Teachers Teach Teachers: Beat the Heat 2018 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat 2018 is coming soon!  This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities. We are seeking teachers, para-educators, and support staff (SLP, OT, PT, AT, VI, COMS, APE, RN, etc) who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom! 

Submit your proposal to become a Beat the Heat local presenter and, if selected, earn free registration to the conference! This is a terrific opportunity to share your hard-earned professional expertise with your colleagues while developing new professional skills. Presenters of accepted proposals will have the option to complete a self-paced, online course specifically designed to support local Region 13 presenters in developing and delivering professional trainings. Those who complete this course will receive a certificate of endorsement as a presenter to ESC 13. Develop yourself by developing others and build out your résumé with this great opportunity!

We are seeking engaging sessions in the following areas of special education:

  • Behavior
  • Collaboration & Leadership
  • Communication
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood/PPCD
  • Sensorimotor
  • Transition

Your work matters! Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference. Even better, grab a co-worker and both of you submit a proposal! 

Questions?

Nichole Kertis Barton – nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net

UDL Series: UDL in Your Lesson Plan Goals

So far in the blog series we’ve learned about the myth of the average student and how the UDL Guidelines offer a systematic, predictable way to plan for every learner. How will you plan for learner variability this semester?

Patti Kelly Ralabate, in her book, Your UDL Lesson Planner, focuses on a six-step process for planning with UDL which involves: 1) defining goals, 2) considering learner variability, 3) determining appropriate assessments, 4) choosing methods, materials and media, 5) implementing a lesson, and 6) reflecting on the lesson.  The first step is to design clearly defined learning goals.

Our students need learning goals that are purposeful, flexible, and measurable.  Goals should reflect the purpose of the lesson instead of activities related to the topic.  Next, teachers must decide how they will know when students have mastered the knowledge or skills.  The goals should be written in a way that allows all students to attain them and should include scaffolds that offer additional support to some students.  The way a goal will be measured informs potential assessments.

Sample Starter Goal

Notice how the new goal focuses on the purpose of the lesson and does not restrict the students in their responses.

 

Reflect on your learning goals.  Dr. Ralabate asks:

“In what ways do you currently hold all learners to high expectations and still address their different strengths and challenges?

Are your learners clear about the purpose of your lesson?

To what extent are your goals flexible?”  

Use these ten CAST Tips when developing your goals.

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!

UDL Blog Series:

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

Ralabate, P.K. (2016). Your UDL Lesson Planner. Baltimore, Marylanc: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.