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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Selection Committee Applications

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is seeking experts in the fields of math and/or science education to review and evaluate applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Selection committee members will have the opportunity to view videos of outstanding Texas teachers in the classroom and work with colleagues from institutions of higher education and district leadership positions as well as previous PAEMST awardees in selecting finalists to represent our state for this prestigious teaching award. Applications for educators teaching Grades K – 6 will be reviewed. The review and evaluation of applications will occur between May 1 and June 10. Some steps of the review are conducted online and must be completed between May 1 and May 31. Additional information and the online application are available on the TEA Mathematics webpage. All reviewers will be able to earn CPE credits for participating in the review process. Please consider applying and/or sharing this information with qualified colleagues.

Save the Date: Elementary Extravaganza 2016

Elementary Extravaganza






Region 13 will be hosting the Elementary Extravaganza on June 7, 2016. Sessions at this one day event are specifically designed to support elementary teachers.

Visit E-Campus for more information: https://ecampus.esc13.net/catalog.html#url=/show_class_info.html%3Fclassid%3D31479


June 7, 2016

ESC Region 13



ESC Region 13 Contact: Jennifer Drumm (jennifer.drumm@esc13.txed.net)


Certification Exam Reimbursement for School Year 2015-2016

The Texas Education Agency posted a notice on February 12th regarding Certification Exam Reimbursement for School Year 2015-2016.

  • TEA received a limited amount of funding for this purpose for the 2016-2017 biennium.
  • Applications for reimbursement may be submitted beginning Tuesday, February 16, 2016, and ending Friday, August 5, 2016. Applications will be reviewed and reimbursements granted on a first-come, first-served basis until the allocated funding has been expended.

Please see the full posting at http://tea.texas.gov/interiorpage_wide.aspx?id=25769825244 for reimbursement conditions and instructions.

Questions regarding certification exam reimbursements should be directed to John Ellis, CTE statewide coordinator, by phone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at john.ellis@tea.texas.gov.

ESC Region 13 CTE Contact: Miya Brevard – miya.brevard@esc13.txed.net

Administrator’s Quick Guide to Dyslexia Services

During our October Curriculum Council meeting (http://cc.esc13.net) Katherine Muller & Judy Butler shared information regarding upcoming Texas Dyslexia Identification Academies. These academies are now available through each ESC. In addition, ESC Region 13 has created a new tool to support administrators:

The ‘Administrator’s Quick Guide to Dyslexia Services’ has arrived! This digital e-book includes an overview of legal requirements, basic information about dyslexia characteristics and quick compliance tips for busy administrators. Also included is an interactive observation form aligned to the evidenced-based components of instruction from The Dyslexia Handbook. As an added bonus you’ll be automatically eligible to receive free updates as new information and forms are added in future. Visit the ESC Region 13 store today.

ESC Region 13 Dyslexia Contacts:

Judy Butler

Dyslexia Specialist

Katharine Muller

Bilingual/Dyslexia Evaluation & Data Specialist

Science TEKS Committee Application

We discussed streamlining of the science TEKS at our last Curriculum Council meeting (cc.esc13.net) and wanted to follow up with information on the application to serve on the science TEKS committee. Please see full details on the Texas Education Agency website (http://tea.texas.gov/Curriculum_and_Instructional_Programs/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills_%28TEKS%29_Review/Science_TEKS_Streamlining/).

Details regarding the process that Cynthia presented are available at the bottom of http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/2016/January/January_2016_Committee_of_the_Full_Board_Wednesday_Item_8/.


ESC Region 13 Contacts:

Cynthia Holcomb – Cynthia.Holcomb@esc13.txed.net

Shawna Wiebush – Shawna.Wiebusch@esc13.txed.net


STAAR Performance Standards

The Texas Education Agency posted updated STAAR Performance Standard Charts early last week. These include:


  • STAAR 3–8 Performance Standards Chart (PDF posted 02/01/16)
  • STAAR Alternate 3–8 Performance Standards Chart (PDF posted 02/01/16)
  • STAAR EOC Performance Standards Chart (PDF posted 02/01/16)
  • STAAR Alternate EOC Performance Standards Chart (PDF posted 02/01/16)

For questions regarding STAAR assessment standards please contact Jennifer Womack – jennifer.womack@esc13.txed.net.


Algebra I Mini-Interventions

Are you an Algebra 1 teacher struggling to help your students with “gaps” they may have missed? Region 13 has an answer to help your students with our Algebra 1 Mini-Interventions. In this new tool teachers will be able to access strategies to help students with what they are missing. There are two tools, one that covers Quadratics and Exponential Functions and one that covers Linear Functions and Inequalities.

Each new Algebra 1 Student Expectation is presented in a user friendly digital format. Here is what is included:

  • A description of the SE with background TEKS that reach back to 7th and 8th grade and through our popular K-8 Click On TEKS, provide hands-on strategies as well as specificity of the vertically aligned SE that precedes Algebra 1.
  • A Pre-Assessment to help teachers know what prior learning has been mastered or may need additional help.
  • A Spiraling section that indicates what Algebra 1 TEKS are prerequisite skills including examples
  • A Teaching section that includes vocabulary, formulas, and activities
  • A Foundation TEKS section that reaches further back into prior learning and utilize the Click on TEKS to provide information and activities
  • And finally a Post Assessment to see if students have mastered the targeted SE for this module.

Check out the math tools on the Region 13 store – http://store.esc13.net/index.php/curriculum-instruction/math.html

Secondary Math Specialists:

Virginia Keasler – virginia.keasler@esc13.txed.net

Susan Hemphill – susan.hemphill@esc13.txed.net


K-5 Student Art Contest

Sharing an opportunity with you, please note that materials have not been reviewed or endorsed by ESC Region 13:


Take Care of Texas and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite K-5 students to submit artwork showing how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. One grand prize winner will receive a Samsung laptop, and 15 students will win a Samsung tablet. The teacher of the student who designs the overall best artwork will also be awarded a Samsung tablet. Artwork is due March 2.

Contest Rules (English)
Contest Entry Form (English)

NEW!  Interactive Teaching Tool (English) – Order a FREE classroom set of posters online.


Contest Rules (Spanish)
Contest Entry Form (Spanish)
NEW!  Interactive Teaching Tool (Spanish) – Order a FREE classroom set of posters online.



Dana Wendler Macomb

Take Care of Texas Program

Office of the Executive Director


T-STEM Designation

The Texas Education Agency announced Monday that the Texas Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (T-STEM) Designation application process is open now through March 4th.

ESC Region 13 has served as a member of the T-STEM community for many years and we are happy to provide technical assistance to those who with to apply for this designation.

“In accordance with TAC §102.1093, the designation process is required for all existing and proposed T-STEM Academies.

To Apply for T-STEM Designation:

The T-STEM designation application is available online at the following address: thetrc.org/TSTEM2016/.

Applications must be submitted to TEA through the online application interface on or before Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5 pm CST in order to be eligible for designation as a T-STEM Academy during the 2016-2017 school year. The TEA anticipates notifying each applicant of its approval status to operate a designated T-STEM Academy by June 2016. Districts must complete this application each year in order to renew T-STEM Academy designation.”

For more information regarding TEA support please see http://tea.texas.gov/interiorpage_wide.aspx?id=25769824935.

For information regarding support ESC Region 13 can provide please contact:

German Ramos – german.ramos@esc13.txed.net

2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy Camps

Call for Outstanding Student Nominations

Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders  for summer 2016 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps! Participants travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin/San Antonio, or Houston/Galveston area to join delegations of other distinguished students from across Texas for a week of fun, learning, leadership development, and visits to significant Texas destinations. Each day participants explore notable Texas sites, learn about unique careers from professionals, and work in small groups to develop specific leadership skills. In addition to improving their leadership abilities, participants gain self-confidence and independence and develop new friendships with other high-achieving students from across the state.

Nominees must:

  • Be in 4th-8th grade
  • Maintain an 85 or higher average
  • Demonstrate leadership ability
  • Be involved in school/community activities


Nominate your outstanding 4th-8th graders online at: http://www.educationinaction.org/educators/nominations.php


Nomination Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2016.

There is no limit to the number of students you may nominate.

Education in  Action works one-on-one with students that request financial assistance.

Still have questions? Please contact us!


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