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!

Dan Habib, Documentary Filmmaker, to Keynote Beat the Heat 2017

We are over-the-moon excited to welcome back documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib! 

Dan was with us several years ago discussing his film, Including Samuel.  This year Dan will join us virtually to preview and discuss his new documentary Intelligent Lives.

Intelligent Lives

The perception of intelligence is a powerful force in the systematic segregation, maltreatment, and unfulfilled potential of hundreds of millions of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide. This film explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path.  The film project will explore these themes through personal stories along with a historical perspective on the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities, with narration from Academy Award-winning actor, Chris Cooper.

Dan Habib

Dan is a filmmaker on disability-related topics at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability.  He is the creator of award-winning documentaries such as Including SamuelWho Cares about Kelsey?, and others.  Both Including Samuel and Who Cares about Kelsey? were aired on public televisions stations and they were both nominated for Emmy awards.

Before going to the University of New Hampshire, he was a photography editor of the Concord Monitor.  His freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and the New York Times.  He has received numerous awards for his work.  In 2014, he was appointed by President Barak Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Disabilities.

Dan and his wife, Betsy, call Concord, New Hampshire home.  They live their with their sons Isiah and Samuel.

You can read more about Dan and his projects at this website: https://iod.unh.edu/person/habib/dan

Beat the Heat 2017: Registration is Open!

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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?

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

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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

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

OR

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

Announcing Beat the Heat 2016 Keynote Speakers: Kristin Neff, Sarah Barnes & Jesse Trocino!

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We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for Beat the Heat 2016.

Thursday, June 30

Dr. Kristin Neff  – The Science of Self-Compassion
Be good to yourself!  Dr. Kristin Neff  will discuss self-compassion.  Learn practical strategies for maintaining emotional well-being in a stressful work environment.   Find out more about Dr. Neff on her Self-Compassion website.

Friday, July 1

Jesse Trocino – My Life on the Range
Jesse will describe the path he took to achieve his dream of becoming a cowboy.  He comes to us from Project SPEAK, a training program for people with developmental disabilities who want to become public speakers.

Sarah Barnes – Meredith & Me
Sarah will speak on the joys, frustrations and sorrows of raising a daughter with intellectual disabilities.   For the Austin American Statesman, she writes a column titled “A Different Road” about raising Meredith. Read more about Sarah and Meredith on her website.

Bet you can’t wait to register!  Stay tuned, we’re almost there.

Wrapping up the details for Beat the Heat 2016

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We are wrapping up the details for Beat the Heat 2016!
Save the dates: June 29- July 1, 2016!
Registration will be available soon.

ESC Region 13’s Beat the Heat is a three-day professional development opportunity for teachers, paraeducators, and others who work with children ages 3-5 and students with significant disabilities ages 6-21.

Beat the Heat 2016 Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 29, 2016.  Back by popular demand, this day provides in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level.  Participants can choose one of several outstanding full-day sessions.

Beat the Heat 2016: Thursday & Friday, June 30-July 1, 2016.  This year we will be offering two exciting keynote speakers, one each morning.  Continuing the energy and excitement, the afternoons will be filled with 90 minute breakout sessions.  These sessions feature area professionals and ESC staff sharing best practices.  Content for the breakout sessions is developed to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers, paraeducators, and others who support students with significant disabilities.

Stay tuned as we lift the lid off this exciting event!