Building Strong Foundations in K-3

October 2021

Happy Fall!

Fall is here, and the second six weeks is already in full swing! Thank you for your hard work in getting the school year off to a great start.


We are here to support you as you make instructional decisions that will help move your students forward. Please reach out this there is anything you need!


~Region 17 Team

News & Information

Kindergarten Assessment News

KINDERGARTEN ASSESSMENT SURVEY!


TEA has created the Texas Kindergarten Literacy Assessments 21-22 Survey They are seeking your feedback on support needs for the Kindergarten assessments and data submission. The survey will be open until Monday, October 18, 2021.


ECDS Kindergarten Data Submission


  • The ECDS application will be available for LEAs to load kindergarten data from November 8, 2021 through January 27, 2022.
  • Find out all the details on submission by clicking here.

RLA STAAR READINESS & SUPPORTING STANDARDS HAVE BEEN DETERMINED!

TEA published the new STAAR Assessed Curriculum documents for RLA this week! These documents contain information on which TEKS will be assessed as well as the READINESS & SUPPORTING labels.


In addition, you can study the BLUEPRINTS & TEST DESIGN SCHEMATICS to find out more about the makeup of the assessments.


You will find the following information in the links below:


  • STAAR Reading Assessed Curriculum
  • Assessment Blueprints
  • Test Design Schematics (English and Spanish)


Click for 3-8 Reading STAAR Information

Click for English I and II EOC Information


Please reach out if you have questions! We are happy to help!

2021-2022 Grade 7 Reading Instruments Guidance & Waiver Instructions

TEC, §28.006(c-1) requires each school district to administer at the beginning of the seventh grade a reading instrument adopted by the commissioner to each student whose performance on the grade 6 STAAR reading assessment did not demonstrate reading proficiency.


For more information and Waiver Guidance go to: Grade 7 Reading Instruments Guidance and Instructions for Submitting a Waiver

New STAAR Item Types

House Bill 3906 (86th Texas Legislature, 2019) requires that no more than 75% of any State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) test be presented in a multiple-choice format. This requirement is expected to take effect on all STAAR tests beginning with the Spring 2023 administration.

To meet this requirement, TEA has identified potential new item types for use on STAAR exams and is seeking feedback on these potential new item types. Feedback could include suggestions on how to make the directions for an item type clearer, at which grade levels each item type would be appropriate, any concerns or difficulty you had when interacting with an item type, or other comments you may have.

You can find links to examples of different item types that are currently under consideration for inclusion in future STAAR exams and descriptions of the new item types.

Click Here for New STAAR Item Types

Reading Language Arts Workshops

Boost Reading Outcomes Using Explicit, Data Driven Instruction

Date: October 12th

Time: 9:00-4:00

Location: Region 17

Audience: K-3 RLA Teachers


This is another critical year for our students in regards to reading instruction! How do we accelerate learning and fill in gaps to best meet their needs? We do that by delivering relentless reading instruction that is driven by data!

During this session, teachers will learn strategies for accelerating reading instruction and filling in gaps. Teachers will also have an opportunity to utilize their own classroom data to plan whole group and small group activities that make a difference!


Teachers: please bring any formal and/or informal reading data that could be used to make small group and whole group instructional decisions.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

DECODING AND THE EMERGING READER, PRE-K-1ST GRADE with Shari Zimmer

Audience: Pre-K-1st Grade RLA Teachers, ESL Teachers

Date: October 13th

Time: 9:00-4:00

Location: Region 17


Who should attend? Grade PreK-1st grade teachers, or teachers of older struggling students, and elementary administrators and literacy professionals. Join us for our engaging and efficient Decoding and the Emerging Reader Workshop. Participants will walk away with immediate strategies and learn the best practices in teaching the sub-skills that build strong decoders.

What will you learn? Come develop strategies to ensure your emerging readers will establish firm foundations in the sub-skills that lead to strong decoding and fluent reading. Learn how to teach phoneme play, letter-sound relationships, encoding, decoding, onset rhyme, rhyming, and sight word fluency. Participants learn the most efficient methods for helping young students read developmentally appropriate unfamiliar and multi-syllable words.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


*PLEASE NOTE: TEACHERS SHOULD ONLY ATTEND ONE OF THE SHARI ZIMMER DATES, AS SOME OF THE INFORMATION WILL BE THE SAME.

Decoding and the Struggling Reader, 2nd-12th Grade With Shari Zimmer

Audience: 2nd-12th Grade RLA Teachers, ESL Teachers

Date: October 14th

Time: 9:00-4:00

Location: Region 17


Why attend? The evidence is clear; an overwhelming number of peer reviewed documents have linked strong decoding to fluent and accurate reading. Too many students are failing to acquire the skills they need to become efficient and effective readers.


What will you learn? You will leave with immediate strategies to help your elementary struggling readers practice what good readers do naturally, which is pay attention to every word, read with a high rate of accuracy, and use strategies for attacking unfamiliar, complex content area and multi-syllable words.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


*PLEASE NOTE: TEACHERS SHOULD ONLY ATTEND ONE OF THE SHARI ZIMMER DATES, AS SOME OF THE INFORMATION WILL BE THE SAME.

Math Workshops

Building Early Number Concepts & Number Sense (K-2)

Audience: K-2 Math Teachers

Date: October 20th

Time: 9:00-4:00

Location: Region 17


Building a strong numeracy foundation for students is essential for success in mathematics! During this session, teachers will dig deeper into the concepts and routines that create mathematicians.

Here are just some of the Big Ideas that will be covered:

  • Counting concepts
  • Number relationships
  • Number sense

K-2 Math Teachers will walk away with ideas and activities that build number concepts and number sense!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Building Fluency with Addition and Subtraction (K-2)

Audience: K-2 Math Teachers

Date: November 10th

Time: 9:00-4:00

Location: Region 17


Students often struggle with ideas about addition and subtraction. The importance of these two concepts and the challenge of understanding them make it essential for K-2 teachers to understand in depth.

During this workshop, teachers will learn more about the following:

  • The developmental nature of learning addition and subtraction facts
  • Addition and Subtraction Learning Progressions
  • Developing addition and subtraction strategies that lead to fluency with basic facts

Teachers will dive deeper into strategies, routines, and activities that support fluency in addition and subtraction!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Math Curriculum Planning Session (Grades 3-5)--Turning areas of struggle to strengths

Audience: 3-5 Math Teachers

Date: October 12th

Time: 9:00-4:00

Location: Region 17


Teachers will identify areas of weakness within their content. Once identified, teachers will gain strategies and tools to close learning gaps. Agenda items include:

  • Avoiding Common Misconceptions
  • Vertical Alignment
  • Just-In-Time Acceleration
  • Make & Take Materials

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Building New Test Item Questions (Grades 3-5)--Preparing your students to be critical thinkers


Audience: 3-5 Math Teachers

Date: November 9th

Time: 9:00-4:00

Location: Region 17



Teachers will learn about new test item types and which types apply to mathematics. Teachers will be able to prepare students for the challenge of the new STAAR test items by converting released questions to new items that can be used as bell ringers, review items, exit tickets and more.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

RESOURCES

Ideas for Supporting Letter and Sound Recognition

Simple and fun lesson ideas to support letter name, letter sound, and letter writing. Developed by Janet Mendez of Reading Ready.


CLICK HERE

Texas Farm Bureau’s Farm From School program for K-3rd-grade classrooms

Planning Ahead for a Virtual Field Trip?

Texas Farm Bureau’s Farm From School program connects students to an agricultural producer through a live, virtual meeting. The topics aligned with TEKS and topics that teachers are already teaching in their classrooms. Additionally, resources are provided to teachers who register for and participate in the program.


Click here to learn more!

Early Childhood (PK-2nd) COVID-19 Recovery Toolkit

Looking for resources to help fill in the Covid gaps?


The Early Childhood (PK-2nd) COVID-19 Recovery Toolkit is:

Designed to help districts, campus leadership, and classroom teachers reflect on their own systems and teaching practices going into the upcoming school year, the toolkit offers a platform for learning and sharing the ways in which we can set schools and students up for success this year. You can learn about all the ways it can be used and how we are hoping to continuously improve the toolkit by collecting and sharing resources from across the state.


Click here to learn more!