Special Education teachers spend a lot of their time reading tests and quizzes out loud to students, not to mention regular classroom lessons and assignments. For some students, this is an unavoidable part of their instructional plan. But we think that, for many students, technology tools can provide an equally good, if not better, approach to this accommodation. And the less time teachers spend in the “reader-role”, the more time they can spend doing what they do best — teaching students.
In the video below, Kim and Nichole explore two approaches to using technology for Oral Administration: using text-to-speech tools and letting teachers record themselves. Beneath the video you will find an array of resources for planning the implementation of this approach. These tools might be more than enough to set you on your way, but if you have questions or would like to talk through your campus’s unique needs, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Hearing technology today is better than ever with digital hearing aids and cochlear implants. They give the wearer tailored access to the sounds of speech. So if a student has this great hearing aid, cochlear implant or BAHS, why does he need an FM system? These personal amplification devices are designed to amplify the sounds that are near the person’s ear. Certainly sounds from a distance can be ‘picked up’ by the microphone of a personal hearing device, but when it comes to understanding speech, the spoken message going into the device needs to be loud and clear. There are three common obstacles to a clear speech signal reaching the person with hearing loss: Distance, noise, and reverberation. FM systems are designed to mitigate these effects.
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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.
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Region 13 is excited to announce the keynote speaker for our fourth annual Inclusion Institute, Susan Hentz. Susan focuses on classroom-proven researched based strategies and resources to ignite student enthusiasm for learning while maximizing the potential of every student. Susan’s seminars are well known for being high-energy, humorous, interactive, and packed with practical ideas that support effective teaching and engaged learning. You will leave her seminar with a wealth of strategies you can use immediately to ensure that every student in your classroom has access to the curriculum.
If you are teaching students with disabilities in an inclusion setting, either as a Special Education teacher or as a General Education teacher, Region 13 would like to encourage you to attend Accessing the General Curriculum in English Language Arts on April 9, 2014. Participants will leave with strategies to help deliver engaging, scaffolded lesson cycles, determine and implement appropriate accommodations, collect and use formative assessment data, manage behavior, and differentiate instruction for students with disabilities. Just search E-Campus for SP1428576
A “twice-exceptional learner” is a child or youth who performs at — or shows the potential for performing at — a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:
exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
Parents, teachers, and other educators may be interested in exploring TEA’s “Equity in Gifted Education” website, which includes a host of resources dedicated to meeting the needs of this student population. Access the website here: http://gtequity.org/twice.php
STAAR – Modified is going away. What does that mean for my students in math next year?
In this workshop you will learn how to accommodate and modify instruction in the math classroom. Develop a plan for preparing all your students for higher expectations.
Hands-on experiences will be provided to show you how to meet the needs of a diverse population. Various resources and tools will be shared at this training. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other math and special education teachers.
The Scaffolding Accommodations book has been revised for 2014! Included are changes based on TEA’s revised accommodations triangle, student eligibility “quick-checks”, and a new section on ARD committee decision-making and classroom monitoring. For more information, click here: http://store.esc13.net/index.php/special-ed/scaffolding.html