TEA's Janet Warren answers common questions about the instructional materials allotment for IMCAT's Summer Institutes.

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IMCAT's Best Practices
for Local Adoption

Click here for a PDF.

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Latest Adoption Cycle
The SBOE approved a new adoption cycle for foundation and enrichment subjects. The revised document can be found at THIS LINK

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Become an IMCAT member!

Your ​membership ​gives ​you ​access ​to ​support  ​from ​veteran ​coordinators ​in ​your ​area ​
and ​across ​Texas. ​Through ​IMCAT's ​legislative  ​representation, ​you'll ​know ​what's ​going ​on  ​at ​TEA, ​at ​the ​State ​Board ​of ​Education ​
and ​at ​the ​Legislature. ​

Only ​IMCAT ​events ​are ​approved ​by ​the ​|
Texas ​Education ​Agency ​for ​reimbursement ​ with ​Technology ​and ​Instructional ​Materials
 ​Allotment ​funds. ​

IMCAT ​helps ​you ​work ​smarter 
​for ​the ​schoolchildren ​of ​Texas.

Membership ​is ​included ​with ​registration ​
at ​IMCAT's ​Annual ​Conference, ​so ​if ​you 
​attended ​last ​year's ​Annual ​Conference ​-- ​Congratulations! ​You're ​already ​a ​member.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN!

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Join the IMCAT
Google Group

You're invited to join the new IMCAT Google Group. This online forum was created for instructional materials coordinators to share information, thoughts and ideas.

Joining is free and easy. Just click here to access the IMCAT Google Group. Sign in with your Google account or click on "Sign up" to create a new account for free.

Make sure you've covered all the bases when negotiating with a publisher. Click here for IMCAT's sample commitment letter.

Welcome to IMCAT!

IMCAT is GOLFING at the beautiful Moody Gardens Golf Course. Tournament benefits the Russell Owen Memorial Scholarship program. Four-person scramble at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Click here for more details and to register individual, team or sponsor.

Registration open for
IMCAT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Nov. 11-14, Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center, Galveston 

I.M. 2018, The premier Instructional Materials Event in Texas is returning to Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center in Galveston Nov. 11-14 -- IMCAT's 27th Annual Conference.
 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN. USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER. 
 
This is the event for instructional materials coordinators, curriculum staff, technology specialists, business office personnel and warehouse managers.

Click here for a tentative schedule.
 
WE HEARD YOU: We know money's tight, so we've lowered our Full Registration rate more than 15%. And REMEMBER: TEA has approved the use of Technology and Instructional Allotment for IMCAT's Registration Fee.  
 
Full Registration for employees of public schools, open enrollment charter schools, ESCs and nonprofit organizations is only $295. Full Registration is your best value as it includes:
  • An optional Pre-Conference Workshop at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The workshop -- IM 101 - goes through the basics of the Texas instructional materials process so you can be ready for the next three days of learning.
     
  • Conference luncheons on Monday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 13.

  • Continental breakfasts Monday and Tuesday and a full breakfast Wednesday, Nov. 14
     
  • Your choice of 64 information-packed breakout sessions that can help you work smarter and maximize your use of Allotment Funds.
     
  • An Exhibit Hall packed with publishers and suppliers with the latest information and products to help you succeed.
     
  • Casino Night/Reception sponsored by Follett School Solutions Tuesday evening, Nov. 13.
     
  • Free time Monday evening to network with peers or vendors. After dinner, drop by the Hotel Lobby for informal hanging out with an eccentric musical group. 

HOTEL INFORMATION: A block of rooms is available at the Moody Gardens Hotel at the IMCAT/State Per Diem Rate of $105/night (single), $132/night (double). Make your reservations by calling 888-388-8484.

Interested in being an exhibitor at IMCAT's Annual Conference? Click here for the exhibitor prospectus.


Apply for Russell Owen Scholarship

Free Registration, Lodging, Travel Allowance
to First-Time IMCAT Annual Conference Attendee

      Instructional materials coordinators who have never attended an IMCAT conference can apply for the Russell Owen Memorial Scholarship for free registration to the conference...and more. Because the conference is earlier this year, deadline for application is Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
      That’s a hard deadline. The IMCAT Board will consider applications at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24.
      The IMCAT Russell Owen Memorial Scholarship honors instructional material coordinators who plan to pursue professional development and commemorates the achievements of an individual whose passion was public education and the students he served.
      Russell Owen, a founder of IMCAT, served more than 30 years as an administrator for the Dallas Independent School District. His dedication to his students and his loyalty to IMCAT serve as an example to his colleagues today and to those who will follow in his footsteps.
      At least one recipient from the Texas instructional materials community will be eligible for a scholarship award to IMCAT’s 27th Annual Conference, Nov. 10-14 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.
      The scholarship covers conference registration, conference meals, three-nights hotel accommodations and up to $100 reimbursement for approved travel expenses.
      To be considered for the IMCAT Russell Owen Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must:
• be the instructional materials coordinator or directly involved in acquisition of instructional materials,
• declare intent to attend the entire IMCAT conference in November,
• have never attended an IMCAT conference before and wishes to continue professional development, and
• provide a letter from a superintendent or director as to why applicant is being nominated to attend conference.

Here’s a link to an application form. Return the completed application along with the required letter to:

IMCAT Russell Owen Memorial Scholarship Committee
PO Box 676
Pflugerville, TX 78691-0676

     If you have additional questions, contact IMCAT via email at textbook@texas.net or call 512-251-8101.

Newly elected IMCAT Board members are Carol Bielke (San Antonio ISD), Laura Cruz (Magnolia ISD), Linda Gerhart (Barbers Hill ISD), Rosa Shelton (Houston ISD), Jill Dorland (Clear Creek ISD), Kim Slough (Abilene ISD), Lynn Grell-Boethel (Columbia-Brazoria ISD, alternate); Wayne Schaper (Spring Branch ISD, president-elect) and Cherie Crews (Keller ISD, treasurer). FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THE 2017 CONFERENCE, CLICK HERE.