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Israeli & Palestinian Territories:  There is More Than One Rift

Friends of Geography Mini-Conference

3 G/T Professional Development Hours

When: February 22, 2014, 8:00-11:30 am (Check-in & registration: 7:30-8:00)

Cost: $20

*Contact Jennifer Leadbetter for questions about registration at jenniferl85@hotmail.com 

FOG Mini – Conference Flyer

Online Registration and Payment

Presenters: Judy Lucas & Lorelei Clark

Where:  H.C.D.E.  (Harris County Department of Education)

6300 Irvington Blvd, Houston, TX 77022  

Phone: (713) 694-6300

This Mini-conference will provide 3 hours of professional development /GT credit.


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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