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Helping recruit, support, and retain STEM teachers in the Big Country, and beyond.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018
In a recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Newsletter they reminded me of something rather unique. They were discussing glowing scorpions. They said: Under a black light scorpions glow like a 70 s poster. This trait makes it easier to find them since they re nocturnal but scientists have yet to discover t...Read more...
Mon, 12 Feb 2018
The next Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is February 16 19. If your students have been observing birds at a bird feeder or on a walk they may be interested in participating in a citizen science project to count birds during the GBBC. To sign-up and for more information on how to get this started in...Read more...
Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Winter in Texas is a unique experience for birding and bird watching. Many northern species migrate either to or through the state. Parts of the state even get chances to see Bald Eagles. To draw more birds outside your classroom windows Texas Parks and Wildlife have this brochure for bird feeders: ...Read more...
Thu, 08 Feb 2018
This came across our desk from the University of Texas at Austin Environmental Science institute: Texas Own Coral Reefs: Weathering the Storm Join us on Friday February 16 2018 at 7 pm! Hurricane Harvey dumped thirteen trillion gallons of rain on southeast Texas in August of 2017. Do extreme storm e...Read more...
Wed, 07 Feb 2018
The ACS-Hach grant program is an oldie but a goodie having been around since 2008. Teachers can request up to 1 500 to help with materials and resources to reveal the wonders of chemistry. More information and the application are available at: more...
Use the interactive tools below to search through the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in Science. After opening a tool, use the search filters to select your standards, and then select the print icon at the bottom of the list to print a copy. 
Select from these formats for STEM Professional Development currently available at Region 14 ESC:
  • Browse the list of upcoming professional development below.  Select a training to read its description and to get a link to register in PITStop.
R14Science works with teachers to help improve performance on statewide assessment. Select from various tools below:
  • Guidebooks are designed to introduce new science teachers to the STAAR assessment system.  The guidebook organizes information in a way to help teachers understand the structure of the assessments, and how they fit into their classroom instruction:
  • Databooks are grade/subject specific, and contain information to help a teacher perform a disaggregation of data with a focus on curriculum and instruction:

R14Science offers on-site instructional assistance to districts and campuses participating in its Title IIA Shared services arrangement, including: mentoring, coaching, conducting walk-throughs, modeling lessons, supporting teachers in need, helping PLCs, and providing professional development follow-up.  Other on-site services and technical support are also available.  R14Science provides individualized support via Zoom, and other conferencing platforms (Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, Phone) to assist teachers in planning, and preparation.

Tips on completing the appointment
After selecting a time for the visit from the calendar, an appointment dialog box will appear.  Please help us out with the following information. 

  • What: Be sure your name is included in the parenthesis.
  • Where: Enter your campus name and district.
  • Description: please include and details about how we can help you, or documents / resource you would like us to have available.

After scheduling an appointment, Shawn may need to make slight adjustments to time, based upon travel times between other schools he is visiting that day. He will contact you via email if this is needed. If you need to cancel an appointment please email Shawn ( to let him know. Each appointment block is 45 minutes in length, but feel free to schedule up to 3 hours on a day, if needed.

For help with this program, contact:

Shawn Schlueter

Region 14 Education Service Center provides quality, focused Professional Development and Educational Resources to science educators within a 13 county area of Texas, known as the Big Country.  The Center for Curriculum Integration and Support houses the Title II, Part A Shared Services Arrangement (SSA) which provides professional development and technical support for districts in science specified by No Child Left Behind Public Law 107-110. Check the Region 14 Education Service Center catalog for exciting professional development opportunities in science!  Consultants are also available for technical assistance and on-site visits by request. Many of the materials on this site were designed in support of Region 14 Schools participating in the Title II A Shared Services Arrangement, and through the work of Science Educators participating in the Regional Science Collaborative, a proud member of the Texas Regional Collaborative. If you find these materials useful please be sure to tell others where you found them when you share them. “Per HB 462, resources and services provided by Region 14 ESC are solely aligned with, and designed to support, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) adopted by the State Board of Education.”

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