Don’t Miss this Beat the Heat Line Up!

Beat the Heat 2019 is almost here!  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.

Don’t miss out y’all (and it’ll be hard to because we have so many user-friendly registration options). 2019 has another great line up of content from amazing national and statewide presenters! Here’s a peek:

  • Anne Meeker, Ph.D. will present “WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE:” Songs and Strategies to Support Young Children with Challenging Behaviors 
  • Erin Sheldon, M.Ed. will present Inclusive Classroom Strategies, AT, and Peer Supports for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
  • Crystal Bell will present Charting the LifeCourse: Key Principles, Concepts, and Practices
  • Barb Hobbs, M.Ed. will present Let’s Open a Can of Worms: Sexuality, Safety, and Disabilities
  • Randy Foederer and Vicki Foederer, CAPE will present Getting to the Goals in Adapted Physical Education 
  • Sara Kitchen and Scott Baltisberger, VI Outreach Specialists @ TSBVI will present Active Learning: Interactions

We hope to see you there! Use this link to register. Stay tuned; additional details about breakout sessions, keynote, maker faire, and our finalized schedule will be coming soon.

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STAAR Alternate 2 Testing Window EXTENSION

Region 13’s ESC Testing Coordinator received this message today. Please share this news from TEA with all associated with the STAAR Alternate 2 administration.

To the District and ESC Testing Coordinator Addressed:

This communication is to inform you of the following update for the 2019 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Alternate 2 administration.

Due to the concerns some districts have expressed about the new STAAR Alternate 2 registration and ordering process,  the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is extending the testing window to Friday, April 26, 2019. This extension should allow districts that received its materials orders late in the testing window to complete the STAAR Alternate 2 administration for all eligible students.

Districts that plan to use the testing window extension do not need to contact TEA or Pearson. If you have questions about this extension or STAAR Alternate 2, please call the Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536. Thank you.


Texas Education Agency

Student Assessment Division


*Your Region 13 contacts from the Special Education department for questions about the administration of the STAAR Alternate 2 are Jennifer Russell (, 512-919-5206) and Darcy Schiller (, 512-919-5224).