Toward Dignity and Opportunity: Dr. Michael Wehmeyer at Beat the Heat

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Region 13 is thrilled to announce that Dr. Michael Wehmeyer will be presenting at this year’s Beat the Heat conference in June! Why are we thrilled? Well . . .

He’s kind of a big deal . . .

Dr. Wehmeyer is a Distinguished Professor in Special Education with the Beach Center on Disability at University of Kansas, and has been a leader in the field of special education for over 30 years. His work includes a focus on transition planning for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has written or contributed to countless books, articles, and other resources to promote understanding and application of self-determination skills to increase independence, communication, and connection for students with disabilities.

It’s kind of a big topic . . .

Self-determination has been a focus of special education for decades, as it has been shown to increase positive post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. In June 2017, Senate Bill 748 was signed into law requiring schools to provide supplementary aids, services, curricula, and other opportunities to assist the student in developing decision-making skills… and supports and services to foster the student’s independence and self-determination” beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Schools must provide these resources “as appropriate” for each student, individualizing according to each student’s needs and strengths, regardless of their support needs.

On June 21st, Dr. Wehmeyer will be hosting a full day presentation on Self-Determination for Individuals with Significant Disabilities. This is a great chance to receive resources for teaching self-determination skills in your classroom straight from the source: the distinguished speaker who *literally* wrote the book on it.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the leaders in the field of transition planning for students with disabilities!  Register for the 2018 Beat the Heat conference now!

BTH 2018 WEBSITE
http://bit.ly/BTH18

Maker Faire @ Beat the Heat 2018

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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 templates include why the activity is beneficial to students, how to make it, instructions for use, application to adulthood, making it meaningful extensions, and additional resources
  • Serves as a networking, problem solving, and interactive brain break station

Here are ideas of what’s to come…

  • make a repetitive line nursery rhyme book with an unexpected twist adding environmental print
  • self-determination folder “games”
  • ten frame math puzzle activity
  • “active learning” interactive wrist bands
  • portable behavioral supports as pictured below
  • and MORE

We hope to see you there! For details and registration information please visit the BTH 2018 WEBSITE http://bit.ly/BTH18.

 

Active Learning Expert Patricia Obrzut @ Beat the Heat 2018!

On June 21st, the first day of Beat the Heat 2018Patricia 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 an enriched environment that fosters independent and appropriate developmental learning.

Join Patty as she discusses the principles of the Active Learning approach, and how to increase students’ functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors.

On Day 2 (June 22nd), she will provide 2 breakout sessions. The first, Promoting Comprehending Hands through Active Learning will focus on detailed Active Learning strategies emphasizing those fine motor skills typically achieved from birth to two years.  The second, Early Learning & Movement: An Active Learning Perspective will focus on how individuals with multiple special needs progress from reflexive and unintentional movements to intentional movements.

Patty is the Assistant Director at the Perickton Center for Blind Children, a private non-profit organization serving blind, special needs children ages 1-12 years.  Mr. Obrzut has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been implementing programming for special need children since 1992.  In 2002 she received the permission of Dr. Lilli Nielsen to provide Active Learning educational trainings.  She is considered an expert in the use of Active Learning strategies, equipment, techniques, assessment tools, and curriculum.  We are excited to have her at this conference!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from an expert in Active Learning for students with multiple special needs!  Register for Workshop #SU1836780.  Patty’s full day session is not included in the BTH virtual conference

""Beat the Heat 2018
June 21-22, 2018
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

For more information and to see the complete conference schedule, visit our Beat the Heat Conference website.

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 slot? Yes, you can…

Beat the Heat Every child matters.

WHEN

  • June 21, 2018 9-4
  • June 22, 2018 9-4

WHERE

Education Service Center Region 13 + Online
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX  78723

FEATURING    

BTH 2018 WEBSITE
http://bit.ly/BTH18

ATTEND 2 DAYS IN PERSON

Attend any session in person for credit. Also, view any/all of the recorded sessions for a limited time after the event (no credit, for content only).


ATTEND 2 DAYS ONLINE VIA LIVESTREAM

Choose and watch 5 livestreamed sessions for credit. After the event, view the other recorded sessions for a limited time  (no credit, for content only).

The following sessions will be available online via Livestream.  Every participant will be able to choose and view 5 livestreamed sessions for credit during the live event.  The other sessions may be viewed after the event for a limited time* for content only (no credit given).

THURSDAY LIVESTREAM OPTIONS 6/21/18  (pick 1)

9:00-4:00

  • Topic: Linking Behavior Interventions for Young Children to Their Function– Susan Catlett, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • *60 days

9:00-4:00

  • Topic: Alright, Alright, ALL Write: Differentiated Writing Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities- Janet Sturm, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • *60 days

9:00-4:00

  • Topic: Taming the Data Monster– Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • *5 days

FRIDAY LIVESTREAM OPTIONS 6/22/18  (pick 1 for each time slot)

9:00-10:00

  • Keynote: “Changing the Narrative through Opportunity and Raised Expectations”– Liz Plachta and Mark Hublar
  • * 60 days

10:15 – 11: 45 AM Sessions

  • Topic: Instructional Routine for Achieving Early Counting  Claire Greer, Ph.D.  (*60 days)
  • Topic: Promoting Comprehending Hands Through Active Learning– Patty Obrzut, OT and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children  (*60 days)

12:45 – 2:15 PM Sessions

  • Topic: Building Independence Through Structured Work Systems – Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D  (*5 days)
  • Topic: Early Learning & Movement: An Active Learning Perspective – Patty Obrzut, OT and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children (*60 days)
 2:30 – 4:00 PM Sessions
  • Topic: Building Cohesive Classroom Teams– Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D  (*5 days)
  • Topic: Let’s Open a Can of Worms: Sexuality and Disabilities– Barbara Hobbs, ESC 16  (*60 days)
Note: You will NOT select the sessions you want to watch when registering.  You WILL be able to choose sessions on June 21 after logging in to Region 13’s ecampus/workshop registration system, finding the course SU1839863 and selecting the Launch button.  Once launched, you’ll be able to navigate to the sessions you want to attend. This will also be the pathway to recorded sessions afterwards.

Please let me know if you have any questions- nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net.

 

Teachers Teach Teachers: Beat the Heat 2018 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat 2018 is coming soon!  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. We are seeking teachers, para-educators, and support staff (SLP, OT, PT, AT, VI, COMS, APE, RN, etc) who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom! 

Submit your proposal to become a Beat the Heat local presenter and, if selected, earn free registration to the conference! This is a terrific opportunity to share your hard-earned professional expertise with your colleagues while developing new professional skills. Presenters of accepted proposals will have the option to complete a self-paced, online course specifically designed to support local Region 13 presenters in developing and delivering professional trainings. Those who complete this course will receive a certificate of endorsement as a presenter to ESC 13. Develop yourself by developing others and build out your résumé with this great opportunity!

We are seeking engaging sessions in the following areas of special education:

  • Behavior
  • Collaboration & Leadership
  • Communication
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood/PPCD
  • Sensorimotor
  • Transition

Your work matters! Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference. Even better, grab a co-worker and both of you submit a proposal! 

Questions?

Nichole Kertis Barton – nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net

Register + Save the Date for “Beat the Heat 2018”- Your Wintry Reminder!

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Beat the Heat 2018
June 21 & 22, 2018

ESC Region 13  

Workshop # SU1836780

*Register now for this exceptional learning opportunity designed for educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant disabilities.

Thursday ♦ June 21, 2018 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

Full day, in-depth workshops on topics including: challenging behavior, communication/AAC, individualized instruction, transition and more!

Friday ♦ June 22, 2018 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

  • Keynote = what topics/who would you like to have keynote this year?  Click here to submit your idea!
  • 90 minute breakout sessions presented by the best and brightest from Region 13 and around the state

Here’s why you should attend!

  • Attend one of the largest conferences in the state focusing on students with significant disabilities
  • Learn first-hand from experts in the field
  • Improve outcomes for your students by learning new strategies and tools from other classroom professionals
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Lunch provided each day

Bonus for ESC Region 13 Parents and Paraeducators!

Receive a discount code to attend Beat the Heat for $10 by contacting Maria Daniel (maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net).

*Congrats to 2017’s QR Code Scavenger Hunt Winners who won free registration to this year’s conference!!

  • Courtney McBride – Leander ISD
  • Jennifer Blair – Llano ISD
  • Isabel Bahena – Giddings ISD
  • Rosa Reese – Manor ISD
  • Abbey Smith – Pflugerville ISD

Got Skills?  We’d love you to present!  Stay tuned for our Call for Presenters

TED Tips: Supported Decision-Making

Senate Bill 748 revised TEC 29.011, TEC 29.0112 and TEC 29.017 to reflect the supported decision-making agreements available under Chapter 1357 of the Estates Code. As part of transition planning, schools will be required to provide information and resources on supported decision-making agreements.

For help in understanding and sharing information about alternatives to guardianship (including supported decision-making), check out these resources:

For more information, contact the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results specialist at your ESC. For districts in Region 13, the contact is Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

Dr. Vickie Mitchell: Beat the Heat 2017 Featured Presenter

Dr. Vickie MitchellOn Beat the Heat Day 1, Vickie Mitchell will be presenting the workshop: Building Sustainable Adult Schedules: The Life Plan with a Focus. Students with significant disabilities need supports to be successful in different environments. How can schools effectively plan for each student to be successful in adulthood? What is the impact of diversity, language and Culture and how does that impact Transition Services? Join us for a review of the Life Planning tool, an essential element of transition services that can lead to sustainable adult schedules. This tool can help schools understand what students and their families see for the young adult’s future. Imagine the sudden jarring moment, when they think about the day the bus stops coming and school supports are no longer available! The Life Plan is designed to help families think through the adult life planning and articulate what the school can do to help them build a good life for their child with significant disabilities. Resources will be shared to help schools review their processes and consider ways to ensure each student is connected with a meaningful, sustainable schedule beyond public school.

Dr. Mitchell has been in education over 38 years, ten years as a secondary general education teacher and over 28 years as a special educator in both elementary and secondary schools. She has been a special education administrator, transition specialist, taught at two Texas universities, and served as the Transition Specialist at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas. Although Dr. Mitchell has been intricately involved in inclusion and training research-based inclusive practices, her love is transition services. Her partner of many years is her daughter, Beth Mitchell Panter They are the authors of the student and teacher editions of “The Student-Led IEP Meeting” and the companion teacher training guide to help district and campus-level educators learn how to organize and implement student, parent, and teacher training on Student-Led IEP Meetings. Dr. Mitchell is the President of the Texas Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and was appointed by past-governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. Vickie and Beth’s last publication, “Student-to-Student”, is a trainer of trainers model for students who have led their IEP Meeting to become trainers of other students, served by special education, on the Student-Led IEP model.

Previous year’s particpant said, “Awesome information on transition. Need to hear this.” We are eagerly looking forward to having Dr. Mitchell back again this year!

To see Dr. Mitchell or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop SU1734208.

""Beat the Heat 2017
June 21-22, 2017
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

Beat the Heat 2017 Full-Day Speakers

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Take your learning to the next level with these full-day sessions for Beat the Heat Day 1, June 21st!

Setting Up Classrooms for Students with Autism Like a Ninja – Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Teaching Grade Level Standards Across the Curriculum – Cindy R. Miller, MS

Building Sustainable Adult Schedules: The Life Plan with a Focus on Diversity – Dr. Vickie Mitchell 

Strategy to See: Strategies for Students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment – Diane Sheline, TVI

Managing Challenging Behaviors – Joanna Ryan, MEd, BCBA

Incorporating Core Vocabulary to Promote Academic Progress: Getting to the Core of Core Vocabulary – Shannon Paige, MA, CCC-SLP

PE and Motor Activities for Students with Severe Disabilities – Randy Foederer, CAPE & Vicki Mason-Foederer, CAPE

Read about their informative sessions.

Summer is coming! Temperatures are rising!  Registration is filling up!
Join us for cool, summer learning!
Beat the Heat 2017—Register now!

Autism at Work Virtual Career Fair

Autism at Work Virtual Career Fair

Thursday, April 13th, 2017 3:00-5:00 CST

Microsoft is hosting a virtual career fair titled Autism at Work with some of the top US employers – all of which have autism hiring programs or inclusive hiring programs. Employers participating in the career fair include AT&T, Ford, Hewlett Packard, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, and more. Persons seeking employment can discuss their career goals, showcase their skills, and ask any questions. LinkedIn will be hosting two 30 minute sessions between 3:00 and 4:00 CST in the virtual theater on how to utilize LinkedIn, build a profile, and get noticed during their job search. Get more information and register for free today at the link below.

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION

Questions? Darcy.Schiller@esc13.txed.net