Region 17 Secondary Mathematics

Heather Sherrill, M. Ed.

Happy New School Year!

"The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day!" - Todd Whitaker

As you gear up to tackle the first semester remember that we are here for you. Call or email any of your education specialists at Region 17 anytime.

You will find information within this newsletter about upcoming workshops, state information, links to previous resources, and much more. Classroom-ready materials/resources can be found at the bottom of this newsletter. As always, please contact me if you need anything!

Fall Workshops

Lesson Study Flyer

Lesson Study is a teacher-driven professional development that builds high-impact, transferable skills through a deep-dive process involving their own classrooms

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Lunch & Learn Online Sessions CLICK BELOW

Online Session: Algebra Tiles for beginners (25 min)

Register for this self-paced online session where you will learn ways to introduce algebra tiles into your classroom. You have 30 days to take the course from the date you sign up.


Register for this self-paced online session where you will learn ways to teach the distributive property to your class.


You will be directed to a SMORE, look for part 3.

CTE Math and Science Online Training

All educators teaching one of the CTE math or CTE science courses that meet a high school graduation requirement (listed below) must complete a math or science professional development course. The TEA provides these courses on the Texas Gateway Online Resources site at no cost to the educator or school district.

Please click the link below to learn more about the Integrating Math into CTE Classrooms course:

Please click the link below to learn more about the Integrating Science into CTE Classrooms course:

CTE Mathematics Courses

  • Accounting II
  • Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals
  • Digital Electronics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Mathematics for Medical Professionals
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology II
  • Statistics and Business Decision Making
  • Robotics II

CTE Science Courses

  • Advanced Animal Science
  • Advanced Plant and Soil Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biotechnology I
  • Biotechnology II
  • Engineering Design and Problem Solving
  • Engineering Science
  • Food Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Principles of Technology
  • Scientific Research and Design

If you have additional questions regarding the training, contact Laura Torres at

From Texas Instruments

Brand-spankin' new TI-Nspire CX handheld and Teacher Premium software

If you are a TI-Nspire user, there is a brand-new handheld, the TI-Nspire CX II with some cool new features.

Here is a link to quickly show the new features: TI-Nspire CX II

Also, TI has created a new software: TI-Nspire Premium Teacher Software.

Here is a link to quickly show the new software: TI-Nspire Premium Teacher Software

*** If you currently have TI-Nspire Teacher Software, upgrading to the new Premium software is FREE!

Download the new premium software, call 1.800.TI.CARES (1.800.842.2737) with your current license number and they will provide you with a new license number. It’s that easy.

Note: the new handhelds and software work with the old handhelds and software!

Free Software Offer

As your local TI Education Technology Consultant, I want to thank you for your support and use of TI handheld graphing products over the years by extending to you, and your colleagues, a limited time high-value Special Offer.

Research ( has shown that students who have frequent access (school and home) to handheld graphing calculators exhibit higher levels of mathematics achievement.


Exclusively recommend student purchase of the TI-84 Plus™ CE Graphing Calculator, the TI-Nspire™ CX handheld, or the TI-Nspire™ CX CAS handheld and receive a FREE Volume Perpetual License of the latest TI SmartView™ CE Emulator Software for the TI-84 Plus Family OR TI-Nspire™ CX Teacher Software for just you or for each teacher in the Math Department within your school. Value of the software is approximately $125 per teacher. The software is compatible with Windows® and Mac® platforms.

Terms of the Special Offer:

Offer applies only to the following three specific products:

Ø TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator

Ø TI-Nspire™ CX or CX II Handheld

Ø TI-Nspire™ CX CAS or CX II CAS Handheld

To receive electronic delivery of your FREE software or software for each member of the Math Department in your school – the Math Department Chairperson, Math Supervisor or Math Facilitator should complete the following steps:

· Send an email to me, Robb Wilson, at and include ONE of the following items to document your student purchase recommendation of one of the three eligible products

Ø Link on your website where the School/Math Department exclusively recommends one of the three eligible products listed above for student purchase

Ø Letter or electronic communication to students or parents within which the School or Math Department exclusively recommends one of the three eligible products listed above

Ø Syllabus or Syllabi covering each course offered that exclusively recommends one of the three eligible products listed above and a list of teacher names who teach at least one of those courses

· After I receive your email fulfilling the terms of the Special offer, you will receive download, installation, and software activation information directly from me within 3-5 business days

Additionally, I would be happy to visit with you and your department to demo the software or provide an overview of the many free resources available at the TI website – Available dates are limited so contact me if you would like to schedule a visit. You can also find some valuable TI resources for instruction by accessing any of these links:


Lastly, I hope you will take a few minutes to explore some of the newest materials and tools to support STEM instruction that are available now at Texas Instruments. Great for classroom use, afterschool clubs, or summer camps. - Lessons for coding and programing on the TI graphing calculators and handhelds you already use on your campus. - The TI-Innovator™ Hub is the centerpiece of the TI-Innovator™ Technology, a project kit that makes coding and engineering design accessible to students in the classroom. - The educational robotic vehicle that students program with their TI graphing calculators to explore topics in math, science, coding and STEM. – A great STEM resource designed for afterschool clubs or summer camps. You can also contact the TI STEM Team thru the survey link at this website.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Robb Wilson

Texas Instruments, Inc.

EducaTIon Technology Consultant

2016 TCTM Leadership Award Winner

Serving Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas

TX ESC’s 1-3, 7-11, 14, 16, and 17

Cell: 214.263.0490

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Getting Calculators Ready for STAAR

TEA Calculator Policy

Below find a link to for questions about TI products and how to set to test mode or to clear. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call me at 806-281-5893 or email me

STEM Connection

Building STEAM Skills

Future City Competition – Building STEAM Skills

Please help us notify elementary and middle school educators about the opportunity to participate in the North Texas Regional National Engineers Week Future City® program. The registration deadline is October 31.

We put the "E" in STEM:

Using a hands-on, inquiry-based strategy, the Future City program gives students a fun way to tackle real-world problems while building their STEM skills. Students work in teams, with the guidance of a teacher and an engineer-mentor to design a livable city of the future. Cost is minimal and any public, private, parochial or home school is eligible to enter. 2020 THEME: Clean Water: Tap into Tomorrow.


1. FUTURE CITY COMPETITION FOR 6-8TH GRADES - Students employ engineering concepts to design their future city, first using SimCity software (that we provide), writing an essay on the theme topic, and then building a scale model to present to judges in January. The winning team gets a trip to Washington, DC to compete in the national finals.

2. FUTURE CITY JUNIOR FOR 4-5TH GRADES - In this introduction to Future City, the student teams write an essay about their solution to the theme challenge and build a scale model illustrating that solution in their future city.

This will be the 20th North Texas regional event. Last year more than 600 students participated. We need your help to notify teachers of this exciting, worthwhile opportunity. Contact me with questions or visit our website


· Future City is aligned with the national standards for math, science and technology education ( and has been approved by NASSP for inclusion in the National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities.

· The handbook and website present several STEM activities that offer educators project-based learning opportunities that support the cross-disciplinary, STEM learning experience. These activities, combined with the Future City program, provide a masterful incorporation of practical application to the current curriculum content.

Jean Eason

N TX Regional Coordinator

Future City Competition


Order Your Free CED Binder - College Board

Hey AP teachers this information is about pre-ordering the Course and Exam Description binders. The CEDs will include a comprehensive overview of course content, detailed Unit Guides, and recommended instructional approaches. We want all AP teachers to have access to this information about their AP courses over the summer, so we are shipping hard copies of the resource, in a binder, to the address each teacher provides. You will be able print the CEDs from AP Central for use at the district level starting around May 20th.

Dear AP Teacher,

Later this year, 35 AP® subjects will receive new course and exam descriptions (CEDs). The CEDs will refine and clarify the scope of content that can be assessed on the AP Exam for college credit, and they'll provide a suggested topic and skill sequence that you can adapt to your needs rather than having to build from scratch.

Print copies of the CEDs will be available in customizable binders, and you can preorder a free copy below. We’ll start mailing CED binders in June; you’ll also be able to download a PDF version from AP Central® starting in late May.

Joshua Romberg Director

State and District Partnerships

The College Board

4330 Gaines Ranch Loop, Suite 200 Austin, Texas 78735

T 512.721.1845 M 512.626.6936

Check out materials from ESC 17

Math Manipulative Check-Out

Need to check out materials from the ESC? Please fill out the attached form!

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Links to Online Resources

College Prep Math - Resource

Get math Ready with EdReady. This math diagnostic is a free resource that is self-paced and adaptive for students.


Universal Screener Fall - 8/20 - 10/12 Winter - 1/7-2/8 Spring - 4/15-5/10 Diagnostic Assessments Fall - 8/27-10/19 Winter - 1/14-2/15 Spring - 4/22-5/17 help desk: or 855-462-8489

TEA Interim Assessments

An optional TEA-provided tool that aligns to the TEKS (FREE), Grades 3-8 mathematics, Alg I, Eng. I & II. 512-463-9536

TEA - "Answers...In About A Minute" Video Library

These videos are designed to share basic information on various TEA initiatives and programs. Each video in the series is less than two minutes and directly answers specific questions in a user-friendly format that is clear and concise.

6th - HS Math Vocabulary Vertical Quick Guide

The RTI Team

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STAAR Review Activities

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Classroom-Ready Resources

Click below to print differentiated grouping cards

Classroom Activities from Texas Instruments

Browse and download FREE, standards-aligned activities designed for the complete line of TI graphing calculators.
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Calculator information from Texas Instruments

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