August 2015 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.


Principles of Human Services

Selection and Care of Clothing: Part II

Travel and Tourism Management

The Tech-Savvy Traveler


MLA Research Paper Writing


Listed below are professional development conferences and workshops you may be interested in attending.

Where in the World are You? Globalization Forces in Economics, History and Career Education

Beaumont, Texas at ESC Region 5 – Beaumont

September 28, 2015 from 8:30am – 3:00pm

For more information contact Dr. Nancy Shepherd at:

Region 5 Where in the World are You

New CTE Teacher Conference

Austin, Texas at Hilton Austin Airport Hotel

October 5 – October 7, 2015

National Career Pathways Network Annual Conference

Dallas, Texas at Sheraton Dallas

October 28 – October 30, 2015

HEAT Conference

Austin, Texas at Westin Austin at Domain

November 15 – November 17, 2015

ACTE TechVision Conference

New Orleans, LA at Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center

November 19 – November 22, 2015



2015 – 2016 Teacher Shortage Areas Notice


Status of NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Requirements

Online Work-Based Learning Course Now Available

Online training for CTE work-based learning that meets the requirements of the Texas Teacher Assignment Rules (TAC 19, Part 2, §231) for Career Preparation and practicum teachers is now available. It can be accessed free of charge at:

The training takes approximately 10 hours to complete and is divided into 12 sections covering laws, rules, and procedures related to work-based learning and safety. For additional information or assistance, email

United States Presidential Scholars Program and CTE Students

The Texas Commissioner of Education will nominate five students who have excelled in a CTE program to apply as part of the United States Presidential Scholars Program. This is the first year that CTE students have been included as nominees for this prestigious award.

Application due date is September 11, 2015.

More information is at


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