Collaborative Teaching with Technology – July 28- Have You Registered?

Where do your comfort and skill levels fall with regards to effectively using technology to enhance your productivity and/or student outcomes?  Here’s a call to action- Join us July 28 for Collaborative Teaching with Technology!  

What? Learn how to enhance instruction and improve student outcomes by meaningfully integrating technology into your collaborative classroom.

Who? This workshop is designed to address the needs of a variety of collaborative instructional arrangements, whether providing co-teaching, inclusion support, or classroom consultation. This workshop is designed for YOU:

  • Edtech
  • Co-teachers
  • Inclusion support
  • Assistive technology
  • ESL support
  • GT
  • Total tech novice
  • I feel pretty confident in my tech skills
  • I don’t have access to technology in my classroom
  • I only have my teacher computer and 1 iPad/Chromebook

How? Through guided practice, you will use a variety of simple yet powerful technology tools for planning, data collection, formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and instructional accommodations.

You will also have a chance to explore additional self-selected technology tools relevant to your particular instructional arrangement and student needs.

Why, again? Having participated in examples of meaningful technology integration across varied classroom activities and practiced using the tech tools, you will be able to hit the ground running with engaging strategies for students and strategies for your own productivity and organization.

Where? Region 13

This workshop is a joint effort between Region 13 Specialists including Leslie Barrett (edtech/librarian), Kim West (special educator), Chris Teter (special educator/administrator) and Nichole Kertis Barton (AT/OT).  We’re excited to bring our different perspectives as well as be able to differentiate support based on your needs!  Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more details login to Ecampus and use workshop code SU1736528

WELCOME TO ACCOMMODATION CENTRAL

ACentral homeIf you’re an educator trying to decipher all of your students’ accommodations and wondering what specifically they mean and if they’re really even effective, then you’ll really appreciate this new website designed with your needs in mind.  Welcome to Accommodation Central…..

Accommodation Central (www.acentral.education) is your ONE online stop for current information on supports for students. Here you will find everything you need: appropriate accommodations, practical tips, deeper learning, and a secure connected community.

www.acentral.education provides quick access to accommodations that support student learning. Each accommodation includes a summary, brief description, examples, steps for implementation, and state testing allowability. Multimedia supports such as pictures, videos, printable templates, and links for additional resources will soon be added. The site also includes a learning library for increasing knowledge of accommodations and related topics. Another unique feature of this site is the virtual community where users will be able to share ideas and questions with other educators, read and respond to blogs, participate in polls, surveys, and live question and answer sessions.  Wherever you find yourself on the site you can be assured that the information is updated and current.

So please check out www.acentral.education and join our community today.

 

INCLUSION INSTITUTE 2016

Inclusion Institute 2016

The Road to Inclusion: Strategies for Your Journey

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 June 8, 2016

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This one-day 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.

Join us to hear the inspirational stories of Dr. Kelly Grillo and Caroline Nelson.  These educational leaders will share their life-changing personal and professional experiences with disabilities and the challenges of inclusion.  Participants will learn practical strategies for addressing the complex needs of students with IEPs in general education classrooms.

Register in ecampus

Course number: SU1631795

Cost: $55, lunch provided

Discounts are available for ECP teachers. Contact Giselle Williams for the discount code. giselle.williams@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5396

 

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.

SDI resource

 

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.

Are you wondering how to effectively choose and use accommodations for students with disabilities?

Then come to Accommodations Central workshop on December 1, 2015!

In this workshop you will acquire tools to implement a five step accommodation process that includes selection, administration, and evaluation of accommodations in the classroom. You will also learn how to link appropriate classroom accommodations to appropriate testing accommodations.

Region 13 Specialists will provide updated information about STAAR Accommodations Triangle and STAAR A.

This workshop will look at accommodations suitable for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The accommodation process is applicable to any subject area and meaningful to special education teachers as well as general education teachers.

We hope to see you there!

To register visit, ecampus.esc13.net and search for Accommodations Central or workshop #FA1532296

Do you teach math?

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If so, check out our upcoming workshop, Math for All: AGC in grades 3-12. You will learn how to accommodate and modify instruction in the math classroom to meet the needs of your  struggling learners. The workshop will also provide information regarding allowable accommodations for the STAAR.  Hands-on experiences will be provided to show how to best meet the needs of a diverse population.

When: October 26th, 9am – 4pm

Where: ESC Region 13

Cost: $85

Register: ecampus.esc13.net, search for Math for All or workshop #FA153245

This would be a great workshop to attend as a teaching team – special education teacher with your general education teaching partner!

Susan Hemphill, Math Specialist and JC Sanders, Special Education Specialist will be your co-facilitators for the day.

 

 

It Takes a Village: Supporting the Student who is Deaf and Low Functioning

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 September 15-16 This two day training will help teams maximize the skills of all the professionals in your district who collaborate for students who are deaf and have special educational needs. Life Skills teachers, Teachers of the deaf, paraprofessionals, SLPs and evaluation personnel will all benefit.  Come as a team and impact student learning the next day at school.

Register Today!       http://ecampus.esc13.net        FA1532817          Cost $85

 

Access to General Curriculum Statewide Guidance Documents

The new year is upon us and you may have questions about Special Education.  Don’t fret, guidance is at your fingertips!

resources

AGC Resources are statewide guidance documents covering important topics such as co-teaching, LRE, IEP, paraprofessionals, and grading.   Quick access to all of these documents can be found at www.esc20.net/agcnetwork. The website has been up-dated with short informative videos that provide a brief explanation of each of the resources.

In addition, Education Specialists at Region 13 are available to answer questions you may have regarding Special Education.

Wishing every teacher a great start to the new school year!

 

Do you have a new teaching partner?

Will you be a co-teacher this year? Do you have a new teaching partner? Maybe you have the same teaching partner as before, but are looking to improve your collaboration?

POI

The Power of Inclusion 2-day workshop is for co-teaching partners. After this workshop, teachers and paraprofessionals will be able to implement six different co-teaching approaches. Collaborative partners will be able to define roles and responsibilities for each educator in the room. Students will be better served as educators implement specially designed instruction and utilize all educators in the classroom.

Join us for Power of Inclusion this August!

To register visit ecampus and search for Power of Inclusion or workshop #SU1529399

Inclusion Institute 2015

Are you thinking about attending professional development this summer?

Are you wanting to learn evidence-based strategies to increase student success?

Are you interested in how to increase student motivation and effort?

…YES!

You need to attend the 2015 Inclusion Institute: New Frame of Mind. Join us June 11th for a one-day conference that will bring you LOTS of ideas to help students. Plus, in addition to the keynote session covering Growth Mindsets with Emily Diehl, you will also receive a copy of MindSet: New Psychology of Success. The day will also include opportunities to attend breakout sessions covering current inclusive topics. For more information and to register check out Inclusion Institute 2015, http://bit.ly/Inclusion2015.

Register now for a chance to receive your very own copy of MindSet!