Free Webinar with Inclusion Institute’s Keynote Speaker Susan Hentz

 

 

 

Join us for a short 30 minute webinar where Susan Hentz, author of Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and Tools for Educators, will be sharing her tips for learning centers and flexible groups in collaboratively taught classroom. Susan will be our keynote speaker this year for Inclusion Institute: Great Expectations.

Learning Centers and Flexible Groups in Your Collaborative Classroom
Learning centers  provide opportunities for educators to differentiate by readiness, skill, and interests. During this fast-paced webinar, Susan will share the steps required to create learning centers for  addressing our diverse student population. Watch your instructional time significantly increase by using powerful instructional routines and procedures that put you in charge and clearly establish the roles and expectations for your students.

Susan’s Preview Webinar

Monday, June 23, 2014

10:30 am CST

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/672447466

 

 

 

 

 

Register for Inclusion Institute 2014: Great Expectations

Visit https://ecampus.esc13.net

Face-to-face conference – SU1427634

Virtual conference – SU1428827

Beat the Heat Conference App Available

We’ve done it again!  Check out our conference app!  It was a big hit last year with conference participants.  Use it to help you make the most of your time at Beat the Heat.  We have three versions of our app so everyone can put it to use.  It features:

  1. Schedule – From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  2. Speakers – Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  3. Handouts – Links to the handouts can be found in two locations within the app at the end of each session description in the schedule and at the end of each speaker’s bio. 
  4. Floor Maps – Have our floor maps in the palm of your hand!
  5. Twitter – Tweet about Beat the Heat directly through the app. Use this hashtag: #r13bth

Our app is available on three different platforms.

Download a version today!

Inclusion Institute Info: Sessions and Virtual Options

Here is a sneak preview of the breakout sessions for day two of this summer’s Inclusion Institute (Aug. 5 and 6):

  • Progress Monitoring for Secondary Students: Making It Work
  • The Concrete Model of Good Math Instruction
  • Small Group Instruction Made Easy
  • Scaffolding Instruction for STAAR A
  • Perfect PLAAFP Statements Lead to Purposeful Plans
  • I’ve Got 99 Problems. Communication Ain’t One.
  • The Steps to Writing Great Sentences
  • Disproportionality Through a Cultural Lens
  • Connecting the Dots of Collaboration: Making Inclusion Work
  • Including Students With Sensory Impairments: It’s Just Best Practice
  • Struggling Students? “Techniques and Tools to the Rescue!
  • Think College! Inclusive Opportunities in Higher Education
  • Brain-Based Strategies for Social Studies and Science

Register for the face-to-face conference here: If you are interested in staying together as a team and getting some time to talk about the sessions that you see, consider hosting a watch party on your campus. In the video below, Alejandro Gongora, of Manor ISD, describes the Virtual Conference that he hosted last year.



Register for the Inclusion Institute on E-Campus: https://ecampus.esc13.net
Face-to-Face: SU1427634
Virtual: SU1428827

Do you have students who did not pass their 5th or 8th grade STAAR Math assessment?

Do you have students who did not pass their 5th or 8th grade STAAR Math assessment and will be attending summer school? What researched-based interventions will you be employing with these students to help fill in the gaps in their mathematical understanding while at the same time challenging them to reach new levels?

In the IES Practice Guide, Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools recommendation number six states, “Intervention at all grade levels should devote about 10 minutes in each session to building fluent retrieval of basic arithmetic facts” (April 2009). So how do we address this important component of math intervention? The answer is through strategy-based instruction for basic math facts.

Teaching strategies to recall basic facts builds flexible thinking in students. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution. Strategies encourage a deeper understanding of numbers and their relationships.

Factastic Math Strategy System is designed to help students who struggle with mathematics build fact fluency. The system follows the model of explicit and systematic instruction to help students master the basic math facts.

 

 

 

 

 

To order Factastic Math Strategy System visit ESC Region 13 store at www.store.esc13.net.

New STAAR A Assessment

Texas educators will be interested in TEA’s new assessment for some students with disabilities: STAAR A. There are a number of important details yet to be determined, including eligibility criteria, access features for students with sensory and motor impairments, and time limits. It is a computer-based assessment that will have “embedded” accommodations. In the demonstration version, those included:

  • Simplified language of some test questions
  • Simplified versions of individual words
  • Picture support for some individual words
  • Preview text  (OA allowed) for reading passages
  • Math and Science formula support
  • Clarification of charts and graphs
  • Computer-based oral administration
  • and a host of other tools like highlighters, rulers, graph paper, contrast options, colored backgrounds, and more.

The TETN PowerPoint is below; be aware that the demonstration version of the test is not in the PowerPoint. However, the basic technology of the STAAR A accommodations is similar to that found in the STAAR L online accommodation, of which you can see the student tutorials here: http://www.texasassessment.com/administrations/STAAR-L/tutorials/

PowerPoint: June 2015 SpEd Assessment Updates

Hill Country Summer Institute Conference App Available!

Check out our conference app! We’d like to help you make the most of your time at the Hill Country Summer Institute with three versions of our conference app!  Our conference app features:

  1. Schedule – From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  2. Speakers – Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  3. HandoutsPlease Note! Printed handouts will not be available at the institute.  We are making the handouts available for download through this app. Links to the handouts can be found in two locations within the app at the end of each session description in the schedule and at the end of each speaker’s bio. 
  4. Floor Maps – Have our floor maps in the palm of your hand!
  5. Twitter – Tweet about Hill Country Institute directly through the app. Use this hashtag: #r13hillco

Our app is available on three different platforms.

Accessibility of Learning Materials for ALL Students a Must: SETDA Policy Brief

This Thursday, June 5 at 1pm, SETDA will host a webinar for the public release of the policy brief, The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities, Must be Addressed in the Shift to Digital Instructional Materials. The webinar will explore important considerations and strategies regarding the accessibility of digital content for all students, including students with disabilities. Presenters will discuss open educational resources, the Universal Design for Learning Framework, and federal law requirements regarding accessibility of instructional materials. The session will provide recommendations for effectively managing the increased use of digital content to enhance the educational experiences of all students. There will an opportunity for state and district leaders to ask questions and share examples of their own approaches to ensuring accessibility in digital content. This webinar is free and open to all interested parties.
Audience:  IT, Textbook and Curriculum Coordinators, AT, etc.
Presenters:
• Geoff Fletcher, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
 • Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer, Policy and Technology & Director, National AIM Center, CAST
 • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel LLC
 • Kate Lipper, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC