Archive for the ‘Disabilities’ Category

2018 STAAR Online Testing Issues

  The Commissioner has addressed the online testing issues experienced in April and again in May. In April, the event impacted students taking the grades 5 and 8 mathematics, 4 and 7 writing and English I tests.  In May, the event primarily impacted students taking the grades 3-8 reading test. During the April 2018 administration […]

Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, No Problem!

Help get your General Education teachers and staff ready to work with students who have a hearing loss. Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, No Problem will address the needs of children in the general education setting who have a hearing loss and utilize hearing aids, cochlear implants, or bone anchored hearing systems. The goal of this […]

Announcing the Region 13 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Professional Learning Community (PLC)!

  Are you looking for a way to transform your teaching and your students’ learning? Submit your application to join the Region 13 Universal Design for Learning Professional Learning Community!  This PLC is designed to provide cohort members with an understanding of the UDL framework, knowledge and resources to support UDL implementation, and individualized learning […]

Maker Faire @ Beat the Heat 2018

When we say “maker,” you say “faire!” Why do our teachers and paraeducators love the maker faire at Beat the Heat? So many reasons; here’s a few: Items are tied to content from sessions participants have just attended Activities address functional and academic areas/skills Items are designed to be engaging and span grade bands Instruction […]

Active Learning Expert Patricia Obrzut @ Beat the Heat 2018!

On June 21st, the first day of Beat the Heat 2018, Patricia Obrzut, MS, OTR/L will present a full day session: Active Learning: Given the Opportunity, Any Child Can Learn! Active learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation.  For students with multiple disabilities, active participation is achieved by creating […]

Alright, Alright, ALL Write! Janet Sturm @ BEAT the HEAT!

Region 13 is thrilled to announce that First Author Writing Curriculum creator, Janet Sturm, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, will be presenting at this year’s Beat the Heat conference in June! Dr. Sturm is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University, and she has been working in general and special education classrooms for […]

Two Ways to Beat the Heat: In Person & Online! Register Now…

Beat the Heat 2018 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.  Can’t attend in person? Want to attend in your pajamas? Wish you could see more than one session in the same time […]

New STAAR Alternate 2 Participation Requirements Take Effect May 1, 2018!

In a TETN presentation on April 25, 2018, new STAAR Alternate 2 participation requirements for the 2019 administration were announced.  The newly revised Participation Requirements take effect May 1, 2018.  They include changes to the number of requirements (there are now five instead of four), and clarifying language that defines a significant cognitive disability. The […]

UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and Social Emotional Learning

“Emotion has a substantial influence on the cognitive processes in humans, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, and problem solving” (Tyng, Amin, Saad, & Malik, 2017). Each day, teachers experience the challenging connections between emotion and learning.  The good news is that we can plan for social and emotional variability in our classrooms by referencing the UDL […]

UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and Teacher Appraisal Systems

In this blog series we’ve shared information about how UDL provides a framework for focusing instruction on learner variability, ways that planning with UDL can optimize student learning, and where UDL is mentioned in federal laws and plans. But what about teacher appraisal; how do the UDL guidelines connect to T-TESS? This short video uses […]

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