BCISD Curriculum Connection

October 2020

A Big Thank You!

You made a fast shift with us- THANK YOU!

When the BCISD plan for remote learning was approved in August, it included initial professional development in October on the Learning Management System Schoology, a move that we anticipated would be a great fit and eventual timesaver for staff and students. After living the the first six weeks of school and listening to teachers, it became clear that a switch to Schoology was not a good fit for BCISD this fall. However, our District was still required in our state plan to provide some sort of professional development on remote instruction.

In true 2020 fashion, we were faced with re-planning our plan again. Therefore, we took that training requirement as an opportunity to launch the BCISD Continuous Learning Badges. We know it was a fast turnaround to decide on course enrollments. THANK YOU for being flexible as we made fast changes to better support teaching and learning. We didn't get to work with our usual lead time, but we hope that this more flexible, personalized option will ultimately be a better fit for your needs.

See the graph below to see what the BCISD staff is working on:

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$$ Classroom Grant Opportunity $$

Do you want money to help supplement a new or ongoing project in your classroom or school?

Patsy McDonald was an innovative teacher in the MFISD for 28 years, teaching mathematics and physics. She had also taught at SWTSU and UT Austin during her college years, and after working at MFISD went on to work with the development and implementation of the UT QUEST program. The Patsy’s Legacy Project Grant was established in May 2015 to honor her. Alpha Chi will be awarding up to $500 each to different school projects within the Burnet, Llano, and Marble Falls Communities (Total of $5000/year). Patsy would enjoy knowing that she continues to be a part of educating children through these grants.

Because of COVID 19, posting and receipt of the grant applications had been postponed until NOW. The PLPG application, a brochure about the PLPG, and the scoring rubric are all attached, but can also be found online at https://alphachitxdkg.weebly.com/forms.html. The deadline for receipt of the applications is October 31, and the recipients will be announced by November 18.

T.E.A. Seeks Your Input

The Texas Education Agency is seeking educator feedback on a variety of initiatives. If you're interested in becoming involved and providing a voice in statewide decisions, you can explore the opportunities below:

Health TEKS, that were implemented in 1998, have proposed revisions which are scheduled for a 2nd reading and adoption by the SBOE in their November meeting. The public comment period is now open. Click HERE to view the proposed revisions, and click HERE to provide public comment on this or other rules/contents currently proposed.

Pearson / TEA joint Online Examination Materials Review Conference for the Texas Educator Certification Examination program: Application link / Nomination link

The Texas Resource Review provides independent, objective, Texas focused reviews to assess the quality of instructional materials so educators can make informed decisions for their students. For this review cycle, they are actively seeking applications from bilingual reviewers for elementary Spanish materials.

Science TEKS Review Work Groups: The SBOE's TEKS review and revision process calls for multiple, separate work groups. View the Science TEKS Review page for group descriptions and application/nomination.

COVID Update

As of the date of this writing, BCISD has had a cumulative total of 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases among staff and students, and 54 close contacts. Of those 9 cases, none could be contact-traced back to a BCISD campus as the source of infection. Your hard work to maintain safety protocols on campus is paying off! With numbers like that, we encourage more and more students to return to in-person learning.

We're Pushing Pause

The BCISD Innovative Educator grant program has been a great way to pilot innovative classroom practices and projects. However, to focus our support ALL our teachers as they work with remote and in-person students, we are pausing this program for the 20-21 school year.

Perfect Attendance Suspended

Campuses have suspended Perfect Attendance awards and incentives to encourage families to pay attention to their health symptoms and keep contagious illness at home. We ask that classroom-level awards also align with this view during a year that health concerns are heightened.

ICE funds

If you haven't yet spent your $50 Instructional Classroom Enhancement (ICE) funds for 2020-2021, your campus secretary can assist you with your request.

Tell Us What You Think, and What You Need

Please let us know what you think of the topics in this edition, or what additional questions you have. We want to hear from you!