February 2020 Reading Practices

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Reading Practices

February 2020

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Welcome to our first installment of our Reading Practices newsletter. As reading and writing are foundational to school success, TEA works to ensure that all Texas students have access to high-quality reading and writing instruction and highly-effective teachers. We appreciate your interest in this information, as well as your shared commitment to improving statewide literacy practices.

Cherry Lee

Director of Reading

Early Childhood Education Division of the Texas Education Agency


Reading Academies Updates

The Reading Academies team invites you to learn more about the Reading Academies by visiting the TEA Reading Practices webpage

Also review our latest installment of the Reading Practices video presentation and review the following resources:

Please reach out with questions regarding reading practices to: reading@tea.texas.gov


Spotlight: Authorized Providers

A Reading Academies Authorized Provider is an entity—educational service center, local educational agency, institute of higher learning, or other non-profit—that has been formally approved by TEA to provide Reading Academies.

All 20 Educational Service Centers in Texas have been named as Authorized Providers, as well as 18 Non-ESC Authorized Providers including: Houston ISD, UT Austin - The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, La Vega ISD (McLennan), El Paso ISD, Literacy San Antonio, Dallas ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Fort Bend ISD, North East ISD, Clear Creek ISD, Uplift Education, Pre-K 4 San Antonio, Corpus Christi ISD, Forth Worth ISD, Conroe ISD, Katy ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, and Humble ISD.

The Texas Education Agency is hosting training for all Authorized Providers in Austin on March 2-4, 2020.

Quality Reviews of Spanish Instructional Materials

TEA is beginning the process for developing rubrics to review the quality of Spanish and Dual Language Prekindergarten Systems, Spanish Foundational Literacy K-2, and Spanish Language Arts and Reading K-6. Individuals interested in contributing to the creation of these rubrics should complete the Texas Resource Review Rubric Working Group Application.  Working groups will be held on March 5, 2020 at Region 19 and Region 20, with additional opportunities to provide feedback virtually.