Register Now! Class is 4/25/2013.

All participants will receive a copy of the book and a flash drive to save their work!

Attention PPCD, Early Childhood and Primary Lifeskills!  Only one week left until we welcome author and presenter  Jessica Roberts, who will walk us through making a video-based social story.  For more information on video social stories, visit her website:

Jessica will pair up with a Region 13  literacy specialist for a full day of training.

Register through ESC 13 ecampus, there are still a few seats available.

Course Number: SP1324232

Course Name: Literacy and Video Modeling in the Early Childhood Classroom

Price: $50.00


According to Joel

Joel is a fifth grade student. He is an intelligent, articulate student with a passion for UT football and cars. He is also an AWESOME performer with a killer voice. This video is a culmination of a year’s worth of effort dedicated to social thinking skills. Joel would like to take this opportunity to share his knowledge to TEACH other students HOW to have a conversation, the importance of thinking with your eyes, using appropriate tone of voice and when to be funny. Please share this with your students and children. Joel would love feedback on how his knowledge can make a positive difference. Introducing….the extraordinary Joel!

A Unique Approach to Inclusion

“Special education teachers make great team leaders because they don’t focus on content, they focus on children.”

Robert Sormani, principal of Chisholm Trail Middle School in Round Rock ISD, talks about his unique approach to scheduling for inclusion and collaboration amongst his teachers at our Perspectives on Inclusion panel during last week’s Leadership Network Conference.

White House Highlights STEM Innovators in the Disability Community

Read below for an AWESOME live streaming opportunity to share with your students.  If you can’t make it to today’s LIVE event, the recorded archives are also available from the same site.

On Monday, May 7th, the White House will honor 14 individuals as Champions of Change for leading the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math for people with disabilities in education and employment.

“STEM is vital to America’s future in education and employment, so equal access for people with disabilities is imperative, as they can contribute to and benefit from STEM,” said Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. “The leaders we’ve selected as Champions of Change are proving that when the playing field is level, people with disabilities can excel in STEM, develop new products, create scientific inventions, open successful businesses, and contribute equally to the economic and educational future of our country.”

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

To watch this event live, visit at 1:30 pm ET on May 7th.

Expert Interview with Milton Dehn

I recently interviewed memory expert Milton Dehn. He’s the author of four different books on educational psychology, three of which focus on how to assess and improve a student’s memory.

During our interview he answered the following four BIG questions:
1. What is memory?
2. Is there a difference between learning and memory?
3. How can a teacher assess a student’s memory capabilities?
4. How can a teacher improve a student’s memory?

Enjoy the video below.

Extended Learning from Milton Dehn
3-hour Webinar on Working Memory

3-hour Webinar on Long-Term Memory

NEW Expert Interview with Jonathan Winn

How does a brand new teacher quit after his first two years because he was so miserable, to come back to create the most popular class on campus?

Jonathan Winn, San Diego’s 2011 HS Teacher of the Year, did just that.  His passion for teaching was reignited by a fellow Algebra teacher; he studied, learned, and copied his way back into the thrust of creating a highly energizing and engaging classroom.  His passion for teaching and learning really comes out in the interview.  He shares his amazing comeback story, along with some of his favorite instructional techniques:  questioning, guided practice, checking for understanding, and most importantly how to help students believe in themselves.

Take the interview with you… Right click here to download the MP3 version.

To learn more about Jonathan, check out this video on

Communication Series: Using Neutral Language

Emotions run high when issues are near and dear to our hearts. As a listener or facilitator, you can help a speaker by using neutral language AND by summarizing using neutral language. Listen in as our novice facilitator receives coaching on this critical skill.  Think about how you can use this skill with colleagues, in meetings and with family members to guide productive discussions.

This video is the second in a series on using effective communication skills.

Funded by the FIEP (Facilitating IEPs) Project at ESC Region XIII.

Contact Linda McDaniel at 512-919-5225 or at