Register today for To Drill or Not to Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction!

Do your students struggle to learn math facts? In this workshop you will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use in order to build automaticity of the addition and subtraction and multiplication and division facts. Teaching of strategies to recall basic facts builds flexible thinking in a student. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact. This workshop will also provide ideas for implementation of strategy instruction, progress monitoring tips, and engaging math practice ideas to build fluency.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System, a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Day 1 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and Day 2 attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

FACTastic helps students build a solid mathematical foundation that is critical for their success. In this video, the teacher uses FACTastic cards to get students to think differently about multiplying and dividing with six. Check it out!

Register today!

Date: November 12 & 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $90.00/day

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Day 1, November 12, Addition and Subtraction, #FA1840432
  • Day 2, November 13, Multiplication and Division, #FA1840433

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Register today for Power of Inclusion!

Including students with disabilities in the general education classroom is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educators need to collaborate to successfully meet the needs of diverse learners.

Power of Inclusion is a one-day workshop that offers general educators, special educators, and paraprofessionals an opportunity to develop relationships and expand their understanding of how to provide access to the general education curriculum for all students.

Topics covered include co-teaching approaches, paraprofessional support, specially designed instruction, Universal Design for Learning, roles and responsibilities, collaboration, and planning.

Date: October 23, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $45.00

Register for Power of Inclusion in Ecampus by using course number FA1839170.

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

UDL Series: Meeting the Needs of All Students

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) offers all students a variety of ways to engage with the content. Today’s students enter classrooms with a wide range of skills, needs, and interests. At the same time, much of the curriculum available to teachers is narrowly focused, making it hard to meet the diverse needs of these students. Using the UDL framework can help you overcome curriculum barriers by focusing instruction on systematic learner variability rather than the mythical average student. Systematic learner variability is predictable, which means you can plan for it. Curriculum created using UDL is designed from the beginning to be flexible and customized, allowing teachers to meet students where they are.

Watch a video about how UDL classrooms are like an orchestra.

Learn from Todd Rose about the research behind learner variability.

Download Examples of addressing learner variability using the UDL Guidelines.

Reflect on why it’s important to know about learner variability. How do you or your teachers address learner variability in the classroom?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak, our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!


Registration now available for the workshop: UDL Now! A Guide to Classroom Application with Author Katie Novak

Participants can choose to attend face-to-face workshop or online workshop.

Register now for face-to-face workshop

Register now for online workshop


UDL Blog Series:

  • What do you know about Universal Design for Learning?
  • Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • UDL and the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • UDL and Teacher Appraisal Systems
  • Lesson Planning with UDL
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Producing Expert Learners
  • UDL and Technology
  • UDL Resources

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

UDL Series: What do you know about Universal Design for Learning?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for creating an approach to your instruction based on principles that allow all students to have access to the general education curriculum. Using a proactive approach to remove learning barriers by considering the natural variability of how students learn, UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments to help optimize learning.

In summary,

Watch UDL at a Glance and …

… reflect on your teaching or leadership practices.  How are students engaged? How are materials presented? How do students show what they know?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement! This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak , our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!

Click to register now for the face-to-face workshop
Click to register now for the online workshop

UDL Blog Series:

  • Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • UDL and Teacher Appraisal Systems
  • Lesson Planning with UDL
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Producing Expert Learners
  • UDL and Technology
  • UDL Resources

For more information, contact Kim West kim.west@esc13.txed.net

 

Collaborative Teaching with Technology – July 28- Have You Registered?

Where do your comfort and skill levels fall with regards to effectively using technology to enhance your productivity and/or student outcomes?  Here’s a call to action- Join us July 28 for Collaborative Teaching with Technology!  

What? Learn how to enhance instruction and improve student outcomes by meaningfully integrating technology into your collaborative classroom.

Who? This workshop is designed to address the needs of a variety of collaborative instructional arrangements, whether providing co-teaching, inclusion support, or classroom consultation. This workshop is designed for YOU:

  • Edtech
  • Co-teachers
  • Inclusion support
  • Assistive technology
  • ESL support
  • GT
  • Total tech novice
  • I feel pretty confident in my tech skills
  • I don’t have access to technology in my classroom
  • I only have my teacher computer and 1 iPad/Chromebook

How? Through guided practice, you will use a variety of simple yet powerful technology tools for planning, data collection, formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and instructional accommodations.

You will also have a chance to explore additional self-selected technology tools relevant to your particular instructional arrangement and student needs.

Why, again? Having participated in examples of meaningful technology integration across varied classroom activities and practiced using the tech tools, you will be able to hit the ground running with engaging strategies for students and strategies for your own productivity and organization.

Where? Region 13

This workshop is a joint effort between Region 13 Specialists including Leslie Barrett (edtech/librarian), Kim West (special educator), Chris Teter (special educator/administrator) and Nichole Kertis Barton (AT/OT).  We’re excited to bring our different perspectives as well as be able to differentiate support based on your needs!  Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more details login to Ecampus and use workshop code SU1736528

Access to General Curriculum Statewide Guidance Documents

The new year is upon us and you may have questions about Special Education.  Don’t fret, guidance is at your fingertips!

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AGC Resources are statewide guidance documents covering important topics such as co-teaching, LRE, IEP, paraprofessionals, and grading.   Quick access to all of these documents can be found at www.esc20.net/agcnetwork. The website has been up-dated with short informative videos that provide a brief explanation of each of the resources.

In addition, Education Specialists at Region 13 are available to answer questions you may have regarding Special Education.

Wishing every teacher a great start to the new school year!

 

July Workshop: Educationally Relevant Clinical Reasoning for Related Service Providers

girl with cp in wheelchairBeing a school-based occupational or physical therapist is a challenging and rewarding job.  Staying abreast of best practices in clinical reasoning and trying to fit this into your districts’ culture and procedures can be difficult. Here’s a workshop that will help and that I’m really excited about …

Description:

This two-day workshop, on July 15 & 16, will explore clinical reasoning and data-informed problem-solving in school-based practice. Participant will learn through a combination of focused lecture, discussion, and applied activities in working through the therapy process in schools using a challenging student with an IEP from his/her own caseload. Anchoring the discussion in educational relevance, the group will examine current and best practices in referral, evaluation, IEP development, intervention planning, service delivery on Day 1, and progress monitoring on Day 2. Progress monitoring will be analyzed from the lens of understanding intervention effects, including the fidelity of implementation when specially designed interventions are assigned to instructional partners for delivery. Participants will experience how progress monitoring works in the context of both the therapeutic and IEP processes, the benefits and challenges of progress monitoring IEP goals, and how progress monitoring is particularly valuable in curriculum-based IEP development, documentation, and effectiveness assessment.

Further details and registration information can be found at this link: http://ecampus.esc13.net/show_class_info.html?classid=32360

 

Inclusion Institute Breakout Session Topics

You may have heard that Mindset Works will be at Inclusion Institute 2015, but you might also be wondering…

Who else will be there?

Apple and Accessibility with Megan Wilson and David Hernandez

Solving Word Problems Using Schemas with Dr. Sarah Powell

Reading for Understanding in the Content Areas with High School Students and with Elementary Students with Dr. Jessica Toste

Bilingual Language Acquisition: Appropriate & Beneficial for All Students with Lisa Rukovena

I Don’t Give Grades, You Earn Them with Pollyanna Littlefield

Opportunities for Inclusion in Early Childhood with Katie Adams

Discovery Writing with Dr. Stacy Foss and Tracy Vogel

Centers for the Inclusion Classroom with Stacie Koerth

Using Data to Increase Student Success with Dr. Kathleen Pfannenstiel

…and more!

 

Register today!

Inclusion Institute 2015

Are you nurturing a growth mindset in your students? 

Are you looking for ways to increase motivation and effort from your students?

Join us June 11th at the Inclusion Institute 2015 to learn about cultivating a Growth Mindset. Emily Diehl from Mindset Works will lead sessions on how to change our own mindsets and cultivate growth mindsets in all students leading to greater success! Register now at https://ecampus.esc13.net.

We are offering a discount code for the first 50 paraeducators and preservice teachers. Simply follow this link to obtain your discount code: http://goo.gl/forms/3ICocz9R9K

Inclusion Institute 2015

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Are you looking to learn new ways to motivate students, teach explicitly, explore strategies to increase student achievement in core academic classes, and walk out with a  New Frame of Mind?

If the answer is YES- then the 2015 Inclusion Institute is for you!

Join us June 11th for an all-day institute of practical strategies for inclusive settings. Breakout sessions will be offered for both special and general educators, as well as paraprofessionals. In addition, Emily Diehl from Mindset Works will be providing the keynote and discussing the research about the growth mindset and why it is a critical lever for motivation and success.

When: June 11th, 2015
Where: ESC Region 13
Who: Educators, paraprofessionals, pre-service teachers

Register: http://ecampusesc13.net, workshop ID SU1528847

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