ARD/LPAC Collaboration: Serving Students with Disabilities

Register now! Join us Monday, July 13th for this informative workshop at Region 13. In this training, participants will receive an overview of the identification and exit processes for English Language Learners receiving Special Education Services.


9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Workshop ID: SU1531932



To register, visit

For more information, contact:

Lisa Rukovena at 512-919-5333 or &

Trish Flores at 512-939-5116 or

Ensuring Students Become Bi-literate: The Necessary Steps for Administrators

Dual language programs are taking the world by storm.  These school enrichment programs meet Texas requirements for bilingual education and can be structured in a variety of ways depending on student population, community input, and staff availability.  While the program models may vary, they are almost all guaranteed to ensure that students achieve bi-literacy and maintain this skill throughout their school careers.

Leading researchers and educators, Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas, recently authored a book on designing dual language schools and the crucial role administrators play in the development of these dynamic programs.  The book is a valuable resource for anyone thinking about starting a program or strengthening their existing one.  The resource is user friendly and outlines the core programmatic features of quality dual language education.

Core Programmatic Features of Quality Dual Language Education:

  • Enriched and affirming learning environments
  • Empowering pedagogy
  • Challenging and relevant curriculum
  • High-quality instructional resources
  • Valid and comprehensive assessments
  • High-quality professional development
  • Powerful family and community engagement
  • Advocacy-oriented administrative and leadership systems

The above core programmatic features serve as guidelines for the development and reform of any dual language program.   Each of these items is fully explained in various sections of the book with rich realistic examples.

In addition to outlining the framework necessary for program development and enhancement, the book also provides perspectives from successful dual language administrators on the necessary leadership skills needed for optimal program development.


Collier, Virgina P., and Wayne P. Thomas. Creating Dual Language Schools for a Transformed World: Administrators Speak.   Albuquerque: Fuente, 2014. Print

Sheltered Instruction Training with John Seidlitz: Feb 9-10

Hurry, seats are filling up fast! Don’t miss out on your chance to join John Seidlitz here at Region 13 for two days of Sheltered Instruction training on February 9th and 10th. Registration will close at the end of next week (February 6th), so please click below for more information and to register for the workshop. 

We look forward to seeing you here at Region 13!



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.

Parent Brochures for at Home Reading

Want to get your parents more involved in reading?  Check out these free brochures that cover a variety of topics in both English and Spanish (some in Russian too!) to help guide your parents while working with their kids at home.

Some options are:

  • Ten Facts Parents Should Know About Reading
  • Thirty DO’S to Remember When Reading Aloud
  • Fathers, Sons, & Reading
  • Questions Parents Always Ask About Reading Aloud

Have we piqued your interest?  Click on the link to see other titles and print brochures.

Adelante Conference for Dual Language Bilingual Educators

Adelante! is an educator­‐led conference focused on Bilingual/Dual Language education in Central Texas. This conference is a forum for educators to share their experiences with other educators, to disperse insight and innovations in teaching and learning that occur daily on campuses throughout the region, and to ignite conversations among educators about working with bilingual students, families, and communities.  For more information, please view the attached flyer and link.

Adelante Flyer, Final, 2014, 2.19.14