Archive for October, 2013

2014 STAAR Accommodations – The Three Most Important Changes

  As you may know, TEA has released the allowable test accommodations for the 2013-2014 school year. The first thing that you’ll notice is that, while the Accommodations are still presented in a triangle with links to individual documents, that triangle now only has two sections: Type 1 and Type 2. This reorganization is mainly […]

STAAR Accommodations Webinar

  View the RECORDED WEBINAR here: TEA will be presenting information on this year’s allowable accommodations for the STAAR assessment this afternoon. For those who cannot make it, Region 13 will be presenting a 60-minute update webinar on Friday, November 1 from  10:30-11:30. The first 45 minutes will be an update on the information […]

Testing Accommodations for SWD – TEA TETN

Date: October 30, 2013 Title: Testing Accommodations for SWD Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Audience: Open to ESCs and districts Event#: 21421 Summary:  This TETN will serve as the state-level training for regions, districts, and campuses regarding statewide assessment accommodation policies for students with disabilities (SWD).  Presenters will discuss where to find accommodation information, […]

Guiding Document- Including AT in the IEP (How are YOU documenting AT?)

What’s happening out there?  I’ve recently received a lot of questions from all over about how to document AT in the IEP. I wondered about why I was getting this question so frequently this year but hadn’t in previous years?  Well, after a little digging, it looks like some of the ARD/IEP software programs districts […]

Creating a “Least Restrictive Environment” with Mobile Devices

Great blog post from Edutopia about using mobile devices to help improve access and instruction for students with disabilities:

Understand the Critical Role of Oral Language in Reading for Your Title I and ELL Students

Free webinar from Education Week, may also be of interest to Special Educators: This event takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 3 to 4 p.m. ET. Research has shown that oral language has a profound impact on children’s preparedness for kindergarten and on their success throughout their academic career. Children typically enter school with […]

Algebra Tiles Video Series

Here is the first video in our Algebra Tile Video Series.  During this series we will show you how to use Algebra tiles as a concrete tool that will support students as they learn how to add polynomials, subtract polynomials, and multiply polynomials as well as other topics. If you would like the opportunity to work […]

Evaluating Accommodations

At this point in the school year, teachers may be ready to begin evaluating students’ accommodations for effectiveness, frequency of use, and student preference. TEA has not released updated assessment accommodations yet, but teachers should be working closely with special education case managers to determine which accommodations work for students during classroom instruction. The PAR […]

IT – AT Shared Knowledge on Legal Issues

Here are four resources for consideration as you try to provide technology to meet the needs of ALL students! Legal Issues Impacting Student Device Programs Providing Assistive Technology: A Legal Perspective Top 10 Technology-Related Issues in Special Education Purchasing Accessible Instructional Materials- Quick Reference Guide– Take aways- Curriculum coordinators, instructional materials purchasers, IT, and assistive technology […]

35th Annual Conference on Learning Disabilities

Council for Learning Disabilities is hosting their annual conference on October 24th and 25th in Austin, TX at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. Find out more information by visiting their website, and clicking Conferences on the left side.

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