Interpreter Training – Join us on Monday, Nov 12!

Interpreting is an important job!

Join us to learn the skills that you need!

Join us on Monday, November 12 for this interactive training that is designed for bilingual individuals who are called upon to interpret ARD meetings, consent forms, and other kinds of Special Education information. This one day training will cover:

  • the basics of interpreting
  • the primary goals and functions of the interpreter
  • different modes of interpreting
  • the interpreter code of ethics
  • standards of professional behavior for interpreters

Learn the skills to make you job easier and your meetings smoother!

Interpreter Training – An Introduction to Community Interpreting (FA1839074) can be found on Region 13’s Ecampus.

Register Today!

 

 

Updates for 2018-2019 Accessibility Features

Where can you find the updated Accessibility Features for the upcoming STAAR?

To get the most up to date information concerning STAAR testing and the Accessibility features, visit the new District and Campus Coordinator Resource online at http://txetests.com/dccr.

What is accessibility?

Ensuring that each student can interact appropriately with the content, presentation, and response mode of the test.

Assessments should allow all test takers to demonstrate their knowledge of the content being tested without the format of the assessment, non-tested language, or the type of response needed to answer the questions being barriers.

In order to meet this goal, various features and supports are made available on paper and online tests to students who use the same or similar supports during classroom instruction.

Accessibility Features

The Accessibility features can be found in the District and Campus Coordinator Resources website.

  • Available to any student who regularly benefits from the use of these procedures or materials during instruction
  • No need to document use of Accessibility Features in student paperwork, the answer document, or in the Texas Assessment Management System.
  • A student may need to complete the test in a separate setting in order to eliminate distractions to other students and to ensure that the security and confidentiality of the test is maintained.
  • A student cannot be required to use them during testing.
  • Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that test administrators understand the proper implementation of these procedures and use of these materials.

Typing a student’s response to the writing prompt into the online test for any grade 4 student who is taking STAAR writing online and cannot type proficiently has been added as an Accessibility Feature.

Eligibility for Basic Transcribing does NOT need to be determined for 4th grade students taking the STAAR writing online test and using this feature; however, the procedures for Basic Transcribing MUST be adhered to.

Stay tuned to What’s So Special… for the following blog posts:

  • Updates for 2018-2019 Designated Supports
  • New Online Features for 2019 STAAR

Have a question? Contact the Special Education Instructional Support Team at hello@acentral.education.

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.

Are you a special education instructional leader?

Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13.

SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first 2018-2019 meeting is on Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive updates and resources and to share ideas, district news, and questions with each other.  This year, our meetings will include a book study, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, by Dr. Katie Novak.  In addition, Region 13 Specialists will join us to provide behavior guidance and assistive technology information.

You can register for SPIN meetings for FREE in Ecampus by using course number FA1839043.

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

2018 STAAR Online Testing Issues

 

The Commissioner has addressed the online testing issues experienced in April and again in May.

In April, the event impacted students taking the grades 5 and 8 mathematics, 4 and 7 writing and English I tests.  In May, the event primarily impacted students taking the grades 3-8 reading test.

During the April 2018 administration of STAAR, 41,702 students were testing online.  Of the 278,434 tested students served in special education, 14,673 were testing online and were impacted.

During the May 2018 administration of STAAR, approximately 29,307 students encountered a connectivity slowdown of approximately 90 minutes. Of the 278,434 tested students served in special education, 4,594 were testing online and were impacted.

Waiving SSI Requirements for Students Impacted by the Online Testing Issues

Students in grades 5 and 8 who were directly affected by either of the online testing issues above and who did not perform satisfactorily on the May 2018 assessment, will not be required to retest during the June 2018 SSI administration.

Districts should determine, on an individual student basis, whether accelerated instruction should be offered for students who did not pass the assessment in May. For the 2017–2018 school year, districts are not required to convene grade placement committees based on results from the affected subject test. Instead, districts should use local discretion and all relevant and available academic information (e.g., the recommendation of the teacher and the student’s grade in each subject) to make appropriate promotion/retention decisions for these students.

The complete press release can be found here: To The Administrator Addressed .

For additional information contact your campus or district testing coordinator.

 

 

 

Announcing the Region 13 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Professional Learning Community (PLC)!

 

Are you looking for a way to transform your teaching and your students’ learning?

Submit your application to join the Region 13 Universal Design for Learning Professional Learning Community!  This PLC is designed to provide cohort members with an understanding of the UDL framework, knowledge and resources to support UDL implementation, and individualized learning opportunities to address campus needs.

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 addition, knowledge and implementation of UDL supports ESSA’s endorsement of UDL, enhances our connections to the student-centered focus of our appraisal systems, and provides a way to plan for social and emotional variability.

The UDL PLC application process is simple!  Just complete pages 3 and 4 of the application and submit it electronically by 5:00 PM on June 15, 2018.  To submit the application or for more information contact Kim West at kim.west@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5314.

Maker Faire @ Beat the Heat 2018

beat the heat, every child matters logo

When we say “maker,” you say “faire!” Why do our teachers and paraeducators love the maker faire at Beat the Heat? So many reasons; here’s a few:

  • Items are tied to content from sessions participants have just attended
  • Activities address functional and academic areas/skills
  • Items are designed to be engaging and span grade bands
  • Instruction templates include why the activity is beneficial to students, how to make it, instructions for use, application to adulthood, making it meaningful extensions, and additional resources
  • Serves as a networking, problem solving, and interactive brain break station

Here are ideas of what’s to come…

  • make a repetitive line nursery rhyme book with an unexpected twist adding environmental print
  • self-determination folder “games”
  • ten frame math puzzle activity
  • “active learning” interactive wrist bands
  • portable behavioral supports as pictured below
  • and MORE

We hope to see you there! For details and registration information please visit the BTH 2018 WEBSITE http://bit.ly/BTH18.

 

Two Ways to Beat the Heat: In Person & Online! Register Now…

Beat the Heat 2018 is almost here!  This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities.  Can’t attend in person? Want to attend in your pajamas? Wish you could see more than one session in the same time slot? Yes, you can…

Beat the Heat Every child matters.

WHEN

  • June 21, 2018 9-4
  • June 22, 2018 9-4

WHERE

Education Service Center Region 13 + Online
5701 Springdale Road
Austin, TX  78723

FEATURING    

BTH 2018 WEBSITE
http://bit.ly/BTH18

ATTEND 2 DAYS IN PERSON

Attend any session in person for credit. Also, view any/all of the recorded sessions for a limited time after the event (no credit, for content only).


ATTEND 2 DAYS ONLINE VIA LIVESTREAM

Choose and watch 5 livestreamed sessions for credit. After the event, view the other recorded sessions for a limited time  (no credit, for content only).

The following sessions will be available online via Livestream.  Every participant will be able to choose and view 5 livestreamed sessions for credit during the live event.  The other sessions may be viewed after the event for a limited time* for content only (no credit given).

THURSDAY LIVESTREAM OPTIONS 6/21/18  (pick 1)

9:00-4:00

  • Topic: Linking Behavior Interventions for Young Children to Their Function– Susan Catlett, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • *60 days

9:00-4:00

  • Topic: Alright, Alright, ALL Write: Differentiated Writing Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities- Janet Sturm, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • *60 days

9:00-4:00

  • Topic: Taming the Data Monster– Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D
  • *5 days

FRIDAY LIVESTREAM OPTIONS 6/22/18  (pick 1 for each time slot)

9:00-10:00

  • Keynote: “Changing the Narrative through Opportunity and Raised Expectations”– Liz Plachta and Mark Hublar
  • * 60 days

10:15 – 11: 45 AM Sessions

  • Topic: Instructional Routine for Achieving Early Counting  Claire Greer, Ph.D.  (*60 days)
  • Topic: Promoting Comprehending Hands Through Active Learning– Patty Obrzut, OT and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children  (*60 days)

12:45 – 2:15 PM Sessions

  • Topic: Building Independence Through Structured Work Systems – Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D  (*5 days)
  • Topic: Early Learning & Movement: An Active Learning Perspective – Patty Obrzut, OT and Assistant Director of Penrickton Center for Blind Children (*60 days)
 2:30 – 4:00 PM Sessions
  • Topic: Building Cohesive Classroom Teams– Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D  (*5 days)
  • Topic: Let’s Open a Can of Worms: Sexuality and Disabilities– Barbara Hobbs, ESC 16  (*60 days)
Note: You will NOT select the sessions you want to watch when registering.  You WILL be able to choose sessions on June 21 after logging in to Region 13’s ecampus/workshop registration system, finding the course SU1839863 and selecting the Launch button.  Once launched, you’ll be able to navigate to the sessions you want to attend. This will also be the pathway to recorded sessions afterwards.

Please let me know if you have any questions- nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net.

 

Teachers Teach Teachers: Beat the Heat 2018 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat 2018 is coming soon!  This summer conference is dedicated to providing professional development to educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant intellectual and low incidence disabilities. We are seeking teachers, para-educators, and support staff (SLP, OT, PT, AT, VI, COMS, APE, RN, etc) who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom! 

Submit your proposal to become a Beat the Heat local presenter and, if selected, earn free registration to the conference! This is a terrific opportunity to share your hard-earned professional expertise with your colleagues while developing new professional skills. Presenters of accepted proposals will have the option to complete a self-paced, online course specifically designed to support local Region 13 presenters in developing and delivering professional trainings. Those who complete this course will receive a certificate of endorsement as a presenter to ESC 13. Develop yourself by developing others and build out your résumé with this great opportunity!

We are seeking engaging sessions in the following areas of special education:

  • Behavior
  • Collaboration & Leadership
  • Communication
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Early Childhood/PPCD
  • Sensorimotor
  • Transition

Your work matters! Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference. Even better, grab a co-worker and both of you submit a proposal! 

Questions?

Nichole Kertis Barton – nichole.kertis@esc13.txed.net

UDL Series: UDL in Your Lesson Plan Goals

So far in the blog series we’ve learned about the myth of the average student and how the UDL Guidelines offer a systematic, predictable way to plan for every learner. How will you plan for learner variability this semester?

Patti Kelly Ralabate, in her book, Your UDL Lesson Planner, focuses on a six-step process for planning with UDL which involves: 1) defining goals, 2) considering learner variability, 3) determining appropriate assessments, 4) choosing methods, materials and media, 5) implementing a lesson, and 6) reflecting on the lesson.  The first step is to design clearly defined learning goals.

Our students need learning goals that are purposeful, flexible, and measurable.  Goals should reflect the purpose of the lesson instead of activities related to the topic.  Next, teachers must decide how they will know when students have mastered the knowledge or skills.  The goals should be written in a way that allows all students to attain them and should include scaffolds that offer additional support to some students.  The way a goal will be measured informs potential assessments.

Sample Starter Goal

Notice how the new goal focuses on the purpose of the lesson and does not restrict the students in their responses.

 

Reflect on your learning goals.  Dr. Ralabate asks:

“In what ways do you currently hold all learners to high expectations and still address their different strengths and challenges?

Are your learners clear about the purpose of your lesson?

To what extent are your goals flexible?”  

Use these ten CAST Tips when developing your goals.

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!

UDL Blog Series:

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

Ralabate, P.K. (2016). Your UDL Lesson Planner. Baltimore, Marylanc: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.