High School Reading Language Arts

Region 17 Education Service Center

As Garp put it, 'You only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.' -- John Irving

And, Scene!

When a new year arrives, I almost always focus on beginnings. 2023 is going to be a little different. This time I am starting with an ending. After 33 years in education, I have made the decision to retire from the Education Service Center. My last day at Region 17 will be January 31st.

The first day I walked into my own classroom as a graduate instructor at Texas Tech University, I never dreamed I would spend over three decades in the education world. I have been blessed with incredible students, colleagues, and friends. For the past 16 years I have had the unbelievable fortune to work with the districts, campuses, classrooms, students, and educators of Region 17 where I have made incredible friends and have learned far more than I have given.

I cannot express the gratitude I have for all of you as you go out and serve the students of our region every single day. In one of the most difficult times to be a teacher, you make the impossible possible. I have never ceased to be amazed by what you accomplish. The work is never easy. Often it is not valued. It is, however, always vital. Please know you have a fan of your work.

I have no doubt you will be in good hands at the Service Center. Jerard Lafuente will be stepping in to help with your secondary RLA needs in the coming weeks. He is an invaluable resource.

I feel very lucky to know so many amazing people to whom it is so hard for me to say goodbye. I am looking forward to new adventures and am excited by the hope that our paths will cross again soon.

Thank you for all of the support, enthusiasm, and kindness you have shown me over the years. Let's do this!



Lead4ward STAAR4ward for Literacy January 24th, 2023

What is STAAR 2.0 and what do I need to know?
We now know that the redesign of STAAR will require much more complex thinking for students. We will explore how literacy teachers and leaders can have a renewed focus on data and instruction through the lens of the next generation of STAAR. Rather than focusing heavily on learning gaps, focusing on opportunities for learning opens up growth possibilities for all students. Additionally, we will explore how championing the process standards can help teachers and students meet their full potential.

This overview helps literacy teachers and leaders:

  • explore the elements of the redesigned STAAR test
  • align thinking in the classroom to STAAR 2.0
  • adapt literacy instruction to re-emphasize the role of process

Register for the workshop here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=907366

STAAR Redesign and Updates - January 30th, 2023

This workshop is a repeat session of November 3, 2022, for those of you who were not able to attend on that day.

The STAAR redesign is a result of House Bill (HB) 3906 passed by the 86th Texas Legislature in 2019. The Texas Education Agency (TEA), working with a wide range of education stakeholders, including the Assessment Education Advisory Committee, has been exploring the most instructionally supportive approach to implementing these changes. The redesign will be implemented in the state summative assessments administered in the 2022–2023 school year.

The STAAR redesign training will give the latest STAAR training and updates. Also TEA released scoring rubrics mid-October, and we will go over how to use those rubrics to prepare students for correct responses on STAAR. We will look at the Cambium platform, including TFAR to prepare students for online testing.

The afternoon time will be spent with our content specialists focusing on new item types, scoring rubrics, and blueprints specific to their content.

Register for the workshop here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=919802

Reading Language Arts STAAR Preparation 2023 -- Secondary STAAR Review and Preparation - February 24th, 2023

Text Entry... Multipart... and Short-Constructed Response! Oh My!

I know that all of these new item types, STAAR 2.0, and all that goes with it can be scary. All we want is for students to be able to learn and apply what they've learned in our classrooms. Right? You want someone to show you what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. Right?

In this STAAR Review and Preparation session, participants will:

  • review and understand the 2023 STAAR RLA Blueprints,
  • address each new item type,
  • experience classroom instruction and practice for the new item types,
  • discuss differentiation and accommodations for the resources, and
  • network with others to create an individualized STAAR Review schedule.

Click here to register for the workshop: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=929476

Advanced Placement Summer Institute: June 26 - 29, 2023

The 2023 Advanced Placement Summer Institute from Texas Tech Public Media and Region 17 Education Service Center offers new and experienced AP teachers the chance to grow and be inspired in their content area. Our College Board endorsed institute brings together top-rated certified AP presenters, dedicated to helping you and your students succeed. This institute will take place in-person at the Region 17 Educational Service Center in Lubbock, Texas.

The Institute will be open to AP and Non-AP secondary teachers who wish to increase their content knowledge and skills teaching advanced courses. We will announce registration information and a special discount code in the coming months.


English I and II Constructed Response Scoring Guides

TEA has released Constructed Response Scoring Guides. Find more information here.

STAAR Blueprints

TEA has finalized the STAAR Blueprints for this year.

Find more information here!

STAAR Redesign Page

TEA has put together a large amount of information concerning the NEW STAAR Redesign. Everything from videos to blueprints, to practice tests on Cambium, and more. Visit the STAAR Redesign Page for all the information from TEA.

K-12 "Big Sheets" Updated RLA TEKS

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted revisions to the English and Spanish Language Arts and Reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for kindergarten - grade 12. Click on the button below to download a printable version of the 11"X17" Color-Coded TEKS "Big Sheets."

Resource and Activities Collection for TEKS Resource System Users

The TEKS Resource System, in collaboration with the twenty Texas Education Service Centers, has created a collection of resources and activities aligned to the individual units in the TEKS Resource System. The intention is to provide additional support to educators for synchronous and asynchronous learning environments by offering the TRS Resources and Activities Collection as well as Education Service Center Support.

Region 17 ESC Resources and Activities Collection.

*Keep in mind, this page is password protected*

Contact your Administrator for your district's Login Credentials.


Gregory Reeves

Education Specialist

High School English

Advanced Academics

Gifted and Talented

Annie Padilla

Secondary English Support Staff