Archive for February, 2018

TEA Communication: Parent Requests for Special Education Evaluation

TEA has provided a TAA Correspondence addressing the responsibilities and timelines for parent requests for special education evaluations under IDEA, TEC, and TAC.   Since the release of the OSEP monitoring report in January, TEA has been in the process of developing a corrective action plan.  The letter provides an overview of OSEP’s findings, clarifies the […]

In One Week: Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies

There are still a few spots left for Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies on Wednesday, February 28th! Register here. This training picks up where Strategies that Advance ELLs’ Academic & Linguistic Success (FA1738187)* left off with even more tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use as you design interactive lessons that facilitate learning in …

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UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and Teacher Appraisal Systems

In this blog series we’ve shared information about how UDL provides a framework for focusing instruction on learner variability, ways that planning with UDL can optimize student learning, and where UDL is mentioned in federal laws and plans. But what about teacher appraisal; how do the UDL guidelines connect to T-TESS? This short video uses […]

Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier

“A 12-year-old English learner is capable of the same complexity of thought, innovative ideas, and profound questions as a native English speaker of the same age, ” teacher Justin Minkel explains in this article for What a great point about how we consider the responses of our ELLs! As educators, this is part of “the …

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Online Survey and E-mail Address to Give Input to TEA’s Draft Corrective Action Plan for USDE, OSEP

You have an opportunity to give input to the draft Corrective Action Plan that TEA is creating to respond to the findings in the final USDE report.  More information can be found at The initial draft plan can be viewed at: The survey, which can be accessed at: , closes on 02/18/2018 The e-mail address through […]

Charters: Request for Federal Funding and Indirect Cost Rate for 2018-19

TEA Communication re: SC 5050 Request for Federal Funding and Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools for the 2018-2019 School Year. The SC5050 is available in eGrants. Deadline to submit form is April 6, 2018. Questions?

FREE PBS Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators

You are invited to the first PBS Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators! Join us Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Child Inc. offices for your chance to be on the cutting edge of professional development practices at this “un-conference”. Professional development hours will be awarded Lakeshore doorprizes and fun swag! Light breakfast and full lunch provided Opportunity to network …

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TELPAS TIPS with Maria Green

Last week Kelly Bertholf, District Testing Coordinator for Pflugerville ISD and Melissa Haney, District Testing Coordinator for Hutto ISD shared some ways they organize and plan their calendars to ensure a smooth TELPAS testing window. Continuing our efforts to share out TELPAS TIPS with our blog readers, we sat down with Round Rock ISD Bilingual/ESL …

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What’s “Special” About Graduation? LOTE and PE Substitutions

When it comes to LOTE (Languages Other Than English) and PE (Physical Education) courses required for graduation, TAC §74.12 includes several options to “substitute” another course to meet the credit requirements. These “substitutions” are entirely different from the kind that were allowable for some students receiving special education services prior to 2013-14, where a locally-developed […]

February LPAC At-A-Glance

February is here and it’s time to check in with your LPAC calendar. As the TELPAS window approaches, it’s also a good time to review ELL enrollment numbers and consider your Bilingual/ESL classrooms and staff. The LPAC Year-at-a-Glance (check your livebinder) is a great resource to keep close by when considering your ELLs and their annual …

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