Educator’s Forum: The Global Port of Houston

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Registration: 5:00 p.m.
Program: 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Dinner will be provided.
Location: Julia Ideson Building
Address: 500 McKinney, Houston, Texas
Parking: FREE for teachersAGENDA 
5:30 – 6:00 pm Guided tour of exhibition
6:00 – 6:30 pm Port of Houston present Educator’s Guide
6:30 – 7:00 pm Linda Ho Peche: Stories of a Workforce curriculum guide

Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program, in partnership with Houston Public Library, presentStories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel. This exhibition explores the diverse culture, heritage and lore of work associated with the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel.
The Port of Houston is the great hidden engine of the city’s prosperity. It is hard to imagine an economic and occupational landmark of such size and importance, and yet so well concealed, as the Port of Houston. Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel is an effort to make the Port of Houston better seen, better heard and better known to the massive community that depends on it.

The Global Port of Houston will count as two hours of professional development credit by the Texas Board of Educators Certification.

MORE INFO: http://www.wachouston.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=495&SnID=


FOGger awarded Texas Social Studies Supervisor of the Year Award!


In March,  Mary Lynn Johnson, FOG’s conference chair was named Texas Social Studies Supervisors Association’s Supervisor of the Year.  Mary Lynn was an early member of FOG and has added her expertise as a geographer, teacher, presenter, organizer and mentor the organization through many roles she has and continues to fill in the organization.  This honor recognizes her numerous contributions promoting excellence in social studies education across the state.  Congratulation!


Recent Conference Downloads


State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) will be replacing the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). At the elementary school level, the structure of the assessments will not differ significantly from the TAKS exams. The rigor of the STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams and their importance for high school graduation provide a major difference between these and the TAKS.

The following TEA link identifies the phase-in process for the STAAR/EOC as the high school level TAKS tests are phased out:


This following TEA link contains the most current blueprint for the high school tested subjects as well as the identification of the Readiness and Supporting standards. These standards are crucial for teachers to know and understand as there is a direct correlation between the student expectations in the TEKS and what will be emphasized on the STAAR/EOC:


On behalf of FOG, I wish for you a smooth second semester.  We look forward to seeing you February 19 and September 24!
Laura Ewing

FOG President

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