Archive for January, 2016

Eight Things You Need to Know About Leading Change – Intro Post

I recently read John Kotter’s book, Leading Change. In this book, he discusses why transformation of an organization is so difficult. As someone who works with improving schools, the content of the book totally struck a cord with me. Although his focus is on the corporate world, similar to other books written for business, it’s […]

What is effective language development instruction?

Language development is a fundamental component of early childhood instruction. It is one of three predictors of reading success, (the other two being letter knowledge and phonological awareness). There are 26 Pre-k Guidelines that focus on the domain of language development. That’s more guidelines than we have for letter knowledge, writing, phonological awareness, and concepts […]

IDEA-B MOE Compliant Review Process Flowchart

TEA has published a new resource on MOE IDEA. Some of you may have seen it at TCASE this month. The resource is a flowchart that illustrates the steps of TEA’s MOE compliance review process. Its purpose is to provide LEAs with additional information regarding TEA’s methodology for reviewing the materials LEAs submit to comply […]

RF Tracker – new server

The RF Tracker application will be closed on February 3rd and February 4th as it is moved to a new server.  The Tracker application should be back online by February 5th and you will be able to enter data again at that time. If you have questions please contact Joy Hunsucker at joy.hunsucker@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5177. […]

FREE Videos for Using Manipulatives

Are you looking for a way to help your students understand abstract algebra problems using visual modeling?  Region 13 has created a series of free videos to help Algebra 1 teachers understand how to help those students that still don’t quite have  understanding of key concepts. Using manipulatives we plan to have many videos available […]

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Students

The Texas Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education program and competition which offers teachers and high school students (9th-12th grades) an exciting way to reach and study America’s heritage. Join us here at Region 13 on Saturday, March 5, 2016 Citizen Bee Flyer for 2016 Study Guide Registration will begin at 9:30 AM and […]

2015-16 High Cost Fund Eligibility Threshold set at $27,820

Brent Pitt from TEA Division of Federal and State Education Policy notified ESCs on Monday, January 25, 2016 of the following: The Average Per Pupil Expenditure (APPE) for Texas for 2015-16 is $9,273 which is actually higher than last year. This means that to qualify as a high-need student with a disability in the HCF […]

Central Texas mini-CAST Schedule Updates!

Central Texas mini-CAST will be here next Saturday and the weather promises to be gorgeous.  So come on out and up your science education game!! You can preview the schedule here and start planning your day: miniCAST Schedule 2016 1_24_16 For more information including lunch options and Keynote Speaker info, print out the updated Mini cast flyer.   […]

Skills of an Effective Leader

I recently had a conversation with a veteran middle school principal about what be believes has lead to his success as a school principal. Of all the things he mentioned, one stood out to me. He shared that he keeps a poster up in his office of the most effective skills of a leader. He […]

Upcoming Events for Science

Are you looking for Science Workshops? Do you want ways to recognize outstanding students and co-workers?  Check out our February flyer as well as these opportunities!      February Science PD flyer   2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps Education in Action is calling for nominations of outstanding 4th-8th grade students for the summer 2016 Lone […]