The COVID Recovery Instructional Materials Support Initiative (CRIMSI) provides professional learning directly to teachers, coaches, and leaders through asynchronous modules and live virtual communities of practice.
Planning and Progress Monitoring Supports
Pre-implementation planning prepares districts for high-fidelity implementation of the instructional materials. During pre-implementation planning, districts receive differentiated supports based on an implementation readiness assessment of system- and school-level assurances (e.g., following the year-long scope and sequence, meeting the minimum number of instructional minutes, using the curriculum-embedded assessments, providing access to print and digital materials, ensuring sufficient planning time). Supports include 1:1 consultations to provide targeted technical assistance.
During the school year, leaders will engage in check-ins focused on monitoring implementation progress through cycles of continuous improvement, in addition to beginning-of-year and mid-year consultations.
High-Quality Professional Learning (HQPL)
Onboarding and ongoing HQPL is provided directly by TEA to leaders and coaches through asynchronous learning modules and live virtual communities of practice.
- Leader HQPL includes an introduction to the instructional materials, as well as sessions on topics such as district- and campus-level systems and change management. Leader HQPL is approximately 10 hours, with live virtual sessions available in May or July.
- Coach HQPL includes an introduction to the instructional materials, onboarding sessions on topics such as unit and lesson internalization, and ongoing HQPL on topics such as lesson rehearsals, student work analysis, and observation and feedback cycles. Coach HQPL is approximately 24 hours, with live virtual onboarding sessions available in May or July, and asynchronous learning modules and live virtual communities of practice from September to February.
- Teacher HQPL includes an introduction to the instructional materials, onboarding sessions on topics such as unit and lesson internalization, and ongoing HQPL on topics such as student work analysis and curriculum-embedded assessments. Teacher HQPL is approximately 19 hours, with live virtual onboarding sessions facilitated by TEA in June (LEAs can also choose to conduct in-person onboarding sessions facilitated locally by LEA leaders and coaches), and asynchronous learning modules and live virtual communities of practice from September to February.
Senior district leaders (e.g., Superintendents, Chief Academic Officers, Chief School Officers) will also join monthly live virtual communities of practice.
TEA collects data to inform the continuous improvement of instructional materials and implementation supports. Data collection includes 15-minute surveys for leaders, coaches, and teachers throughout the year. Coaches and teachers will also submit additional 15-minute surveys on protocols, and coaches will conduct two observations. Student data from end-of-unit curriculum-embedded assessments will also be collected.
Coaches and teachers will receive $1,500 stipends for completing all requirements. Coaches will also receive 30 or more continuing professional education hours, and teachers will also receive 20 or more continuing professional education hours.