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January 2017 Issue

Welcome to the TexQuest Training Resource Issue! TexQuest digital resources contain features and instructional materials that teachers need to enhance their lessons and provide student accommodations. Now is a great time to plan professional development for your staff on how TexQuest digital instructional resources benefit them and their students. We believe the best TexQuest trainer is local -  the librarian, technologist, or curriculum leader who knows his/her staff, students, curriculum, and district/campus needs, and is close by for ongoing training, as well as questions about use or guidance on appropriate materials. Our goal is to provide resources that support you as you share TexQuest with your administrators, faculty, and students. Read about your options in this issue, or start exploring resources under the Train tab at TexQuest.net.

Tip: Student use of digital resources is often tied to teacher use.

DIY TexQuest Provider Training Available 24/7. Our TexQuest Providers have created "how to" videos for their resources. Each video of less than 30 minutes walks trainers through the content and features of each resource, with searches that are appropriate for faculty training. Watch the video, explore the resources, and then show them to appropriate teachers. Continue here to access DIY training videos, listed by recommended grade level.

Tip: Many librarians recommend sharing one resource per training session and sending links to the videos as a reminder after the training. 
District TexQuest training is available via live webinars. If your district library team needs focused training on TexQuest program implementation or you have a group of librarians or other certified educators who need in-depth training from a specific provider, we can help you schedule live training webinars based on trainer availability. The training is designed and conducted for your specific audience. It's like having the trainer right there, but no one knows if you roll your eyes. Fill out the TexQuest Training Request Form located at TexQuest.net/texquesttraining.

Tip: Schedule a live webinar as part of your next district librarian, instructional technologist, and/or curriculum coaching professional development day and give time to practice with the resource afterwards.
 
Attend 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, as well as participant led roundtable discussions to share ideas with other TexQuest education professionals. Sign up now for the Huntsville TexQuest Mini-Conference on Tuesday, February 21, or follow this link for more mini-conference information, dates of upcoming mini-conferences, and schedules and notes from previous events.

Tip: Take a team of librarians, technologists, and teachers to the mini-conference and watch on-the-spot collaboration happen!
Face to face TexQuest trainings take place at your regional ESC. In order to serve all parts of Texas, most face to face TexQuest training is provided through your local ESC. Mini-conferences, provider training sessions, TexQuest implementation and promotion, and Q and A town meetings are among the sessions that have been presented. Check the TexQuest Training Calendar to see if training has been scheduled in your area, or follow this link to get in touch with your local TexQuest ESC contact. They welcome your input about training needs and may know of upcoming training plans in your area.

Tip: Your district benefits when you send certified librarians and educators to TexQuest training who are willing to conduct training at your campus/district when they return. 
TexQuest sessions are included at many statewide educational conferences. Sessions by TexQuest educations partners, as well as superstar librarians and teachers who use TexQuest resources are part of TLA, TCEA, and TLA Annual Assembly, along with state content area conferences, state parental involvement conference, and state charter school conferences. Coming up next: TCEA 2017. Please visit the TexQuest Exhibit at Booth 2132. Follow this link for a list of TexQuest sessions and to find out where you can visit TexQuest providers in the TCEA Exhibit Hall.

Tip: Make the TexQuest resources easy to find on your campus/district webpages. Teachers and parents get excited, but often can't find the resources when they return to their districts. 

Use resource guides, slides shows, and graphics created by the TexQuest Support Center. Our Connect tab has resources guides for teachers, as well as focused materials for ELL, SPED, and parents. All of our resources are created on Google, so you can make a copy and then edit for your campus/district needs. Find these resource and more at TexQuest.net/programmaterials. Find more of our training slide shows at TexQuest.net/texquesttraining.

Tip: Collect links for training materials and videos where your teachers can find them easily on your campus/district web pages, or hyperlink a document that you can email your teachers.

Get training tips from TexQuest users around the state on the TexQuest Integration & Promotion Activities page. Our newest Training IPAs include a district training calendar created for librarians submitted by Wendy Houk, Northeast ISD, and a slide show with teacher training tips from Louise Lankau, Humble ISD. Follow this link to read IPAs on Training, Integration, and Promotion.

Tip: Share an idea of your own. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most powerful.

Join the TexQuest Spark Club by sharing how you train at your campus/district.  Great TexQuest training is happening all over the state. We are building a page on our website to feature these trainers and their training advice. If you are willing to provide support for librarians and other certified educators preparing professional development for their campus/district, follow this link to apply for our TexQuest Spark Club.

Tip: Not all training takes place in a traditional setting. Think of the ways that you train individuals or small groups.

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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