Hays CISD Secondary ELAR

Updates Nov. 2016-Feb. 2017

Secondary ELAR Updates on the Hays CISD Content Resource Site

The secondary ELAR Priority Performance Assessments (PPAs) have been adjusted on the Hays CISD content resource site for the late fall and early spring. Adjustments were made to the PPAs for 7th, 9th, and 10th grade in order to facilitate conversations around instructional practices and scoring for STAAR essays and short answer responses. Please see the Hays CISD content site for more information about which PPAs teachers will bring to the essay and short answer response protocol, calibration, and scoring PD in the early spring.

Upcoming Middle School Revising and Editing PD

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is providing professional development focused on revising and editing instruction in January 2017. Teachers will need to register for the training in Eduphoria.


6th, 7th, and 8th Grade ELAR Jeff Anderson's Authentic Revising and Editing PD

Who: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELAR teachers, co-teachers, and instructional coaches

What: Participants will partake in weaving grammar and mechanics instruction into the context of writing in meaningful, interactive, and fun ways, as well as, experience dynamic methods to integrate and expand the definition of editing in writing process classrooms- everyday.

When and Where: January 4, 2017 in Chapa Middle School's Cafeteria, 8:30-3:30

*Teachers must register on Eduphoria to attend this PD

*Additional information about this PD can be found on a separate S'more.

Upcoming Middle School STAAR Composition PD

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is providing professional development related to the genre of STAAR essay writing for all 7th grade ELAR teachers in January 2017. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction will pay for subs., but teachers will need to register for the training in Eduphoria and put their absence is Smartfind Express.


7th Grade ELAR Expository Essay Protocol, Calibration, and Scoring PD

Who: 7th grade ELAR teachers, co-teachers, and instructional coaches

What: Participants will experience a demonstration of expository writing strategies, as well as, re-calibrate then score expository essays and will plan implementation of strategies based on current trend from expository essays. Please plan accordingly because teachers will need to bring the assigned Priority Performance Assessments to be scored at the training.

When and Where: January 18, 2017 in C&I's Blue Training Room, 8:30-3:30

*Teachers must register on Eduphoria to attend this PD

*Teachers need to request a substitute on Smartfind Express using the sub. code PD:11

Upcoming Central Texas Writing Project (CTWP) Spring Follow Up PD

Who: Summer 2016 cohort participants (middle school and high school ELAR teachers)

What: The focus of this 1 day follow up in the CTWP professional development series will be implementing a writing workshop model with an emphasis on integrating writing into the daily work of the classroom, creating a community of writers in both face to face and digital learning spaces, prewriting, drafting, conferencing, revising/editing, and authentic publishing. Critical lenses of differentiation in writing instruction will serve as a special theme integrated throughout the development series, providing a valuable opportunity for participants to reflect on their craft and refine their practices as they pertain to the unique learners that fill their classrooms throughout the school year.

When and Where: February 16, 2017 in C&I's Large Training Room, 8:30-3:30

*Teachers must register on Eduphoria to attend this PD

*Teachers need to request a substitute on Smartfind Express using the sub. code PD:11

Upcoming High School STAAR Composition and Short Answer Response PD

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is providing professional development related to the genre of STAAR essay and short answer response writing for all English I and English II teachers in January and February 2017. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction will pay for subs., but teachers will need to register for the training in Eduphoria and put their absence is Smartfind Express.


Eng. I Short Answer Response Protocol, Calibration, and Scoring PD

Who: Eng. I teachers, co-teachers, and instructional coaches

What: Participants will experience a demonstration of short answer response (SAR) strategies, as well as, re-calibrate then score SARs and will plan implementation of strategies based on current trend from SARs. Please plan accordingly because teachers will need to bring the assigned Priority Performance Assessments to be scored at the training.

When and Where: January 11, 2017 in C&I's Large Training Room, 8:30-3:30

*Teachers must register on Eduphoria to attend this PD

*Teachers need to request a substitute on Smartfind Express using the sub. code PD:11


Eng. I Expository Essay Protocol Calibration, and Scoring PD

Who: Eng. I teachers, co-teachers, and instructional coaches

What: Participants will experience a demonstration of expository writing strategies, as well as, re-calibrate then score expository essays and will plan implementation of strategies based on current trend from expository essays. Please plan accordingly because teachers will need to bring the assigned Priority Performance Assessments to be scored at the training.

When and Where: January 19, 2017 in C&I's Blue Training Room, 8:30-3:30

*Teachers must register on Eduphoria to attend this PD

*Teachers need to request a substitute on Smartfind Express using the sub. code PD:11


Eng. II Persuasive Essay Protocol, Calibration, and Scoring PD

Who: Eng. II teachers, co-teachers, and instructional coaches

What: Participants will experience a demonstration of persuasive writing strategies, as well as, re-calibrate then score persuasive essays and will plan implementation of strategies based on current trend from persuasive essays. Please plan accordingly because teachers will need to bring the assigned Priority Performance Assessments to be scored at the training.

When and Where: January 17, 2017 in C&I's Large Training Room, 8:30-3:30

*Teachers must register on Eduphoria to attend this PD

*Teachers need to request a substitute on Smartfind Express using the sub. code PD:11


Eng. II Short Answer Response Protocol, Calibration, and Scoring PD

Who: Eng. II teachers, co-teachers, and instructional coaches

What: Participants will experience a demonstration of short answer response (SAR) strategies, as well as, re-calibrate then score SARs and will plan implementation of strategies based on current trend from SARs. Please plan accordingly because teachers will need to bring the assigned Priority Performance Assessments to be scored at the training.

When and Where: February 7, 2017 in C&I's Large Training Room, 8:30-3:30

*Teachers must register on Eduphoria to attend this PD

*Teachers need to request a substitute on Smartfind Express using the sub. code PD:11

Updated 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Reading STAAR Documents

Early in November, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the following announcements related to updates on the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading STAAR assessments:

-Beginning with assessments administered in spring 2017, the TEA is decreasing the number of test questions on the STAAR grades 3-8 assessments based on the requirements in House Bill 743.

-In comparison to the 2015 tests, the STAAR grades 4-8 reading tests have been shortened by 8 questions each.

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Secondary ELAR Standouts!

Adrienne Rusk, Secondary ELA Coordinator