Beat the Heat 2017: Registration is Open!

Pictures of students with disabilitiesBeat the Heat 2017
Workshop #SU1734208 – 
June 21 & 22, 2018
ESC Region 13

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

Wednesday ♦ June 21, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

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

Thursday ♦ June 22, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

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

Beat the heat! Spend these summer days with cool people and sizzling hot ideas!

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).

Questions?

Beat the Heat 2017 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat June 21-22, 2017

Teachers Teach Teachers

We are seeking teachers who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom!

Beat the Heat 2017 will be a two day learning extravaganza! On Wednesday, June 21st we will have full day sessions for participants’ extended learning. On Thursday, June 22nd we will have a short keynote presentation and then a series of 90 minute breakout sessions with presentations by the best and brightest from here in Region 13. This means you!

Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference.

Questions?

TED Tips: Transition Fairs and Events

As the TED for your district, you’re probably wondering how to connect your students with disabilities and their families with the agencies and other resources they’ll need to be successful in adult life. One way to do that is to learn about area events that offer information and host networking opportunities with representatives from the agencies/programs that support adults with disabilities in education, employment, independent living, recreation, legal/financial planning, and other areas.

Region 13 hosts an online calendar for Transition Fairs and Events in central Texas. Check out the events that are posted, and be sure to explore the option to view the events by month or by list. Click on an event to get details, including who to contact for more information and flyers to share with your students and families.

Sharing information about these events meets the requirement to “provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services” from TEC 29.011. . . Although it’s not just TEDs who can share this information! The online calendar is available to anyone, and the events posted are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

 

 

TED Tips: Transition and Employment Guide

The Texas Transition & Employment Guide was required by the same legislation that created the Transition & Employment Services Designee (TED). Developed by a team of stakeholders from across the state, this guide was first published in 2014 and is posted to the Transition in Texas website (in English and Spanish).

The Texas Transition & Employment Guide includes:

  • Sections on Self Advocacy, Transition Services, Employment and Supported Employment, Social Security Programs, Community and Long Term Services and Supports, Postsecondary Educational Programs and Services, Information Sharing, and Guardianship and Alternatives
  • Phone numbers, emails, and websites to help you find what you need
  • Timeline of steps that students and families can take as they make the transition from student to adult

If you are the TED for your district or charter school you should be very familiar with this guide. Be sure that you know how to use it to learn more about services in Texas or to help students/families access these services and understand the transition process based on their needs and goals.

Texas Education Code §29.0112 (e) requires that a school district shall:
(1) post the transition and employment guide on the district’s website if the district  maintains a website; and
(2) provide written information and, if necessary, assistance to a parent regarding how to access the electronic version of the guide at:
(A) the first meeting of the student’s admission, review, and dismissal committee at which transition is discussed; or
(B) the first committee meeting that occurs after the date the guide becomes available, if a student has already had an admission, review, and dismissal committee meeting discussing transition. 

 

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

 

TED Tips: Agency Connections

One role of the Transition & Employment Services Designee (TED) is to “provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services and interagency coordination” (TEC §29.011).

Here are a few ways to accomplish this:

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

 

TED Tips: Intro to TEDs

Welcome to TED Tips, a blog series devoted to supporting the Transition & Employment Services Designee. Today’s post will cover the basics.

What is a TED?

Beginning in July 2014, each district/charter school is required to designate one staff member to serve as the Transition & Employment Services Designee (also known as the TED). This is reflected in Texas Education Code 29.011.

What does the TED do?

According to TEC §29.011, “An individual designated under this subsection must provide information and resources about effective transition planning and services and interagency coordination to ensure that local school staff communicate and collaborate with:
(1) students enrolled in special education programs under this subchapter and the parents of those students; and
(2) as appropriate, local and regional staff of the:
(A) Health and Human Services Commission;
(B) Department of Aging and Disability Services;
(C) Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services;
(D) Department of State Health Services; and
(E) Department of Family and Protective Services.”

Use this checklist to review your processes. Note that TEA has not yet developed training guidelines for the TED. Stay tuned for those requirements to be clarified, and consider attending the Texas Transition workshop at your ESC.

Region 13 will offer this workshop on Monday, November 7 from 9:00 to 4:00. Cost is $45 (workshop ID: FA1634835)

Who is my TED?

Search for your district or charter school on the Transition & Employment Services Designee list at the Legal Framework website. Click the icon to the right for contact information, and click the icon further to the right to open the link to your district’s website where the Texas Transition & Employment Guide is posted.

Is this the same TED as in “AskTED”?

Nope. AskTED is an online directory of schools and service centers in Texas, and is not related to the Transition & Employment Services Designee. There’s also something called TEDS, which are the Texas Education Data Standards for PEIMS and TSDS. Be sure you know which TED you’re talking about!

For more information, contact Elizabeth.Danner@esc13.txed.net

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning for Transition

Starting the new school year means getting to know your students. Transition assessments are one way for secondary educators get to know their students’ strengths, preferences, interests, and needs. Transition planning must begin by age 14 (or younger, if appropriate) for any student receiving special education services.

But what about elementary teachers and students . . . ?

This Hands On Activity To Identify Your Child’s Strengths from Understood.org is a great tool for students to learn about their strengths and interests. It can also help elementary teachers learn more about their students and to begin teaching the skills for self-determination. For more resources on self-determination across all grade levels, check out the I’m Determined website from Virginia Department of Education.

For more information about transition planning for students with disabilities in Texas, contact the education specialist from the Secondary Transition/Post-School Results Network at your ESC.

Elizabeth Danner

Education Service Center Region 13

Austin, Texas

elizabeth.danner@esc13.txed.net

 

 

Beat the Heat 2016 App Available

Beat the Heat 2016 App Available!""

Are you attending this year’s Beat the Heat Conference?  We’d like to help you make the most of your time with us by providing you access to our conference app.  Here are some of its features:

  • Schedule– From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  • Speakers– Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  • Handouts–Links to the handouts will be found in the session descriptions. We will be posting handouts as they are received from the presenters. While we won’t be printing all the handouts for all participants.  We will be providing handouts to session participants
  • Floor Map– Have our floor map in the palm of your hand!
  • Twitter– Tweet about Beat the Heat directly through the app. You can use this hashtag: #r13bth. You can also follow us @ESC13IDEA

Our app is available on three different platforms.

FYI! The iPhone and Android apps will sync across platforms and devices.  For example, if you have an Android phone and an iPad, you can download the app to both devices.  You create a profile/login on one device.  When you open the app on the other device, you will use the login/profile you created to access your information.

The WebApp works only online and is device specific.  It will not sync your information across platforms, browsers or devices.

Download this app and see what’s available!  Beat the Heat 2016 will be here before you know it.

Hill Country Summer Institute App Available!

Hill Country Summer Institute LogoAre you attending this year’s Hill Country Summer Institute? We’d like to help you make the most of your time at the institute by providing you access to our app.

Here are some of its features:

  1. Schedule – From the main schedule you can create your own personal schedule.
  2. Speakers – Browse through our speakers and select session provided by your favorites!
  3. Handouts Please note! Printed handouts will not be available at the institute. We are making handouts available for download through this app.  Links to handouts can be found in two locations within the app in the session descriptions and in each speaker’s bio.
  4. Floor Maps – Have our floor maps in the palm of your hand!
  5. Twitter – Tweet about Hill Country directly through the app using this hashtag: #r13hillco. You can also follow the discussions @SLPRegion13.

Our app is available on three different platforms.

FYI! The iPhone and Android apps will sync across platforms and devices.  For example, if you have an Android phone and an iPad, you can download the app to both devices.  You create a profile/login on one device.  When you open the app on the other device, you will use the login/profile you created to access your information.

The WebApp works only online and is device and browser specific.  It will not sync your information across platforms, browsers or devices.

Download the app!  The 2016 Hill Country Summer Institute will be here before you know it!

Beat the Heat Pre-Conference Sessions

""Beat the Heat 2016 Pre-Conference, June 29, 2016

We have gathered a stellar group of national presenters for our pre-conference!

  • Mindy Ely, EL VISTA Project Coordinator, Illinois State University
  • Mike Mueller, PhD, BCBA-D, Founder, Southern Behavioral Groups
  • Bobbie Gallagher, Founder, Autism Center for Educational Services
  • Vickie Mitchell, Consultant, Mitchell-Panter Consulting, LLC
  • Rob Pennington, PhD, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
  • Jill Varley, Educational Consultant, Jill Varley Consulting
  • Ron Roybal, Professional Research Associate, University of Denver

What will their sessions cover? Take a look at their session descriptions.

We have three registration options!  Register today!

Option 1: Beat the Heat – 3 Day All Inclusive

  • June 29-30, & July 1, 2016
  • Workshop #SU1631578
  • Cost: $125.00 (This represents a $30 savings over registering for individual days)

Option 2: Beat the Heat – Pre-Conference

Option 3: Beat the Heat – Main Conference