July Workshop: Educationally Relevant Clinical Reasoning for Related Service Providers

girl with cp in wheelchairBeing a school-based occupational or physical therapist is a challenging and rewarding job.  Staying abreast of best practices in clinical reasoning and trying to fit this into your districts’ culture and procedures can be difficult. Here’s a workshop that will help and that I’m really excited about …


This two-day workshop, on July 15 & 16, will explore clinical reasoning and data-informed problem-solving in school-based practice. Participant will learn through a combination of focused lecture, discussion, and applied activities in working through the therapy process in schools using a challenging student with an IEP from his/her own caseload. Anchoring the discussion in educational relevance, the group will examine current and best practices in referral, evaluation, IEP development, intervention planning, service delivery on Day 1, and progress monitoring on Day 2. Progress monitoring will be analyzed from the lens of understanding intervention effects, including the fidelity of implementation when specially designed interventions are assigned to instructional partners for delivery. Participants will experience how progress monitoring works in the context of both the therapeutic and IEP processes, the benefits and challenges of progress monitoring IEP goals, and how progress monitoring is particularly valuable in curriculum-based IEP development, documentation, and effectiveness assessment.

Further details and registration information can be found at this link: http://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=32360


Beat the Heat Information Available in the Region 13 Conference App!

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Beat the Heat information is now available in the Region 13 Conference app.  Like last year’s app, we have three versions of available.  The app features:

  • Schedule– From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  • Speakers– Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  • Handouts–Links to the handouts will be found in the session descriptions. At the top of each session description, look for the documents tab. We will be posting handouts as they are received from the presenters.
  • Floor Map– Have our floor map in the palm of your hand!
  • Twitter– Tweet about Beat the Heat directly through the app. You can use this hashtag: #r13bth. You can also follow us @ESC13IDEA

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Versions 1 & 2

ESC Region 13 app is available for iOS and android devices. Visit our app’s landing page for download information and ways to share with your colleagues:  https://goo.gl/rlXipW.  Once inside our conference app, look for the Beat the Heat Event. Set up a profile and follow your favorite topics and presenters!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Version 3

The Beat the Heat web app is located here: http://bitly.com/r13bth.  This is a great option for individuals following the conference on their computer or laptop.

Maker’s Space at Inclusion Institute 2015

Are you already making plans for the next school year?

Are you trying to figure out how to decorate your classroom while motivating students at the same time?

If the answer is YES- then it’s not too late to register! Join us June 11th for the phenomenal one-day conference, Inclusion Institute: New Frame of Mind!

We just addeMindSet Bulletin Boardd a Makers Space to help you put the keynote message into action and assist you in creating a growth mindset in yourself, your students, and in the classroom! This make and take “session” will include motivational quotes, growth questions, and brain pictures to help foster a growth mindset.






Registration is still opened, https://ecampus.esc13.net! Register now to receive a copy of MindSet: The New Psychology of Success.

HB 440- Change in Education Code re: Physical Education/APE

HB 440 was recently passed and signed by Governor Greg Abbott.
Following is an excerpt from the Bill Analysis:
C.S. H.B. 440 amends the Education Code to require the State Board of Education , in identifying the essential knowledge and skills of physical education, to ensure that the physical education curriculum
required in each school district that offers kindergarten through grade 12 meets the needs of students who are eligible to participate in a school district’s special education program as provided by law or who meet the eligibility criteria developed by the Texas Education Agency for a special education program.
The bill takes effect in the 2015–2016 school year.
All of the related documents are located here: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB440
For districts with procedures in place to properly identify student need and provide a continuum of services and supports, the implications of this legal change may be insignificant.  Consider reviewing your APE referral process; revisiting your continuum of service delivery models; and adding this information to back-to-school training agendas.
Region 10’s Adapted Physical Education website has helpful resources toward the bottom of the page.  Should you have further questions or needs, please let us know!
Contact: Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5246.