Archive for April, 2018

Why pairing explicit instruction and behavior supports makes sense

Too often, we make instruction and classroom management separate issues. If you’ve worked in a classroom before, you know this isn’t the reality. Great instruction requires great classroom management and great classroom management requires great instruction. The two work together, in harmony, not opposition. That’s why you should teach both instruction and classroom management together. …

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Personal Accounts: Trauma and SEL

Today our specialist, Monica Kurtz gives us her thoughts on trauma and the importance of teaching Social Emotional Learning in our schools. School shootings.  Outrage. Fear. Helplessness.  My newsfeed is filled with almost daily reports of another shooting, more victims.  More death. Working in a school, particularly in behavior, I have worked with students that …

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May LPAC-At-a-Glance

The weather is warming up and May is upon us! It’s time to check in with your LPAC calendar and plan your year-end activities. During this busy testing time on your campus, it’s good to look back at April’s checklist too and double check your progress. The LPAC Year-at-a-Glance (check your livebinder) is a great resource …

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TED Tips: Summer Earn and Learn from Texas Workforce Commission

Transition and Employment Services Designees (TEDs) and other educators will be interested to know about Summer Earn and Learn. This program provides students with disabilities, aged 16-22, with work readiness training and paid work experience. The program is a partnership between TWC, Texas Workforce Solutions Offices and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS). For more […]

Conscious Discipline: Navigating Lockdowns from a Teacher’s Perspective

Classroom teachers are charged with unique responsibilities, from physical protector to emotional caregiver for their students—all while experiencing their own fears and feelings. Listen as Kindergarten teacher Tiffany Taylor and 5th grade teacher Kristin Abel share helpful ways they prepare themselves and their students for active shooter and lockdown drills. Listen Now  Want to learn more …

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Two Ways to Beat the Heat: In Person & Online! Register Now…

Beat the Heat 2018 is almost here!  This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities.  Can’t attend in person? Want to attend in your pajamas? Wish you could see more than one session in the same time […]

New STAAR Alternate 2 Participation Requirements Take Effect May 1, 2018!

In a TETN presentation on April 25, 2018, new STAAR Alternate 2 participation requirements for the 2019 administration were announced. The newly revised Participation Requirements take effect May 1, 2018. They include changes to the number of requirements (there are now five instead of four), and clarifying language that defines a significant cognitive disability. The […]

New STAAR Alternate 2 Participation Requirements Take Effect May 1, 2018!

In a TETN presentation on April 25, 2018, new STAAR Alternate 2 participation requirements for the 2019 administration were announced.  The newly revised Participation Requirements take effect May 1, 2018.  They include changes to the number of requirements (there are now five instead of four), and clarifying language that defines a significant cognitive disability. The […]

PreK Report Shows State Policies Weak on Meeting Needs of English Learners

The State of Preschool 2017 Released by National Institute for Early Education Research More than 20 percent of all preschool-aged children in the United States speak a language other than English at home, yet most state prekindergarten (preK) programs do not collect data on children’s home language, making it nearly impossible to design effective supports for …

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IDEA MOE LEA Response Due by May 2, 2018

TEA To The Administrator Addressed letter dated April 24, 2018 states: 2016-2017 Preliminary IDEA-B LEA MOE Compliance Reviews are posted in the GFFC Reports and Data Collections secure application in TEAL. LEA actions, if needed, due by May 2, 2018. Q…

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