I returned yesterday from the Textbook Coordinators Conference in San Marcus. As we have discussed before, one of the major changes for this school year is that districts now receive an allotment called the Instructional Materials Allotment. Districts are now responsible for using these funds to make purchases of textbooks, technology, and other instructional related materials or services. The IMA may also be used to pay for salaires of people involved with utilizing technology in the classroom. Needless to say, the conference focused entirely on this new allotment from the state. In fact, one of the changes that occured at the conference was a change in the name of the statewide organization. The Textbook Coordinators Association of Texas is now officially called the Instructional Materials Coordinators Association of Texas. While this name change may seem insignificant, I believe that it marks a turning point in educational practices in the state of Texas. Textbooks, at least the hardcover variety, will become less and less prevalent in the classrooms across the state. Instead, we will see digital content replacing the conventional textbooks. This transition has already started in some content areas and will continue to others. There are still many questions and obstacles to overcome. My goal is to keep you up to date with the latest information.
Both the JV and varsity girls are involved in tournaments today. The JV girls play in Edgewood at 4:00. The varsity girls play in Fruitvale at 9:00 AM. The varsity boys are playing in the Frankston Tournament today. They will play at 8:00 PM.
Our bands will be presenting their annual Christmas concert tonight at 7:00 PM in the High School auditorium. The 6th grade, Middle School, and High School bands will all be performing. There is no admission and everyone is invited to attend.