November 2018 Committee on Instruction Item 1

Ratification of Current Texas Lesson Study Resources

November 16, 2018

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: CONSENT

SUMMARY:
This item gives the committee and board an opportunity to consider ratifying the current teacher-designed lesson study resources available on the agency’s web portal.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §8.0531, requires that instructional lessons developed as part of a curriculum management system by a regional education service center, acting alone or in collaboration with one or more other regional education service centers, be subject to the same review and adoption process as outlined in TEC, §31.022.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 16, 2018

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: No action.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: Commissioner of Education Mike Morath included the Texas Lesson Study (TXLS) professional development program in the TEA Strategic Plan 2017–2021. TXLS is inquiry-based, job-embedded professional development where teachers work collaboratively to develop, teach, and assess research-based lessons. Through this process, teachers document their learning and lesson design on a Lesson Proposal and video the taught research-based lesson. The Lesson Proposal and video may become published on TEA’s online teacher and student resource center, the Texas Gateway.

At the September 13, 2018 Committee on Instruction meeting, staff introduced the TXLS professional development program and the review and ratification process for the Texas Gateway lesson study resources.

FISCAL IMPACT: None.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Benefits include teachers and parents having access to teacher-designed, master lessons that are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and may be adapted and implemented in the classroom to increase student outcomes. Publishing these master lessons on the Texas Gateway may also increase the public perception of the teaching profession.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCALLY MAINTAINED PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS:
None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES:
None.

Staff Members Responsible:
Martin Winchester, Deputy Commissioner
Educator Systems and Support

Blair Claussen, Project Manager
Educator Support

Attachment:
  Statutory Citation

Separate Exhibits: I. How to Access Gateway Lesson Study Resources
II. Gateway Lesson Study Resource List