The Texas Education Agency has granted its first state license for digitally-delivered instructional materials to an online resource that provides high-school content area teachers with strategies and tools to help them differentiate instruction and improve the student achievement of English learners, while addressing Texas’ English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS). The license provides all Texas teachers in grades 9-12 with access to Pearson’s A+RISE® S2S through the state’s Project Share online learning community.
A+RISE® (Aligned Research-based Instructional Strategies for Educators) delivers practical, hands-on teaching strategies, tied to standards, and can be used in conjunction with a number of Pearson offerings, including training and consulting services, for all teachers who have English learners in their classrooms. Founded by author and advocate Evelyn Arroyo, A+RISE® is also available for grades K-8.
“We are committed to supporting Texas teachers as they work to improve student achievement for their diverse populations,” said Susan Badger, CEO of Pearson’s Teacher Education and Development Group.
Anita Givens, Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs at the Texas Education Agency notes, “Project Share includes many resources for Texas educators, including the A+RISE as well as content from The New York Times, Texas Education iTunes U, and PBS. By providing a Web 2.0 e-learning environment for Texas teachers to collaborate, share best practices and access digital content, we are pleased to make available new and powerful tools for professional development and 21st Century teaching and learning.” The Project Share portal has established more than 250,000 accounts for Texas educators.