• A Rural Schools Initiative

The 2016 Academy: Integrating Visioning, T-TESS, & Neuroscience to Improve Student Learning

  • Dates
    July 20-21, 2016 (two-day event for attendees of the 2015 academy)
    July 20-22, 2016 (three-day event for first-time attendees)
    July 20-21: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    July 22 (for first-time attendees only): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Region 7 ESC
    1909 N Longview St.
    Kilgore, TX 75662
    Visioning, T-TESS, and Neuroscience
    Brain We all recognize the need to take student learning below the surface while relating learning to the world we live in. We must prepare students for an unknown future. At the same time, we are implementing the new Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and need to see the connections between transforming our schools and transforming teaching. The answer might be understanding the science of learning!

    Part of 21st century learning is understanding how the brain actually works. This year's Rural Schools Initiative Academy is focused on working with educators to design tomorrow's learning for yesterday's brain. The brain we have is the only one we get; trade-ins aren't available!
    Teachers will learn to design more effective instruction and principals will become more aware of instructional principles to look for when conducting observations under the T-TESS. 
    Principles of Learning
    Syfr's Principles of Learning are based on the emerging neuroscience about how we learn. Attendees will learn how the principles apply to the visioning document and can help unpack the language in the T-TESS rubric.
    Who Should Attend
    Teachers, teacher leaders, principals, central office curriculum and instructional staff, and superintendents in small rural school districts. Both first-timers and those who attended the 2015 Rural School Initiative Academy are encouraged to attend. This is a three-year program of study. Topics change annually and will include topics in neuroscience as well as social and emotional learning.
    Why Attend
    The goal of the academy is to train a small cadre of a school's teachers and their principal on how people learn and self-assess. The teachers can then design their own learning improvement strategies and measurement metrics to create change in their own classrooms and share their training with fellow teachers to inspire change across the campus and district.

The Rural Schools Initiative Academy Series

  • In 2015, TASA, in partnership with Syfr Learning, launched the Rural Schools Initiative Academy series for superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders.

    The academies are designed to provide rural schools with an alternative approach to implementing the vision behind MISSION: School Transformation as articulated in the visioning document, Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas.

    The three-year program began with a two-day academy at the Region 10 Education Service Center in June 2015. This academy was for superintendents, central office curriculum and instructional staff, and principals. It was followed by a three-day academy for teachers and principals, held in Region 10 in July 2015. Campuses were encouraged to send a team of two to five teachers.

Contact Us

  • Register

    Use the button above to log into TASA's Member Services Center and register for this event.

Registration Deadline

  • July 11, 2016

Registration Fee

  • Fees include lunch and materials at the academy and a book and online support during the school year:
    • $535 per person for attendees of the 2015 Rural Schools Initiative Academy (two-day session)
    • $785 per person for first-time attendees (three-day session)

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