TCEA and #STAAR

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Early today, staring bleary-eyed at my phone, I ran across a random tweet from an educator who shared the following:
@bkennedy81: New principal says I have to relate #tcea2013 to staar before she will decide if I can go...help! #tcea
It doesn't seem like an unreasonable request to correlate Conference Professional Learning opportunities to the latest high-stakes test like STAAR. Still, such requests leave me uneasy.

Lori Gracey (TCEA Executive Director) was kind enough to share a partial list of workshops that directly address STAAR. You'll have to decide whether these make the TCEA State Conference worth attending in February, 2013.


Session NumberSession TitleSession Start DateSession Start TimeSession End TimeSession Description
132909Bridge to STAAR with Web 2.0 Resources2/6/201311:30 AM1:00 PMThis workshop will focus on using technology integration to prepare students for the new ELA STAAR tests. Through this hands-on workshop, you will have the opportunity to view samples of the work your students will create to help prepare for the STAAR Reading Exam.
133313Easy Formative Assessment Utilizing Cell Phones2/6/201310:30 AM11:30 AMWith high-stakes tests such as STAAR, it is more important than ever to utilize formative assessment. This session will explore using cell phones as a quick and easy method of gathering formative assessment data. If feasible, participants should plan to bring a cell phone. This session is appropriate for both middle and high school.
133138ELA 2.02/6/20135:00 PM6:30 PMTake the ELA TEKS high tech with these free Web 2.0 resources. Participants will explore online tools that will aid in preparing students for the STAAR and EOC Assessments.
134209Learning.com’s Secondary Camp Create: Best Practices to Integrate Digital Resources2/5/201312:30 PM4:00 PMThe Secondary Camp Create session will help put the fun back into your classroom. Learning.com recognizes the various integration needs of districts and schools and has comprised as array of tools and services that you may use to engage and support 21st century learners. From TEKS-aligned curriculum, teacher-created content, and the Texas Instructional Materials Exchange (TIME), you'll find resources to assist you in preparing your students for STAAR and beyond. Preferred device: Mac or PC laptop
134208Learning.com's Elementary Camp Create: Best Practices to Integrate Digital Resources2/5/20138:00 AM11:30 AMThe Elementary Camp Create session will help put the fun back into your classroom. Learning.com recognizes the various integration needs of districts and schools and has comprised an array of content, tools, and services that you may use to engage and support 21st century learners. With TEKS-aligned curriculum, teacher-created content, and the Texas Instructional Materials Exchange (TIME), you'll find resources to assist you in preparing your students for STAAR and beyond. Preferred device: Mac or PC laptop
133731STAAR Professional Learning Anytime, Anywhere!2/7/20132:30 PM3:30 PMThe “flipped classroom” has gained popularity among teachers for student learning. The STAR Quality Resources™ Project for Texas, designed and produced by master teachers, has developed a form of “flipped learning” for teachers to prepare for the STAAR™ exam anytime, anywhere.
132918The Amazing Race (QR Codes and STAAR Prep)!2/7/20133:30 PM5:00 PMTeachers at the Jack E. Singley Academy worked together to create a series of challenges for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to complete in order to win the race and prepare for TAKS and EOCs. Come learn about the challenges we designed for the Amazing Race, our use of technology including QR Codes, and how we made test prep fun for all... whoa! Preferred device: any device permitted



One opinion is that enhancing the skills and strategies educators have access to in a globally-connected world, a flat world where communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving must go beyond classroom walls is of value. And, that value extends beyond the short-term nature of a high-stakes test like the STAAR.





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