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English Language Arts, Reading, & Social Studies Cooperative

December 05, 2021
Sunday

Joanne (Jodi) Ferguson, Associate Director • (361) 561-8551joanne.ferguson@esc2.us

Ibet Caro, Administrator • (361) 561-8574ibet.caro@esc2.us

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English Language Arts Services

The English Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies Cooperative provides support to regional local education agencies (LEAs) in the areas of English Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies. In this cooperative, the specialists provide services designed to improve teacher effectiveness and impact student success. Professional development opportunities focus on TEKSdriven, high-quality instruction, incorporating research-based strategies designed to develop rigor and competence.

The focus of the ELA and Reading (ELAR) Services team is to improve student achievement by providing prescriptive, strategic, and data-driven professional development for all local education agency instructional staff. The ESC-2 ELAR team meets the needs of educators through research based professional development, ongoing collaborative assistance, and sustained technical support. To assist teachers in implementing ELAR TEKS, the ELAR team developed a series of workshops.

Members of the ELAR/Social Studies Cooperative have access to:

  • Reduced cost workshops,
  • Reduced cost onsite support, and
  • Free One-Hour Virtual Content Training Sessions

 

Services

  • Facilitated planning
  • Onsite professional development
  • Custom designed trainings
  • Reduced fee for members of the English Language Arts, Reading, & Social Studies Cooperative
  • Instructional coaching
  • Classroom observations
  • TEKS Resource System support
  • Data-driven interventions
  • TEKS alignment support
  • TEKS/STAAR training and support

 

Technical Assistance

  • Technical assistance includes unlimited email and phone support

 

Sample Professional Development Opportunities

(Customized PD Available)

  • Understanding the ELAR TEKS (Grades K-12)
  • Effective Instruction for the ELAR Classroom (K-12)
  • Best Practices in Literacy Instruction Series (Grades K-5)
  • Building the Elementary ELAR Teacher Toolkit Series (Grades K-5)
  • STAAR Reading and Writing Training
  • Critical Thinking Reading and Writing
  • Understanding the English I and II EOCs
  • The Reading and Writing Connection (K-12)
  • Supporting At-Risk Students in the ELAR Classroom 
  • Reading and Writing Support for EL Students
  • Closing the GAP: Addressing the COVID Slide

 

 

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Social Studies Services

Gigi Gransden, Education Specialist • (361) 561-8566 • gigi.gransden@esc2.us

The Social Studies team is committed to improving student achievement by providing prescriptive, strategic, and data-driven professional development for all local education agencies. The Social Studies team meets the needs of educators through research-based professional development, ongoing collaborative assistance, and sustained technical support. 

Services

  • Facilitated planning
  • Onsite professional development
  • Custom designed trainings
  • Reduced fee for members of the English, Language Arts, Reading, & Social Studies Cooperative
  • Instructional coaching
  • Classroom observations and feedback
  • Data-driven interventions
  • TEKS alignment support
  • TEKS/STAAR training and support
  • Training on using TEKS Resource System for planning and assessment

 

Technical Assistance

  • Technical assistance includes unlimited email and phone support

 

Products

  • History Trunks (see webpage for more information)

 

Sample Professional Development Opportunities

(Customized PD Available)

  • A Closer Look: Topics in U.S. History to 1877
    • The Colonial Period
    • The Constitution Convention and the Constitution
    • Westward Expansion
  • A Closer Look: Topics in U.S. History from 1877
    • The Progressive Era
    • The Great Depression
    • The Cold War 1945-1970’s
  • Reading and Writing in the Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Classroom
  • Grade 8 Social Studies STAAR Review
  • United States History EOC Review
  • Critical Thinking in the Social Studies Classroom
  • The Highly Engaged Social Studies Classroom
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