Elementary Extravaganza – Register Now!

What’s Happening at the Elementary Extravaganza On June 6th?

This one-day conference is dedicated to understanding and meeting the diverse and unique needs of the elementary teacher.  If you work with Pre-K – 5th Grade…this is the place to be!

Through this innovative, interactive menu-based experience, participants are able to spend their day with other elementary educators experiencing practical topics and connections, generating ideas, and gaining insight into the multiple areas they are responsible for in an environment that respects and honors the hard work and dedication required to be in the classroom.

 Sessions include:

Make-and-Take: Flexible Grouping Folder for Guided Reading (K-5)

Fun With Math Fluency

Exploring the Early Childhood Outcomes Prekindergarten Alignment Document (PPCD & PK)

Journal Writing: Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

Thinking Stems for a Vocabulary-Rich Classroom



Click on the following link for more information and to register: http://bit.ly/2pUXfEh

Check-in begins at 8:30 am in the main foyer.

Sessions begin promptly at 9:00 am. Please plan travel accordingly.

Registration includes a box lunch.

The temperature fluctuates in our building… a light jacket is recommended.

High School Statistics – Resources Survey

Region 13 is gathering information about the newly adopted 111.47 HS Statistics course with this google survey.

Participation is completely voluntary, we are surveying for what resources will be used and if you are needing additional support. This survey takes less than 5 minutes.


Thank you for your time!

Update to STAAR/EOC Standards

Great information shared by our friends at ESC Region 2!

Information from TEA: 

As many of you are aware, a Commissioner’s Rule amendment was proposed in December 2016 which finalizes the performance standards and replaces the old standard progression phase-in plan.

Last week, that proposed amendment was approved. A summary of relevant information is listed below.

  • Effective date is 04/16/2017 and the rule applies to testing in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • “Approaches Grade Level” means that a student meets the minimum passing requirement and has met the SSI requirement for grade promotion or graduation.
  • See the included links for the now finalized performance standards.

Category Definitions

  • “Does Not Meet Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing ” Level I Satisfactory.” Students in this category score below the cut scores established as the 2015-2016 minimum passing standard.
  • “Approaches Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing “Level II Phase-In.” It is finalized at the 2015-2016 Minimum Passing Standard scale scores. (See the included links for standards by grade level.)
  • “Meets Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing “Level II Recommended,” and the performance standard remains unchanged.
  • “Masters Grade Level” is the new performance category replacing “Level III Advanced,” and the performance standard remains unchanged.

Category Information

  • “Does Not Meet Grade Level” indicates a student is unlikely to succeed in the next grade or course without significant, ongoing academic intervention
  • “Approaches Grade Level” indicates that a student is likely to succeed in the next grade or course with targeted academic intervention. Students in this category are NOT likely to be on track for post-secondary readiness.
  • “Meets Grade Level” indicates that a student may require short-term, targeted academic intervention but is generally on track for post-secondary readiness.
  • “Masters Grade Level” indicates that a student is able to think critically and apply assessed knowledge and skills in varied contexts, both familiar and unfamiliar. These students are on track for post-secondary readiness.

Useful Links

Written by Steven Mendoza, ESC Region 2



Be an Early Bird! Register Today!

Registration Reminder: 

On May 12, 2017, Dr. Chris Woodin, an expert on dyscalculia and other learning disabilities, will present: “Cognition and Acquisition of Math Competence”

Don’t miss out on the early bird savings of 10%!  (Type in EARLY when asked for a promotion code.)

Although the activities in the afternoon will target middle school concepts, the strategies and the learning in this workshop are appropriate for all math teachers. Understanding the challenges of the struggling learner sometimes requires us to remember what it feels like to be the learner!  Don’t let the middle school content keep you away from this amazing opportunity. Bring your positive mindset. You can do it!

For more details and to register click here!

Workshop ID : SP1736156

The 10% Early Bird discount is good through April 10th, 2017.

We hope to see you there!



Sumdog – Games that Make Learning Fun!

Questions regarding this post? Please contact: contest@sumdog.com

Sumdog Math Contests start April 7th and end the following Thursday for schools within Region 13.

The contests are suitable for all students in grades K – 8, as they adapt to each individual’s level.

Students can play online either at school or at home using the website or the app.

Visit https://www.sumdog.com/enter_contest to enter and give your class the chance to win!


Coming Summer 2017 – Cognitively Guided Instruction – Region 13 Pilot

Thanks to generous funding by the Texas Regional Collaboratives at the University of Texas at Austin we are able to offer this CGI Pilot to K-2 teachers in the Region 13 area at a significantly reduced cost!  Our space is limited to 30 teachers.

For more details on this incredible opportunity go to SU1736496

Register soon to be one of the 30 lucky teachers in this course!

What is CGI?  CGI is a problem-solving mathematics program that uses children’s knowledge as central to instructional decision-making. Teachers use research-based knowledge about childrens’ mathematical thinking to help them learn how to build on this knowledge in classroom instruction.

The goals of CGI are:

  1. Analyze story problems and number sentences to determine their mathematical demands and recognize student responses in terms of cognitive development.
  2. Assess students’ thinking and design problems that will develop students’ understanding of concepts and skills.
  3. Facilitate discussions that provide a window into children’s thinking, strengthen children’s ability to reason about arithmetic, and build their capacity for algebraic reasoning.
  4. Use open and true/false number sentences to develop students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and skills.


Elementary Extravaganza – “All Systems Go!”


Register prior to March 31st and save $25.00!

Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Elementary Extravaganza. “All Systems are Go” for June 6, 2017! Join us for this special one day conference dedicated to elementary teachers PK – grade 5. You will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of one hour sessions to create a personalized schedule of your very own.

Spend the day with other elementary educators experiencing practical topics and connections, generating ideas, and gaining insight into the multiple areas you are responsible for. Come ready to learn and have some fun in an environment that respects and honors the hard work and dedication required to be an elementary teacher!

Click the link below to REGISTER TODAY!

Elementary Extravaganza

Discount Code: EE2017

Don’t forget to enter the discount code when prompted for “promotional code” during the checkout process. Discounts will not be applied to already processed registrations.

Dyscalculia & Learning Disabilities in Math with Dr. Chris Woodin

Registration is now open for our distinguished speaker, Dr. Chris Woodin.

Register early and receive a 10 % discount on this amazing opportunity!

Region 13 is very excited to have Dr. Chris Woodin join us on May 12th.  Dr. Woodin works at the Landmark School in Massachusetts http://www.landmarkschool.org/ and is an expert on dyscalculia and other learning disabilities with regards to Math.

The morning will focus on research and information and in the afternoon teachers will see strategies in action. Although the target audience is grade 6-Algebra, all district leaders, math teachers and those who support struggling math learners are welcome!

For more details and to register go to https://ecampus.esc13.net/

Type registration code : SP1736156

The 10% Early Bird discount is good through April 10th, 2017.  Please use the discount code: EARLY

We hope to see you there!


Solve the Problem with Problem Solving!

Don’t let problem solving be a problem!

Learn to help your students gain the confidence they need, and develop the skills necessary to be successful problem solvers in grades K-2 and beyond.

Join Mary Headley on March 23, 2017 at ESC Region 13 for “Problem Solving in the K-2 Classroom.”

This training focuses on the development of operation sense in the primary grades which is the foundation for problem solving. Come explore instructional strategies for problem solving experiences including story mats, concrete models, exemplar problems, and open tasks!

Next Week: Building Fraction Fluency – Register Now!

Join us for one of our most popular and powerful workshops! Next Thursday, Feb. 23, Mary Headley will be presenting “Building Fraction Fluency.” This training is appropriate for math teachers, interventionists, instructional coaches, bilingual/ELL, and SPED teachers who work with students in grades 2-5.

Click to Register

Workshop Description: Eliminate Fracnophobia in your classroom! In this workshop you will gain experience using a variety of hands-on instructional strategies to build the conceptual development of fractions in grades 2-5. Circle models, pattern blocks, strip diagrams and Cuisenaire rods are among the many models we will explore.

The workshop supports T-TESS Domain 2 – Instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their content knowledge and expertise by experiencing a variety instructional strategies that convey accurate content knowledge pertaining to fractions. These strategies will provide opportunities for student to use different types of thinking. Additionally, this course will provide you with activities that will help you provide differentiated instructional methods  to help student master what is being taught.