Dancing with the STAARs!
In All Content Areas
Beginning in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) will replace the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The name change reflects a shift in focus from current achievement to assessment of academic readiness for future success. This shift brings a tighter alignment between the taught and tested curriculum by testing current grade level TEKS and by aligning the rigor of the test item with the rigor of the TEKS to ensure that students are prepared well for college, career, and life. We have gathered numerous experts both locally and nationally to convene in one place and share research driven, meaningful and fun strategies to ensure success in the core content areas that include, math, science, social studies, English language arts, reading, and technology.
Featured Keynote Speakers
Dinah Zike is known for designing hands-on manipulatives that are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents, and educational publishing companies. She is a frequent keynote speaker and continuing education consultant and presents to over 50,000 teachers and parents every year. Dinah Zike is an explosion of energy and ideas. Her excitement and joy for learning inspires everyone she touches. She knows how hard it is to make each day special for children because she taught for over ten years in the public school system.
Steve Nine is coming to El Paso from Ecuador! A master of language instruction, a dynamic teacher of teachers, he unlocks English through simple strategies and learning routines that enable English language acquisition for Spanish-speaking students. He has taught Spanish and English in both the US and Ecuador, and over the past decade, his hands-on language training events have benefited hundreds of teachers, equipping them for classroom success. In addition to mission work in South America, he recently launched ARCO English Institute in Cuenca, Ecuador, opening its doors in February with125 adult students and 6 professors. Steve resides with his wife and children in the city of Portoviejo.