UDL Series: Meeting the Needs of All Students

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers all students a variety of ways to engage with the content. Today’s students enter classrooms with a wide range of skills, needs, and interests. At the same time, much of the curriculum available to teachers is narrowly focused, making it hard to meet the diverse needs of these students. Using the UDL framework can help you overcome curriculum barriers by focusing instruction on systematic learner variability rather than the mythical average student. Systematic learner variability is predictable, which means you can plan for it. Curriculum created using UDL is designed from the beginning to be flexible and customized, allowing teachers to meet students where they are.

Watch a video about how UDL classrooms are like an orchestra.

Learn from Todd Rose about the research behind learner variability.

Download Examples of addressing learner variability using the UDL Guidelines.

Reflect on why it’s important to know about learner variability. How do you or your teachers address learner variability in the classroom?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak, our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!

UDL Blog Series:

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • UDL and Teacher Appraisal Systems
  • Lesson Planning with UDL
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Producing Expert Learners
  • UDL and Technology
  • UDL Resources

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

UDL Series: What do you know about Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for creating an approach to your instruction based on principles that allow all students to have access to the general education curriculum. Using a proactive approach to remove learning barriers by considering the natural variability of how students learn, UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments to help optimize learning.

In summary,

Watch UDL at a Glance and …

… reflect on your teaching or leadership practices.  How are students engaged? How are materials presented? How do students show what they know?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak , our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!

UDL Blog Series:

  • Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • UDL and Teacher Appraisal Systems
  • Lesson Planning with UDL
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Producing Expert Learners
  • UDL and Technology
  • UDL Resources

For more information, contact Kim West kim.west@esc13.txed.net

 

STAAR Alternate 2 Updates

TEA has shared their Fall Update: New Features of the STAAR Alternate 2 for 2017-2018! 

  • Large print student booklets are now available and can be ordered by districts through the enrollment collection process.
  • Student booklets will feature limited color images.
  • An image card set will come with each standard size student booklet.  Cards contain the same images that appear in the student booklet.
  • An Exit Survey must be completed upon the submission of all student responses and can be found in the Assessment Management System.

Revisions

  • Medical Exemption Form:  Under the section, Specific Medical Condition Eligibility Criteria, the form now states that a student meets the criteria for medical exemption if they are unable to respond to test questions due to a “terminal or degenerative illness.”  Previously, students met the criteria if they were unable to answer a test question due to a “chronic illness.”
  • In The Test Administrator Manual, under the Medical Exemption score coding section, what previously read, “The student is receiving non-academic homebound services due to medical issues and does not receive academic instruction,” now reads, “The student is unable to receive sufficient or consistent homebound services due to medical issues.”
  • Some prerequisite skills have been added to the Curriculum Framework and Vertical Alignment documents.
  • The “Confidential Student Report” will now be known as the “STAAR Alternate 2 Student Report Card,” and will include parent resources.

Key Dates

  • NEW Enrollment Collection: October 23rd-November 10th, 2017
  • October 20th- Essence Statements and Test Blueprints will be posted (projected)
  • Last Date for STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Training: March 16, 2018
  • Preview Window: March 19-30, 2018
  • Assessment Window: April 2-20, 2018
  • Verification Window: April 23 & 24, 2018
  • Students who transfer/move to a new district AFTER the first day of the STAAR Alternate 2 testing window (April 2nd, 2018) do not have to be tested.
  • Region 13 will be presenting two free workshops focusing on STAAR Alternate 2 administration

To learn more about these updates, please join the Accommodation Central Community for a Live Chat on October 31st from 3:30 – 4:00.  Visit Accommodation Central to reserve your spot.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Russell, Low Incidence Disabilities Education Specialist, 512-919-5206 or email jennifer.russell@esc13.txed.net 

Darcy Schiller, Autism Education Specialist, 512-919-5224 or email darcy.schiller@esc13.txed.net

Register today for Power of Inclusion!

Including students with disabilities in the general education classroom is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educators need to collaborate to successfully meet the needs of diverse learners.

Power of Inclusion is a one-day workshop that offers general educators, special educators, and paraprofessionals an opportunity to develop relationships and expand their understanding of how to provide access to the general education curriculum for all students.

Topics covered include co-teaching approaches, paraprofessional support, specially designed instruction, roles and responsibilities, collaboration, and planning.

Date: October 30, 2017

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $45.00

Register for Power of Inclusion in Ecampus by using course number FA1738395.

For more information contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

 

2018 STAAR Accommodation Updates

TEA has shared updated information on 2018 statewide assessment accommodation policies.

New for 2018:

Accessibility Features:

  • A sticky notes tool was added to the online system.
  • The use of amplification and projection devices was changed from designated supports to accessibility features.

Designated Supports:

  • Content and language supports were combined into one embedded support.
  • A spell check feature was added as an online embedded support for eligible students.
  • Photocopy is no longer an individual support, but has been included within the Large Print and Other policy documents.
  • Authority for decision for math manipulatives and supplemental aids has been expanded to include additional campus level teams (e.g., RTI team, student assistance team).

Policy:

  • Dictionaries for reading and writing in grades 3-5 are no longer a designated support. They are now part of the STAAR Dictionary Policy.
  • The STAAR Calculator Policy now includes the use of calculators for grade 8 science.
  • For students who take the braille test and require an extra day, refer to the “General Instructions for Administering Braille State Assessments.” TEA approval is not required.
  • For grades 2–12 TELPAS writing, an Accommodation Request Form does not need to be submitted for a student that meets the eligibility criteria for Complex Transcribing.

Other:

  • The “GA” accommodation bubble on answer documents was changed to “DS.”
  • The STAAR practice now includes 2017 released tests.
  • The STAAR Accessibility Team at TEA’s Student Assessment Division has a new email, specialpopulations@tea.texas.gov.

Visit the TEA Accommodation Resources webpage for updated policy documents and training materials.

To learn more about these updates, please join us on Thursday, September 21st from 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM. To reserve your spot in the live chat visit the Accommodation Central Community webpage.

For additional information contact kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

 

 

 

TED Tips: Supported Decision-Making

Senate Bill 748 revised TEC 29.011, TEC 29.0112 and TEC 29.017 to reflect the supported decision-making agreements available under Chapter 1357 of the Estates Code. As part of transition planning, schools will be required to provide information and resources on supported decision-making agreements.

For help in understanding and sharing information about alternatives to guardianship (including supported decision-making), check out these resources:

For more information, contact the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results specialist at your ESC. For districts in Region 13, the contact is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

TED Tips: SB 748

Senate Bill 748, relating to transition planning, was passed by the 85th Texas Legislature. While the act went into effect on the date it was signed into law (June 9, 2017), the revised rules will apply beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

This new law amends TEC §29.011, TEC §29.0112, and TEC §29.017. Check out this brief video to learn more about what educators, especially TEDs, need to know about the revised rules.

For more information about transition planning in Texas, contact the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results network member at your ESC.

The contact for Region 13 is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

Are you a special education instructional leader?

Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13.

SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first 2017-2018 meeting is on Wednesday, September 13, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive updates and resources and to share ideas, district news, and questions with each other.

You can register for SPIN meetings in Ecampus by using course number FA1737127.

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net

Register Today! Basic PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System

ESC Region 13 will be hosting Basic PECS: Picture Exchange Communication System

September 14 and 15, 2017 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Workshop ID #: FA1737552

Cost: $90

13 TSHA CEUs confirmed

After this course, you will be able to:

  • List the six phases of Picture Exchange Communication System.
  • Recall the relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches.
  • Perform intervention strategies in the six phases of PECS.
  • Identify the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities.

Register on ecampus today! Contact Maria Daniel at maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net with questions.

Student Assessment TETN Schedule

Mark your calendars for the September 12 TETN to receive the latest updates and training on STAAR Accessibility!

This TETN is open to districts as well as Education Service Centers. It may be viewed at Region 13 or from districts that are members of the Distance Learning Network by contacting Distance Learning at distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5444.

For more information, contact Mark Billingsley, District Assessment, Mark.Billingsley@esc13.txed.net

Title: STAAR Accessibility Updates
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CST)
Audience: Open to ESCs and districts
Event#: 293
Summary: This TETN will serve as the state-level training for regions, districts, and campuses regarding 2018 statewide assessment accommodation policies. Presenters will discuss where to find accommodation information, how to determine student eligibility for accommodations, and how to document accommodation decisions and use. Questions will need to be routed through ESCs and will be answered as time allows.
Contact: Student Assessment Division

For additional information, contact:

Student Assessment Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Room 3-122A
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 463-9536

student.assessment@tea.texas.gov

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