The House Committee on Education will meet at the Capitol Extension Room E2.036 on Wednesday, May 11 beginning at 9:30 on other topics. The committee will reconvene at 12:30 p.m. to hear invited and public testimony regarding broadband services for schools, review innnovative efforts by school districts to integrate technology, and explore ways to enhance high-tech digital learning opportunities in the classroom. Public testimony may be limited to five minutes.
Find out more information regarding Student Success Initiative requirements for students who were affected by the online testing issues that occurred in March.
The Fitnessgram 2015 and PFAI systems will open April 18, 2016. All fitness data submitted via Fitnessgram 2015 or the PFAI system for the 2015-2016 school year must be submitted on or before 5:00 pm (CDT) on June 10, 2016. Find out more information here.
The FY2016 E-rate filing window has been extended to allow applicants more time to submit applications. The new closing date is May 26th, 2016. All Form 471s must be filed by the close of the filing window at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on May 26th. As a reminder, all E-rate communications between district applicants and USAC, including Program Integrity Assurance (PIA), will take place in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) for the FY2016 filing year.
TEA has posted a District STaR Chart survey tool for districts that have opted to use other technology implementation survey tools but wish to be represented in the data used for the 2016 Progress Report on the Long-Range Plan for Technology. Find out more information here.
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Advocacy Committee
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Membership Committee
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Committee Chairs Call
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Texas K-12 CTO Council Conference Call
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Meeting & Events Committee
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Texas CTO Clinic 2016
Commissioner of Education Mike Morath today formally announced the newest members of the agency’s senior leadership team. The deputy commissioners will be responsible for overseeing key functions of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In addition, senior leadership team members will focus the agency on Commissioner Morath’s priorities of true customer service to school systems, as well as the delivery of effective programs that lead to successful student outcomes and educator support. Find out more information about the team here.
TEA has announced the launch of the Texas Gateway, a free online resource library for educators and parents. While Project Share relied heavily on the use of usernames and passwords, the Texas Gateway does not. So it expands access to resources — such as videos, interactives, formative assessments, professional development courses, and other classroom support materials — designed to strengthen classroom instruction. Visitors to the Gateway may search and use resources by grade level, subject, TEKS, and keywords. Educators may also search and self-enroll in online professional development courses. Learn more here.
Frankie Jackson, chief technology officer in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, has been named the 2016 winner of the highest individual honor awarded by the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO)—the Commitment to Excellence award. Read more here.
Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mike Morath to be the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He will oversee the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the state’s 1,200 school districts and charter schools.
Thanks to advances in mobile device technology, all Klein ISD students in grades three through eight will have their own mobile devices as a supplemental learning tool within the next five school years. Read more here.
Find out how Midway ISD is combining active learning, the maker movement, and technology to bring innovative ideas to their district.