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Educational Resources Cooperative

The Educational Resources Cooperative includes access for participating ESC-20 districts to a large selection of online resources and to the Living Science Materials Center. Additional benefits for members are detailed below.

Newly added! Online webinars offered at no cost to Educational Resources Co-op members.

List of 2020-2021 Educational Resources Co-op districts, charter, and private schools.

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Districts participating in the Educational Resource Co-op for Public and Open Enrollment Charter Schools receive:
  • Access to TexQuest digital online resources including many professional development sessions targeting integration. (See detailed list and register in Connect20.)
  • Access to the Living Science Materials Center with over 100 living specimens and selected TEKS aligned science materials kits. Small mammals, insects, non-venomous snakes, fish, live frogs, plants, flower and vegetable seeds, micro-organisms, preserved specimens, prepared petri dishes, and de-ionized water are examples of available materials. See the full product list.
  • Weekly van delivery.
  • Access to Science Alive sessions provided by Living Science Materials staff.
  • Attendance at the regional library conference at a reduced cost to members. This year's conference will be offered virtually. Stay tuned to this page for more details.
 
  • Selected professional development workshops at no or reduced cost to members. Registration now open in Connect20
  • TexQuest integration workshops - all offered virtually at no cost to co-op members.
    • TexQuest and Google
    • Digital Resources for Educators: TexQuest 101
    • TexQuest Learning Conference
    • Digital Resources for Educators: Britannica Bootcamp: learn the resource, use the tools, get results 
    • Digital Instructional Materials for Remote Learning (Elementary)
    • Digital Instructional Materials for Remote Learning (Secondary)
    • Digital Resources and Digital Tools Integration
    • Digital Resources for Educators: Focus on Science
    • Digital Resources for Educators: Focus on ELAR and Social Studies

Register in Connect20.

 
Visit the TexQuest Navigator for access to the TexQuest resources.
Schools participating in the Educational Resource Co-op for Private Schools receive:
 
  • Access to Britannica School elementary, middle, and high school level digital online resources plus two resources in Spanish. Also included are two (2) professional development sessions targeting integration. (See below for detailed list.)
  • Access to the Living Science Materials Center with over 100 living specimens and selected TEKS aligned science materials kits. Small mammals, insects, non-venomous snakes, fish, live frogs, plants, flower and vegetable seeds, micro-organisms, preserved specimens, prepared petri dishes, and de-ionized water are examples of available materials. See the full product list.
  • Weekly van delivery.
  • Attendance at the regional library conference at a reduced cost to members. This year's conference will be offered virtually. Stay tuned to this page for more details.
  • Selected professional development workshops at no or reduced cost to members. Registration now open in Connect20.
  • Britannica School integration workshops at no cost to co-op members:
    • Digital Resources for Educators: Britannica Bootcamp: learn the resource, use the tools, get results

Register in Connect20.

 
Visit http://school.eb.com for access to the Britannica School resources.
 Districts participating in the Educational Resources Co-op are invited and encouraged to incorporate living science materials into day-to-day teaching activities. Living Science materials include over 100 living specimens! Small mammals (hamsters, rats, mice and gerbils), non-poisonous snakes, fish, live frogs, plants, flower and vegetable seeds, micro-organisms, preserved specimen, prepared petri dishes and de-ionized water may be ordered in participating districts at no cost to teachers.

Access to Facts On File online resources for an additional fee - a package of 11 resources (available to renewing subscribers only).

Includes American History Online (also American Woman's History plus US Government), Modern World History, Ancient and Medieval History, African American History, American Indian History, Bloom's Literary Reference, Curriculum Resource Center, Science Online (includes Biomes of the Earth, Energy and the Environment, Essential Chemistry, Genetics and Evolution, Global Warming, Green Technology, The Human Body: How it Works, Physics in Action, and The Plant World), Health Reference Center, World Geography and Culture, and Ferguson's Career Guidance Center.

ESC-20 provides weekly van delivery services to all ESC-20 districts participating in the Educational Resources Cooperative.