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Ian Byrd will be presenting at the 13th Annual Differentiation Institute

Join us as Ian Byrd, experienced educator and differentiation expert, details how to adapt lessons and the learning environment in order to meet the diverse needs of students in the mixed-ability classroom. This session will focus on the relationship between skill and complexity, while exploring strategies for differentiation across multiple grade levels and content areas.


Date: January 14th, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Workshop ID: SP1631562
Cost: $125




ESC Region 13 Contact: Elena Sammon – elena.sammon@esc13.txed.net

Master Reading Teacher Certification Training

The application process is open for Master Reading Teacher (MRT) certification training that will begin April 2016 and go through May 2017.  Attached is a brochure and a Q & A document to address questions about this program.

View the website www.esc13.net/mrt for additional detailed information about this course offering.

We look forward to being able to support your district’s needs for staff development and teacher certification to facilitate comprehensive reading instruction for your students.

Please direct all questions about this program to Susan Patteson at susan.patteson@esc13.txed.net.



MRT 2016 brochure UPDATES

Analytic Portal on the Texas Assessment Management System

The following information was shared through the TEA listserv for  District and ESC Testing Coordinators:
“The purpose of this email is to let you know that the Analytic Portal is now available on the Texas Assessment Management System at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/. This portal allows users to create summary  reports of student performance for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR(r))  program, including STAAR A and STAAR L, and the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) at the state, region, district, and campus level. In addition, the portal allows users to display custom summary reports with tables and color graphs. Users have the option to download the summary reports in a PDF or CSV format. There is no registration or user name required to access the analytic portal.
To ensure student confidentiality, individual student records are not available to view and summary results for fewer than five students are not displayed.
The Analytic Portal has a dedicated user’s guide, available for download at http://TexasAssessment.com/technology/.
If you have questions about the Texas assessment program, please call the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536 or e-mail: student.assessment@tea.texas.gov. For technical assistance, please contact eMetric support at support@emetric.net or by calling (877) 829-7769.”


ESC Region 13 Contact:

Mark Billingsley
Office: 512-919-5411

Texas Regional Collaboratives for Math & Science

Would you like your teachers to have the opportunity to participate in the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Math or Science?  Make plans to join us on December 8th from 1pm- 4pm at Region 13.

At this meeting we will share requirements of the grant and details for applying to participate.  We will also ask for your feedback on our plans for the next grant cycle.

The TRC has released the focus areas for 2016-2017 will be middle school Math and Science only.
For more details about the TRC go to www.thetrc.org.

Susan Hemphill, M.ED.
Math Specialist, ESC Region 13
Project Director, Texas Regional Collaborative for Math
512-919-5360 office

Public Hearing: High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program

The following information was shared through a Texas Education Agency Listserv:

“The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will hold a public hearing to solicit input from the public related to the development of Commissioner’s rules for the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program authorized under House Bill 4, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015.

The hearing will take place at the William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 78701 on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1-111.

Individuals who wish to testify at the hearing should sign in at the hearing site; no prior registration is necessary. Testimony will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Speakers are encouraged, but are not required, to provide written copies of their testimony. Individuals who wish to provide written testimony may do so at the time of the meeting.


Please visit the House Bill 4 High-Quality Prekindergarten Program website for additional information.


Thank you for your commitment to serving Texas students.

Howard Morrison, Statewide Coordinator, Early Childhood Education



The event has also been posted to our new calendar in cc.esc13.net for those who are registered users of our Curriculum Council network.

TEA Teacher Survey: Instructional Support and Professional Development Needs

The following information was shared through a recent TEA listserv:

“Teacher Survey: Stakeholder Perspectives on Instructional Support and Professional Development Needs to Enhance Literacy for All Students

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) are conducting a survey to learn more about teachers’ perspectives on the literacy development of all learners and preferences for professional development. The information gathered will guide development of training modules and classroom resources designed to assist teachers in the transition from state assessments based on modified standards to the general state assessment, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). More information on this initiative is available at Targeting the 2 Percent.

Educators who work with students in grades kindergarten–5 are invited to complete the short survey at www.survey.utexas.edu/tea.”

ESC Region 13 Literacy Support:

Laura Lee Stroud – lauralee.stroud@esc13.txed.net

Janet Hester – janet.hester@esc13.txed.net

2016-2017 Innovative Course Application

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is now accepting applications for innovative courses for the 2016-2017 school year.

Innovative Course Approval Process

The TEA will conduct a rolling review of innovative course applications for the 2016-2017 school year according to the following timeline. The TEA will review the applications in the order in which received. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Phase One: Applications received by December 18, 2015

Phase Two: Applications received between December 19, 2015 and January 29, 2016

Phase Three: Applications received between January 30, 2016 and March 1, 2016


A list of currently approved innovative courses is available on the TEA Innovative Courses webpage.

Questions related to innovative courses or the approval process, may be also be directed to kelsey.kling@tea.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-9581.

Prekindergarten Guidelines

The Texas Education Agency recently shared the following information through the Early Childhood Listserv:

“The Prekindergarten Guidelines review committee was identified by the TEA and began work in October to ensure quality, clarity, specificity, and alignment with the current kindergarten TEKS. The focus of the initial revision is the end-of-prekindergarten outcomes for each of the domains in the Prekindergarten Guidelines.

The following documents are a draft of the review committee’s recommended revisions to the Prekindergarten Guidelines. Your input and comments on the proposed revisions will help to inform the review committee’s final recommendations for the Prekindergarten Guidelines. Please provide your feedback by November 25, 2015. If you provide specific comments and recommendations for any of the numbered domains, please identify the domain and end of year outcome by number, (e.g. V.A.3.) If you wish to provide feedback on any of the child behaviors or instructional strategies, indicate the domain and end of year outcome for which the behavior or instructional strategy is an example.

You may submit your comments to the Curriculum Inbox at curriculum@tea.texas.gov. Please indicate Prekindergarten Guidelines in the subject line.”


See the information toward the bottom of


ESC Region 13 Contact – Trish Flores – trish.flores@esc13.txed.net

Supplemental Funding for Prekindergarten

The Texas Education Agency posted an update yesterday regarding supplemental funding for Prekindergarten. The 84th Texas Legislature provided an appropriation for supplemental prekindergarten funding for the 2015­–2016 and 2016–2017 school years and the letter provides information regarding the amount of the allotment, coding of revenues, and use of funds. Please see the full posting for details as well as links to spreadsheets with the amount of allotments.


ESC Region 13 Contacts:

School Ready / PreK – Trish Flores – trish.flores@esc13.txed.net

PEIMS – John Shaffer – john.shaffer@esc13.txed.net

New Online Human Resources Compliance Training

ESC Region 13, in partnership will Walsh Gallegos, has created a new series of online compliance training resources:

  • Section 504
  • Child Abuse and Neglect: Identification, Prevention & the Duty to Report
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Understanding FERPA
  • Using Copyrighted Works and Protecting Confidentiality of Student Information
  • Youth Suicide Prevention
  • Bullying: Legal Issues and Practical Strategies

The seven courses provide up-to-date information on each topic for all educational employees, substitute teachers and parent groups. These awareness video courses address current local, state and federal training requirements as well as define the roles and responsibilities surrounding each topic.

ESC Region 13 Contact – Karla Moyer – karla.moyer@esc13.txed.net




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