Introducing the New TEKS Toolbox, a Website for Texas Educators
July 21, 2014
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS—Agile Mind and the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin today announced the launch of the TEKS Toolbox website, which can be found online at: www.tekstoolbox.com. This site is a resource designed to support districts working to meet the challenge and the opportunity of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science and mathematics.
Created through a collaboration of the Charles A. Dana Center and Agile Mind, this open-access website offers a wide range of free tools and instructional materials to support Texas educators in better understanding and implementing the TEKS.
For science educators, this interactive website offers sample visualizations of key concepts. For mathematics educators, the website includes a gallery of selected animations that illustrate and support key student expectations from the new mathematics TEKS for middle school, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Precalculus. The animations were developed in collaboration with hundreds of exemplary mathematics educators throughout the country as part of a system of programs intended to enable every student to have the opportunity to succeed in learning a challenging curriculum. The site also offers a number of helpful resources, including leadership tools, formative assessment tasks, and sample curriculum framework documents for both mathematics and science.
The TEKS Toolbox website will continue to feature new and changing content to support Texas teachers as well as district and school leaders.
About the Charles A. Dana Center
The Dana Center has been a leader in standards-based education since its founding. In the mid-1990s, the Center worked with the Texas Education Agency, with mathematics and science educators across Texas, and with other experts and interested members of the public to develop the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in science and mathematics. Since then, the Center has worked in Texas and other states to support standards-driven improvement of local education systems.
About Agile Mind
Agile Mind is committed to enhancing equity and high achievement in mathematics and science in our nation’s middle and high schools. Founded in 2002, the company works in collaboration with leading educators to develop comprehensive programs, tools, and services that enable educators and education systems to support rigorous instructional experiences for all students. Agile Mind offers comprehensive programs—encompassing job-embedded professional development, course curricula, student practice, formative assessment, and data analytics and reporting—for middle school mathematics through AP Calculus and Statistics, as well as high school Biology and a unique family of programs designed to enhance students’ persistence, effective effort, and growth mindsets.