Are you a special education instructional leader?

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Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13.

SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first meeting this year is on Wednesday, September 14, 9:00 – 12:00.

Two brand-new Region 13 products will be featured at our September meeting:

Accommodation Central is your ONE online stop for current information on supports for students. Here, you will find everything you need: appropriate accommodations, practical tips, deeper learning, and a secure connected community.

Co-Teaching with Confidence is an online co-teaching training designed to help teachers address the unique challenges of teaching in a standards-based learning environment with a diverse group of learners.

SPIN meetings are intended for special education instructional leaders to share ideas, district news, and questions with each other.

You can register for SPIN meetings in Ecampus by using course number FA1634351.

For more information, contact Kim West,





It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning for Transition

Starting the new school year means getting to know your students. Transition assessments are one way for secondary educators get to know their students’ strengths, preferences, interests, and needs. Transition planning must begin by age 14 (or younger, if appropriate) for any student receiving special education services.

But what about elementary teachers and students . . . ?

This Hands On Activity To Identify Your Child’s Strengths from is a great tool for students to learn about their strengths and interests. It can also help elementary teachers learn more about their students and to begin teaching the skills for self-determination. For more resources on self-determination across all grade levels, check out the I’m Determined website from Virginia Department of Education.

For more information about transition planning for students with disabilities in Texas, contact the education specialist from the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results Network at your ESC.

Elizabeth Danner

Education Service Center Region 13

Austin, Texas