FBA & BIP Issues and Strategies


FBA & BIP Issues and Strategies Workshop

Join us for a day of learning to support a behavioral team in facilitating a smooth FBA and BIP process in even the most difficult situations.

As a district-level specialist, LSSP, SLP, teacher, or other related service provider, you know the importance of an FBA and a quality BIP, and you probably conduct them on a regular basis.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide solutions to common difficulties as well as provide an update on current research in the field. We will spend the morning reviewing the FBA process, during which current evidence-based strategies and best practices will be shared and practiced. In the afternoon, we will focus on developing and implementing a “quality” BIP, again reviewing evidence-based strategies and best practices with a special focus on prevention strategies and function-based interventions. Those who do not regularly conduct FBAs and develop BIPs will learn how to do so through this hands-on, interactive workshop.  

For more information, click here to see the workshop flyer. 

When: May 13, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where:  ESC Region 13 in Austin, TX

Fee: $10

Register now! Course ID: SP1634536

Please contact  Cyndi O’Toole for more information or for information on attending this PD virtually.



Beat the Heat 2016: Registration Is… Oopen!

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Registration is open with 3 registration options available!

ESC Region 13’s Beat the Heat is a three-day professional development opportunity for educators who work with children 3-5 and children with significant disabilities ages 6-21.

Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 29, 2016.  Back by popular demand this day provides day-long, in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level including: Challenging Behavior; General Curriculum Access for Students with Intellectual Disability; Structure and Visual Supports; Transition & Life Planning; Foundations of Social Interaction for Early Learners with Visual Impairments; Safety and Sexuality for Adolescents; The Pyramid Model: An Intervention Model for Young Children with Challenging Behavior.

Beat the Heat: Thursday & Friday, June 30- July 1, 2016. This popular traditional format of a keynote speaker and breakout sessions on best practices features area professionals and ESC staff.  Content for the breakout sessions is developed to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers.  Topic include: Curriculum & Instruction; Classroom Management & Organization; Behavior; Autism; Communication; Assistive Technology; Sensory-Motor; Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD); Transition; and 18+ Programming.

Want the entire experience?  

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2016 – 3 Day All Inclusive!  
  • June 29-30, & July 1, 2016
  • Workshop #SU1631578
  • Cost: $125.00 (This represents a $30 savings over registering for individual days)

Can only come 1 or 2 days?

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2016: Day 1 Pre-Conference
  • June 29, 2016
  • Workshop #SU1634907
  • Cost: $55.00
  • Register for Beat the Heat 2016: Days 2 & 3 Main Conference
  • June 30-July 1, 2016
  • Workshop #SU1634908
  • Cost: $105.00


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Inclusion Institute 2016

The Road to Inclusion: Strategies for Your Journey

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 June 8, 2016

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This one-day institute provides practical solutions to day-to-day inclusive challenges, focusing on effective collaboration and instructional practices to better support students with disabilities in the general education classroom.

Join us to hear the inspirational stories of Dr. Kelly Grillo and Caroline Nelson.  These educational leaders will share their life-changing personal and professional experiences with disabilities and the challenges of inclusion.  Participants will learn practical strategies for addressing the complex needs of students with IEPs in general education classrooms.

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Course number: SU1631795

Cost: $55, lunch provided

Discounts are available for ECP teachers. Contact Giselle Williams for the discount code. giselle.williams@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5396


March 2016 STAAR Grades 5 and 8 Online Testing Update

April 20, 2016 To the Administrator Addressed communication from TEA has provided guidance on how to address SSI requirements for students affected by the online testing issues that occurred in March.

Issues identified with the online testing are: 1.  students provided with an incorrect version of the test, and 2. students logged out due to inactivity and previously selected answers did not appear when they logged back in.

Students affected by these issues and who did not preform satisfactorily on the March 2016 math and/or reading tests will NOT be required to retest in May or June.

Districts are to determine on an individual basis whether accelerated instruction should be offered.  Promotion/retention decisions for these students should be made on the basis of relevant academic information.

Results of the reading and math tests affected by the online testing issues will NOT be included in 2016 accountability.

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For information contact Ann Jinkins at ann.jinkins@esc13.txed.net

TexasSUCCESS Training

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Through the TexasSUCCESS initiative, the state of Texas has made digital resources available to support students who need SSI accelerated instruction in the areas of reading and mathematics. The vendors providing these online services will be conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions this spring and summer at ESC 13 for teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators. Session participants will be able to share the information they learned about each program with interested staff at their campus and/or district.

For more information about each session, or to register for one or more of these free sessions, please see the Region 13 Instructional Technology Workshop page.

Announcing Beat the Heat 2016 Keynote Speakers: Kristin Neff, Sarah Barnes & Jesse Trocino!


We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for Beat the Heat 2016.

Thursday, June 30

Dr. Kristin Neff  – The Science of Self-Compassion
Be good to yourself!  Dr. Kristin Neff  will discuss self-compassion.  Learn practical strategies for maintaining emotional well-being in a stressful work environment.   Find out more about Dr. Neff on her Self-Compassion website.

Friday, July 1

Jesse Trocino – My Life on the Range
Jesse will describe the path he took to achieve his dream of becoming a cowboy.  He comes to us from Project SPEAK, a training program for people with developmental disabilities who want to become public speakers.

Sarah Barnes – Meredith & Me
Sarah will speak on the joys, frustrations and sorrows of raising a daughter with intellectual disabilities.   For the Austin American Statesman, she writes a column titled “A Different Road” about raising Meredith. Read more about Sarah and Meredith on her website.

Bet you can’t wait to register!  Stay tuned, we’re almost there.

STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrators: Your Input is Needed!

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The Texas Education Agency uses feedback from test administrators to drive updates (or not) to assessment materials and processes – here is your opportunity to play a role in the reflection and update process!  Please review the information from TEA, below, and follow the link to record your experience:

“Testing personnel are urged to participate in a survey to provide feedback regarding their experience with the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Alternate 2 administration. The information received from this survey will be used to help improve future STAAR Alternate 2 administrations.

The 2016 STAAR Alternate 2 Survey for Test Administrators can be accessed at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAARAlternate2TASurvey.

The Texas Education Agency appreciates your input and willingness to participate in these surveys. Responses should be submitted by May 13, 2016.

Contact the Customer Service Center by phone at (800) 627-0225 for questions or assistance.”

NEW! Specially Designed Instruction Document

The Progress to the General Curriculum (PGC) Statewide Network is very proud to announce the release of the newest PGC statewide guidance document, Specially Designed Instruction Document.

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This document is a resource for teachers of students receiving special education services. The document includes legal references defining specially designed instruction (SDI) and a comparison of high yield instructional strategies and SDI. Sections on planning and implementing SDI, along with suggested roles and responsibilities for the general and special educators, are included in this guidance.

The PGC Statewide Network website also hosts a short webinar covering high yield strategies for reading.

Wrapping up the details for Beat the Heat 2016


We are wrapping up the details for Beat the Heat 2016!
Save the dates: June 29- July 1, 2016!
Registration will be available soon.

ESC Region 13’s Beat the Heat is a three-day professional development opportunity for teachers, paraeducators, and others who work with children ages 3-5 and students with significant disabilities ages 6-21.

Beat the Heat 2016 Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 29, 2016.  Back by popular demand, this day provides in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level.  Participants can choose one of several outstanding full-day sessions.

Beat the Heat 2016: Thursday & Friday, June 30-July 1, 2016.  This year we will be offering two exciting keynote speakers, one each morning.  Continuing the energy and excitement, the afternoons will be filled with 90 minute breakout sessions.  These sessions feature area professionals and ESC staff sharing best practices.  Content for the breakout sessions is developed to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers, paraeducators, and others who support students with significant disabilities.

Stay tuned as we lift the lid off this exciting event!