NEW! ELPS Toolkit for Back to School, Ready for Purchase!

The long-awaited revamp of Region 13’s ELPS Toolkit has finally arrived! The ELPS Toolkit is designed to help teachers incorporate the ELPS in interactive and engaging ways to boost classroom instruction.

Each toolkit contains videos of strategies designed with English learners in mind, and it also contains an enhanced lesson planning template to guide teachers through the steps to ensure key components of Sheltered Instruction that are aligned to the ELPS are included when planning.

Teachers will be able to efficiently add the appropriate academic vocabulary, sentence stems, interactive strategies, and differentiated accommodations to meet the needs of ELLs.

Click on the image below to purchase yours today! View Region 13’s ELPS Toolkit commercial here.


Cultural Diversity in Special Education

Region 13 is offering the following workshops for training all staff on cultural diversity in special education. These workshops are appropriate for evaluation personnel, teachers, administrators, and related service personnel. For further information, please see the attached flyers.

Any of the three workshops will meet the annual requirement for diversity training for LSSPs.
culturalp culturalp2If you have questions please contact Joy Hunsucker at

One Month Away! Register Now for the Sheltered Instruction Conference

Spots are quickly filling for Region 13’s Sheltered Instruction Conference on

Friday, August 14, 2015! Lunch provided!

SI Conference

The conference will be a platform for both elementary and secondary educators to learn more about strategies that meet the needs of ELLs. Multiple speakers will present on engaging topics such as:

– Engaging Student Interaction
– Academic Vocabulary
– Literacy in the Content Classroom
– Working with Beginners/Newcomers/Ayleee/Refugees
– Structured Reading/Writing/Speaking Activities

And much more!

Our keynote speaker, Nancy Motley, is an educational consultant with John Seidlitz Education that will be speaking about literacy practices for ELLs to promote reading and writing in classrooms. Participants will be receiving her book, Talk, Read, Talk, Write: A Practical Approach to Learning in the Secondary Classroom.”

For more information, click here! SI-Conference

Date: August 14, 2015

Cost: $130 and includes lunch and a copy of Talk, Read, Talk, Write

eCampus: SU1528955

ELL Courses in Project Share

For additional professional development opportunities, Project Share offers a multitude of online courses for educators and administrators at no cost!

Please view the course listing below:
Project Share

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

Estrellita Pre-K Building Blocks, Assessment and Progress Monitoring Training

This training is for Pre-Kindergarten teachers.The focus of the first half of the day of training is on the five building blocks of Estrellita which include: Sonidos Iniciales, Silabas, Palabras, Oraciones and Whole-to-Part-to-Whole (Cuentos). The training incorporates classroom techniques and provides tips on effective tools to illustrate each Building Block. This includes participant interaction, classroom techniques and modeling. The focus of the second half of the day will be on the implementation, assessment and timeline of the Estrellita program. This training incorporates the assessment piece and the implementation Checklist (fidelity list). Participants will be taught how to administer the Placement Test and how to utilize the Estrellita progress monitoring tools. This professional development will be conducted in conjunction with materials to ensure effective Estrellita implementation. Participants must bring their materials to the session. Click here to register.

Location: Region 20, San Antonio

Date: August 10, 2015 for 6 hours

To obtain the materials please contact Angelica Rivas at: Cell 720 418-1113

NEW ELPS Resources Coming Fall 2015!

Coming this fall, teachers and instructional leaders will have two comprehensive tools at their fingertips to help meet the needs of ELLs! The current ELPS Toolkit is receiving a face-lift, with updates including videos, engaging strategies, and tools for differentiation. Additionally, the new ELPS Observation Guide is being released for administrators and instructional leaders to assist in the process of conducting classroom observations. This interactive product contains demonstration videos of all Sheltered Instruction components, complete with tips and checklists to encourage  best practices for instructing ELLs.

To sign up for alerts and availability, as well as to view product previews, sign up below!

ELPS Products

Template for Bilingual/ESL Program Annual Report

Per Chapter 89 (§89.1265), school districts are required to prepare an annual report of their Bilingual/ESL education program. These reports reflects information such as the academic progress of the ELLs, the number of students exited from Bilingual/ESL programs, and the number of and frequency of training opportunities for teachers and aides that are working with this population of students. Districts may use the template attached in this post for reporting purposes: School_Board_Report_ppt

Bilingual TLPT Preparation Workshops

There is still room to register for individuals seeking certification as a bilingual teacher! The TExES Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) is required to become a bilingual teacher in Texas.

You can still sign up for the June 2015 workshops! Workshops are comprised of 4 sessions, and participants must attend all 4 days of sessions to receive credit. Cost: $185.

The workshop content is directly aligned to TExES exam #190. It will provide an overview of the exam based on the framework of the test. In addition to the content overview, a practice test will be administered. Test results will be scored, debriefed and analyzed, so participants will leave the workshop with an action plan for passing the BTLPT TExES.

Please click on the flyer below for more information.

BTLPT Workshop Flyer Sum2015