Specially Designed Instruction in Math Summer Series!

Are you a math teacher? Do you have students with disabilities in your class?

Region 13 is offering a special workshop series just for you! If you are a general education teacher working with 1st graders, or a special education teacher working in an Algebra I class, or anything in between, this summer series has something for you.

Develop your knowledge and implementation of best practices in your math classroom. Learn how to incorporate manipulatives and games with your students to strengthen their understanding of math concepts. Design an action plan for improving your students’ attack skills for word problems. Bring your students to mastery of their basic math facts with strategy-based instruction.

Workshop series includes:

Concrete Models of Good Math Instruction – June 16th

Elementary Series – Bringing Math to Life – June 24th


Secondary Series – Math Games for Secondary Students with Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks – June 24th

Strategic Approach to Teaching Math Word Problems – July 19th

To Drill or Not to Drill: Math Facts Through Strategies – July 25th

Elementary Flyer & Secondary Flyer

Registration for the series or for individual workshops is at Ecampus.esc13.net or Elementary Math Series or Secondary Math Series


Looking for ways to increase the reading performance of all students in your classroom?

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Progress in the General Curriculum Statewide Network is pleased to present 

Dr. Barbara Blackburn

High Yield Reading Strategies: Supporting the Reading Development of Students with Disabilities Across Content Areas

May 16th, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Region 20 Education Service Center

In this free workshop, Dr. Blackburn will lead instruction of high yield reading strategies for all grade levels and across all subjects.

This session will look at effective implementation of impactful approaches that increase rigor and student outcomes. By utilizing these strategies across subject areas, teachers can increase overall student achievement in their classrooms. At the end of the day, teachers will walk away with an implementation plan to use in their classrooms.

Dr. Barbara Blackburn has published numerous books and presented to teachers across the country on various subjects that impact students with disabilities.

Register at Region 20’s iLearning 

For questions or assistance contact Erin Kelts at Region 20

erin.kelts@esc20.net or 210-370-5664

Are you teaching students in Algebra 1?

Did you know Region 13 has a podcast series for Supporting Students Struggling in Algebra?

Listen in as Virginia Keasler and JC Sanders talk with math experts about mathematics instruction and what teachers can do to support students who are struggling in Algebra I.


Episode #1: Using Algebra Tiles In the Math Classroom

Episode #2: The Power of Studying Student Work: Formative Assessment

Episode #3: The Importance of Spiraling Prior Mathematical Concepts in Algebra 1

Episode #4 and #5 coming soon!

Elementary Extravaganza Summer Conference


Where: ESC Region 13
When: June 7, 2016, 9 am–4 pm
Who: All Elementary and Early Childhood educators
Cost: $100

Check out the video to discover this year’s theme!

This one-day conference is dedicated to understanding and meeting the diverse and unique needs of Elementary Educators. If you work with PreK–5th Grade…this is the place to go!

Through this innovative, interactive menu-based experience, participants are able to spend their day with other elementary educators experiencing practical topics and connections, generating ideas, and gaining insight into the multiple areas they are responsible for in an environment that respects and honors the hard work and dedication required to be in the classroom.

Stayed tuned for session descriptions, schedule information, and more!

Register today!

Contact Information

For assistance with registration, please contact Megan Wilky

For questions regarding content, please contact Mary Headley


24th Annual Texas Autism Conference

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Region 2 is excited to host the 24th Annual Texas Autism Conference

Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel

San Antonio, TX

August 3-4, 2016

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This year’s conference will feature Curt Warner, retired NFL running back; and Dr. Stephen Shore, Adelphi University professor and consultant. Both of these esteemed individuals will share the experiences with, and expertise, on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The conference program will also include a Parent Panel Discussion and Luncheon event on day two of the conference. Pre-registration is required for this event, so interested individuals should be sure to include this in your registration.

Conference Registration: http://txautism.esc2.net/registration.asp

STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrators: Your Input is Needed!

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The Texas Education Agency uses feedback from test administrators to drive updates (or not) to assessment materials and processes – here is your opportunity to play a role in the reflection and update process!  Please review the information from TEA, below, and follow the link to record your experience:

“Testing personnel are urged to participate in a survey to provide feedback regarding their experience with the 2016 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) Alternate 2 administration. The information received from this survey will be used to help improve future STAAR Alternate 2 administrations.

The 2016 STAAR Alternate 2 Survey for Test Administrators can be accessed at http://www.TexasAssessment.com/STAARAlternate2TASurvey.

The Texas Education Agency appreciates your input and willingness to participate in these surveys. Responses should be submitted by May 13, 2016.

Contact the Customer Service Center by phone at (800) 627-0225 for questions or assistance.”

NEW! Specially Designed Instruction Document

The Progress to the General Curriculum (PGC) Statewide Network is very proud to announce the release of the newest PGC statewide guidance document, Specially Designed Instruction Document.

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This document is a resource for teachers of students receiving special education services. The document includes legal references defining specially designed instruction (SDI) and a comparison of high yield instructional strategies and SDI. Sections on planning and implementing SDI, along with suggested roles and responsibilities for the general and special educators, are included in this guidance.

The PGC Statewide Network website also hosts a short webinar covering high yield strategies for reading.

STAAR A Practice Sets are Posted for March Testing

Email from TEA’s Justin Porter regarding STAAR A Online Practice Tests.


Over the last two weeks we have posted practice tests to the STAAR Online Testing Platform (SOTP) as they have become available. As of late last night, all practice tests associated with the March test administrations have been posted as well as a sprinkling of practice tests associated with May. Over the next couple of weeks, the remaining practice tests associated with May grades and subjects will be posted.

Please forward this information on to interested district staff in your region.


Thank you for your patience with this ongoing release.  

 Justin Porter Ed.D.

Director, Assessments for Special Populations

 Student Assessment Division                                                            

Texas Education Agency

Wondering How to Use Algebra Tiles?

Looking for a way to help your students understand abstract algebra problems using visual modeling? Region 13 has created a series of FREE videos to help Algebra 1 teachers understand how to utilize Algebra Tiles in instruction. Visit Region 13’s Math webpage at www.esc13.net/math; scroll to the middle of the page for the introduction video “Using Algebra Tiles,” or use the video gallery link located on the left side menu.

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Check back to the Region 13 Math site for the upcoming “Supporting Students Struggling in Algebra” podcast series!