November I&L Scoop

News and Resources for NISD Teachers: November 2018

What Are Accessibility Features?

During state assessments for STAAR, STAAR Spanish, and TELPAS, certain accessibility features may be provided to students based on their needs. In general, these procedures and materials are available to any student who regularly benefits from the use of them during instruction, however, a student cannot be required to use them during testing.

To see a list of all accessibility features available for your students, click here. Even though a committee does not have to put these features in place, your Campus Testing Coordinator must know about them to ensure they are offered during testing.

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Be In The Know...

Do students count toward the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Criteria indicator if they meet the ELA/reading criteria on an assessment (SAT, ACT, or TSIA) and earn credit for a mathematics college prep course?

Yes, the TSI Criteria indicator gives credit for students who meet the standards on a Texas Success Initiative assessment (TSIA), SAT, ACT, or complete and earn credit for a college prep course within the respective subject area. Students must meet the criteria for both reading and mathematics but do not have to meet both on the same assessment/course. For example, a student who met the ELA/reading TSI criteria on the ACT and earned credit for a mathematics college prep course would credit the TSI indicator.

Introducing the resource companion to TEKS Resource System....TEXGUIDE

Log in to to access a bank of resources that align with the TEKS Resource System. Most of the resources are from online sources, but some are from Discovery Ed.

Use the following passcodes to set up your new Discovery Ed account to access those resources. Go to: Click on the bottom









A big shout out to those of you who came to the first adoption session! It was a great day of viewing, questioning and thought sharing.

The next meetings are coming up, please join us:

K-5 Monday, Oct. 29: 3:30-5:00pm in the Board Room with McGraw-Hill

6-8 Thursday, Nov. 1: 2:00 in NJH Conference Room with HMHCO

LPAC Reminders

Schedule and conduct LPAC meetings for EOC assessments only, as needed.

Sheltered Instruction

Thanks to all of you from the junior high, high school, and Bizzell campuses who attended the Sheltered Instruction training from Seidlitz Education on Oct. 22nd. Although John Seidlitz himself did not get to present, Nancy Mottley did a phenomenal job. If you were unable to attend this training, another training will be available on Feb. 18, 2019. On this day, the elementary grades will have the opportunity to attend this training. John is supposed to present!
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Science Notes

Texas A&M is having a STEM and Stars Party on December 1st from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Caldwell High School. The party is designed for 2nd through 6th graders.

Here is a link to the information to RSVP:

This is a great opportunity for our students, so please feel free to share the information with students and parents.

Don't forget that Navasota ISD is a member of the Math/Science Fee Service at Region 6 ESC. If you would like to see what trainings are available check the Catalog of Offerings:

The Science Formative Review Items and the Vertical Alignment of Science Equipment Chart are now available in the TEKS Resource System.

Math Notes

Read Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, the first woman to graduate from Yale with a Ph.D. in mathematics, is often quoted as saying that the most damaging phrase in the English language is "We've always done it this way." If some of our students are not being successful in learning mathematics the way we have been teaching, let's move away from "how we have always done it", and try something new or different.

The Problem Solving Template will be available to everyone in your Team Drive.

Our next focus in mathematics will be on fluency. Be thinking about how you define fluency in your math class.!/

Don't forget that Navasota ISD is a member of the Math/Science Fee Service at Region 6 ESC. If you would like to see what trainings are available check the Catalog of Offerings:

Dr. Jo Boaler has a new video at Have a look:

Giftedness: Intellectual Overexcitability

Many usually see Intellectual overexcitability as being a natural thing for Gifted students. An OE (overexcitability) child is often curious, always mentally alert, driven, and loves a challenge! This does not always mean puzzles. Many times it starts with “Why?” and not being satisfied with the answers that are incomplete or not always truthful. They are not afraid to “take on untruths that are disguised as authority” ((Delisle, 2006). They are not afraid to correct their teachers or parents, and specifically their friends. They can’t stand stupidity or illogical thinking, and they often get angry about it.

What to do? Listen. They want someone to hear them. Encourage their love of learning, but talk with them about there being an appropriate time and place to have some of the conversations. Rather than calling out a teacher or friend in class, wait until the class is over and discuss it. No doubt these students can be a challenge at times, but remember, they are still just children.