Opportunities for Teachers

Hi Region 13 Science Community!  A few opportunities have been shared with me that I want to spread to the wider community.


Region 13 is hosting a Mid-Winter Math and Science Camp on February 24th from 8:30 – 4.  There will be math and science sessions, vendors, and lunch is included. You can register here.



Manor ISD is hosting a mini-CAST this Saturday!  You can get more information and register here.



The Hill Country Science Mill is offering Spring Field Trips, Learning Lab experiences, and other Educational Outreach opportunities.



Beginning in the summer of 1990, the NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated weeklong professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.  

The deadline for receiving applications is March 30 for LiftOff 2018 and should be submitted through the online system:




We are now accepting applications for G-Camp 2018! This is an all-expense-paid field trip from Texas to Colorado and New Mexico, and we will be taking 36 fifth through twelfth grade science teachers from around the country.

Please visit the web site below for more information and scroll to the bottom for the link to the application.


Mark your Calendars for the Solar Eclipse!

Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, the moon will block out the sun and the sky will go dark in the middle of the day. There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse on the Continental United States since 1979.


Although Texas is not on the Path of Totality (the 70-mile wide track of the umbra or dark shadow of the moon), the state will experience an excellent partial solar eclipse – between 50%-85% of the sun will be blocked out by the moon, depending on location in the state. The highest level partial eclipse happens in the north easternmost of the state, on the border with Oklahoma. Resources are available for teachers across all grade levels and disciplines on teaching about the eclipse. A teacher toolkit is available at:



A teacher resource page is available at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/educational-materials, and a link to a map is available at this site, which also has a link to subject matter experts who are available across the U.S.




Science PD for you in K-2!

K-2 Science Teacher Toolkit (SU1736453) 6/13/2/17

This course is designed to help teachers in Grades K-2 with science content, TEKS-aligned activities, and cross-curricular connections.

Our youngest scientists are eager to explore the natural world, from roly-polys and rocks to spiders and soil. This session will help you capture student interest with activities aligned to the science TEKS. Come prepared for a day of fun-filled learning activities!

Integrated Content for Science and ELAR

Join us for Summer PD that reinforces ELAR skills using TEKS-aligned science content!

Science and Writing: Integrated Content for Grades 3-5: 6/9/2017 (SU1736462)

This session is where pen and paper meet beaker and balance scales! Explore activities that incorporate reading and writing strategies to reinforce key science concepts for grades 3-5. You’ll leave with over 15 ready-to-implement activities for a cross-curricular science classroom.  

Book Frenzy: Owls, Wolves, and Other Wild Things : 6/7/2017 (SU1736446)

Tap into your wild side as we explore authentic children’s literature with activities that connect to TEKS-aligned science, reading, and writing for Grades 2-5. We’ll look at animal adaptations, habitats and ecosystems, life cycles, text features, author’s craft, and writing for a variety of purposes.

Book Frenzy: Soil, Seeds, and Slithery Things: 6/30/2017 (SU1736445)

Get down and dirty as we explore authentic children’s literature with activities that connect to TEKS-aligned science, reading, and writing for Grades 2-5. We’ll look at natural resources, plant life cycles and adaptations, interdependence within ecosystems, vocabulary-building, and quick-writes.

Elementary Science PD: Sign Up Now!

Do you have your Workshop POs ready for summer?

Make arrangements to attend these PD offerings at ESC Region 13!

  • 7/12/2017 2016-2017 Distinguished Speakers in Science for K-5: Betsy Fulwiler (SU1735351)
  • 7/13/2017 2016-2017 Distinguished Speakers in Science for Middle School: Betsy Fulwiler (SU1736139)
  • Other Summer Elementary Science PD Opportunities

For more information about workshop content, contact Cynthia.holcomb@esc13.txed.net.

For help with workshop registration, contact

512-919-5219 or 512-919-5456; or email questions@esc13.net.

The SBOE has cast their FINAL vote on Science Streamlining!

Did you hear the news? The SBOE voted on Friday, April 21, 2017 to DELAY implementation of the Streamlined Science TEKS.

Effective Date of Streamlined TEKS:  August 27, 2018

Implementation Date of Streamlined TEKS: 2018-2019 School Year

Summer PD for Elementary Science offerings have been modified to reflect this change. See the attached flyer for the updated session descriptions!

SU17 flyer_Elementary

Science + Mathematics X Conference

Hello Austin-area Science Leaders,

Christopher Martell, specialist with the Austin ISD Science and Mathematics Teams, extends this invitation to the AISD Science + Mathematics X Conference scheduled for July 31 – Aug 3rd at St. Edward’s University.

The conference is entirely FREE and will feature over 100 unique sessions highlighting science, math, PBL, technology, STEM, Social and Emotional Learning, and so much more! Teachers may register to attend on the conference website (https://www.asmxcon.com/). 

They are currently accepting session proposals; presenter application deadline is April 10th (this is a soft deadline).

See the attached flyer:  


FMI: Contact Christopher Martell 



Elementary Extravaganza – “All Systems Go!”

Elementary Extravaganza – “All Systems Go!”

The Discount Deadline has been extended!

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.

Groundwater to the Gulf (G2G) Field-trip Institute

Groundwater to the Gulf (G2G) is a field-trip based institute for Central Texas teachers that emphasizes techniques for teaching water-based curricula. Participants follow the path of water in Central Texas from its origins to its final destination in the Gulf of Mexico. Topics include: hydrology, groundwater, urban watersheds, water quality, water protection, and water conservation.

This training about our water resources has been provided to teacher for over 10 years at no cost, with field trips and expert presenters in Central Texas. It is a collaboration including:

  •  Austin Parks and Recreation
  • City of Austin Watershed Protection
  • City of Austin Water Utilities/Wildlands
  • Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Groundwater District
  • Keep Austin Beautiful
  • Colorado River Foundation
  • Austin Youth River Watch
  • Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife

2017 dates are: Tuesday, June 13 – Thursday, June 15

Please see the website for more in-depth information and registration:  


or contact Margaret Russell with questions. 

Science Streamlining: Your Feedback is Needed!

The SBOE has posted proposed revisions to Science TEKS at the following link. They have NOT yet been posted on the TEA Science Streamlining page. The documents are listed under the title Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 112, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, and Subchapter C, High School


The SBOE has specifically requested feedback regarding the amount of time needed to provide instruction in the proposed student expectations. Specific feedback related to the time needed to teach individual concepts would be helpful.

Please get this information out to all of your district science people ASAP.  Encourage them to submit feedback as this is an opportunity to have their voices heard.  Numbers matter – send individual feedback, even if that means 50 people copy and paste the same message; it makes a difference. Also, state board members are the only ones who can revise the language at the second reading.  There will not be any further committee revisions. Therefore, the board members are requesting that we tell them exactly what the language should say. 

  The email address for feedback is rules@tea.texas.gov.  Please be specific in the subject line.  Also, less is more in feedback; short, specific, and exact works best. State board members do not have staff, so they are the ones who have to sift through all of the feedback.  All board members do not have science background, so please consider keeping it simple to understand.

View the documents here:

Proposed Revisions_Elementary_3.1.17

Proposed Revisions_MS_3.1.17

Proposed Revisions_HS_3.1.17

Thanks for all you do!