After releasing phases 1 and 2 of the Texas Home Learning Model in the spring, TEA is making available an overview of Phase 3. The optional, freely accessible THL 3.0 will be launched in August for the 2020-2021 school year to create multiple home learning models that meet specific district needs and allow for contingency planning during school closures. Similar to earlier phases, the website has comprehensive, digitized, custom learning plans and instructional materials for grades Pre-K through high school. Educators can use fully or in-part these curriculum, technology, and professional development resources to support continuity between remote and in-classroom environments and to help address the “COVID-19 slide.”

According to TEA’s overview, THL 3.0 is designed to provide support to educators through TEKS aligned instructional materials, technology solutions, and professional development to help reduce the burden. Content and technology focused professional development assists educators with implementation both in classroom and remote settings. The suite of technology tools integrate a learning management system to support student engagement and instructional collaboration.

THL 3.0 is designed to align with asynchronous plan requirements. Daily student engagement is defined, trackable, and includes expectations for daily student engagement that is consistent with progress that would occur in an on-campus environment. There is also a system for tracking student academic progress to inform instruction and providing regular feedback to students on their progress. Furthermore, instructional materials include resources to support students with disabilities and English Learners in an asynchronous environment.

TEKS-aligned digitized resources through THL 3.0 encompass: 1) Math for Pre-K through 12th grade; 2) English Language Arts and Reading (includes foundational skills and phonics in K-2) for Pre-K through 12th grade; 3) Spanish Language Arts and Reading for Pre-K through 5th grade; 4) Science for Pre-K through 5th grade; and 5) Social Studies for Pre-K through 5th grade. Each grade level and subject resource has unit plans and daily lesson plans aligned to Texas standards; digital format with printing capability; formative & summative unit assessments; and teacher, student, and family supports. Materials also contain embedded accessibility supports for special populations including English Learners, students with disabilities, and students who are Gifted and Talented.

Three types of technology systems are available: storage and single sign-on system, classroom management system, and learning management system. These systems can be used independently or in combination together where needed. The storage and single sign-on system has the lowest number of features, followed by the classroom management system with a mid-number of features, and the learning management system with a high number of features. The classroom management system manages classroom tasks, allows collaboration and group editing, and can be used to assign and collect student work. Examples of the classroom management system include Google Classroom and Edmodo. Alternatively, the learning management system monitors student progress, includes engagement tools and gradebook and attendance integration with Student Information System (SIS). Examples of the learning management system include Schoology and Canvas.

Release schedule for instructional materials and technology:

  • August: LMS Launch and other technology materials; Unit 1 instructional materials and lesson plans in most subjects; and Instructional materials and technology professional development (Once made available, districts can adopt materials at any time throughout the year)
  • September: Unit 2 instructional materials and lesson plans in most subjects; and Instructional materials and technology professional development
  • October: Unit 3 instructional materials and lesson plans; and Instructional materials and technology professional development
  • November: Unit 4 instructional materials and lesson plans; and Instructional materials and technology professional development
  • December: Unit 5 instructional materials and lesson plan; and Instructional materials and technology professional development.