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ESC-20 supports regional librarians and library staff in their efforts to develop and sustain effective school library programs. Support is provided through the ESC-20 Library Leadership Cooperative, annual coordination of the Library Resource Roundup, access to resources through the Educational Resources Cooperative and the Digital Knowledge Central (DKC) program. ESC-20 also serves as the educational partner for TexQuest, a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in support of K-12 libraries, and is the home of the TexQuest Support Center.

Library leaders have the potential to positively impact every student, teacher, and administrator on their campus. The On the Leading Edge Series is designed for all K-12 librarians committed to supporting schools through advancing their leadership capacity.
(Cooperative services apply regardless of whether or not a librarian currently holds a formal leadership title.)

Participants in the On the Leading Edge Series will progress as a cohort through eight monthly full day face-to-face sessions at ESC-20. Attendees will engage with experts and guest speakers and have the opportunity to receive support in chosen areas of targeted leadership development.

An annual event highlighting the value of effective school library programs. Attendees gain insight from experts and peers, experience hands-on opportunities with trends and technologies, hear from national level authors and presenters, and learn about the latest products and services. A full slale of 50+ breakout sessions are offered. All educators are welcome to attend.

Includes access for participating districts to a variety of resources and services in support of instruction in all content areas. Educational Resources Co-op participation includes access to a core selection of online resources, subscription to the Living Science Materials Program and Van Delivery Service.

 

Membership provides access to online subscription resources to include Points of View Reference Center, Biography Reference Center, Read It, Poetry and Short Story Reference Center, Education Research Complete, Applied Science and Technology Source, Advanced Placement Source, Novelist K-8 Plus and Novelist Plus. Also includes attendance at the regional Library Resource Roundup at a reduced cost to members.

Living Science materials provided to teachers in Educational Resources Co-op member school districts include over 100 living specimens! Teachers can order 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.

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

TexQuest is a collection of digital instructional resources for K-12 public and open-enrollment charter school districts, partially funded by the state legislature and district participation fees. ESC-20 serves as an education partner to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and coordinates training and outreach.

Digital Knowledge Central (DKC) is a statewide purchasing cooperative coordinated by Education Service Center, Region 20 (ESC-20).  DKC provides Texas public and non-public schools with a comprehensive collection of current, relevant online resources to enhance K-12 instruction and digital literacy.

ESC-20 provides access to digital samples of instructional materials under consideration for use in Texas classrooms. Additional information also provided on the following: legislation, issues related to the instructional materials allotment (IMA), the adoption cycle for foundation and enrichment subjects, news, and updates.

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