December 2014 – SIRDC Newsletter


The following resources have been developed or located for your use by the Statewide Instructional Resources Development Center team. Click on the lesson titles below for instant access! Please make sure to rate the lessons and add to your FAVORITES! Feel free to share this newsletter with your colleagues.


Career Portals
End-of-Course Project Options

Child Development
Child Abuse: The Hidden Epidemic

Culinary Arts
Be Our Guest! Customer Service Skills
Foundations of Safe Food: Purchasing, Receiving and Storage
How May I Help You? Communication and Telephone Strategies

Cosmetology I
45° or Graduated Bob Layers Haircut

Counseling and Mental Health
Ethical Standards and Confidentiality

Food Science
Investigating Food Science Professions
Keeping It Safe in the Food Science Lab

Hospitality Services
Be Our Guest! Customer Service Skills

Human Growth and Development
Career Preparation, Teamwork and Leadership Skills

Hospitality Services
Be Our Guest! Customer Service Skills

Principles of Hospitality and Tourism
The Importance of Customer Service Skills

Principles of Human Services
Caregiving 101: Early Childhood Development
Focusing on the Needs of Children

Restaurant Management
How May I Help You? Communication and Telephone Strategies

Travel and Tourism Management
It’s All About Customer Service

Applicable to various Hospitality and Tourism courses
Count It Out! Change Makes Sense


Put It Up! Food Preservation for Youth Curriculum
This series of FREE informal educational lessons guide youth to explore and understand the science of safe food preservation. Activities include canning salsa, making jam, drying fruit leather roll-ups, pickling cucumbers, and canning soup and more! The hands-on food preservation activities are designed for middle school ages; however are appropriate for 4th- to 12th-graders depending on prior experience with food preparation and sciences.

You can find a more complete description and request form at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website,


What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
This new interactive tool is designed to help health professionals and others find nutritious recipes as a key strategy for encouraging children to eat healthier meals. Resources including Recipes for Healthy Kids and the Let’s Move! Initiative are available on this website.


The latest information on HB 5 can be found at:


The latest information on the CTE TEKS Review Committees can be found at:


Listed below are professional conferences and workshops you may be interested in attending.
“*” indicates that SIRDC will have a session.

TIVA 2015 Midwinter Professional Development Conference
Omni Colonnade Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
January 15 – 17, 2015
For more information:

FCSTAT 2015 Midwinter Professional Development Conference
San Antonio, Texas
January 22 – 24, 2015
For more information:

2015 TCEC Winter Conference
Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas
February 2 – 4, 2015
For more information:

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