TED Tips: TEA and TWC Memorandum of Understanding

Information has been posted to the TEA website for Secondary Transition Guidance:

Effective September 1, 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Texas Workforce Commission  (TWC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  The MOU is to promote collaboration in the delivery of transition services, including pre-employment transition services, for students with disabilities transitioning from secondary education to employment and independent living mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), as amended, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The implementing regulations for both WIOA and IDEA require the formalization of interagency agreements concerning the transition services for students with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The MOU will help improve the dissemination of information about TWC’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services and specify the process TEA and TWC will use to develop and update the mechanism used to target students.

The Pre-ETS include:

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences, which may include in-school or after-school opportunities, experience outside the traditional school setting, including internships, that are provided in an integrated environment
  • Counseling on opportunities in comprehensive transition or enrollment in post-secondary educational programs
  • Workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living
  • Instruction in self-advocacy/peer mentoring

Discussion about activities related to this MOU is ongoing at the state level. Resources for addressing WIOA at the local level are available on the National Technical Assistance Center for Transition (NTACT) website, including this helpful guide to prompt discussion between local education agencies (LEA) and vocational rehabilitation agency.

For more information, please contact the Secondary Transition statewide network member for your region. The contact for Region 13 is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

Register Today for Upcoming STAAR Workshops!

STAAR Alternate 2 Overview

This optional, free workshop will cover STAAR Alternate 2 participation requirements, allowable accommodations, testing timelines, practice administering the test with sample test questions, and instructional connections to the STAAR Alternate 2. To register, visit Ecampus and enter the workshop ID. 

Date: December 13, 2017      Cost: Free      Workshop ID: FA1737203

Date: January 22, 2018         Cost: Free      Workshop ID: SP1837204

For more information contact Jennifer Russell, jennifer.russell@esc13.txed.net.


STAAR, Designated Supports, & Tech Tools

This optional workshop will familiarize you with the updated STAAR accessibility resources, including expanded student eligibility criteria and allowable technology tools. Learn how to integrate technology into your classroom that compliments the accessibility resources, enhances your teaching, and addresses access to the general curriculum. To register, visit Ecampus and enter the workshop ID. 

Date: January 17, 2018      Cost: $45      Workshop ID: SP1837382

Date: January 23, 2018      Cost: $45      Workshop ID: SP1838572

Date: January 30, 2018      Cost: $45      Workshop ID: SP1838573

For more information contact Nichole Kertis Barton, nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net.

 

UDL Series: Meeting the Needs of All Students

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers all students a variety of ways to engage with the content. Today’s students enter classrooms with a wide range of skills, needs, and interests. At the same time, much of the curriculum available to teachers is narrowly focused, making it hard to meet the diverse needs of these students. Using the UDL framework can help you overcome curriculum barriers by focusing instruction on systematic learner variability rather than the mythical average student. Systematic learner variability is predictable, which means you can plan for it. Curriculum created using UDL is designed from the beginning to be flexible and customized, allowing teachers to meet students where they are.

Watch a video about how UDL classrooms are like an orchestra.

Learn from Todd Rose about the research behind learner variability.

Download Examples of addressing learner variability using the UDL Guidelines.

Reflect on why it’s important to know about learner variability. How do you or your teachers address learner variability in the classroom?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak, our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!


Registration now available for the workshop: UDL Now! A Guide to Classroom Application with Author Katie Novak

Participants can choose to attend face-to-face workshop or online workshop.

Register now for face-to-face workshop

Register now for online workshop


UDL Blog Series:

  • What do you know about Universal Design for Learning?
  • Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • UDL and the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • UDL and Teacher Appraisal Systems
  • Lesson Planning with UDL
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Producing Expert Learners
  • UDL and Technology
  • UDL Resources

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

UDL Series: What do you know about Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for creating an approach to your instruction based on principles that allow all students to have access to the general education curriculum. Using a proactive approach to remove learning barriers by considering the natural variability of how students learn, UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments to help optimize learning.

In summary,

Watch UDL at a Glance and …

… reflect on your teaching or leadership practices.  How are students engaged? How are materials presented? How do students show what they know?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak , our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!

Click to register now for the face-to-face workshop
Click to register now for the online workshop

UDL Blog Series:

  • Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • UDL and Teacher Appraisal Systems
  • Lesson Planning with UDL
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Producing Expert Learners
  • UDL and Technology
  • UDL Resources

For more information, contact Kim West kim.west@esc13.txed.net