Archive for September, 2013

Impact of High-Quality Pre-K

It is widely known that grade 3 is when accountability measures kick into high gear in Texas, as this is the first grade level in which the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) is administered. But, don’t forget that long before the test is administered in 3rd grade, the foundation for success is […]

Banned WEBSITES Awareness Day–Visit one today!

  Banned Websites Awareness Day | American Association of School Librarians AASL. Today, AASL asks school library professionals across the country to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.  We have long been aware of many life-changing works that have raised […]

Homework Tips to Help Make the Evening Go Well

One of the first phrases out of my mouth after I greet my great grandchild who is in kindergarten  is  “Do you have any homework tonight?”  That question is probably repeated in thousands of homes in the Region 10 area every night  to students K-12.  The response may be “yes”, “no” or “do I have to do […]

Better Late than Never!

Ok, so I’m something of a Digital Dinosaur. Those of you who are regular readers may remember a piece Robyn posted in the spring about Audiobooks  (Listen Up!),  enthusing over the joys of listening in her car and the fabulous titles newly  available. “Fantastic,” I remarked, picturing her feeding CDs into her player, “but how […]

Happy Autumn

What a wonderful season full of color, crisp air and the excitement of football!  As the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to change color, it is a time to stop and reflect on the beauty of nature.  Here in Texas we sometimes miss the true change of season but here is a movie […]

Texas A&M To Improve Early Literacy Skills For At-Risk Kindergarten Students…

Kayman started kindergarten this year. He is so excited about his new school. Kayman never hesitates to talk about his experiences, such as coloring in the lines. Yeah, he is off to a good start! This little man has no idea that so many people are working hard to ensure that he learns to read. […]

Apple Releases iOS 7 for iPads and iPhones

The new iOS 7 was released this week for Apple mobile devices. There were a lot of new features added! Below are some options for learning more about the update: Free-to-Anyone Webinar from TCEA on “What’s New with iOS 7?” The Beginner’s Guide to the iPad and iOS 7 from Edudemic How to Find Everything That’s […]

The Extraordinary Power of Writing

Sometimes we just need time and space to think. That’s what writing gives us. Watch this beautiful reminder, and give us your reactions.

Banned Books Week | Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 22 – 28, 2013

I read banned books…and ENJOY it!   How about you? Banned Books Week | Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 22 – 28, 2013. http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/censorship/bannedbooksthatshapedamerica http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/  

Texas’ Early Learning Pathways

Another new early childhood resource is available from the Texas Early Learning Council, so please share the big news!! In previous blogs, I told you about the new Infant, Toddler and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines that were released earlier this year. I also told you about the campaign to promote early learning in Texas. NOW, […]