Archive for March, 2014

Collaboration for Inclusion: Videos

The videos below are from the National Center on Educational Outcomes’ Youtube channel and highlight best practices for special education teachers who are collaborating with other teachers, with parents, and with students: Teachers Working Together to Identify Student Needs   Special Education Teacher Communicating with Parents

Why All Praise is Not Created Equal

“Hey, you’re smart!”  That feels good to hear, doesn’t it?  Praise always feels good, but not all praise motivates us to try new things, challenge ourselves, or deal with failure. Two Guys on Your Head radio series had a great piece about praise and motivation. Something all teachers and parents should hear and consider. Check […]

Inclusion Support for ELA-R

If you are teaching students with disabilities in an inclusion setting, either as a Special Education teacher or as a General Education teacher, Region 13 would like to encourage you to attend Accessing the General Curriculum in English Language Arts on April 9, 2014. Participants will leave with strategies to help deliver engaging, scaffolded lesson […]

Calculator Apps Have Been Authorized for STAAR 8th Grade

TEA has released the following information regarding STAAR Calculator policy: Commissioner Williams authorizes calculator apps for 8th grade STAAR mathematics in 2014-2015 AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has advised superintendents he will allow districts to satisfy a requirement to use graphing calculators for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade […]

STAAR Accommodations Support

Visit the Region 13 Accommodations Central livebinder for ideas towards implementing STAAR Accommodations:  http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?present=true&id=1074530 Remember that accommodations on the state assessment must be routinely and effectively used in instruction.

Math Should Be Fun!

Does your Inclusion or Resource Math classroom need a little fun and excitement? Research tells us learning needs to be engaging and fun, but how do you make Math fun? Math Games is a half-day workshop that will provide teachers with tools and strategies for implementing meaningful skill building games for students in their classrooms. […]

Twice-Exceptional Students

A “twice-exceptional learner” is a child or youth who performs at — or shows the potential for performing at — a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who: exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area; possesses an unusual capacity for […]

Facilitated ARD Meetings

Why do Facilitated IEP meetings generate better student results? ARD/IEP meetings benefit from skilled and capable facilitators who can assist the team in crafting agreements that lead to better educational programs for students with disabilities. Facilitation makes the meeting process easier and helps team members communicate and solve problems more effectively. Every team member, parent, […]

Looking at the Brain

Fascinating TED talk on the neurological foundations of disabilities. Some of the terminology around disability that the speaker uses is not 100% current.  

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