Register Now for IEP Best Practice: FIE to IEP

The purpose of an IEP is to improve the educational results for children with disabilities.

There are many aspects to writing a full Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This document, when well written, can be an asset to the students they are designed for as well as their teachers.  It takes a multidisciplinary team to create such an effective document. 

This training will focus on combining the details of a full individual evaluation (FIE) with the knowledge of good instructional practice to write powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goals.

Participants will leave with tools to support their efforts for well written IEPs aligned to the standards. This intensive instruction will allow time for participant practice and access to experts in the field to help answer your individual questions.

For the greatest impact, both days of this training should be attended by special education assessment personnel AND instructional personnel.

Thursday and Friday, February 27 & 28, 2014,  9 – 4pm

Register at ecampus.esc13.net

Workshop ID # SP1427325 – IEP Best PRactices:  FIE to IEP (2 day)

Contact:

Cathy Miller  cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net

Joy Hunsucker   joy.hunsucker@esc13.txed.net

Are You Writing Effective IEPs?

IEP Best Practices: FIE to IEP combines the details of a full individual evaluation (FIE) with the knowledge of good instructional practice to write powerful PLAAFP statements which will lead to student-focused goals.  You will leave this 2 day training with tools to support your efforts for well written IEPs aligned to the standards.

For the greatest impact, both days of this training should be attended by special education assessment personnel AND instructional personnel.

And the best part is, this training is FREE!!!  In fact all of our September special ed training opportunities are free to our Region 13 clients.

Click here for more information on the IEP training.

Click here to see the full list of 15 different opportunities to attend FREE!!!

The Reading Academy is Coming Soon!!!

3 figures each reading a book5 Days of Reading Instruction for $150!!

Our regional data reflects a continuing need to improve reading instruction. This Reading Academy presented by Dr. Marti Dryk is organized in alignment with the 5 components of reading-

  • phonemic awareness,
  • phonics,
  • fluency,
  • vocabulary and
  • comprehension.

During these 5 different, full-day workshops, participants create make-and-take activities suitable for individual tutoring, large and small group instruction, and classroom learning centers.  Hurry!!!  The first day of the spring series will occur on May 6 with additional opportunities to follow.  Participants may sign up for one day or all five.  Lunch and resources will be provided.

Para-Educators Attend FREE!!

Our hard-working para-educators are important to the success of all of our students.  If you are a para-educator and would like to attend one day or all five, please contact Maria Daniel at 512-919-5432 or maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net for a discount  code.  A limited number of discount codes will be allowed- first come, first served.

See the attached flyer for all of the details.

Cathy Miller
cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net
512-919-5160

Announcing a New Addition to the Accommodations Triangle!

The updated STAAR Accommodations Triangle has one new Type 3 Accommodation: Math Scribe. Students are only eligible for this testing accommodation if they:

  • have visual impairments that necessitate the use of braille or large-print test materials or have a physically disabling condition that prevents them from recording scratch work and computations on their own
  • are unable to effectively use other Optional Test Administration Procedures and Materials (OTAPMs) or accommodations
  • and routinely and effectively use this accommodation during classroom instruction.

This accommodation allows a test administrator to record a student’s dictated scratch work and computations when a disabling condition prevents the student from accomplishing this task independently.

For a student who meets the eligibility criteria, this accommodation may be used on

  • STAAR, STAAR L, and STAAR Modified Mathematics and Science (grades 3–8 and EOC)
  • STAAR Spanish Mathematics and Science (grades 3–5)

It is important to note that this accommodation is only for students who are unable to record their own scratch work, not for students who struggle with handwriting, math processes, or visual-spatial organization.

However, students who have temporary physically disabling conditions (ie. a recently broken, dominant, writing hand) may be eligible for this accommodation.

Since this is a Type 3 Accommodation, an Accommodation Request Form (ARF) must be submitted and the term “Type 3” must be recorded in the Accommodations field of the student’s answer document.

For further questions please contact:

Cathy Miller cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net 512-919-5160
JC Sanders jc.sanders@esc13.txed.net 512-919-5420
Matt Holloway matthew.holloway@esc13.txed.net 512-919-5396

Accommodations Triangle Now Updated by TEA

TEA has updated the STAAR Accommodations Triangle as well as the Optional Test Administration Procedures and Materials (OTAPMs) document to reflect changes for the 2012-13 school year.  Many of the changes are merely clarifications of information.  Math Scribe, an additional support, has been added to the Type 3 Accommodations.  There have also been additions and clarifications to the OTAPMs.  A series of blogs will follow over the next few weeks identifying specific changes in the Accommodations Triangle in detail.  Click on the links below for more detailed information:

TEA’s Accommodation Triangle  (webpage)

OTAPM 12-13 with highlighted changes  (ESC created pdf)

For further questions please contact:

Cathy Miller cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net 512-919-5160
JC Sanders jc.sanders@esc13.txed.net 512-919-5420
Matt Holloway matthew.holloway@esc13.txed.net 512-919-5396

 

 

Inclusion Institute for Secondary Teachers, June 15, 2012

2012 Inclusion Institute Virtual Conference just added!!

More information on this exciting addition coming soon.

The 2nd annual i2, Inclusion Institute for Secondary Teachers is approaching quickly.  This  year’s institute is shaping up to be even better than last year.  Inclusion expert, Dr. Paula Kluth, will renew that joy for learning that brought us all to this profession.  Her keynote,  “Joyful Learning”, will be an interactive session.  Participants will apply principles of differentiation by exploring a number of collaborative, active, and brain-compatible learning techniques aimed at engaging students and making learning joyful.

In addition, breakout sessions will specifically focus on the needs of secondary teachers.  Breakout session topics include:

  • Educating Students with Austism:  20 Ideas for the Inclusive Classroom
  • Facilitating Anywhere, Anytime Learning for Readers with Print Disabilities
  • How Can My Math Class Be More Like a Video Game?
  • Maximizing Student Learning in the Social Studies Classroom
  • Inclusion and STAAR ALT Students
  • Web 2.0 Tools for All Learners
  • STAARtling Technology Accommodations
  • Skills to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • and more…….

Click on the video below to see a quick preview of our breakout session “Brain-based Memory Strategies for the Science Classroom”.

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 Inclusion Institute for Secondary Teachers

Friday, June 15, 2012                           9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Education Service Center Region XIII

5701 Springdale Rd.                             Austin, TX   78723

On-site:  $55                                                    Virtual:  $40

 

Register for on-site conference                                       Inclusion Institute Flyer (pdf)

 For more information, contact:

Cathy Miller

cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5160

Inclusion Institute 2012 – CALL FOR PRESENTERS

Invitation to Present

Education Service Center Region XIII invites you to share your knowledge and expertise as a presenter at the Inclusion Institute ESC Region XIII 2012. This institute is for general education and special education teachers, service providers and parents who serve students at the secondary level.

Your expertise is valuable to the ESC Region XIII Inclusion Institute 2012!

We look forward to your participation!

Institute Goal

Our goal is to provide a one-day professional development opportunity for educators involved in inclusive settings at the secondary level. The 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 at the secondary level.

Institute Audience

General education teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, instructional coaches, and administrators from middle schools and high schools in the Region XIII service area.

Proposal Application

    • Complete all sections of the application online.
    • Submit proposal application by February 15, 2012                         

Session Length

  • Breakout sessions scheduled for the afternoon of June 15, 2012
  • Breakout sessions are 1.5 hours and 3 hours in length.

 

Information at a Glance
Institute Date June 15, 2012
Location ESC Region XIII, Austin, TX
Applications http://bit.ly/tteiXB
Deadline for submission February 15, 2012
Contact information Cathy Miller
512-919-5160 or cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net

If you are interested in registering for the Inclusion Institute for Secondary Educators 2012, go to ESC e Campus and search for ID # SU1220803.

If you are interested in submitting an application click here for all the details in pdf format.

Power of 2 is Coming!

Are you sharing a classroom with a general ed or a special ed teacher?  Do you feel like those new “Dancing With the Stars” partners who are stepping on each others toes or even working against each other?  Co-teaching can be fun and rewarding if you know the right steps to support the partnership.

Power of 2 training can help!

Both partners are encouraged to attend this one day training.   Participants will gain many ideas for creating a caring, structured, and engaging environment where students follow multiple pathways to accomplish learning outcomes.

Wednesday, Oct 26

9:00 – 4:00

Education Service Center Region XIII

$40 per person

eCampus Workshop # FA1121704 (flier)

For questions, please contact Cathy Miller.

                                                                                                                                                      cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net                                                                                                                                                                          512-919-5160

Inclusion Institute for Secondary Educators 2011

Many of us were able to escape Austin’s record breaking heatwave by attending the first annual Inclusion Institute for Secondary Educators at Education Service Center Region XIII on June 22, 2011.  We appreciate the contributions that all of our speakers made to making this day a great success especially Dr. Lisa Dieker and Dr. Kelly Grillo from the University of Central Florida.  Their personal experiences and expertise in serving all students at the secondary level made an impact on all participants. Below are links and documents graciously shared by some of our speakers. 

Mark your calendar for June 18 & 19, 2012 for the expanded version of the Inclusion Institute for Secondary Educators.

If you have questions regarding the 2011 or the 2012 institutes, do not hesitate to contact me.

Cathy Miller                         512-919-5160                       cathy.miller@esc13.txed.net