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TexasSUCCESS Training

Through the TexasSUCCESS initiative, the state of Texas has made digital resources available to support students who need SSI accelerated instruction in the areas of reading and mathematics. The vendors providing these online services will be conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions this spring and summer at ESC 13 for teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators. Session participants will be able to share the information they learned about each program with interested staff at their campus and/or district.

Texas SUCCESS Spring & Summer Training

For more information about each session, or to register for one or more sessions, please see the Region 13 Instructional Technology Workshop page.

Future Ready Summit

Join Future Ready, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, for a 2-day summit focused on district-level planning for elevating instructional outcomes using digital learning and network with other regional leaders who are engaged in Future Ready.

The Summit is open to district leadership teams from districts where the superintendent has signed the Future Ready District Pledge— a commitment to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district’s vision for student learning.

Registration is FREE, and space is limited so register TODAY to save your team’s spot at the Summit.

Dates: April 25-25, 2016

Location: TCEA Conference Center (3100 Alvin Devane Boulevard Building B, Austin, TX)

Don’t miss out on this perfect opportunity for your district team to jump-start planning efforts and vision for student learning under direct guidance from Future Ready facilitators.

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Hall at 410-279-3368 or shall@all4ed.org

CTE Online Course Available

TEA has released a free online course for CTE teachers via the Texas Gateway.

The course, CTE 101, provides an overview of Career and Technical Education in Texas and how it is implemented at the state and local levels. Teachers who are not certified in CTE and who wish to teach one of the CTE courses for mathematics or science credit must complete CTE 101. CTE-certified teachers may complete CTE 101, but this is not a requirement. CPE credit is 4 hours.

You may visit the CTE 101 course page to register for or learn more about this course.

To learn more about Texas Gateway courses or to register for a free Texas Gateway account please visit the Texas Gateway page.

Exciting FREE Spring Technology Events

Mark your calendar this spring for two FREE events taking place in support of technology integration and coding in education. See the links below for more information about each event.


Texas State University EdTech Conference

Saturday, April 23, 2016

San Marcos, Texas


Del Valle ISD Code Con

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Del Valle High School


TexasSUCCESS Online Resources

TEA recently announced the selection of the following vendors to provide supplemental computer-based reading and mathematics support for students requiring accelerated instruction:


Think Through Math – grades 3-8 and Algebra I


Istation – grades 3-8

Compass Learning & Istation – grades 6-8

Apex Learning – English I & II

For additional information please see the SSI (TexasSUCCESS) communication issued by TEA or contact the IMET staff at ssi@tea.texas.gov.

EdTech & STEM Workshops


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If you are looking for professional learning related to Educational Technology and/or STEM ideas, please join us this fall at Region 13.  We are offering workshops about Flipped Learning, 3D Printing Technologies, Coding and Programming with Raspberry Pi, Genius Hour, Underwater Robotics with Seaperch and more!

For a full list of our technology focused workshop offerings please see our Instructional Technology Workshop page.


TexQuest Training for Fall 2015


If your district is participating in the TexQuest database initiative, please join Gale and Britannica representatives at Region 13 on September 29, 2015 for FREE training on these digital resources.  These BYOD (bring your own device) sessions target either an elementary or secondary audience, and will give participants an overview of the database features as well as ideas for integrating these digital resources into classroom activities.


For more information about registering for these sessions please see our Library Media Services workshop page.  If you are unsure about whether or not your district participates in TexQuest, please contact the TexQuest Support Center.

Library & EdTech Fall Learning

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  As you are planning for a fantastic year with your students, you may want to think about our fall professional development opportunities for librarians and teachers looking for technology integration ideas.

Click the image below to see our list of fall workshops.

Click image for a link to our fall PD sessions.

Click image for a link to our fall PD sessions.

For questions please contact Leslie Barrett at leslie.barrett@esc13.txed.net

Back-to-School Educational Technology TETN 8/12

Please join TEA for the Back-to-School Educational Technology TETN to learn about the following topics:

Speak Up Results, Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow

Speak Up is a national online research project facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, a nonprofit organization. Speak Up provides participating schools and districts with avenues to collect authentic feedback from students, educators, and parents. Find out how Texas schools are advancing in digital learning, see what is trending, and discover how state and local data can be used for planning and decision making.

Project Share Update, Kerry Ballast, TEA

Hear the latest on digital resources for educators and students provided through Project Share.


This session is scheduled for August 12TH from 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Contact the Region 13 Distance Learning Team to participate in this TETN.

Project Share/Epsilen Update from TEA

The Epsilen learning management system (LMS), used to deliver Project Share’s online professional development courses, will continue to be available to Texas educators and students throughout summer 2015. The Epsilen contract is scheduled to end prior to the beginning of the 2015–2016 school year. Before the contract period ends, users should take inventory of their content housed in Epsilen and complete steps to download and save their work. Please reference the document Archiving Work from an LMS to see detailed steps and screen shots specific to the Epsilen LMS.

For additional assistance, please contact projectshare@tea.texas.gov.

While our use of the Epsilen LMS will end, the Project Share initiative will continue. Online professional development courses and teacher and student resources, including the ESTAR/MSTAR and TxAIR systems, OnTRACK Lessons, and Gateway resources, will be available for the 2015–2016 school year.

For questions or help with ESTAR/MSTAR please contact the ESTAR/MSTAR Support Center at mathtx@esc13.net or 1(855) 436-8489.

For questions about TxAIR please contact the TxAIR Support Center at txair@esc4.net.

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