Curriculum News

What's New and What's Coming!!

Please take the time to read.....

As we wind down another school year, below are a few links and tidbits of information.


There are always changes in our world of education, so one of the things I try to do is to communicate those changes as they come about. Those may be changes in TEKS or new classes being offered either in person or online. If I miss something new that has come out, please feel free to let me know so that I may share that information with the others in our district. It is important for all of us to continue to learn so that we may be better prepared to help the students that enter our classrooms.

REVOLUTIONIZE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

Revolutionize Learning Conference will be held at Royse City High School on July 27 and 28. There will be two great keynote speakers as well as over 100 sessions to help you learn and collaborate with other great educators from across the state. The RL conference includes sessions and discussions with engaging instructional strategies and tools to impact teaching and learning.


Visit www.rlchat.com for more information!


Cost for Members – $10

Cost for Non Members – $49

Summer Staff Deveopment

If you are missing the digital copy of the summer staff development catalog, please email Kimberly Taylor at taylork@rainsisd.org and she will send you the link again.


Remember, you must complete 2 summer staff development days that must be pre-approved by your campus administrator. The pre-approval form may be found on the Curriculum web page under Forms.

Texas Gateways

If you have not created an account on Gateways, I encourage you to do so. There are many courses and resources being offered. The is what once was ProjectShare. You can do your Science Safety Training Online. There are various courses and resources associated with your TEKS for a variety of subject areas. Please check it out! Go to http://www.texasgateway.org/ to get started!

TEA Information...New Courses being offered!

Revised Fine Arts TEKS Professional Development Course Launch

The Revised Fine Arts TEKS course is now available on the Texas Gateway. The course provides an overview of the revised fine arts TEKS. Teachers of fine arts content and courses and administrators, who are responsible for implementing fine arts, are eligible to participate. Participants may select to complete any of the 16 modules. Those who successfully complete all modules and the assessment will earn eight continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

Participants may join this course by visiting the Gateway Courses page or by using the following link: Revised Fine Arts TEKS

Contact us at txgateway@tea.texas.gov for additional information or assistance.


WeTeach_CS Computer Science (CS) Certification Prep Course

Free WeTeach_CS Computer Science (CS) Certification Prep Course for 8-12 Educators launches online versionJune 14. Once certification is achieved and applied for, teachers will receive a $1,000 stipend.

Sponsored by Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) and coordinated by The University of Texas at Austin Center for STEM Education, with support from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), 100Kin10, and AT&T.

In an effort to increase the number of certified computer science teachers in Texas, a free online version of the WeTeach_CS Certification Preparation course, http://thetrc.org/cert-prep/, is launching June 14. Registration is available now.

Directed to K-12 teachers, the course is designed to improve competencies for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Computer Science 8-12 (141) Certification Test. After the exam is passed and teachers apply for the certification, a $1,000 stipend will be awarded by the TRC thanks to support from 100Kin10 and the TEA.

WeTeach_CS Certification Prep is a comprehensive, six-week program that prepares educators to take and pass the CS certification test. It reviews all of the main concepts covered in the three certification domains: Software Design and Development, Programming Language topics, and Technology Applications. Teachers with at least some prior experience in coding or programming interested in becoming certified to teach Grades 8-12 Computer Science are eligible to attend.