High School Reading Language Arts

Region 17 Education Service Center

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


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Advanced Placement Summer Institute June 27 - 30

The 2022 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 ESC campus in Lubbock, Texas.

The Institute is open to AP and Non-AP secondary teachers who wish to increase their content knowledge and skills teaching advanced courses in:

Art and Design 2D, 3D, and Drawing


Computer Science A

English Literature and Composition

US Government and Politics

Spanish Literature

Register today at www.PBSapsi.org and use the promo code pbslovesteachers.

The cost of the institute for Region 17 teachers is only $80 with the code!

After attending this summer institute teachers will be able to:

- Align instruction with the goals of the specific AP course.

- Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation.

- Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course.

- Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction.

- Connect with other new and experienced teachers in your content area.

- Utilize new resources to enhance your instruction.

- Receive a certificate of completion.

Lead4ward Literacy Intervention (3rd-High School) - June 2, 2022

How do we increase literacy opportunities for learning in the 2022-2023 school year?

We know there will always be some students who need extra support. We also know that disruptions from COVID impacted all students. With disruption comes opportunity. We’ll explore how to help students reassemble the bits and pieces of learning and, through this process, gain greater understanding. We’ll reexamine intervention in literacy through the lens of process and content and prioritize high-impact curriculum standards. We’ll explore and refine systems to create opportunities to learn: Intervention for All, Intervention for Some, and Intervention for a Few. We will also make connections to supplemental instruction requirements as outlined in HB4545 through the lens of process and prioritized content standards, and we’ll explore how to leverage lead4ward tools and strategies to inform intervention and to plan with renewed intention.

Literacy teachers will learn how to help students:

get started

engage in learning the literacy content

focus on what is important

apply their learning

make connections

monitor their progress

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=849543

Language Rich Classroom - June 6, 2022

New STAAR Item Types for Content Areas : June 10, 2022; Repeated July 22, 2022

Come explore new STAAR item types in your content area.

Register here for June 10: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=864632

Register here for July 22: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=864649

Meaningful Writing -and Reading-Instruction in an Age of Testing 9th-12th Grade RLA Teachers: June 17, 2022

Presenter Melanie Mayer taught high school and college English for over thirty years. She is the winner of several outstanding teacher awards, including Humanities Texas, Texas Exes, and HEB Excellence in Education; and she is the author of numerous articles and two books. Her humorous and inspirational teacher trainings are popular across Texas.

Participants will learn model instructional strategies and activities that engage today's students and elevate their reading and writing abilities.

This workshop includes:

Response writing

Expository and argumentative writing

Revision activities

Connecting and analyzing various genres

Fresh grammar and poetry instruction

Using classroom curriculum reading to teach writing and analyze style

Teachers will receive a materials packet.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=852414

Reading, Noting, & Writing from Sources Effectively Addressing Cross-Curricular Texts in the RLA Classroom June 20, 2022

Educators will be working to understand and plan with the process of having students read from different sources, analyze and synthesize information, and ultimately write clearly and effectively.

TEA has told us the number of passages with cross-curricular links on the Reading STAAR will continue to increase until the Spring of 2024. At that point,100% of informational selections on the grades 3-EOC STAAR will have a cross-curricular link.

During this workshop, teachers will be taken through the process of working with cross-curricular passages and teaching how evidence becomes a staple in student responses, both vocal and written. Educators will be taken through the process of teaching students how to read closely, finding out what complex texts are saying. Educators will understand how to teach students how to understand the purpose and use of evidence. Annotation practices will be taught and the process of discussing those complex texts will be practiced. Finally, educators will be shown how students can, through this whole process, write a response to a complex text.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=870386

Depth and Complexity for the Secondary English Classroom: July 7, 2022

This training will introduce the elements of Depth and Complexity—meaningful, inclusive thinking tools that enrich what teachers and students are doing in high school English classes. We will explore practical ways to become familiar with and utilize the elements of Depth and Complexity and focus on the process component of differentiation.

The training will explore:

What is the depth and complexity framework?

How does this framework help students and teachers?

What are some quick and efficient ways to get started utilizing depth and complexity in my high school English class?

How can we use multiple elements of depth and complexity to complete an academic task?

Participants will receive 6 hours of G/T update credit.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871397

Don't Ditch That Tech with Matt Miller: July 12, 2022

Don’t Ditch That Tech (6 hour workshop) provides practical ideas to help you find the sweet spot where classroom devices meet students’ needs. In this teacher-tailored workshop, you’ll find tips on how to develop attention-grabbing strategies, build metacognitive practices, and more—all with differentiation in mind. Whether you're a tech newbie or the school’s device guru, you’ll walk away with new understandings and strategies for transforming and diversifying your approach to teaching in a twenty-first-century world.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=857965

Teaching the Holocaust presented by Holocaust Houston Museum: July 13, 2022

Join Holocaust Museum Houston for a one-day educator workshop on teaching the Holocaust. Educators will learn approaches to teaching the Holocaust through interactive activities and resources designed for the classroom.

Educators will be introduced to the Holocaust through a virtual tour of HMH’s Holocaust Gallery and gain instructional strategies and resources to support Holocaust education in their classrooms. Participants will receive HMH’s Holocaust Remembrance Toolkit containing lessons plans, primary sources, and student worksheets to utilize in their classroom. Lesson plans included in the Toolkit will be modeled and educators will obtain more information on free school programs and resources available through the Museum. Attendees will earn CPE and GT credits at the conclusion of the program.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871858

Reading Language Arts: Instruction Guided by the TEKS Understanding the TEKS, the STAAR, and Instruction: July 14, 2022

Effective instruction starts with the TEKS. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The STAAR assesses how well our students have mastered the knowledge and the skills we taught. Planning and instruction is the bridge between the two that every teacher must master in the classroom.

In this workshop, teachers will be taken through a mock lesson, break it down into its components, discuss and understand how one teacher (your presenter) created the instruction, the resources, the activities, even the formative questions based on the tools found within the TEKS Resource System.

Educators will leave with an understanding of how to plan a unit's worth of instruction using the tools given them in the TEKS Resource System.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=870363

Thinking Maps - Two Day Training: July 18 and 19, 2022

Teachers will learn several maps that students can use to make their thinking visual.

Teachers are required to have official Thinking Maps training binders for this two day face to face training. The charge for this training covers the cost of each binder of materials.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871889

Gretchen Bernabei: Using Kernel Essays to Write about Reading on the New Secondary RLA STAAR - July 20, 2022

Join writing guru, Gretchen Bernabei, for this fun and engaging session.

Since many questions in the secondary RLA classroom involve how an author’s moves make an impact on a reader, students need to become acquainted with their own independent thoughts and reactions to their reading. We need to help students learn how to generate well-formed, thorough, composed reactions to a text. Text structures can help develop this ability.

Using mentor texts, we will explore a painless and natural process to lead students to write about what they read, starting with basic responses, then analysis, and finally, answering questions. You’ll walk away feeling equipped to handle writing on the new STAAR.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=853917

Sheltered Instruction for English Language Learners: July 26, 2022

This session is designed to prepare teachers to deliver content area instruction to ELs with diverse abilities using a sheltered instruction approach. Participants will understand what sheltered instruction is and how to implement these approaches on a daily basis in their classrooms.

The SIOP Model is an instructional framework for sheltered instruction that values effective, research-based, and time-honored teaching practices. Come learn quick and effective practices that will help your English Learners in the classroom.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=871052

TEKS Resource System 101: July 28, 2022

This PD is an introduction or re-introduction to the TEKS Resource System, its components, its purpose, and its navigation.

Teachers new to a TEKS Resource System district often come with many questions: "How do I login? How do I use these resources? Just what the heck is a YAG?"

During this workshop, teachers will be introduced to the TEKS Resource System, component by component. Through watching a model, through exploration, and through discussion, educators will come to understand how to use the many tools each component to guide their instruction, plan their assessments, and become better instructors.

As an extra, teachers will also gain access to the TEKS Resource System Resources and Activities Center (RAC) which is a vetted collection of K-12 (Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading) classroom resources that are aligned to the units within the TEKS Resource System.

Register here: https://txr17.escworks.net/catalog/session.aspx?session_id=870332


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."

THL Resources

  • Texas Home Learning resources are available for free at texashomelearning.org . Districts, campuses, and teachers looking for high-quality instructional materials or supplemental materials to support learning acceleration, tutoring, and other programs should check it out. https://texashomelearning.org/

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.


Annie Padilla

Secondary English Support Staff


Gregory Reeves

High School English

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