ECI Transition Grant

TEA has created a flowchart for ECI Transition.  Please note the flow chart addresses children who started receiving services from ECI during the time period identified in the first colored row.  It does not address the timeline in which a child was referred to the LEA from ECI. 

The flow chart demonstrates that children who were receiving ECI services 90 days or more prior to their third birthday must have their evaluation complete and IEP implemented by their third birthday, REGARDLESS of when they were referred to the LEA.  The only exception to that is when a delay in parent consent causes a delay.  This is in red on the very bottom of the flow chart.  This information is consistent with the information LEAs have been submitting in TEASE SPP 12 for the past 2 years.

Click  ECI Transition Flowchart to download the chart.

SPP 12 Early Childhood Transition opens in TEASE July 1, 2013.

STAAR-Modified Side-by-Side Comparisons are Available NOW

We have created a series of documents that allow teachers to compare released test questions on the STAAR-Modified exam with released questions from the regular STAAR exam. These documents are free and available here: The aim of these documents is to provide teachers with a quick, at-a-glance reference to the implementation of the STAAR Modification Guidelines.  Please note that fonts have not been adjusted in the interest of space.  The documents are not for student use and are for teacher reference only.

FREE Webinar: “Instructional Cha-Cha-Chas”

View the recorded webinar HERE:

Just a reminder that our Inclusion Institute’s keynote speaker, LeAnn Nickelson, will be presenting a free 45-minute webinar on Formative Assessment this Wednesday. Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM CDT

Register for the Inclusion Institute here:
Register for the Virtual Institute (group discounts available) here:

Check out our commercial for the Virtual Institute below:


Social Studies STAAR Inclusion Review

Accessing the General Curriculum in Social Studies: Inclusion in the Age of STAAR
Register at eCampus SP1325858


In this workshop we will:

  • Develop instructional strategies for teachers in inclusive Social Studies classrooms
  • Analyze STAAR-M questions for modification strategies
  • Study accommodations available to students with disabilities on Social Studies assessments
  • Engage in brain based strategies and learn how to apply them in the classroom so all students can better retain and apply information
  • Participants will receive a copy of Region 13’s Scaffolding Accommodations book and a copy of the test prep book Mastering the TEKS

Next Session:
Tuesday, March 19
Cost: $45
Region 13 ESC
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX 78723
Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

According to Joel

Joel is a fifth grade student. He is an intelligent, articulate student with a passion for UT football and cars. He is also an AWESOME performer with a killer voice. This video is a culmination of a year’s worth of effort dedicated to social thinking skills. Joel would like to take this opportunity to share his knowledge to TEACH other students HOW to have a conversation, the importance of thinking with your eyes, using appropriate tone of voice and when to be funny. Please share this with your students and children. Joel would love feedback on how his knowledge can make a positive difference. Introducing….the extraordinary Joel!

A Unique Approach to Inclusion

“Special education teachers make great team leaders because they don’t focus on content, they focus on children.”

Robert Sormani, principal of Chisholm Trail Middle School in Round Rock ISD, talks about his unique approach to scheduling for inclusion and collaboration amongst his teachers at our Perspectives on Inclusion panel during last week’s Leadership Network Conference.

What Does Differentiation Look Like?

Melanie Castellow, Curriculum Director at La Grange ISD, shares her perspective on the look and feel of a differentiated classroom during our Perspectives on Inclusion panel at the Leadership Network Conference.