Archive for March, 2014

State Assessment Time is Here Again!

State assessment time is here again and improved student performance on these assessments is on the mind of every parent, teacher, and campus administrator.  These assessments should be a reflection of what the student has learned over the past year, right?  So how can we help our students learn more and better? I recently read an […]

Registration Now Open!

The Region 10 Preschool Services Team is happy to announce that the 2014 Early Childhood Summer Institute (ECSI) is now open for registration! This annual event is an exciting time for professionals involved the field of early childhood to come together and gain valuable knowledge. Once again, ECSI will be held in Frisco at the […]

A Reader is Born!

Sometimes things happen that remind me what is important in this world.  One of those things happened to me this week.  I got home about 10:00pm on Monday night and was getting ready for bed when my phone buzzed.  I looked and saw that it was a text message from my sister-in-law.  I opened the […]

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

More than any other profession, educators are central in reporting suspected child maltreatment. Did you know: Signs of physical abuse can be identified Indicators of sexual abuse should be known Children who have been psychologically abused usually exhibit certain traits The physical indicators of neglect are often more subtle compared to signs of abuse

Growing Up Online | Free Online Security and Internet Safety eBook for Kids

Growing Up Online | Free Online Security and Internet Safety eBook for Kids. First introduced during National Internet Safety Month in June, NBCUniversal’s The More You Know, in collaboration with NBC News, has launched Growing Up Online, a free, interactive eBook for parents, teachers, and kids about digital literacy and internet safety. The first release from […]

Students Explore their Passions with #GeniusHour – by Guest Blogger, Stuart Burt

Recently, a colleague (@getheather) and I have embarked on an amazing journey with a group of 3-5 grade students. This journey is called Genius Hour. Below is a short video created by Chris Kesler (@iamkesler) that does a great job of explaining the process and reasoning behind Genius Hour. Heather started this process two months ago […]

Point to Ponder: Is Your Library Collection “the Great Equalizer?”

An editorial in this Sunday’s Dallas Morning News,, Gifted Child, Left Behind, really made me think about the emphasis we place on making sure our libraries have books for struggling readers and readers of other languages but I am not sure what we do to support gifted students in terms of library collection development.


Can you believe the World Wide Web recently turned 25 and that Twitter is only 8 years old!   Really? So today is a day to celebrate. But it’s also an occasion to think, discuss—and do. Key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet are looming, and it’s vital for all of us […]

TLA Conference is Around the Corner!

SAN ANTONIO April 8-11 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center=&0=& Great way to network and help the profession! Would you like to LEAD OUT LOUD by volunteering at the annual Texas Library Association Conference?  The conference will take place in San Antonio this year, April 8th through April 11th. Volunteers should be willing to volunteer for […]

Be Happy!

Today is the first day of spring! I don’t know about you, but with all of the up and down temperatures and unexpected ice storms, I am definitely ready to embrace spring and drink in the sun for several months to come!  Did you know that it is also International Happiness Day? I think it […]