What does this mean to us?</li></li></ul><li>The Texas Teacher STaR Charts is an assessment tool developed around the four key areas of the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology: <br /><ul><li>Teaching and Learning
Learners<br /><ul><li>Learners engage in individualized, real-world learning experiences supported by ubiquitous access to modern digital tools; robust anywhere, anytime connectivity; and dynamic, diverse learning communities.
They access, evaluate, manage, and use information in a variety of</li></ul>media formats from a wide array of sources, and they create knowledge, apply it across disciplines and creative endeavors, and purposefully communicate that knowledge, and the results of its use, to diverse audiences.<br /><ul><li>Learning experiences take place in authentic settings</li></ul>and require collaboration and management of complex processes. <br /><ul><li>These experiences involve critical thinking, global and local social responsibility, complex decision-making, and</li></ul>sophisticated problem-solving. <br /><ul><li>Learners develop the self-directed learning skills and attitudes</li></ul>that enable them to learn effectively for a lifetime of global citizenship.<br />
Educators<br /><ul><li>PreK-12 through higher education, are well prepared throughout their careers to use current digital tools, digital resources, and modern, effective teaching-learning processes to mentor, monitor, and motivate students.
They leverage the technology and information-rich learning landscape of 2020 to provide flexible, seamless, and learner-centered environments that meet the individual and diverse needs of all students and communicate to learners and parents progress toward learning targets.
They participate in communities of learning and</li></ul>inquiry, as co-learners and researchers, with students, colleagues, and other experts to ensure their own development and professional learning as both accomplished education professionals and content experts. <br /><ul><li>All educators contribute to the education profession by informing policy,</li></ul>recruiting, and supporting colleagues, and they represent the profession positively within and outside of education.<br />
Leaders<br /><ul><li>All education leaders create and secure adequate support for innovative, flexible, and</li></ul>responsive technology-rich environments and services to maximize learning and optimize teaching.<br /><ul><li>They develop a shared vision for world-class learning in all instructional settings –</li></ul>face to face or virtual and for technology’s role in achieving that vision. <br /><ul><li>They engage in data-rich planning for and evaluation of learning and management systems that leverage resources and opportunities throughout the community and around the world.
Leaders provide and demand participation in sustained, relevant, engaging, and timely professional development that enables teachers and other instructional personnel to provide leadership for learning in 2020.
Education leaders provide stewardship for universal education.</li></li></ul><li>Infrastructure<br /><ul><li>An industry-standard infrastructure system supports all students, educators, and education leaders by enabling high quality access to learning, communications, and management systems anytime and anywhere.
It ensures access to appropriate technologies, quality and relevant</li></ul>information, and effective just-in-time technical support for students, educators, and other stakeholders. <br /><ul><li>Interoperability, accessibility, and ongoing upgrades as needs and standards</li></ul>change are characteristics of the infrastructure system for learning.<br /><ul><li>Education infrastructure is benchmarked against other education entities in the state and the nation and against successful and progressive commercial information-based enterprises.</li></li></ul><li>Texas StaR Chart<br />The Texas Teacher STaR Chart has been developed around the four key areas of the Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020: Teaching and Learning; Educator Preparation and Development; Leadership, Administration and Instructional Support; and Infrastructure for Technology. <br />The Texas Teacher STaR Chart is designed to help teachers, campuses, and districts determine their progress toward meeting the goals of the Long-Range Plan for Technology, as well as meeting the goals of their district.<br />What exactly is the Texas StaR Chart?<br />
The Texas Teacher STaR Chart Will Help Teachers Answer Critical Questions:<br />What is my current educational technology profile in the areas of Teaching and Learning and Educator Preparation and Development? <br />What is my knowledge of online learning, technology resources, instructional support, and planning on my campus? <br />What evidence can be provided to demonstrate my progress in meeting the goals of the Long Range Plan for Technology and No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D? <br />In what areas can I improve my level of technology integration to ensure the best possible teaching and learning for my students? <br />What are the technology standards required of all beginning teachers and recommended for all current Texas teachers?<br />
The Texas Teacher STaR Chart May Be Used to: <br /><ul><li>Assist teachers in determining professional development needs based on a current educational technology profile.
Provide data that feeds into the Texas Campus STaR Chart so that more accurate school information is gained and documented.
Determine funding priorities based on teacher and classroom needs.
Provide data that can support the need for grants or other resources.
Help conceptualize the campus or district vision of technology.
Assist campuses in documenting the use of No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D formula, and discretionary funds. </li></li></ul><li>Statewide Data<br />
Key Area Summary<br />I: Teaching and Learning Total 14<br />II: Educator Preparation and Development Total 17<br />III: Leadership, Administration, and Instructional Support Total 20<br />IV: Infrastructure for Technology Total 17<br />What does this mean? <br />We are advanced in all areas with the exception of Teaching and Learning.<br />
How can we improve?<br /><ul><li> Know the TEKS http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter126/index.html