August 13: Dr. Jose Medina -The Importance of Sociocultural Competence in Serving Emergent Bilingual Students

Overview: Educators serving emergent bilingual students, regardless of educational setting, must embrace their advocacy. An integral component of this advocacy must include working to ensure that all stakeholders are engaging in conversations about bias, privilege, discrimination, and ultimately, creating educational environments where all students, families, educators, and community members feel valued and respected. Participants in …

What Does an Ideal PBIS Team Look Like?

Teamwork is important. We all do better work when we’ve got a great team supporting us. Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, or PBIS, involves the whole campus. To successfully implement PBIS on your campus, you’re going to need a stellar team. So, what does a PBIS team look like? To build an ideal PBIS team, […]

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6 tips to help teachers pull off collaborative learning

  The gifted group. The slow group. The behavioral issues group. Grouping in schools fell out of favor partially because educators—and parents—felt like kids were getting labeled and that groupings didn’t help students improve. While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in their edWebinar “Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” …

Free Webinar – Culturally Appropriate Positive Guidance with Young Children in Our Care

The article “Culturally Appropriate Positive Guidance,” featured in Spotlight on Young Children: Social and Emotional Development provides insight into how culture plays a role in classroom interactions and how educators can guide children to recognize and understand diverse cultural practices. Join NAEYC on Wednesday, April 10, from 3–4 p.m. EDT for a webinar with author Zeynep Ercan where …

Why You Should Start Your Class With Behavior Check-Ins

Good educators know that each and every day is a new experience for your students, and a new chance to build relationships. Just like in their academic work, students need consistency and regular routines to help them build their emotions, social skills, and community building skills. Behavior Check-Ins are a great way to help this […]

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Sheltered Instruction: The Blueprint on May 7

This single day workshop is designed to equip and empower teachers who serve ELs from Kinder through 12th grade. Providing quality instruction to English Learners of various levels of language proficiency is no easy task. It requires that classroom teachers be adept at strategically linking academic vocabulary with content area instruction. In Sheltered Instruction: The …

Distinguished Speaker Dr. Luis Urrieta on Family and Community -May 23

Overview: This workshop will explore how cultural communities, especially of Latina/o/x ancestry, construct meaning around such concepts as familia and comunidad, especially how knowledge and learning is produced in these contexts. Familia and comunidad-based saberes, in this workshop refers to complex “knowings” or “understandings” of the world, tied to familia and comunidad knowledge(s), but also encompassing larger social, natural, and spiritual well-being. The …

How Universal Design for Learning Works

We’ve written previously about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how it’s a framework that takes all of your diverse learners’ needs into account when creating a curriculum. However, designing a curriculum that’s universal can be tricky. After all, no two students are exactly alike, and in a diverse classroom, the task of creating an […]

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Summer 2019: Region 13 Mobile ESL Academies

Do you have teachers who need to take the TEXES 154 ESL Supplemental Exam this year?   Several districts are hosting the Region 13 Bilingual/ESL team this summer, to offer the 3-Day ESL Academy. These trainings are open to all neighboring districts in Region 13. Click the links below to register for: June 4-6 Comfort …

What is Peer Mediation?

You’ve heard the phrase “judged by a jury of your peers,” plenty of times in your life. It’s a fundamental part of our judicial system: our judgement will be handed down by people just like us. However, for many students that same system doesn’t apply. Students often get “judged” and “sentenced” by people much older […]

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