Beat the Heat 2017: Registration is Open!

Pictures of students with disabilitiesBeat the Heat 2017
Workshop #SU1734208 – 
June 21 & 22, 2018
ESC Region 13

Register now for this exceptional learning opportunity designed for educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant disabilities.

Wednesday ♦ June 21, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

Full day, in-depth workshops on topics including: challenging behavior, communication/AAC, individualized instruction, transition and more!

Thursday ♦ June 22, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

Here’s why you should attend!

  • Attend one of the largest conferences in the state focusing on students with significant disabilities
  • Learn first-hand from experts in the field
  • Improve outcomes for your students by learning new strategies and tools from other classroom professionals
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Lunch provided each day

Beat the heat! Spend these summer days with cool people and sizzling hot ideas!

Bonus for ESC Region 13 Parents and Paraeducators!

Receive a discount code to attend Beat the Heat for $10 by contacting Maria Daniel (maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net).

Questions?

Beat the Heat 2017 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat June 21-22, 2017

Teachers Teach Teachers

We are seeking teachers who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom!

Beat the Heat 2017 will be a two day learning extravaganza! On Wednesday, June 21st we will have full day sessions for participants’ extended learning. On Thursday, June 22nd we will have a short keynote presentation and then a series of 90 minute breakout sessions with presentations by the best and brightest from here in Region 13. This means you!

Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference.

Questions?

TED Tips: Transition Fairs and Events

As the TED for your district, you’re probably wondering how to connect your students with disabilities and their families with the agencies and other resources they’ll need to be successful in adult life. One way to do that is to learn about area events that offer information and host networking opportunities with representatives from the agencies/programs that support adults with disabilities in education, employment, independent living, recreation, legal/financial planning, and other areas.

Region 13 hosts an online calendar for Transition Fairs and Events in central Texas. Check out the events that are posted, and be sure to explore the option to view the events by month or by list. Click on an event to get details, including who to contact for more information and flyers to share with your students and families.

Sharing information about these events meets the requirement to “provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services” from TEC 29.011. . . Although it’s not just TEDs who can share this information! The online calendar is available to anyone, and the events posted are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

 

 

STAAR, Tablets/iPads, Speech-to-Text, and Test Security!

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Preparing for STAAR takes a village!

There is information on slide 64 in the 2017 ESC Testing Coordinators Training Presentation on exceptions to the prohibition on internet access for tablets used in STAAR testing that are not in any other TEA document.

These exceptions are important to students who have been using web-based speech-to-text as a support for spelling assistance and transcribing.

Conversation and planning among instructive technology, assistive technology, testing coordinators, and special education teachers will be important.

For discussion and details about this update, please read the Chat Transcript from January 31 on this topic… and consider joining our Accommodation Central Community.

Please contact Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net  for assistance.

FIE to IEP – the ABCs of a Well-Written Plan

Team workFIE to IEP pictureThere are many aspects to writing a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP). These documents, when well-written, can be assets to the students they are designed for as well as their teachers.  It takes a multidisciplinary team to create such dynamic and effective plans.

This two-day training will focus on combining the details of a Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) with the knowledge of good instructional practice to write powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goalsTeams that include both assessment personnel and special education teachers will benefit from working together during these two days.

Participants will leave with tools to support their efforts for well-written IEPs aligned to the standards.  This intensive instruction will allow time for participant practice, reflection, and  individual questions.

IEP Best Practice: FIE to IEP

January 5 and 6, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Register for this workshop, SP1736044, in Ecampus.

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

Joy Hunsucker, joy.hunsucker@esc13.txed.net

 

Write Powerful PLAAFPs and Standards-Based Goals!

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There are many aspects to writing a complete Individualized Education Program (IEP). This one-day training will focus on writing powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goals.  Participants will leave with easy-to-use tools to support their efforts for well-written IEPs.  This intensive instruction includes participant practice and reflection.  This training is for ANY special education teacher (PPCD to high school) who writes IEPs.

IEP Best Practices: PLAAFP and Goal Writing

December 6, 2016

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Register for this workshop, FA1634655, in Ecampus.

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

STAAR Alternate 2 Spring 2017 Essence Statements are posted

Latest News

The Essence Statements for the Spring 2017 STAAR Alternate 2 administration have been posted at: http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/essence/

Region 13 is offering an optional STAAR Alternate 2 Overview workshop (SP1735985) on February 6, 2017 for first time administrators. TEA does not require additional training beyond the campus test administration and confidentiality session. Registration is open at https://ecampus.esc13.net/catalog.html#url=/show_class_info.html%3Fclassid%3D35985

For questions on STAAR Alternate 2, consult the TEA Resources page at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/special-ed/staaralt/ or contact Ann Jacobson at ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net or Darcy Schiller at darcy.schiller@esc13.txed.net

 

 

TED Tips: Transition and Employment Guide

The Texas Transition & Employment Guide was required by the same legislation that created the Transition & Employment Services Designee (TED). Developed by a team of stakeholders from across the state, this guide was first published in 2014 and is posted to the Transition in Texas website (in English and Spanish).

The Texas Transition & Employment Guide includes:

  • Sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives
  • Phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need
  • Timeline of steps that students and families can take as they make the transition from student to adult

If you are the TED for your district or charter school you should be very familiar with this guide. Be sure that you know how to use it to learn more about services in Texas or to help students/families access these services and understand the transition process based on their needs and goals.

Texas Education Code §29.0112 (e) requires that a school district shall:
(1) post the transition and employment guide on the district’s website if the district  maintains a website; and
(2) provide written information and, if necessary, assistance to a parent regarding how to access the electronic version of the guide at:
(A) the first meeting of the student’s admission, review, and dismissal committee at which transition is discussed; or
(B) the first committee meeting that occurs after the date the guide becomes available, if a student has already had an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting discussing transition. 

 

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

 

STAAR Alternate 2 Update

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Good news!

Based on the September 23rd STAAR Alternate 2 TETN on September 23, 2016 , there are only minimal changes to STAAR Alternate 2 for the April 2017 test administration.

 

 

Key dates for the 2017 administration are:

March 17, 2017 – last day for Test Administrator Training

March 20-31, 2017 – Preview Window for teachers to prepare needed accommodations

April 3-21, 2017 – Assessment Window

April 24-15, 2017 – Verification Window (new)

The soon-to-be published Test Administrator Manual will have clarified policies on Confidentiality, Security of Materials, Presentation Instructions, and Scoring Instructions.

Minor changes in Allowable Accommodations include the elimination of Photocopying which is replaced with photocopying guidelines in the Test Administrator Manual.  “Use calculator to arrive at response” has been expanded to “Use calculator, manipulatives, or math tools to arrive at response” and the accommodation on rereading sections of the text has been re-worded.

There were reminders from TEA on the No Authentic Academic Response (NAAR) designation:

  1. State assessment decisions are to be reviewed annually. Students who received a NAAR designation in the previous year should be monitored for skill development and be reconsidered annually.
  2. There should be evidence in the student’s IEP beyond the NAAR Eligibility Requirements form. The decision should be supported in the PLAAFP statement. The types of activities attempted with the student (released tests, daily instructional activities) and the outcomes should be recorded in the deliberations or elsewhere.

Already posted documents include:

Documents still to come:

  • Essence Statements (scheduled for October and henceforth will come in October, not the spring as they had previously)
  • The PowerPoint slides from September 23rd TETN (any day)
  • STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administration Manual (different from the Educator Guide which provides general guidance for the year)
  • TEKS Curriculum Frameworks (to include the updated Pre-K guidelines)

If you are a Region 13 district or charter school employee and  would like to view the September 23, 2016 STAAR Alternate 2 TETN, contact distancelearning@esc13.txed.net and ask for the recording of TETN Event # 43175.

Contacts:  Ann Jacobson at ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net, Darcy Schiller at darcy.schiller@esc13.txed.net, Ann Jinkins at ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net or the TEA STAAR Alternate 2 team at staaralt@tea.texas.gov

What we know about the new online STAAR…

TEA has shared information on the new online version of STAAR that will be available beginning in March 2017.  STAAR A and STAAR L will no longer be used as the online version will take their place.  What we know is limited to the communication from State Assessment:

  • The new version will have embedded accommodations, accessibility feature, and non-embedded accommodations (not in the platform)
  • There will be embedded accommodations for text to speech, language and vocabulary supports, and content supports
  • Accessibility features will be included (TBD)
  • Accommodations students use during STAAR administration will be selected on the basis of documentation in the IEP of current instructional accommodations, routinely and effectively used in the classroom; students will receive only the specific accommodations he or she uses
  • If students’ ARDs or Section 504 committees had selected STAAR A assessments for Spring 2017, IEP/504 plan will need to be updated to reflect each assessment the student will take and the specific embedded accommodations and non-embedded accommodations (i.e., supports that are not part of the technology platform) that the student requires during testing.  It will be a case by case decision as to update through an ARD or through an IEP amendment.
  • The accessibility features that are available to all students in the online version of STAAR do not need to be listed in a student’s IEP or Section 504 plan, unless the student’s ARD or Section 504 committee wants to ensure that the student uses a certain feature.

We have a list of questions as we are sure you do about the new online STAAR.  A TETN is scheduled Friday, September 23rd, 9:00-12:00 at which TEA will share additional information and address questions.  Please feel free to join us at Region 13 in Treaty Oak to learn and problem solve with us.

STAAR Online Administrations Beginning in March 2017

Contacts: Kim West kim.west@esc13.txed.net, Ann Jacobson ann.jacobson@esc13.txed.net, or Ann Jinkins ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net

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