Sped Teachers, Don’t Miss Caroline Musselwhite’s iWrite! Workshops for Emergent and Early Conventional Writers

Region 13 is fortunate to have Caroline Musselwhite, Ed.D, CCC/SLP with us for 2 days of professional development!  Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is a specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with severe disabilities, in a variety of settings, including Head Start, developmental day programs, and the public schools. Additionally, she has taught courses at several universities, including West Virginia University, and Western Carolina University, and has authored a number of textbooks on the topic of literacy and communication for children with significant cognitive disabilities. If you are a special educator or therapist who:

  • works with students at an emergent or early conventional  developmental literacy level
  • has access to an ipad
  • needs ideas for best practices in literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities
…you will not want to miss this opportunity on November 12 & 13, 2014!  See flyer for additonal details.  Seating is limited.

Math for All workshop coming up





Are you a math teacher? Do you have students with disabilities in your math class? Are you looking for strategies for how to address accommodations and modifications in your math class? Are you wondering about this new STAAR A assessment and what impact that will have on students in your math class? Are you looking for a workshop where you will have fun, learn practical strategies, and get a free book all in one day?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, come join us for Math for All: AGC in Math workshop on Wednesday, October 29th from 9 am to 4 pm.

To register visit http://ecampus.esc13.net

Search Math for All and we will see you there!


STAAR A – Q&A with TEA!

The Assessments for Special Populations Team in the Student Assessment Division at TEA will be holding a TETN on Monday the 17th of November from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (CST). The purpose of this TETN will be to address questions that members of the field may have regarding STAAR A.

To be respectful of everyones time, TEA would like to have the questions in advance. Please submit STAAR A related questions to the following email address PRIOR to Wednesday, November the 12th: test.accommodations@tea.state.tx.us  

This TETN is open to districts as well as service centers. It may be viewed at Region 13 or from the comfort of your district by contacting distance learning at distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or 512.919.5444.


Also we are excited to announce the Student Tutorials have been posted on the STAAR A Resources page, http://texasassessment.com/administrations/STAAR-A/resources/.

The student tutorials are available in grade bands. Sample questions from each subject that is tested within that grade band are available in the student tutorials. Student tutorials are for teachers and students to become familiar with the testing tools, embedded accommodations, and accessibility features available on the STAAR A test.

First steps for paraprofessionals in an inclusive setting

Listening to Dr. Julie Causton’s webinar over Paraprofessionals Role in an Inclusive Setting, I heard some great suggestions for first steps paraprofessionals can take when in an inclusive setting supporting students with disabilities.

Step 1: Read the student’s IEP to become familiar with the student’s goals, accommodations, and if applicable, modifications and behavior plan.

Step 2: Talk with the classroom teacher and the supervising special education teacher about your role for helping students become independent in the classroom.

Step 3: Talk with the classroom teacher about your role in the classroom that supports the idea of helping all students in the room.

Step 4: Talk with the classroom teachers and the supervising special education teacher about ideas for fading support, what will it look like, what is his/her expectation for fading support, what is the plan for fading support.

Step 5: Talk with the classroom teacher about running small groups to help carry out planned materials, adaptions, and lesson objectives.

Step 6: Set up with the classroom teacher and supervising special education teacher regularly scheduled time to communicate about the work you are doing with the students.

Step 7: Talk with the classroom teacher about your introduction to the class as part of the instructional team and not as a specific student’s helper.

Step 8: Find out from your district the policy for your role in parent communication and the school’s expectation of your role with parent communication.

For more information about Paraprofessionals and their roles in Inclusive Schools, check out the Working with Paraprofessionals: A Resource for Teachers of Students with Disabilities.








For more information about Dr. Julie Causton, visit her website, http://www.inspireinclusion.com.

STAAR A Overview Webinar

Did you miss our STAAR A training last Monday? Not to worry, we are offering a short 1 1/2 hour STAAR A Overview webinar this coming Monday, October 20th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Participants of this webinar will learn about the new STAAR A state assessment. The training will cover the embedded accommodations, accessibility features, and the eligibility requirements for STAAR A. The training will also include instructional links to the testing accommodations.

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom Meeting platform. To connect to the webinar you do not need to register through Ecampus, just simple click the link below on the day of the meeting.

Topic: STAAR A Overview – Zoom Meeting
Host: JC Sanders, Education Specialist – Special Education
Time: Oct 20, 2014 3:00 PM (GMT-5:00) US Central Time
Where: https://esc13.zoom.us/j/674803783 or visit Zoom.us – click Join A Meeting in the top right corner and type in my phone number 512 919 5420 for the Meeting ID.

This meetings is sponsored  by ESC Region 13.  Contact distancelearning@esc13.txed.net or call  1-512-919-5444 for technical assistance.  Contact the meeting host with all other inquiries.

*This webinar will be recorded and posted to our website, http://www4.esc13.net/agc/webinars.

Access to the General Curriculum Workshops

Are you searching for ways to address the unique needs of inclusive classrooms?  Our upcoming workshops can help.

Preparing for SUCCESS after STAAR Modified

How do we prepare for the elimination of STAAR Modified in the 14-15 school year?  There are steps we can take to bridge the transition from our current instructional and testing methods to the new instructional and testing expectations.  This workshop is designed around seven considerations for the development and implementation of a transition plan that will lead to ultimate SUCCESS.

October 21, 2014

9:00 AM- 4:00 PM



Math for All – AGC grades 3-12

Participants will learn how to accommodate and modify instruction in the math classroom as well as for assessments including STAAR.  Hands-on experiences will be provided to show how to meet the needs of a diverse population.

October 29, 2014

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM



Power of Inclusion

Including students with disabilities in the general education classroom is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educators will need to collaborate to successfully meet the needs of these diverse learners. Participants will gain many ideas for creating a caring, structured, and engaging environment where students follow multiple pathways to accomplish learning outcomes.

November 3, 2014

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


To register for any of these workshops please visit ecampus.esc13.net


STAAR A Frequently Asked Question document








We have designed a STAAR A FAQ Document to help answer some common questions we are receiving as well as anticipating about STAAR A assessment.

We have also created a short STAAR A handout to help provide a simple overview of the assessment.

Next week on Monday, October 13th, we are offering two half-day training of trainers sessions for STAAR A. We hope campus and district leaders needing more information and hands-on demonstration of STAAR A will be able to attend this 3 hour training. Participants will receive the most current information about STAAR A to develop a clear understanding of the assessment to take back to their campuses and share with their staff. To register for STAAR A Overview please register at ecampus.esc13.net (Workshop ID # FA1431006 or FA1431007)

Further questions about STAAR A assessment contact JC Sanders 512.919.5420 or jc.sanders@esc13.txed.net

Work Stations for Secondary Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (Make and Take!)

Young woman at workWork stations for student provide a place to increase independence within the classroom environment by giving structure to practice and routine. Workstations are easy to make, can be individualized for students to reinforce Individualized Educational Program (IEP) objectives, avoid downtime, and help to keep a classroom running smoothly.

Participants will receive instructional materials to be used during the make and take portion of the workshop.



  • Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • ESC Region 13
  • $45.00/participant (this fee includes instructional materials)
  • Register for for Workshop #FA1430235

Have questions?

  • Misty Terrell
  • 512-919-5206
  • misty.terrell@esc13.txed.net

Download a flyer about this session to share with your colleagues.