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?

Texas Public Prekindergarten Class Size and Student-to-Teacher Ratio Study

In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, passed House Bill (HB) 4 focused on high-quality prekindergarten programming. A key aspect of the bill was authorizing and funding the HB 4 High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant program, which the Texas Education Agency (TEA) awarded in July 2016 for the 2016–17 school year. HB 4 also specified expansion of early education reporting requirements for all Texas public schools offering a prekindergarten program beginning in the 2016–17 school year. Finally, HB 4 specified that a study be conducted to understand the relationship between quality and class size and student-to-teacher ratios in prekindergarten.

Recommendations from the study:

Class size guidelines should be set to a maximum not to exceed 22 students per prekindergarten classroom. Given the class size recommendation, a student-to-teacher ratio not to exceed 11:1 is recommended for all public prekindergarten classes with between 16 and 22 students. In cases where class size is 15 or fewer students, a student-to-teacher ratio should not exceed 15:1. However, following these guidelines alone will not ensure conditions for high-quality prekindergarten classrooms.
The full report and executive summary are available from the links below:

Texas Public Prekindergarten Class Size and Student-to-Teacher Ratio Study (ICF International, September 2016)

Executive Summary (12 pages)

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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.

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

Beat the Heat 2016: Registration Is… Oopen!

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Registration is open with 3 registration options available!

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

Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 29, 2016.  Back by popular demand this day provides day-long, in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level including: Challenging Behavior; General Curriculum Access for Students with Intellectual Disability; Structure and Visual Supports; Transition & Life Planning; Foundations of Social Interaction for Early Learners with Visual Impairments; Safety and Sexuality for Adolescents; The Pyramid Model: An Intervention Model for Young Children with Challenging Behavior.

Beat the Heat: Thursday & Friday, June 30- July 1, 2016. This popular traditional format of a keynote speaker and breakout sessions on best practices features area professionals and ESC staff.  Content for the breakout sessions is developed to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers.  Topic include: Curriculum & Instruction; Classroom Management & Organization; Behavior; Autism; Communication; Assistive Technology; Sensory-Motor; Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD); Transition; and 18+ Programming.

Want the entire experience?  

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2016 – 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)

Can only come 1 or 2 days?

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2016: Day 1 Pre-Conference
  • June 29, 2016
  • Workshop #SU1634907
  • Cost: $55.00
OR
  • Register for Beat the Heat 2016: Days 2 & 3 Main Conference
  • June 30-July 1, 2016
  • Workshop #SU1634908
  • Cost: $105.00

BONUS!!!!

For more information contact:

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!

 

 

 

New FREE Autism Resources

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Region 13 is excited to announce the revision of the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism website (www.txautism.net) and the launch of the Autism Circuit website (www.autismcircuit.net).  Our goal with these sites was to develop resources for educators, parents, and community members focusing on evidence-based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder.

Visitors to www.txautism.net will find information to support the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) with individuals who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  This website include links Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching (TARGET) where you will find documents providing information and research on EBPs and evaluations/assessments.  You will also find information on trainings and webinars specific to ASD, the Texas State Autism Conference, and a variety of state and national resources.

www.autismcircuit.net provides quick access to tools that may be used when working with an individual with ASD.  Each tool provides an explanation of how to use the tool, printable templates and resources, and links for additional resources.  There are also links in each tool connecting them to an EBP webinar and a TARGET document.

Please share these resources with educators, parents, and anyone else who works with students with autism.  We also welcome any feedback you may be able to provide.

Evidenced Based Intervention Techniques for Children with Autism

There are a variety of interventions for children with autism that claim to be the most effective in improving outcomes for children with autism. This circumstance can make it difficult for clinicians to pick the most suitable intervention for the client with whom they work. In order to select the most appropriate intervention, clinicians should have an understanding of the continuum of interventions including the theoretical framework, key components of intervention techniques, and practical implementation.

Join us at Region 13 for a workshop presented by Anna Dvortcsak, MS CCC-SLP where we will review the continuum of intervention techniques for children with autism and will provide information on selection of the most appropriate treatment technique.


When: September 25, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: ESC Region 13, Austin TX

Workshop ID: FA1532679

Cost: $45                              Register through Region 13’s E-Campus


OR watch at home or in your office with our Livestream option

Workshop ID: FA1533013

Cost: Free                             Register through Region 13’s E-Campus


 5.5 TSHA CEUs pending for both options

Questions, please contact Cyndi O’Toole at cyndi.otoole@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5180

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