Teachers Teach Teachers: Beat the Heat 2018 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat 2018 is coming soon!  This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities. We are seeking teachers, para-educators, and support staff (SLP, OT, PT, AT, VI, COMS, APE, RN, etc) who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom! 

Submit your proposal to become a Beat the Heat local presenter and, if selected, earn free registration to the conference! This is a terrific opportunity to share your hard-earned professional expertise with your colleagues while developing new professional skills. Presenters of accepted proposals will have the option to complete a self-paced, online course specifically designed to support local Region 13 presenters in developing and delivering professional trainings. Those who complete this course will receive a certificate of endorsement as a presenter to ESC 13. Develop yourself by developing others and build out your résumé with this great opportunity!

We are seeking engaging sessions in the following areas of special education:

  • Behavior
  • Collaboration & Leadership
  • Communication
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood/PPCD
  • Sensorimotor
  • Transition

Your work matters! Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference. Even better, grab a co-worker and both of you submit a proposal! 

Questions?

Nichole Kertis Barton – nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net

FREE STAAR Alt 2 Online Training!

If you are a new test administrator for the STAAR Alternate 2, or a returning test administrator who wants a “refresher,” click on the image below for information about this FREE online training offered through Region 3. Register at www.esc3.net, workshop #157348, and earn 2 hours of CEU credit!

For more information, contact jennifer.russell@esc13.txed.net 

UDL Series: UDL in Your Lesson Plan Goals

So far in the blog series we’ve learned about the myth of the average student and how the UDL Guidelines offer a systematic, predictable way to plan for every learner. How will you plan for learner variability this semester?

Patti Kelly Ralabate, in her book, Your UDL Lesson Planner, focuses on a six-step process for planning with UDL which involves: 1) defining goals, 2) considering learner variability, 3) determining appropriate assessments, 4) choosing methods, materials and media, 5) implementing a lesson, and 6) reflecting on the lesson.  The first step is to design clearly defined learning goals.

Our students need learning goals that are purposeful, flexible, and measurable.  Goals should reflect the purpose of the lesson instead of activities related to the topic.  Next, teachers must decide how they will know when students have mastered the knowledge or skills.  The goals should be written in a way that allows all students to attain them and should include scaffolds that offer additional support to some students.  The way a goal will be measured informs potential assessments.

Sample Starter Goal

Notice how the new goal focuses on the purpose of the lesson and does not restrict the students in their responses.

 

Reflect on your learning goals.  Dr. Ralabate asks:

“In what ways do you currently hold all learners to high expectations and still address their different strengths and challenges?

Are your learners clear about the purpose of your lesson?

To what extent are your goals flexible?”  

Use these ten CAST Tips when developing your goals.

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:

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

Ralabate, P.K. (2016). Your UDL Lesson Planner. Baltimore, Marylanc: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

New Texas TBI Website

www.txtbi.net

Check out this new website developed by the Texas Low Incidence Statewide Network regarding Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Educators can find important, valuable information including the educational implications for a student who has suffered a TBI. The Statewide TBI Webinar is 1 hour and 19 minutes; the list of resources is extensive… and there is more! Please share this resource with your circles and help spread the word!

For more information contact Darcy Schiller (darcy.schiller@esc13.txed.net) or Jennifer Russell (jennifer.russell@esc13.txed.net).

UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act

We hope this Universal Design for Learning (UDL) blog series is helping you find ways to use the framework in your classroom and that you are sharing what you learn and implement with others.

Now that we have introduced UDL and have seen how it can be used to meet the needs of all learners, let’s look at the federal guidance on using UDL in our classrooms.

 


Another perspective on this is

Read more about UDL in the ESSA and other federal laws and plans.

Reflect on your instruction that provides a “personalized, rigorous learning experience.”  How might the ESSA expectation influence your practice?  Could the UDL framework support your efforts?  Are you willing to share your successes with others?

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:

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

Register + Save the Date for “Beat the Heat 2018”- Your Wintry Reminder!

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Beat the Heat 2018
June 21 & 22, 2018

ESC Region 13  

Workshop # SU1836780

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

Thursday ♦ June 21, 2018 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

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

Friday ♦ June 22, 2018 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

  • Keynote = what topics/who would you like to have keynote this year?  Click here to submit your idea!
  • 90 minute breakout sessions presented by the best and brightest from Region 13 and around the state

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

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).

*Congrats to 2017’s QR Code Scavenger Hunt Winners who won free registration to this year’s conference!!

  • Courtney McBride – Leander ISD
  • Jennifer Blair – Llano ISD
  • Isabel Bahena – Giddings ISD
  • Rosa Reese – Manor ISD
  • Abbey Smith – Pflugerville ISD

Got Skills?  We’d love you to present!  Stay tuned for our Call for Presenters

TED Tips: TEA and TWC Memorandum of Understanding

Information has been posted to the TEA website for Secondary Transition Guidance:

Effective September 1, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Texas Workforce Commission  (TWC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  The MOU is to promote collaboration in the delivery of transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for students with disabilities transitioning from secondary education to employment and independent living mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), as amended, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The implementing regulations for both WIOA and IDEA require the formalization of interagency agreements concerning the transition services for students with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The MOU will help improve the dissemination of information about TWC’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and specify the process TEA and TWC will use to develop and update the mechanism used to target students.

The Pre-ETS include:

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after-school opportunities, experience outside the traditional school setting, including internships, that are provided in an integrated environment
  • Counseling on opportunities in comprehensive transition or enrollment in post-secondary educational programs
  • Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Instruction in self-advocacy/peer mentoring

Discussion about activities related to this MOU is ongoing at the state level. Resources for addressing WIOA at the local level are available on the National Technical Assistance Center for Transition (NTACT) website, including this helpful guide to prompt discussion between local education agencies (LEA) and vocational rehabilitation agency.

For more information, please contact the Secondary Transition statewide network member for your region. The contact for Region 13 is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

Register Today for Upcoming STAAR Workshops!

STAAR Alternate 2 Overview

This optional, free workshop will cover STAAR Alternate 2 participation requirements, allowable accommodations, testing timelines, practice administering the test with sample test questions, and instructional connections to the STAAR Alternate 2. To register, visit Ecampus and enter the workshop ID. 

Date: December 13, 2017      Cost: Free      Workshop ID: FA1737203

Date: January 22, 2018         Cost: Free      Workshop ID: SP1837204

For more information contact Jennifer Russell, jennifer.russell@esc13.txed.net.


STAAR, Designated Supports, & Tech Tools

This optional workshop will familiarize you with the updated STAAR accessibility resources, including expanded student eligibility criteria and allowable technology tools. Learn how to integrate technology into your classroom that compliments the accessibility resources, enhances your teaching, and addresses access to the general curriculum. To register, visit Ecampus and enter the workshop ID. 

Date: January 17, 2018      Cost: $45      Workshop ID: SP1837382

Date: January 23, 2018      Cost: $45      Workshop ID: SP1838572

Date: January 30, 2018      Cost: $45      Workshop ID: SP1838573

For more information contact Nichole Kertis Barton, nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net.

 

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

 

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