1. Curriculum and assessments aligned to TEKS with a year-long scope and sequence
The scope and sequence, units, and assessments are aligned to the standards for all tested subject and grade areas, and grades PK-2nd mathematics and reading.
Assessments aligned to state standards and the appropriate level of rigor are administered at least three to four times per year to determine if students learned what was taught. Time for corrective instruction is built into the scope and sequence.
Instructional materials with key ideas, essential questions, and recommended materials, including content-rich texts, are used across classrooms. The instructional materials include resources intentionally designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities and English learners among other student groups.
High fidelity professional development calendars for teachers are implemented which provide introductory and ongoing content-focused, job-embedded training linked to high-quality curriculum for early childhood through grade 12, in all core subjects.
Lesson Planning and Formative Assessment
Texas Instructional Leadership is a program that consists of a suite of trainings intended to foster continuous improvement by helping campus and district administrators grow concrete instructional leadership skills in the areas of observation and feedback, student culture, and data driven instruction. TIL trainings are aligned with many of the best practices described in the ESF.
Planning for Mastery (VIP)
Effective teachers plan with the end in mind. They examine the big picture and clearly identify what students need to know and be able to do and intentionally focus on outcomes that demonstrate proficiency. The TRS Planning for Mastery sessions provide an opportunity for educators to collaboratively plan each six weeks of instruction using the TEKS Resource System. Teachers engage in a half day of face-to-face professional development followed by a half day of implementation support each six weeks. Participants leave with a completed six weeks planning document aligned to local resources and share best practices for instructional delivery. The TEKS Resource System (TRS) “Planning for Mastery” is a series of face to face professional development and implementation support for districts and charter systems that use the TEKS Resource System to plan strong learning progressions per unit of instruction.