November 14, 2019

We invite you to peruse our department resources and links.

The mission of the Education Service Center Region 2 Language Arts Department is to support and promote successful language art classrooms, aligned to both national and state standards to facilitate the highest level of language arts proficiency attainable by all learners.

ELAR Consultants look forward to helping your districts create a learning environment for your teachers and students that have a positive and lasting impact on classroom performance. At Region 2, we believe our success is measured in the eyes of a child.

**TEA Updates**

2017 Adoption: K-12 Vertical Alignment

**Check Out This New Teaching Resource!**   Updated.png

The Digital Public Library of America has primary source sets that tie with content taught in ELAR such as Beloved and To Kill a Mockingbird. This resource may provide students context for whatever they are reading!


**Nicole Hohensee, the ELAR Content Coordinator for the TEKS Resource System, wanted to let everyone know that they have posted contractor positions for ELAR Elementary (Grades 2-5) and ELAR Middle School assessment development. They are needing to hire these positions rather quickly so visit this link and apply today!

**TEKS Side-by-Side ELAR Comparison Documents (K-8)**   

Use the link provided below to access the most updated K-8 comparison documents for the 2019-2020 school year. These documents will help you find common ground between the current and the new TEKS.


*Remember: The new high school TEKS will not be used until 2020-2021 school year!

** New STAAR Assessed Curriculum Documents Now Available!

TEA has released the Assessed Curriculum documents. You can find them through the link below (scroll about halfway down the page). As of yet, the side-by-sides have not been republished, but we will be keeping an eye out for that. As more new information comes available, we will be happy to share it. 


**Teacher Tips

- Consider using Word Walls in your secondary classrooms! This can have a tremendous impact on your students' sight word and vocabulary retention. Most importantly, it can remind us to use the new vocabulary in our classrooms when we read, write, listen, and speak!

- Consider using your vertical alignment documents when introducing new standards in order to remind students what they've already learned and where they are going in their instruction. Demonstrating to your students how grade-level skills are scaffolded over time is both powerful and inclusive. 

Learn more about the pillars of reading in our upcoming workshop, "Innovative Approaches to Reading and Writing Series: Utilizing the New TEKS to Build Reading and Writing Capacity" (1533392) coming October 10, 2019!



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