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HOW ARE YOU PREPARING FOR THE REVISED TEKS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING?
In order for students to master the revised TEKS for English Language Arts and Reading, including navigating challenging text and vocabulary, effectively communicating and collaborating, and deciphering multiple genres, teachers must learn and employ the most effective methods of instruction. Effective professional development is key to not only familiarizing teachers with the new learning expectations, but also refining pedagogy to have a direct and lasting impact on student learning.
Schoolwide, Inc. will work with you to design a customized professional development support program around the pending implementation of the revised TEKS that best meets the individual needs of your teachers, specialists, and administrators.
Professional Development Formats Include:
Workshops are meant to build teacher schema, expertise, and confidence as they learn more about the new TEKS and best practices in literacy instruction. Workshop sessions are engaging and interactive and include a selection of valuable resources and practical information that participants can use to immediately impact instruction. Workshops may be single- or multi-day experiences, at either the school or district level.
On-Site Coaching and Modeling
These demonstration sessions provide hands-on personal support and take place in classrooms, where consultants model lessons, student conferences, and small-group instruction. Teachers actively participate in this process by taking notes and reflecting on what they have observed and learned. They then use this data to inform and differentiate instruction to better meet the needs of their students.
In addition, teachers are encouraged to teach lessons or meet with small groups while Schoolwide's consultants coach or co-teach and provide feedback about instructional moves and best practices.
Administrator Professional Development and Walkthroughs
Administrators will learn how to use a critical lens when observing the different instructional models that live inside workshop teaching and align to the new TEKS. Additionally, through facilitated walkthroughs, administrators will learn how to create a school-wide culture reflecting different classroom environments and supports that complement their literacy instruction. Administrators will be provided with a variety of tools that align to the latest expectations included in the updated TEKS (checklists, rubrics, and observation tools), giving specific information about what to look for and ways to support teachers in establishing classroom environments that are conducive to developing thoughtful readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and researchers. Goal-setting and next steps will be discussed at the culmination of these sessions and/or walkthroughs.