Reading Academies - Cohort Leader Screener Registration
Cohort Leaders are the lead facilitators for the new K-3 Reading Academies.
To learn more about the Cohort Leader role, and the process for completing the Screener, visit our FAQs on this page, or click here to download our Cohort Leader Screener overview presentation.
If you are an experienced educator with formal training in scientifically based reading instruction, you may be a good fit to take the Screener and to pursue becoming a Cohort Leader.
How to register for the Cohort Leader Screener (assessment):
Find your Unique ID on your TEAL Profile: Click Here. You will need this ID to register. If you have never served as an educator in Texas, and you do not have a TEAL account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third window for 2020 will open for registration from May 19 to June 2. Please click this link to register. Reminder: Window 2 participants who passed the initial assessment OR the 5 Canvas-graded Artifacts do not need to register again, but will be auto-enrolled in their Window 3 course.
Once you complete the registration survey, you will receive an email from TEA with information on how to login to your account to complete the Screener. It may take up to 2 business days for this email to be generated.
The Window 3 course itself will open on Friday, May 22. You will have until 5 PM on Monday, June 8 to complete all sections of the Screener. At 5:01PM CST on Monday, June 8 the course will close and after this time you will not have access to any of your materials.
How to prepare for the Cohort Leader Screener:
Update: This section has been updated and enhanced to better prepare individuals for success in Window 3, based on data and insights gathered from "frequently missed items" during Windows 1 and 2. As a reminder, we do not encourage anyone to rush and there are no internal time limits for the Screener course except the end date of June 8 at 5PM CST.
Prospective cohort leaders may wish to review the Teacher Knowledge of Early Literacy Skills survey.
For a list of additional resources for prospective Cohort Leaders to review, please click here.
1. When can I begin the Screener?
You will be given access to your account to begin the Screener within 2 business days of registration (do not count weekends).
2. What does the Screener consist of? What is the general structure of the assessment?
The Screener consists of two main parts, an initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer), which requires an 80% passing rate to proceed to the next part. The second part is a set of artifacts, which contain a variety of higher-level tasks to demonstrate competency in the science of teaching reading, both in ELA and SLAR (Biliteracy).
3. How does the Biliteracy Screener differ from the General Ed. Screener?
The Biliteracy Screener is more comprehensive and prepares a cohort leader to facilitate either/both General Ed. (ELA) and Biliteracy (SLAR) cohorts. The initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer) consists of 69 total questions for the Biliteracy Screener, as compared to 34 questions for the General. Ed. Screener. The artifacts section for each Screener contains the same general types of artifacts, but the Biliteracy Screener contains additional tasks.
4. How long will the Screener take?
Overall the Screener should take between 3 to 5 hours to complete.
The Screener consists of two parts. Neither part is officially timed. However, we estimate that the initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer) should take between 30 - 60 min. (General Ed.) and 45 - 90 min. (Biliteracy). We estimate that the artifacts section should take between 2.5 - 3 hours (General Ed.), and 3 - 3.5 hours (Biliteracy).
5. Do I have to complete the Screener all at once?
No. Once you have logged into the system, and started the Screener, you may log out and log back in at a later time. Your progress should be saved.
6. What happens if I do not complete the Screener by the end of the current window (May 4)?
You will have to sign up to retake the Screener in a later window, and your progress will not be saved.
7. When will I found out if I have passed the Screener?
You will know right away if you passed the first part, an initial assessment (multiple choice and short answer), because you will automatically proceed to the next part of the Screener, the artifacts section, if you score an 80% or higher. However, the artifacts will be reviewed by a Cohort Leader Review Panel, that is set to convene after the end of the Screener window (Window 3 course closes June 8). You will be notified if you passed the overall Screener for Window 3 after June 22.
8. What happens if I do not pass the Screener?
You will have to sign up to retake the Screener in a later window. You can attempt the Screener 3 times per year.