Active Learning Expert Patricia Obrzut @ Beat the Heat 2018!

On June 21st, the first day of Beat the Heat 2018Patricia Obrzut, MS, OTR/L will present a full day session: Active Learning: Given the Opportunity, Any Child Can Learn! Active learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, emphasizes that all individuals learn best by active participation.  For students with multiple disabilities, active participation is achieved by creating an enriched environment that fosters independent and appropriate developmental learning.

Join Patty as she discusses the principles of the Active Learning approach, and how to increase students’ functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors.

On Day 2 (June 22nd), she will provide 2 breakout sessions. The first, Promoting Comprehending Hands through Active Learning will focus on detailed Active Learning strategies emphasizing those fine motor skills typically achieved from birth to two years.  The second, Early Learning & Movement: An Active Learning Perspective will focus on how individuals with multiple special needs progress from reflexive and unintentional movements to intentional movements.

Patty is the Assistant Director at the Perickton Center for Blind Children, a private non-profit organization serving blind, special needs children ages 1-12 years.  Mr. Obrzut has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has been implementing programming for special need children since 1992.  In 2002 she received the permission of Dr. Lilli Nielsen to provide Active Learning educational trainings.  She is considered an expert in the use of Active Learning strategies, equipment, techniques, assessment tools, and curriculum.  We are excited to have her at this conference!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from an expert in Active Learning for students with multiple special needs!  Register for Workshop #SU1836780.  Patty’s full day session is not included in the BTH virtual conference

""Beat the Heat 2018
June 21-22, 2018
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

For more information and to see the complete conference schedule, visit our Beat the Heat Conference website.

Beat the Heat 2017 Full-Day Speakers

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Take your learning to the next level with these full-day sessions for Beat the Heat Day 1, June 21st!

Setting Up Classrooms for Students with Autism Like a Ninja – Christine Reeve, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Teaching Grade Level Standards Across the Curriculum – Cindy R. Miller, MS

Building Sustainable Adult Schedules: The Life Plan with a Focus on Diversity – Dr. Vickie Mitchell 

Strategy to See: Strategies for Students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment – Diane Sheline, TVI

Managing Challenging Behaviors – Joanna Ryan, MEd, BCBA

Incorporating Core Vocabulary to Promote Academic Progress: Getting to the Core of Core Vocabulary – Shannon Paige, MA, CCC-SLP

PE and Motor Activities for Students with Severe Disabilities – Randy Foederer, CAPE & Vicki Mason-Foederer, CAPE

Read about their informative sessions.

Summer is coming! Temperatures are rising!  Registration is filling up!
Join us for cool, summer learning!
Beat the Heat 2017—Register now!

Beat the Heat 2017: Registration is Open!

Pictures of students with disabilitiesBeat the Heat 2017
Workshop #SU1734208 – 
June 21 & 22, 2018
ESC Region 13

Register now for this exceptional learning opportunity designed for educators, parents, and others who work with children ages 3-21 with significant disabilities.

Wednesday ♦ June 21, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

Full day, in-depth workshops on topics including: challenging behavior, communication/AAC, individualized instruction, transition and more!

Thursday ♦ June 22, 2017 ♦ 9 am – 4 pm

Here’s why you should attend!

  • Attend one of the largest conferences in the state focusing on students with significant disabilities
  • Learn first-hand from experts in the field
  • Improve outcomes for your students by learning new strategies and tools from other classroom professionals
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Lunch provided each day

Beat the heat! Spend these summer days with cool people and sizzling hot ideas!

Bonus for ESC Region 13 Parents and Paraeducators!

Receive a discount code to attend Beat the Heat for $10 by contacting Maria Daniel (maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net).

Questions?

Beat the Heat 2017 Call for Presentations

Beat the Heat June 21-22, 2017

Teachers Teach Teachers

We are seeking teachers who are interested in teaching others about the terrific strategies, tools, and plans they use in their classroom!

Beat the Heat 2017 will be a two day learning extravaganza! On Wednesday, June 21st we will have full day sessions for participants’ extended learning. On Thursday, June 22nd we will have a short keynote presentation and then a series of 90 minute breakout sessions with presentations by the best and brightest from here in Region 13. This means you!

Please consider providing a breakout presentation for this year’s Beat the Heat conference.

Questions?

Beat the Heat 2016 App Available

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Are you attending this year’s Beat the Heat Conference?  We’d like to help you make the most of your time with us by providing you access to our conference app.  Here are some of its features:

  • Schedule– From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  • Speakers– Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  • Handouts–Links to the handouts will be found in the session descriptions. We will be posting handouts as they are received from the presenters. While we won’t be printing all the handouts for all participants.  We will be providing handouts to session participants
  • Floor Map– Have our floor map in the palm of your hand!
  • Twitter– Tweet about Beat the Heat directly through the app. You can use this hashtag: #r13bth. You can also follow us @ESC13IDEA

Our app is available on three different platforms.

FYI! The iPhone and Android apps will sync across platforms and devices.  For example, if you have an Android phone and an iPad, you can download the app to both devices.  You create a profile/login on one device.  When you open the app on the other device, you will use the login/profile you created to access your information.

The WebApp works only online and is device specific.  It will not sync your information across platforms, browsers or devices.

Download this app and see what’s available!  Beat the Heat 2016 will be here before you know it.

Beat the Heat Pre-Conference Sessions

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We have gathered a stellar group of national presenters for our pre-conference!

  • Mindy Ely, EL VISTA Project Coordinator, Illinois State University
  • Mike Mueller, PhD, BCBA-D, Founder, Southern Behavioral Groups
  • Bobbie Gallagher, Founder, Autism Center for Educational Services
  • Vickie Mitchell, Consultant, Mitchell-Panter Consulting, LLC
  • Rob Pennington, PhD, BCBA-D, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
  • Jill Varley, Educational Consultant, Jill Varley Consulting
  • Ron Roybal, Professional Research Associate, University of Denver

What will their sessions cover? Take a look at their session descriptions.

We have three registration options!  Register today!

Option 1: Beat the Heat – 3 Day All Inclusive

  • June 29-30, & July 1, 2016
  • Workshop #SU1631578
  • Cost: $125.00 (This represents a $30 savings over registering for individual days)

Option 2: Beat the Heat – Pre-Conference

Option 3: Beat the Heat – Main Conference

Wrapping up the details for Beat the Heat 2016

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We are wrapping up the details for Beat the Heat 2016!
Save the dates: June 29- July 1, 2016!
Registration will be available soon.

ESC Region 13’s Beat the Heat is a three-day professional development opportunity for teachers, paraeducators, and others who work with children ages 3-5 and students with significant disabilities ages 6-21.

Beat the Heat 2016 Pre-Conference: Wednesday, June 29, 2016.  Back by popular demand, this day provides in-depth learning opportunities at a more advanced level.  Participants can choose one of several outstanding full-day sessions.

Beat the Heat 2016: Thursday & Friday, June 30-July 1, 2016.  This year we will be offering two exciting keynote speakers, one each morning.  Continuing the energy and excitement, the afternoons will be filled with 90 minute breakout sessions.  These sessions feature area professionals and ESC staff sharing best practices.  Content for the breakout sessions is developed to meet the needs of new and veteran teachers, paraeducators, and others who support students with significant disabilities.

Stay tuned as we lift the lid off this exciting event!

 

 

 

Free tool for using visual representations to solve word problems

In Mathematics Instruction For Students with Learning Disabilities or Difficulty Learning Mathematics: A Guide for Teachers (2008) put out by the Center on Instruction, recommendation #4 states, “Teach students to visually represent the information in the math problem.” Research shows that students with learning disabilities benefit from using visuals that correlate to specific problem types.

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This recommendation is the reason we’re suggesting a free website and app for just such visuals. Thinking Blocks provides students with a virtual tool to create strip or tape diagrams to represent a word problem. This is great modeling of the math to help students visually understand what the problem is asking.

If you are looking to learn more about helping students with math word problems and the use of visuals in math word problems, attend our Explicit Instruction for Math Word Problems workshop. For more details on the workshop go to ecampus.esc13.net and search for the workshop by name or by #SU1532437. Hurry, spaces are limited.

Upcoming AAC Workshop: PECS to SGDs

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Picture Exchange Communication System to Speech Generating Devices

Date: July 20, 2015

Time: 9-4:00pm

ID #: SU1532786

Register at: ecampus.esc13.net

Is your learner ready to transition to a Speech Generating Device? Do you need help selecting a device and/or preparing your learner for the transition? This training will help get your questions answered!

This full-day workshop will describe procedures for analyzing a learner’s current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a Speech Generating Device (SGD). The course will also cover choosing a device, teaching functional use of the device, and why we must teach the basic principles of communication to our learner first to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.

Further details and information about registration can be found here.

*Participants should bring a Speech Generating Device (SGD) to the training for use during a variety of activities to get the full experience.

Beat the Heat Information Available in the Region 13 Conference App!

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Beat the Heat information is now available in the Region 13 Conference app.  Like last year’s app, we have three versions of available.  The app features:

  • Schedule– From the main schedule select sessions to create your personal schedule (My Schedule)
  • Speakers– Browse through our speakers and select sessions provided by your favorites!
  • Handouts–Links to the handouts will be found in the session descriptions. At the top of each session description, look for the documents tab. We will be posting handouts as they are received from the presenters.
  • Floor Map– Have our floor map in the palm of your hand!
  • Twitter– Tweet about Beat the Heat directly through the app. You can use this hashtag: #r13bth. You can also follow us @ESC13IDEA

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Versions 1 & 2

ESC Region 13 app is available for iOS and android devices. Visit our app’s landing page for download information and ways to share with your colleagues:  https://goo.gl/rlXipW.  Once inside our conference app, look for the Beat the Heat Event. Set up a profile and follow your favorite topics and presenters!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Version 3

The Beat the Heat web app is located here: http://bitly.com/r13bth.  This is a great option for individuals following the conference on their computer or laptop.