Middle School meets every Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5562920664?pwd=a3ZOQ1BmRlRCWkVpb2drbG1wU3RrZz09


High School meets every Thursday from 4:30 - 5:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5562920664?pwd=a3ZOQ1BmRlRCWkVpb2drbG1wU3RrZz09

Social Studies Weekly Zoom Meetings

Elementary School meets every Monday 3:00-4:00
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86838301955


Middle School meets every Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86838301955


High School meets every Wednesday 4:30 - 5:30
To join, click the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86838301955

Benchmark Testing this Fall

Benchmark testing is around the corner and this year, we are happy to share that elementary and middle school benchmarks will only focus on taught TEKS. High schools will continue to proctor the released STAAR test in its entirety due to STAAR testing in December. Below is a quick overview of the upcoming assessments, but more information will be given to the Campus Testing Coordinators (CTCs) before benchmarks occur.


Elementary & Middle Schools Benchmarks

Benchmark testing will be the week of November 17-20. The assessments will be short enough to completed within 90 minutes and will only cover the TEKS taught up to that point. Questions will be pulled from the 2018 released STAAR exams. Students will take the benchmarks through the Eduphoria online testing platform.


High School Benchmarks

Benchmark testing will be the week of October 26-30. The assessments will be administered through the student’s EOC class over 2 days. The test will be broken into 2 parts: Day 1 and Day 2 so that students have enough time to finish. The assessment will be the 2019 released STAAR exam. Students will take the benchmark through the Eduphoria online testing platform.


Oral Administration for ELAR Assessments

Although Eduphoria does not allow for direct mirroring of the online STAAR platform, it does provide many similarities. Beginning with the ELAR unit 3 online assessments, assessments that include revising and editing passages will have an oral administration feature available for students with that accommodation. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lucia West or Jeanette Dear.

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