Innovative Courses— Foundation

Foundation innovative courses include the following subject areas: bilingual/English as a second language (ESL), English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

Bilingual education and English as a second language

For questions regarding the following innovative courses, contact Kelsey Kling.

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Newcomers English Language Development (NELD) A & B
(PDF, 122KB)

1.0

The Newcomers English Language Development courses are designed to provide instructional opportunities for secondary level recent immigrant students with little or no English proficiency. The development of communicative competence occurs through targeted lessons based on students’ needs.

2019-2020

English language arts and reading

For questions regarding English language arts and reading innovative courses, contact Karin Miller, Statewide Coordinator, English Language Arts and Reading.

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Research Methods in the Humanities
(PDF, 255KB)

1.0

Through study of the humanities—art, film, music, philosophy, literature, and anthropology—students explore the idea that we see the world through the filter of our own culture. By bringing together analysis of visual media, auditory media, and written media, the course teaches students how analytical thinking applies across all fields of study and how analytical thinking applies to their day-to-day lives.

2019-2020

Mathematics

For questions regarding mathematics innovative courses, contact James Slack, Mathematics Coordinator.

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Linear Algebra
(PDF, 93KB)

0.5

Mathematically talented and gifted students need to know the vocabulary, concepts, and problem-solving techniques of linear algebra. This course introduces students to other areas of mathematics, such as multivariable calculus, differential equations, and probability theory, as well as the physical and social sciences and engineering.

2023-2024

Modern Geometry
(PDF, 80KB)

0.5–1.0

This course is designed to explore concepts related to the development of non-Euclidean geometry, including projective, spherical, and hyperbolic geometries.

2023-2024

Multivariable Calculus
(PDF, 80KB)

0.5–1.0

Multivariable Calculus applies the concepts learned in the single variable calculus course to multiple dimensions.

2023-2024

Number Theory
(PDF, 92KB)

0.5

The topics of study contribute to the student’s enhanced understanding of historical developments, proofs and discoveries of mathematical numerical relationships.

2023-2024

Strategic Learning for High School Math
(PDF, 79KB)

1.0

This course is intended to create strategic mathematical learners from underprepared mathematics students. The basic understandings will stimulate students to think about their approach to mathematical learning.

2023-2024

Science

For questions regarding science innovative courses, contact Irene Pickhardt, Science Coordinator.

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Electricity and Magnetism
(PDF, 82KB)

0.5

Electricity and Magnetism is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to the concepts of electricity and electronics for the student who plans to major in an engineering discipline at the university level. With a concentrated and extended study of electricity and magnetism, the student will be aptly prepared to enter the highly competitive university environment.

2021-2022

Introduction to Renewable Energy
(PDF, 82KB)

0.51.0

This course provides the foundation for a deeper understanding of the problems, issues, perspectives, and developments in the areas of bio-fuels, solar and wind energy. A significant focus of the course will be on critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and communication of ideas relating to renewable energy.

2021-2022

Modern Physics
(PDF, 67KB)

0.5–1.0

Students will gain an understanding of how science works; what motivates it, how initially promising ideas are refuted by continued research, and the consequences of science on other fields and society in general.

2021-2022

Organic Chemistry
(PDF, 295KB)

0.5–1.0

Organic Chemistry is an introductory course that is designed for the student who intends to continue future study in the sciences. The student will learn the concepts and applications of organic chemistry.

2021-2022

Planet Earth
(PDF, 80KB)

 

1.0

Planet Earth focuses on the complex, dynamic relationship between the planet and its life, tracing it through the Earth’s geologic history. Portions of the course include the emerging, integrative science now being referred to as Geobiology at the college level.

2021-2022

Science and Technology
(PDF, 84KB)

0.5–1.0

Science and Technology (SciTech) is a high-level, hands-on science and engineering course. Through self and peer evaluation, SciTech requires students to interact verbally, in writing, and through improving the performance of devices.

2021-2022

Social Studies

For questions regarding social studies innovative courses, contact Jim Doris, Director, Social Studies, Arts, and Languages.   

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African American Studies
(PDF, 243KB)

1.0

African American Studies is a conceptually driven course that introduces students to the exploration of the rich and diverse history and culture of African Americans. The goal of this course is to broaden the knowledge and understandings of students interested in learning about history, citizenship, culture, economics, science, technology, geography and the political realities of African Americans.

2025-2026

Teen and Police Service
(PDF, 94KB) 

1.0

The Teen and Police Service (TAPS)course includes specific topic areas associated with Children and Youth Safety (COPS-CPD-2011-3) such as violence, physical and sexual abuse, stalking, domestic trafficking, sexual exploitation, and bullying. The course is designed to help youth change behavior, learn responsible decision making, participate in crime prevention projects, and reduce the social distance between themselves and law enforcement.

TBD

 

Contact Information

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
curriculum@tea.texas.gov
(512) 463-9581