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Spring 2017 Issue

Team up with TexQuest and win prizes at TLA! TexQuest providers are working together to make your TLA Annual conference a hit! Prizes will be awarded on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to attendees who:

  • Pick up a card from a TexQuest Team member
  • Visit and get a sticker from all providers
  • Turn the card in to the TexQuest/ESC-20 Exhibit
Follow this link for more information, drawing times, and a list of prizes.
Own Your TexQuest Resources at TLA. Visit TexQuest providers for one on one consultations at TLA, as well as attending TexQuest training sessions.  Offerings include a hands-on lab to help you "power up" usage with website resources and a session by North East ISD librarians on using TexQuest to "Go Beyond Google." For session details and exhibit booth locations, follow this link.
Gale provides new, improved resource page. If your library or district accesses Gale resources through the Common Menu, your users will appreciate the new customizable Gale Pages access. Broken down by grade level, the appropriate resource is now easy to find. For more information on how to link to this page at your district, follow this link.

Note: Gale Literary Sources contains Scribner Writers, Twayne's Authors, the Literature Resource Center, and the new LitFinder. To search just one of those resources, use the What's Inside dropdown on the Gale Literary Sources homepage.
 
Bring a team of educators to a TexQuest mini-conference.  A TexQuest mini-conference is a full day of free face to face "how-to" training sessions with multiple TexQuest providers, roundtable discussions to share ideas with other TexQuest education professionals, and collaboration spaces. Invite your certified librarians, instructional technologists, curriculum coaches, and K-12 teachers and watch instant collaboration happen! Conferences are free and open to all TexQuest users. Sign up now for the Austin TexQuest Mini-Conference on Monday, June 19, or follow this link to find out about upcoming mini-conferences in San Antonio, Dallas, Edinburg, Houston, and Huntsville. 
TexQuest training takes place at your regional ESC this spring and summer.  Check the list below for sessions and mini-conferences already scheduled. Consult the TexQuest Training Calendar for the most up-to date information and links to sign up. No sessions shown for your region?  Follow this link to share your training needs with your local TexQuest ESC contact. 

Date ESC Location Session Type
5/12/2017    2 Corpus Christi New Providers
6/12/2017  19 El Paso New Providers
6/19/2017  13 Austin Mini-Conference
6/20/2017    3 Victoria New Providers
7/13/2017  15 San Angelo Curriculum Integration
7/17/2017    9 Wichita Falls New Providers
7/17/2017  12 Waco Curriculum Integration
7/27/2017  18 Odessa Curriculum Integration
7/31/2017  17 Lubbock SPED w/Britannica
8/1/2017  16 Amarillo SPED w/Britannica
8/1/2017  20 San Antonio Mini-Conference
8/4/2017  10 Dallas Mini-Conference
8/7/2017  17 Lubbock Curriculum Integration
8/8/2017  16 Amarillo Curriculum Integration
8/15/2017    1 Edinburg Mini-Conference
8/16/2017    5 Beaumont New Providers
8/17/2017    4 Houston Mini-Conference
9/15/2017    6 Huntsville Mini-Conference

Team up with other educators to provide local TexQuest training. Lots of regional library, technology, and curriculum conferences want TexQuest sessions included. Why not ask another librarian or teacher to conduct a session with you? It's less stressful and more fun when you train together. The TexQuest website has resources guides for teachers, as well as focused materials for ELL, SPED, and parents. All of our resources are created in Google, so you can make a copy and then edit for your training needs. Find these resource and more at TexQuest.net/programmaterials. Find more of our training slide shows at TexQuest.net/texquesttraining. Of course, after you conduct TexQuest training, apply for the TexQuest Spark Club!

Invoices for TexQuest resources will be sent by TSLAC in September 2017. According to Liz Philippi, School Program Coordinator, "The quotes for TexQuest won’t go out until sometime in May. If you need an estimated amount for budget planning please use the October 2016 ADA as reported to TEA and estimate the cost of TexQuest to be no more than 28 cents per student. At this time we don’t believe there will be an increase – more than the current 25 cents per student – but it is always safe to overestimate instead of underestimate the cost." For more invoicing information, including contact information for the state library, follow this link.

Find out how your campus/district is using TexQuest. TSLAC (Texas State Library and Archives Commission) released overall usage statistics through 1/31/17 by district. See how your district compares to others in your region by using their "per student" categories. To find usage for  your district/school by individual, use their ChalkDust tool. Links to these reports, the state library's statistics page, and screencasts on how to use ChalkDUST, go to TexQuest.net/statisticsFAQS

Learn about new TexQuest resources and how they will be integrated into the TexQuest program. Sign up for TexQuest X-Press and share the link with other TexQuest users. Back issues are cataloged online at TexQuest.net. Remember, the TexQuest Support Center is here to serve you. Don't hesitate to contact us.

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