Welcome to Curriculum & Instruction

  • Curriculum Director

    Mrs. Kostelich serves as the DCISD Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Director.  She served as the Principal at Kelley/Dodson Elementary before moving to the Administration Building.  Mrs. Kostelich has worked for DCISD in many capacities: as a teacher for eighteen years, a grant writer for one year, an assistant principal for three years, a campus principal for eight years, and now as the district's Director of Curriculum and Instruction.  She previously taught in Levelland, TX, and Victoria, TX.

    She and her husband, Wayne, are the proud parents of two grown children: Tara Stepanski and her husband Joe of Woodway, TX, and Blu Kostelich and his wife Callie of Lubbock, TX.  They have four grandchildren: Keirsten Stepanski and her twin brothers, Greyson and Bryson; and Juliana Mae Kostelich.



    TEKS Resource System Training Opportunities

    Face-to-Face and Online Training


    Interactive Science Glossary on the Texas Gateway

    The Interactive Science Glossary is a dynamic resource that offers an engaging new way for students to experience science vocabulary and activities. Use this resource as a reference tool or as part of science instruction. The resource features written and recorded definitions and sentences in both Spanish and English, images, web links, and printable flash cards.

    Visit the featured resource on the Texas Gateway to learn more and to begin exploring the Interactive Science Glossary.


    Interactive Math Glossary App Now Available

    TEA’s Interactive Math Glossary app is now available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. The glossary is designed to help teachers explore and understand mathematics vocabulary used in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Each glossary term is displayed in a four-quadrant Frayer Model.

    To download for iOS devices, go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interactive-math-glossary/id1051404376?mt=8.

    To download for Android devices, go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.texas.tea.math.glossary&hl=en


    Texas Gateway

    The Texas Gateway, a free online resource library for educators and parents provided by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), is now available. Visitors to the Gateway are able to search for resources by grade level, subject, TEKS, and keywords. Educators may also search and self-enroll in online professional development courses. To learn more about the Texas Gateway and the available resources, visit www.texasgateway.org, check out the Getting Started Guide, or contact TEA at txgateway@tea.texas.gov.


    Teacher2Teacher Mathematics Video Series

    The Teacher2Teacher math videos demonstrate strategies for teaching mathematics concepts. Learn more about the Teacher2Teacher videos by visiting the Teacher2Teacher Math Video Series resources on the Texas Gateway. Teachers can also use the “Browse TEKS” search feature on the Gateway to find Teacher2Teacher videos that address specific student expectations. 


    Gateway Resource: Restorative Discipline

    Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas is a new resource available on the Texas Gateway. Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas began in fall 2015. The Texas Education Agency partnered with the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work to participate in a statewide roll out.

    The resource contains a series of videos explaining the history and components of restorative discipline practices. For more information, visit
    Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas.


    Gateway Courses Available: Revised Math TEKS Courses

    New online professional development courses continue to be added to the course catalog at Gateway Courses. The latest courses to go live are Revised Math TEKS for Grades K–8 and 9–12. Links are provided below.



    Interested participants may browse all Gateway Courses and self-enroll. 


    Gateway Courses Available: Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy

    New online professional development courses continue to be added to the course catalog at Gateway Courses. The latest course to go live is Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy: Dyslexia Foundations. The course explores the elements of reading, what dyslexia is and is not, and the process for dyslexia evaluation. The primary resource referenced throughout the course is The Dyslexia Handbook—Revised 2014: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders (Dyslexia Handbook).

    Interested participants may browse all Gateway Courses and self-enroll. Districts may request copies of courses for integration with local learning management systems. For assistance and information, contact txgateway@tea.texas.gov.

    Texas Gateway Resource: Targeting the T2%

    Targeting the 2 Percent (T2%) is a new resource available on the Texas Gateway. The resource contains downloadable reading intervention lessons for grades K–5.

    T2% is a professional development initiative focused on improving instruction and outcomes for students who transitioned from assessments based on modified standards to the general STAAR® assessment. For more information, visit the T2% Support Center.

    Math & Science (Grades 3-8 and High School) Resource Available

    Teachers and administrators can now learn more about the Texas Achievement Items Repository (TxAIR) system with the TxAIR video tutorials, now available on the Texas Gateway. The TxAIR system allows teachers to create TEKS-aligned assessments for math and science (grades 3–8), Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. For more information, contact txair@esc4.net.


    Professional Development


    The link below will take you to ESC17 where you will be able to register for professional development opportunities. 

    ESC Monthly Offerings

    Dyslexia/504 Workshop




    Social Studies

    Instructional Technology

    Progress in the General Curriculum

    Bilingual/ESL/Title III

    Gifted/Talented/Advanced Academics

    Career and Technical Education