Archive for March, 2016

OMG, I Can’t Even: Drama, Social Skills, and the Teenage Brain

When around adolescents and teens, social drama seems to be the norm.  But is it because teen brains aren’t fully developed and don’t know how to slow down before acting?   This article explores the Social Emotional capacity of this puzzle and pieces it together for our understanding.

TreeFolks: A Free PD Opportunity!

Audrey Stewart is the education coordinator at the local non-profit, TreeFolks. This free, web-based, community tree-mapping project called TreeFolks Austin Tree Map  is a great way for students to learn outdoors using technology and nature. Audrey will be leading a free tree ID and mapping activity at Little Walnut Creek Park next door to Region 13 in […]

Dr. Nicki Newton in Austin!

In the fall of 2014, Region 13 was proud to host Dr. Nicki Newton as a distinguished speaker for Guided Math. Those of you who were able to attend will be excited to learn that Dr. Nicki will be back in the Austin area next week discussing yet another topic that we are all passionate […]

Interested in Money for Your Classroom?

The Rosenthal Prize is intended to recognize and promote hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms. It carries a cash award of $25,000 for the single best activity, plus up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities. The winning teacher or teachers will have the opportunity to share their innovative […]

Mindfulness in the Classroom –activity for STAAR

Watch this 10 minute video about Mindfulness in the classroom specifically related to STAAR and the chaotic month of May. Mindfulness in the Classroom- Texas Style

Bilingual Director’s Meeting on April 13, 2016

Please join us on Wednesday, April 13, for the last Bilingual Director’s Meeting of the academic year! This session will be comprised of a new format, with several speakers and informational resources for administrators. We will be introducing a new comprehensive training for asylee/refugee needs, which will be taking place at Region 13 on April 27, 2016. […]

3 in 1? What’s that?

Registration Deadline: March 30, 2016. The workshop, Elementary Math “3 in 1″, is designed so that you experience 3 topics in 1 day! Come learn multiple strategies to facilitate high quality instruction in your elementary math classroom. Whether you teach Kindergarten or Grade 5, best practice for elementary mathematics remains the same. Join us as […]

Take My Advice…Or Not

I read a blog post by Keith Webb that resonated with me.  The post centered on not being attached to the advice you give. Think about all of the time we as leaders have been asked for our advice.   “What should I do about…?” or “Would it be better if I…” and of course, “What […]

Free tree ID and mapping activity at Little Walnut Creek Park Saturday, April 23rd

TreeFolks Austin Tree Map is a collaborative community project to map Austin’s urban forest. Everyone from kids to foresters can contribute valuable information about Austin’s trees and share stories about their favorite trees with their community. TreeFolks Austin Tree Map was launched in 2015 with grants funded by The City of Austin’s Urban Forest Grant […]

STAAR Writing Review Tips & Spring and Summer PD Opportunities

5 Things To Remember about Writing Review before STAAR Now is the time to remind our kids: they are strong writers that have a wealth of information to connect to any prompt on test day. Here are five reminders for TEACHERS to augment our work before STAAR Writing and EOC test day! 1. We should […]

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