Conscious Discipline – Building Resilient Classrooms

Quick shout out for a great PD opportunity this summer – it’s the Conscious Discipline 3-day Summer Institute -read on for more…

Healthy relational interactions are key to raising children who are able to manage stress and bounce back even when faced with adversity.  Interactions that build resilience can be challenging, especially if we are working with children who are resisting connection and exhibit aggressive and uncooperative behaviors.

Conscious Discipline offers an effective approach to connecting with all children, especially those who are hurting the most.  This interactive session will empower you with ways to calm the stress-response system for you and the child so that healthy relationships can be formed.

Participants will have the privilege of engaging with a Conscious Discipline speaker focused specifically on the 3-7 year olds in their early childhood classrooms.

Target audience is Pre-K teachers or staff that works with for 3 and 4 year olds, Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade. Other audiences are welcome to attend but know that videos might showcase examples of the younger grades but concepts covered are applicable for all ages.

Interested in learning more? Visit Region 13’s eCampus page for registration information.


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Discover how closer community ties improve outcomes for Hispanic ELLs

Throughout the US, bilingual and Spanish-speaking families now make up a big part of communities and school. As such, they also need to feel just as validated and important in both as does the dominant majority. In terms of schooling, the Magnet Schools of America Association suggests the following specific back-to-school family and community engagement goals that should be in place at the beginning of the school year:

  • Offer a variety of volunteer opportunities
  • Continuously celebrate families by having special events for the whole family, a family hall of fame and a bulletin board for parents
  • Survey parents and staff on a regular basis to determine school climate
  • Make the campus inviting to parents from the parking lot to the school’s interior

Along with helping Hispanic ESL kids, statistics show that ESL programs for their parents are great for them too. For example, an article about an Arkansas school district, one with a large number of children from at-risk families, states that programs involving parents and children in a family literacy program can be empowering for both.

The following articles from “The Latino Family Literacy Project” can help with other family and community engagement initiatives – in particular, those that focus on engaging the families of our Hispanic students.

The Benefits of ESL Programs for Hispanic Parents in Schools

Back to School Community and Family Engagement Goals

Image credit and excerpt from this post go to The Latino Family Literacy Project

Interested in learning how to better serve the language learners on your campus/district? Check out our Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement Conference

CIMA 2017 Unites Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE Educators!

The 2017 Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement will take place on November 6 & 7, 2017!

Packed with engaging breakout sessions, featured speakers, and a compelling keynote address, CIMA will empower teachers of language learners of all kinds.

Want to know more? Check out the CIMA website for general information regarding the conference – including information on our current list of presenters, and links to register!

Want to present? We’d love that. Submit a proposal!

Questions? Happy to help – email


Summer break? Time for some off-season training.

For many classroom teachers, summer break is well underway, and for some administrators and central office staff, a smaller break is just around the corner. Regardless of your role in the service of students acquiring English, the odds are good that the summer offerings by the Region 13 Bilingual/ESL team can help provide some additional expertise.

Space is still available in the majority of the workshops listed below – and while a couple have already taken place, it’s not too late to register for most.

Side-note: The price of the ELPS Toolkit and Observation Guide workshops each come with a copy of the resource ($60 value). The price has never been this low!

Questions? Email


Early June Conferences at ESC Region 13

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and some of the more, well, stressful things that occupy the brainspace of most educators will dissipate. That makes it a great time to explore some opportunities to focus on the one person you haven’t had much time for as of late. Namely, you!

Early June brings with it two great conference opportunities – the Elementary Extravaganza and the Leadership Symposium.  Both are fantastic opportunities. Click the links for details on either offering. We hope to see you there!


Esperanza Trainings – space still available!

Building Spanish language skills for the native Spanish speaking student isn’t as easy as it might sound. In fact, it’s something many bilingual educators find difficult.  The bottom line is this: the way one goes about building initial literacy skills is different in Spanish than English!


Upcoming trainings on Esperanza, the Spanish language multisensory, structured language program for the Spanish speaking student, will be led by industry expert Elsa Cárdenas Hagan.  Designed for grades K-2, the goal of the Esperanza program is to systematically and cumulatively develop a strong knowledge of the structure of the Spanish language so that they student can read, write, and spell in his/her primary language. Use the links below to discover more about each of the two trainings, and register before time runs out.


Esperanza (HOPE): Nov. 8-9: 

Esperanza: Lenguaje y Lectura (Nov. 10):