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I.M.Pulse ON-LINE 

from the Instructional Materials Coordinators' Association of Texas
-- IMCAT 

Information for instructional material professionals

May 2014

Your IMPulse
newsletter on-line


IMCAT's IMPulse newsletter is on its way to your mailbox. You can get an advanced look at a PDF version by

clicking HERE.

This newsletter features articles on:

* Summer Institutes
* Proc 2014 help
* T.E.A. turnover
* Conference photos. 

 Institutes 

get you ready for new year 


IMCAT is hosting eleven Summer Institute training sessions on different dates and at different sites. That lets you get your training close to home on a date that works into your summer schedule.

The Instructional Materials 101 curriculum at each location is designed for coordinators who are new to their responsibilities. Curriculum and technology staff members may also benefit from learning the process required to order, process and distribute instructional materials to schoolchildren.

Cost is $65 for IMCAT members, $95 for nonmembers and $195 for a representative of a commercial enterprise. The fee includes morning refreshments, lunch and materials.

Here's a look at the 2014 schedule or CLICK HERE to REGISTER. Please note that region numbers are for suggestion only; you can attend any Institute anywhere.

Regions 1, 2, & 3 * July 14 

Abel Villarreal/Betty Adamson 

2909 Miori Lane 

Victoria, TX 77901 

361-788-9203   

 

Regions 4 & 5 * June 12
Jill Cook/John Bridges/Wayne Schaper
West Transition Campus

2100 Shadowdale Lane

Spring Branch, TX 77043
817-251-1136   

 

Region 6 * June 18
Gracie Coleman/Erica Gruber
Snook ISD
10110 FM 2155
Somerville, TX 77879
979-272-8307 x 126   

 

Regions 7 & 8 * June 18
Tony Black/Donna McGuire
Pine Tree Junior High

2100 NW Loop 281

Longview, TX 75604
903-839-5500 ext.6167   

 

Regions 9, 14 & 15 * June 11
Kim Slough/Lorrie Payne
Crockett Room, Abilene ISD Admin Building

241 Pine Street

Abilene, TX 79601
325-677-1444 x 2854   

 

Regions 10 & 11 * June 16
Cherie Crews/Misty Fisher/Matt Tyner
Keller ISD

350 Keller Pkwy.

Keller, TX 76428
817-744-1092  

 

Regions 12 & 13 * July 10
Greg Wright/Sandy McCollum
Leander ISD Support Services Building, Conference Room 206

1900 Cougar Country Drive

Cedar Park, TX 78613
512-570-0625   

 

Regions 16 & 17 * June 26
Doricell Davis/Dana Wiest
Dimmitt High School

1405 Western Circle Dr.

Dimmitt, TX 79027
806-647-3101   

 

Region 18 * June 12
Dana Wiest/Kim O'Connor
Ector County ISD Textbooks/Records Dept.

619 W. 10th Street

Odessa, TX 79761
432-456-8979   

 

Regions 18 & 19 * June 18
Kathryn Rey
Socorro ISD Maintenance & Operations

201 Tanton

El Paso, TX 79927
915-937-0803 (Albert Macias)   

 

Region 20 * June 16
Cindy Housler/KK Korelich/Brian Squyres
Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD
William Malish Annex-Professional Learning Center

200 W Schlather St .

Cibolo, TX 78108
210-945-6888 


TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

 

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IMCAT begins push for more
funds for instructional materials 

capitolIMCAT representatives made their case for more instructional materials funding at the State Board of Education's April 18 meeting, kicking off an effort that will lead to the 84th Legislature next spring.

 

 In an IMCAT survey of schools across the state, about 85 percent said they would not have enough funding to pay for continuing contracts and Proclamation 2014.

 

To view a video of the SBOE discussion, click to (RealPlayer required) 


http://streaming.aanet.org/ramgen/tea/smil/TEA_GM041114-Pub0.smil

 

Coordinators are urged to ask their superintendents and school board members to contact lawmakers regarding the strain on funding, especially with the huge Proclamation 2015 (HS math, Social Studies) expected to drain IM funds even further.  

 

For a draft letter to your state representative, go to

www.imcat.org/resources.html.

IMCAT offers resources

for Proclamation 2014

IMCAT has updated its website, www.imcat.org, with information that can help your school navigate the intricacies of Proclamation 2014.

 

A special section of the website

reports on what discounts publishers have given districts around the state. Under state law, publishers must offer the same discounts to all school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, no matter the size or geography.

 

 If your district has received a discount, e-mail textbook@texas.net with information to be posted. Also, under the website's Resources tab, publishers are sharing information about deferred payments (as permitted by 2013's House Bill 5) and instructions on how to use disbursements in EMAT to pay for their products.  

 

IMCAT has also posted a sample Publisher Commitment Letter to spell out the details of what your district will get if you order materials from a publisher. 

T.E.A. offers IM training videos

tealogoT.E.A.'s Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division has posted training videos to assist instructional materials coordinators.

To view a menu of the videos, click here. 

THANKS SPONSORS!

IMCAT THANKS THESE SPONSORS OF I.M. 2013


Grand Champion

Follett

Blue Ribbon

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pearson Curriculum
Texas Educational Publishers Associaton 

Red Ribbon

McGraw-Hill School Education
National Geographic/Cengage Learning

White Ribbon

Agile Mind
Bookshare/Benetech

Central Freight
Studies Weekly

IMCAT Board of Directors

 

President

Susan Lenox, Plano ISD  


President-Elect

Kellie Skarda,
         Goose Creek CISD 


Treasurer

KK Korelich, Judson ISD 


Secretary

Dana Wiest, Ector County ISD

Immediate Past President

Jill Cook, Clear Creek ISD  


Betty Adamson, Victoria ISD

Tony Black, Whitehouse ISD

Grace Coleman, Snook ISD

Cherie Crews, Keller ISD

Misty Fisher, Mansfield ISD

Erica Gruber, Humble ISD

Steve Hanson, Galena Park ISD

Cindy Housler, Schertz-Cibolo-
          Universal City ISD

Sandy McCollom, Austin ISD

Donna McGuire, New Diana ISD

Rosa Ojeda, Waller ISD

Kathryn Rey, Lewisville ISD

Wayne Schaper,
          Spring Branch ISD

Brian Squyres, Northside ISD

Matt Tyner, Dallas ISD

Abel Villarreal,
          Corpus Christi ISD

Alternate

Doricell Davis, Dimmitt ISD

Executive Director

Cliff Avery
GCP Assoc. Services

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