Launch of Texas Gateway - Free Online Resources by TEA
Commissioner of Education Mike Morath recently announced the launch of the Texas Gateway (http://www.texasgateway.org/) a free online resource library for educators and parents provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The Texas Gateway not only builds upon the success of TEA's online learning community Project Share but also expands access to resources-such as videos, interactives, formative assessments, professional development courses, and other classroom support materials-designed to strengthen classroom instruction to help every student succeed.
Commissioner Morath noted that the Texas Gateway provides open access to instructional resources that align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the state standards that describe what students should know and be able to do at every grade level. Each resource contains a lesson or series of lessons that introduce a new idea or skill and then give the learner opportunities to practice and apply what he or she has learned.
Educators may also search and self-enroll in online professional development courses. The self-paced courses allow educators to earn continuing professional education (CPE) credits as they complete interactive lessons designed specifically for Texas educators.
The list of resources and courses, which were developed in response to teacher feedback and requests, will continue to grow, and with the transition to the Texas Gateway, resources and courses will be easily shared with education service centers (ESCs) and districts through integration with local online learning solutions. Over the next few months, TEA will work with ESCs and school districts to share content and to gather feedback on future goals for the Texas Gateway.
To learn more about the Texas Gateway and the available resources, please visit www.texasgateway.org or contact TEA at firstname.lastname@example.org.