Region 5 ESC

Instructional Technology

What to Expect from NVTA's Certification Course

REGISTER HERE (Open Enrollment - Course must be completed within 9 months of registration)


This course was created to align expectations and add-value for those teaching in a virtual environment. The NVTA certification process was created to establish a valid and reliable research-based teacher qualification training process for virtual teachers to enhance their teaching and develop their ongoing reflective skills to improve teaching capacity. NVTA certification is a challenging and meaningful process to support your personal and professional goals. The expectation is that you meet the challenges of this certification with an open and honest attitude for growth.


Some of the topics to be covered in the Certification include:

  • Establishing Relationships in the Virtual Environment
  • Virtual Instruction Best Practices
  • Differentiation in the Virtual Classroom
  • Managing Virtual Resources


Course Components

  • There will be a combination of readings, discussion boards, and activities. We expect each certification candidate to complete every lesson with integrity and excellence.
  • The culminating product of this certification course will be a digital portfolio demonstrating your proficiency level of effectively implementing a virtual classroom.
  • You must receive an 80% or better on your digital portfolio to earn the certification. You will have two chances after your first submission to attain 80%. If you cannot earn 80% after a total of three tries, you will meet with the review board to discuss next steps.
  • Once you enroll, you have nine months to complete the certification process.
  • The NVTA staff is available for support. Please reach out to the team with any questions or comments

DMAC Training

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DMAC Academy Day 1

State Assessment, Appraisals, FormWorks and PlanWorks in DMAC!

June 14, 2022

Face-to-Face Session

9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $50

REGISTER HERE Session #376042


Utilize the pieces of DMAC designed for Administrators, Counselors, Testing Coordinators, Interventionists, team leaders and other district/campus staff.


We’ll share tips highlighting relevant reports to analyze, trend, and compare STAAR or TELPAS data along with how to generate reports related to accountability measures. Aggregate state and local data with lead4ward and Data Exports. We’ll also show how to create online forms in FormWorks, document appraisals (including the ability to calibrate T-TESS process for TIA), and highlight our PlanWorks piece for your DIPs and CIPs! We will also discuss updates and best practices pertaining to DMAC and HB4545.

DMAC Academy Day 2

Online Testing & Local Assessments in DMAC

June 15, 2022

Face-to-Face Session

9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $50

REGISTER HERE Session #376043


Use local data in DMAC to efficiently drive student growth and improve instruction. Create quality assessments aligned to STAAR standards using the TAG test item bank and collect data in TEKScore (via Online tests, OMR or Plain Paper test forms or manual data entry). Effortlessly analyze results by customizing the options of your favorite reports under the 1-click settings included with the Teacher Dashboards.

DMAC Academy Day 3

Creating Student Plans & Documentation in DMAC

June 16, 2022

Face-to-Face Session

9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $50

REGISTER HERE Session #376044


This training is all about student data. With web-based applications such as Student Portfolio, FormWorks, LPAC and Learning Plans, users can easily create digital documentation for individual students. Teachers and Administrators will learn to quickly find students, access state and local assessment history, make adjustments to plans, and record notes or attach files and forms. All data seamlessly travels with the student as they advance from grade-to-grade or change campuses.

TFAR: Texas Formative Assessment Resource

FREE TEA Online Course

Access through the Texas Assessment Learning Management System


The Texas Formative Assessment Resource (TFAR) is an optional online formative assessment tool provided by TEA designed to inform teaching decisions and improve instructional supports. TFAR aligns to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), is available at no cost to districts and open-enrollment charter schools, and is not tied to accountability.

TFAR allows educators to create formative assessments by writing or selecting items from an item bank. Educators will be able to analyze the results of these formative assessments to help inform instructional choices such as making immediate lesson plan adjustments or providing specific interventions for students at the level of individual standards.

TFAR is meant to supplement and support existing district resources and formative assessment practices. Quizzes built using this tool should be combined with a broader set of classroom formative practices that are part of a coherent instructional framework.
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