Inclusion Institute Info: Sessions and Virtual Options

Here is a sneak preview of the breakout sessions for day two of this summer’s Inclusion Institute (Aug. 5 and 6):

  • Progress Monitoring for Secondary Students: Making It Work
  • The Concrete Model of Good Math Instruction
  • Small Group Instruction Made Easy
  • Scaffolding Instruction for STAAR A
  • Perfect PLAAFP Statements Lead to Purposeful Plans
  • I’ve Got 99 Problems. Communication Ain’t One.
  • The Steps to Writing Great Sentences
  • Disproportionality Through a Cultural Lens
  • Connecting the Dots of Collaboration: Making Inclusion Work
  • Including Students With Sensory Impairments: It’s Just Best Practice
  • Struggling Students? “Techniques and Tools to the Rescue!
  • Think College! Inclusive Opportunities in Higher Education
  • Brain-Based Strategies for Social Studies and Science

Register for the face-to-face conference here: If you are interested in staying together as a team and getting some time to talk about the sessions that you see, consider hosting a watch party on your campus. In the video below, Alejandro Gongora, of Manor ISD, describes the Virtual Conference that he hosted last year.

Register for the Inclusion Institute on E-Campus:
Face-to-Face: SU1427634
Virtual: SU1428827

Hill Country Summer Institute Conference App Available!

Check out our conference app! We’d like to help you make the most of your time at the Hill Country Summer Institute with three versions of our conference app!  Our conference app features:

  1. Schedule – From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  2. Speakers – Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  3. HandoutsPlease Note! Printed handouts will not be available at the institute.  We are making the handouts available for download through this app. Links to the handouts can be found in two locations within the app at the end of each session description in the schedule and at the end of each speaker’s bio. 
  4. Floor Maps – Have our floor maps in the palm of your hand!
  5. Twitter – Tweet about Hill Country Institute directly through the app. Use this hashtag: #r13hillco

Our app is available on three different platforms.

Rachel Simon to Keynote Beat the Heat 2014

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Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister, will be the keynote speaker for Beat the Heat 2014.  She is an award-winning author and a nationally-recognized speaker on issues related to diversity and disability. Riding the Bus with My Sister is Rachel’s memoir of the year she spent riding the bus with her sister, Cool Beth.  Beth, a spirited woman with an intellectual disability, spends her days riding buses in her unnamed Pennsylvanian city.  The bus drivers are her mentors and her fellow passengers her community.  In this book Rachel brings light to the almost invisible world of adults with developmental disabilities, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life and show us Beth, as the joyful, feisty, independent person she is.

Check out Rachel’s PBS NewsHour interview with Judy Woodruff:

Beat the Heat 2014: Registration Is Open

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Registration is open with 4 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 25, 2014.  Back by popular demand this day provides day-long, in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level.

Beat the Heat: Thursday & Friday, June 26-27, 2014. 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 2014 – 3 Day All Inclusive!  
  • June 25-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428736
  • Cost: $120.00 (This represents a discounted price over registering for individual days)

Can only come 1 or 2 days?

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014: Day 1 Pre-Conference
  • June 25, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428536
  • Cost: $50.00
  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014: Days 2 & 3 Main Conference
  • June 26-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428537
  • Cost: $100/00

Don’t want to fight Austin traffic?  Try our Virtual Conference!

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014 Virtual Conference
  • June 26-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1429966
  • Cost: $50.00


  • Paraeducators attend at no cost for any registration option!  Use the discount code: Para2014
  • Parents attend at no cost for any registration option! Use the discount code: Parent2014
For more information contact:

Beat the Heat 2014: Call for Proposals


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Beat the Heat Main Conference June 26 & 27, 2014

Your expertise is valuable!  

Education Service Center Region 13 invites you to share your knowledge and expertise as a presenter at Beat the Heat 2014.   This is a professional development opportunity for educators who work with children ages 3-5 and children with significant disabilities ages 6-21. We look forward to showcasing our local experts every year!   Please submit a proposal to present.

2013-14 Welcome Back – AT Training Resources (Mostly FREE!)

Hi Friends,
As a back to school welcome, we are offering a number of free (face-to-face/ on-site) workshop opportunities to Region 13 participants. You’ll see that many sessions are appropriate for teachers and other colleagues; please share the attached flyer with others as you feel appropriate.

Face-to-Face Workshops at ESC 13
If you have questions about relevance of content for you, feel free to give me a call! Classes I would recommend for us as AT staff  include:

  1. Guided Reading for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities- September 7 – FA1327170
  2. Emergent Writing for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities-September 21 –FA1327890
  3. iCan Do iT: iPad Apps iN Support of iEPs & STAAR- September 27 – FA1327896
  4. Dyslexia and Assistive Technology per Senate Bill 866- October 17- FA1326660


Additionally, here is an extensive listing of free webinars provided by a multi-state collaborative with a focus on assistive technology, accessible instructional materials and universal design for learning.  TATN is sponsoring three:

  1. Tablet Computers = Success for Struggling Students, September 17th, 2013
  2. Funding of Assistive Technology for Public K-12 Settings and Charters, December 3, 2013
  3. Acquiring Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) for all Students, February 12, 2014

Still Great

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Some of my faves:

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Curated Handouts from Beat the Heat from our Local Experts!

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Hope to see y’all soon at our AT Leadership Network Meeting(s).  Let us know if we can be of help this year in your AT endeavors!