Why is a letter wall one of the most important features of the room?

Check out what the Children’s Learning Institute says about the importance of Letter walls in the Pre-K classrooms and join us for a NEW training –  Taking the Letter-Wall Beyond the Wall* (Includes a make and take!) March 27, 2018              1:00 pm – 4:00 pm SP1836947          …

TELPAS TIPS w/ Eugenie Seholm, Diana Birdsong and Anna Love

For this week’s installment of TELPAS TIPS, the ELL EDvocate visited International High School in Austin ISD. For a student population composed entirely of 9th and 10th grade Newcomer ELLs, collecting TELPAS writing samples is an exercise in meticulous organization. Here IHS teachers (and TELPAS verifiers) Eugenie Seholm, Diana Birdsong, and Anna Love share some …

FREE Registration for Conscious Discipline Trauma Webinar ends at midnight

The faces and stories are haunting. They stay with you. Fear. Rage. Confusion. Hopelessness. Trauma isn’t new; it’s as old as time itself. What is new is the knowledge we now possess about how trauma shapes the brain, and what we can do to heal it. If you’ve had enough, and you’re ready to take …

TEA Communication: Parent Requests for Special Education Evaluation

TEA has provided a TAA Correspondence addressing the responsibilities and timelines for parent requests for special education evaluations under IDEA, TEC, and TAC.   Since the release of the OSEP monitoring report in January, TEA has been in the process of developing a corrective action plan.  The letter provides an overview of OSEP’s findings, clarifies the […]

In One Week: Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies

There are still a few spots left for Effective ELL Engagement & Formative Assessment Strategies on Wednesday, February 28th! Register here. This training picks up where Strategies that Advance ELLs’ Academic & Linguistic Success (FA1738187)* left off with even more tools, techniques, and instructional strategies you can use as you design interactive lessons that facilitate learning in …

UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and Teacher Appraisal Systems

In this blog series we’ve shared information about how UDL provides a framework for focusing instruction on learner variability, ways that planning with UDL can optimize student learning, and where UDL is mentioned in federal laws and plans. But what about teacher appraisal; how do the UDL guidelines connect to T-TESS? This short video uses […]

Being an English-Language Learner Is Hard. Here Are 5 Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier

“A 12-year-old English learner is capable of the same complexity of thought, innovative ideas, and profound questions as a native English speaker of the same age, ” teacher Justin Minkel explains in this article for edweek.org. What a great point about how we consider the responses of our ELLs! As educators, this is part of “the …

Online Survey and E-mail Address to Give Input to TEA’s Draft Corrective Action Plan for USDE, OSEP

You have an opportunity to give input to the draft Corrective Action Plan that TEA is creating to respond to the findings in the final USDE report.  More information can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED/ The initial draft plan can be viewed at:  https://tea.texas.gov/TexasSPED/ The survey, which can be accessed at: https://tea.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6SeJTqnui39EP5P , closes on 02/18/2018 The e-mail address through […]

Charters: Request for Federal Funding and Indirect Cost Rate for 2018-19

TEA Communication re: SC 5050 Request for Federal Funding and Indirect Cost Rate for Charter Schools for the 2018-2019 School Year. The SC5050 is available in eGrants. Deadline to submit form is April 6, 2018. Questions? linda.mcdaniel@esc13.txed.net

FREE PBS Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators

You are invited to the first PBS Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators! Join us Saturday, February 17, 2018 at the Child Inc. offices for your chance to be on the cutting edge of professional development practices at this “un-conference”. Professional development hours will be awarded Lakeshore doorprizes and fun swag! Light breakfast and full lunch provided Opportunity to network …