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September 2, 2014

RFL President, Linda Wurzbach, explains the benefits of quality mentoring programs for beginning teachers in the cover article for the April 2013 issue of Texas Lone Star Magazine!

In this flagship publication for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), Ms. Wurzbach shares her professional expertise gathered over years of working as a key member in the development and implementation of several state- and district-wide educator support programs. Ms. Wurzbach details the elements that influence successful outcomes for such mentoring programs, from leadership to student achievement. Read the article, Performance and Savings: Quality Mentoring for Beginning Teachers Provides Both.

RFL helps to develop innovative fine arts and digital literacy courses.

RFL is partnering with the Texas Cultural Trust (TCT) in the development of a series of innovative courses that bridge the fine arts (visual art, music, theatre, and dance) with media literacy and technology applications. The first course in the series, Art and Media Communications, was approved as a credit-bearing state elective course and piloted in five high schools in 2010–11. A report on the project pilot is available for download as a PDF document. A second-year Art and Media Communications II course and Music and Media Communications are currently under development. Learn more about training and other project information.

RFL partners with McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy and a team of specialists to conduct a comprehensive district review.

RFL partnered with McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy and a team of 12 specialists to conduct a comprehensive review of the management and performance of Trinity ISD’s educational, financial, and operational functions for the Texas Legislative Budget Board. Activities included document review, site visits, data analysis, and reporting to identify model practices and programs and provide recommendations for improvement. RFL conducted the Educational Service Delivery portion of the review. The report can be accessed at http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Perf_Rvw_PubEd/trinity/Trinity%20ISD%20School%20Perf%20Review.pdf.

Evaluation Report on Texas’ Migrant Education Program available for download

RFL collaborated with MGT of America, Inc. in this statewide evaluation of the Texas MEP. RFL’s responsibilities include conducting a national literature review on best practices in migrant education, convening a national panel of experts to compare current state practices to national best practices, and collecting and analyzing data from 15 regional site visits to document current migrant services through case studies. Download the report at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2930&menu_id=949