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					   ESC-20 Curriculum Communiqué: December 7, 2004                                       Volume #3

We are continuing the Curriculum Communiqué series as requested. Please continue to share the
information with your staff. If there is additional information that you think would be helpful, please
do not hesitate to let me know.

ESC Contact: Ed Vara, ed.vara@esc20.net or (210) 370-5465


     1. TEA Correspondence

New TEA Correspondence has been posted at
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/taa/sortf.cgi?command=bydate

Date: 11/30/2004
Subject: The 2005 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference
From: Commissioner's Office

Date: 12/06/2004
Subject: Application to Participate in Electronic Course Pilot (eCP) Released
From: Commissioner's Office


     2. Federal Programs Updates

Title V Funding Update:
It appears that Congress did allocate funds for Title V, Part A for 2005-06 in the appropriations bill
that was passed late Friday.

The Title V organization is reporting that there will be an appropriation of $200 million nationwide for
next year, down another 30%. Current year (2004-05) funding nationally was $290 million, down 25%
from $385 million from two years ago.

Title I School Improvement Updates:
The last application training for the Title I School Improvement Program is December 6th at Region 13
ESC in Austin. This training is required for a campus in School Improvement to apply for the SIP
funding.

The registration deadline for the January 10-11, 2005, Best Practices Conference in Houston for SIP
campuses has been extended to December 17, 2004. Contact the School Improvement Resource Center
(SIRC) at Region 13 at: http://www.esc13.net/statewide/sirc/ConferenceFlyer.pdf

Source: Cory Green, Senior Director, Division of NCLB Program Coordination,
cory.green@tea.state.tx.us




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     3. Faking It Won’t Make It in Science

The pressure on schools and instructors to improve science instruction is likely to intensify with
approaching federal requirements on states to test students in science and for instructors to become
"highly qualified" in the subjects they teach.
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/12/01/14faking.h24.html


      4. Online Mentors
Do you remember how you felt when you were student teaching or during your first two years of
teaching? Student teachers and new teachers need mentors to help them through their induction into
the teaching profession. Would you be willing to serve as a “telementor” to our UT-Austin student
teachers and beginning teachers in math, science, and computer science?

We need experienced teachers willing to help new teachers (protégés) to serve as online mentors. This
would involve exchanging messages online several times each week during your protégé’s student
teaching and, if mutually acceptable, continuing to support your protégé during his/her first two years
of teaching.

WINGS Online (Welcoming Interns and Novices with Guidance and Support
Online) is a student teacher and novice teacher support program offered by the College of Natural
Sciences at The University of Texas. We are currently accepting applications for telementors. Once
you have signed up to be a telementor, you will be included in our database from which student
teachers as well as first and second teachers can choose a telementor. During the spring 2005 semester,
we will have at least 60 apprentice teachers in math, science and computer science who will need a
telementor.

There will be an honorarium each semester for mentors subject to satisfactory performance and
availability of funds. A mentor's responsibility is to email his/her protégé several times per week with
advice, suggestions, and support as needed and requested by the protégé.

If you are a teacher who is willing to serve as a telementor, please use your Web browser to go to:
http://wings.utexas.org/telementoring.html and read what it says in the yellow column labeled "Mentor
Teachers." Then click on "become a mentor" and use the directions displayed at the top of the next
page to provide information about yourself so that you can be added to our database. Please be sure to
answer all questions thoroughly and clearly to help protégés select the best mentor for their needs.

Please enter an email address that you check often. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help a
new teacher get off to a successful start!

UT Contact: Anna Rudolph Canter, Ph. D., http://wings.utexas.org or 210-764-8717or
annadrc@earthlink.net




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     5. LPAC Decision-Making Process

On Dec. 10, 2004 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. the student assessment division will present a TETN to update
ESC testing and Bilingual/ESL coordinators on procedures included in the TEA publication titled
“LPAC Decision-Making Process for the Texas Assessment Program (Grades 3-12): Procedural
Manual for the 2004-2005 School Year.” Education service centers provide school districts and charter
schools with annual training on these procedures.

The new (updated annually) LPAC manual will be posted to the Student Assessment website on
Wednesday or Thursday of that week for participants to download and bring it to the session. LAT
(Linguistically Accommodated Testing) and TELPAS spring testing "heads up" information and
proposed AMAO performance targets will also be presented.

The LPAC manual will be on the Student Assessment Division website
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment under the name of the manual in the A-Z Directory.

TEA Contact: Georgina K. Gonzalez, Director of Bilingual Education/ESL,
Georgina.gonzalez@tea.state.tx.us or (512)475-3555


     6. Educators Should Save Receipts for Reinstated Deduction

The Internal Revenue Service today advised teachers and other educators to save their receipts for
books and other classroom supplies. They will be able to deduct up to $250 of such expenses again this
year, following recently enacted legislation.

The Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 reinstated the educator expense deduction, which had
expired at the end of last year, for both 2004 and 2005. Expenses incurred any time this year may
qualify for the deduction, not just those since the Act was signed on October 4.
The deduction is available to eligible educators in public or private elementary or secondary schools.
To be eligible, a person must work at least 900 hours during a school year as a teacher, instructor,
counselor, principal or aide.

An educator may subtract up to $250 of qualified out-of-pocket expenses when figuring adjusted gross
income (AGI). This deduction is available whether or not the taxpayer itemizes deductions on
Schedule A. The IRS suggests that educators keep records of qualifying expenses in a folder or
envelope with a label such as “Educator Expense Deduction,” noting the date, amount and purpose of
each purchase. This will help prevent a missed deduction at tax time.

For more information, call the IRS Tele-Tax system toll-free at 1-800-829-4477 and select Topic 458.
Or go to the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.gov and use its search engine to find Tax Topic 458.

Source: Texas Education Today, November 4, 2004.




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    7. December Newsletter

The December newsletter is now available: http://www.esc20.net/distancelearning/newsletters.htm

In this issue you will find the spring schedule for Virtual Wednesday. The schedule has also been
posted on the distance learning web site: http://www.esc20.net/distancelearning/vw.htm

ESC Contact: Susan Altgelt, Coordinator, Distance Learning Services, susan.altgelt@esc20.net


    8. Navigating the Course of Change for Teachers

Please share the information on our January sessions with teacher leaders, department heads, and
appropriate staff.
     Elementary Instructional Leaders Session III
     Secondary Instructional Leaders Session IV


    9. Important Dates…

December 10 – Migrant Performance report due (eGrants); Focused Data Analysis Template due for
Academically Unacceptable Campuses (State Accountability)
December 17 – Appeals Deadline for district and campus 2004 AYP data (Federal Accountability)

January 10 –Focused Improvement Plan due to TEA for Academically Unacceptable Campuses (State
Accountability)
January 13 – Fall PEIMS resubmission due to ESC-20
January 19 – New Federal Program Directors’ Series

February 5 – Mock Trial (Bexar County Courthouse)
February 22 – TAKS test administration: ELA (grades 10 & 11); reading (grade 9); writing (grades 4
& 7); SDAAII writing (grades 4 &7); TAKS Grade 4 Spanish Writing
February 23 – AYP Status to School Districts; TAKS test administration: reading (grades 3 & 50:
SDAAII reading (grade 9); SDAAII ELA (grade 10)
February 24 -26 – Texas Middle School Association’s Annual Conference (Corpus Christi)
February 24 – 2004 AYP Status released to the public (12 noon); TAKS Exit Level Social Studies
(retes); Make-up session for Grade 10 ELA
February 25 – TAKS Exit-Level Science (retest)
February 26 – Tentative deadline for completing all make-up session for tests scheduled to be
administered on February 23 and included in the calculation of AYP

March 21 – April 8 – Window for reading proficiency Tests in English; LEP students field tests in
selected grades and subjects; English language Proficiency Observation Protocols

April 5 – TAKS Grade 5 Mathematics – English & Spanish
April 8 – Tentative deadline for make-up sessions for TAKS grade 5 mathematics


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April 19 – TAKS Grades 3-4, 6-8 &10 Math; Grades 3-4 & 6 Spanish math; TAKS Exit-Level ELA
(retest for graduating seniors only); TAAS Exit-Level Writing (retest)
April 20 – TAKS Grades 4 & 6-8 Reading; Grades 4 & 6 Spanish reading; TAKS Exit-Level Math;
TAKS Grades 3 & 5 English and Spanish Reading (retest); TAKS Exit-Level Math (retest for
graduating seniors only); TAAS Exit-Level Math (retest
April 21 – TAKS Grade 5 English & Spanish Science; TAKS Grade 8 & 10 Social Studies; TAKS
Grade 9 Math; TAKS Exit-Level Social Studies
TAAS Exit-Level Reading (retest)
April 22 – TAKS Grade 10 & Exit-Level Science; TAKS Exit-Level science (retest for graduating
seniors only)
April 23 – Tentative Deadline for completing all make-up session for test scheduled to be administered
on April 19-20 and included in the calculation of AYP

May 17 – TAKS Grade 5 English & Spanish Math (retest)

June 28 – TAKS Grade 5 English & Spanish Math (retest)
June 29 – TAKS Grades 3 & 5 English and Spanish Reading (retest)




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