Writing Ideas from Gretchen Bernabei

GRETCHEN BERNABEI has taught grades 6-12 in San Antonio public schools for more than 20 years and now conducts writing workshops for enthusiastic teacher audiences across the country. Her popular new book, Reviving the Essay, is going into its fourth printing. She co-authored, with Barry Lane, Why We Must Run with Scissors and recently helped create The Good Writer’s Kit for National Geographic School Publishing.   

Visit her blog where she posts her materials for free!


ELL Institute

The ELL Institute is filling up fast, so register today!

Great news! There will be vendors this year giving out door prizes!!

What are the break out sessions?

Here is the list divided up by elementary and secondary:

RtI for Secondary English Language Learners


Report cards are coming out soon!

The data collected thus far may be indicating Secondary ELLs are struggling.

Come join the RtI professional development

on Monday, October 27th.

Get the interventions that increase levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning now!

Each participant will receive a RTI & ELL foldable

Make plans to attend the ELL Institute on Tuesday, November 4th!

Break sessions will cover many hot topics, like ways to help long-term ELLs, ELLs with dyslexia, formative assessments that target vocabulary development, techniques for increasing the readability of texts for ELL students, technology resources, and much more.

So don’t miss out, sign-up today!

ELL Institute 2014 (FA1428958)




Bilingual/ESL Directors Meeting on Sept. 10th

Did you miss the Bilingual/ESL Directors Meeting?

Here is a link to view what you missed:


This link will be available until the end of the day on Friday, September 12th.


The Texas Education Agency has created a video in English and in Spanish to provide a quick overview of the State of Texas Accountability System and what goes into the annual ratings of schools, districts and charters. Theses videos can assist school districts in explaining how school districts receive their ratings and a great resource for parent meetings.

 We would like to say goodbye to Monica Gonzalez and Tonia Miller. They both have set out on a new journey outside of Region 13 Education Service Center.



If you need assistant, you can contact Trish Flores, Allison Hand, Ivonne Santiago, Nancy Sanchez, Tina Fields or Tracy Dennis.

ESL Certification Preparation Courses

    Get Your ESL Certification


ESL Academy is a three-day workshop that provides a foundation on language acquisition and explores best practices in ESL instruction while preparing participants for the TExES Exam #154: English as a Second Language Supplemental. There are four offerings:

 Oct. 8th – 10th Feb. 25th – 27th  June 17th – 19th  July 22nd – 24th 
 FA1429263  SP1529264  SU1529266  SU1529267


ESL Supplemental #154 TExES Review is a one-day workshop that will help to prepare for the TExES Exam by reviewing key concepts aligned to TExES test frameworks. Participants also take an on-site, test-secured TExES practice test. However, it is highly recommended that participants attend an ESL Academy before taking this class. There are four offerings:

 Sept. 20th Jan. 17th May 2nd July 18th 
 FA1429271  SP1529272  SP1529273  SU1529274