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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.

TexasSUCCESS Training Opportunities

We are pleased to partner with Region 20, Istation, and Think Through Math to offer a final round of FREE training sessions at Region 13 on the state funded TexasSUCCESS programs for the 2014-2015 school year.

Please click the links below to learn more about each session.


Istation: Applying Data and Features to Produce Informed and Differentiated Instruction

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AM Session 9:00-12:00


Istation: Getting Ready for Summer School and Summer Usage

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PM Session 1:00-4:00


Think Through Math

Integration Strategies Using TTM

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

AM Session 9:00-12:00


Getting Ready for Summer School and Summer Usage with TTM

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

PM Session 1:00-4:00


To register please log in to our Region 13 eCampus system.

For questions about these sessions please contact Liz Gaestel at liz.gaestel@esc13.txed.net.

Instructional Technology Professional Development Opportunities

The following Professional Development opportunities are available through Region 13 and may be of interest to you or your staff:

The 8th Annual Texas STEM Conference – January 29-31

The Texas STEM Coalition invites you to Austin to be a part of this engaging conference.  Join STEM Academy educators from across the state as you focus on strands which include:

– Achieving College and Career Readiness

– Building Partnerships

– Engaging Students

All who are interested in supporting STEM education are invited to attend. We learn best in collaboration with educators who have the same beliefs and passions as we do!

Conference Fee: $275 T-STEM member; $325 non-member; $375 late and on-site registration

Registration deadline is January 15


ViTaL Winter 2015 – January 22


ViTaL is a professional learning group made up of technology staff from each of the 60 school districts as well as private and charter schools in Region 13. The group’s effort centers on the integration of technology into the curriculum and the instructional program, compliance with state and federal requirements, and providing professional development opportunities to increase district capacity.


 TexasSUCCESS FREE training – February 16

IStation Data Driven Instruction and More AM session

IStation: Applying Data and Features to Produce Informed and Differentiated Instruction PM session

Taking Think Through Math to the Next Level AM session

Integration Strategies using Think Through Math PM session


 Flipped Classroom: Getting Started – February 19

Join us for a day of in-depth professional learning designed to prepare you for the benefits and challenges related to the technology needs and instructional strategies that makes flipping your classroom a real possibility.

      • In this workshop we will examine the philosophical and pedagogical implications of implementing a flipped classroom model.
      • We will engage in collaborative conversations about the transformational teaching and learning opportunities created through this approach, and consider some of the caveats related to its implementation.
      • During the workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore some technology-based resources available to teachers who are looking to flip their classrooms.

 Workshop Fee: $80

STaR Chart Update from TEA

On December 12, 2014 TEA released new information for districts regarding campus and teacher STaR Chart requirements. Please see TEA’s To The Administrator Addressed communication for details on the new requirements related to the STaR chart.

Questions may be addressed to starchart@tea.texas.gov

Curriculum, Library & EdTech TETN December 10, 2014

Please join TEA for a Curriculum, Library, and Educational Technology TETN

Topic: Planning for 2015 with a Focus on Writing, Math, and Science

Audience: Districts/Charter Schools and ESCs – ELA/Reading, Math, and Science Teachers (K-12),
Librarians, Curriculum Specialists/Coordinators, Technology Specialists/Coordinators

Host: TEA Educational Technology

When: Wednesday, December 10th from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: TETN videoconferencing (Check in with ESC13 Distance Learning.)

Descriptor: To assist you in planning for a fabulous 2015, we will share online resources
and professional development available for Texas educators.


* Welcome and Roll Call

* Project Share Gateway, OnTrack Supplemental Resources, and Professional Development

* Write for Texas Demonstration

This multi-course blended workshop is designed for secondary teachers of all subject areas and
includes information specific to providing effective writing instruction for English language learners
and students receiving special education services.

* TxAIR Demonstration

TxAIR, the Texas Achievement Items Repository, is a TEKS-aligned system that provides science
and mathematics resources for grades K–8, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Physics, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. The system contains approved question items and
preconfigured diagnostic exams.

* TexQuest Demonstration

TexQuest is a statewide database program that offers 15 databases and a collection of ebooks from
Gale Cengage and 2 historical archives of primary source materials from Adam Matthew Digital.

* Professional Learning Opportunities and Resources – ESC and School Sharing Time

* Other Resources

* Next TETN Session


Please plan to attend this TETN session or check with the ESC 13 Distance Learning Team for access to the session to view at a later date.


Istation & Think Through Math Training Sessions

Mark your calendar for the following FREE training sessions on Istation and Think Through Math at Region 13 on December 17, 2014. Click each session title for details regarding each session.  Registration is through our Region 13 eCampus system.

Istation 101: The Basics!  9:00-12:00

Istation: Beyond the Basics  1:00-4:00

TTM Basics: How to Build the Ideal TTM Classroom  9:00-12:00

TTM: Taking it to the Next Level  1:00-4:00

EdCamp: Fun, FREE Professional Development

Don’t miss two fun and FREE EdCamp learning opportunities coming up this fall!

These are FREE events run in an unconference style.  There are no pre-arranged sessions; the sessions are determined on the day of the event based on the interest and input of the EdCamp attendees.

EdCamps attract some of the most creative, enthusiastic, and innovative educators who are ready and excited to share ideas with other educators.

Are you ready to try something new?

STaR Chart is Now Open

The following information was made available today from TEA:

Good news! The Texas Teacher STaR Chart system has moved to its new home, www.txstarchart.org, for the 2014-2015 school year. The chart is available to gather data from teachers and campuses.

We apologize for the delay. If you have any issues with either the Teacher STaR chart or the Campus STaR Chart, please send email to starchart@tea.state.tx.us. We will be working through requests to bulk upload teachers and principals and all change requests made during the time the chart was unavailable. Even though this official announcement is being made today, more than 2,000 teachers have found the STaR Chart and have completed the Texas Teacher STaR Chart.

Leadership Network Conference

Region 13 is offering our Fall Leadership Network Conference on October 14, 2014.  This one-day conference allows participants of various content and program areas the opportunity to attend a session within their direct area, attend and gain information in related areas, and network with a variety of people from different roles and districts. Registration for this conference includes lunch.

For more information on the conference schedule and session descriptions please see our LNC webpage.

Fall Opportunities

Check out these opportunities to learn more about infographics, digital writing, flipped learning, and digital storytelling.


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