On June 21st, the first day of Beat the Heat 2018, Patricia 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.
For more information and to see the complete conference schedule, visit our Beat the Heat Conference website.
TEA has shared their Fall Update: New Features of the STAAR Alternate 2 for 2017-2018!
- Large print student booklets are now available and can be ordered by districts through the enrollment collection process.
- Student booklets will feature limited color images.
- An image card set will come with each standard size student booklet. Cards contain the same images that appear in the student booklet.
- An Exit Survey must be completed upon the submission of all student responses and can be found in the Assessment Management System.
- Medical Exemption Form: Under the section, Specific Medical Condition Eligibility Criteria, the form now states that a student meets the criteria for medical exemption if they are unable to respond to test questions due to a “terminal or degenerative illness.” Previously, students met the criteria if they were unable to answer a test question due to a “chronic illness.”
- In The Test Administrator Manual, under the Medical Exemption score coding section, what previously read, “The student is receiving non-academic homebound services due to medical issues and does not receive academic instruction,” now reads, “The student is unable to receive sufficient or consistent homebound services due to medical issues.”
- Some prerequisite skills have been added to the Curriculum Framework and Vertical Alignment documents.
- The “Confidential Student Report” will now be known as the “STAAR Alternate 2 Student Report Card,” and will include parent resources.
- NEW Enrollment Collection: October 23rd-November 10th, 2017
- October 20th- Essence Statements and Test Blueprints will be posted (projected)
- Last Date for STAAR Alternate 2 Test Administrator Training: March 16, 2018
- Preview Window: March 19-30, 2018
- Assessment Window: April 2-20, 2018
- Verification Window: April 23 & 24, 2018
- Students who transfer/move to a new district AFTER the first day of the STAAR Alternate 2 testing window (April 2nd, 2018) do not have to be tested.
- Region 13 will be presenting two free workshops focusing on STAAR Alternate 2 administration
To learn more about these updates, please join the Accommodation Central Community for a Live Chat on October 31st from 3:30 – 4:00. Visit Accommodation Central to reserve your spot.
For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Russell, Low Incidence Disabilities Education Specialist, 512-919-5206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Darcy Schiller, Autism Education Specialist, 512-919-5224 or email email@example.com
(Formerly Hill Country Summer Institute for SLPs)
Renee Attaway from Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking presents:
Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary:
A Day to Develop Team Creativity
We are so excited to host a presentation by Renee Attaway, a presenter from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking®, that we would like to open up Day 2 registration for all educators – SLPs, Teachers, Behavior Specialists, and more – who would like to attend just this day.
Use the promotional code Day2 to register for the second day of the conference to hear Renee Attaway present “Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity.”
Join us in person at Education Service Center Region 13 to hear from highly qualified, national presenters on the topics you’ve been wanting.
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On Beat the Heat Day 1, Vickie Mitchell will be presenting the workshop: Building Sustainable Adult Schedules: The Life Plan with a Focus. Students with significant disabilities need supports to be successful in different environments. How can schools effectively plan for each student to be successful in adulthood? What is the impact of diversity, language and Culture and how does that impact Transition Services? Join us for a review of the Life Planning tool, an essential element of transition services that can lead to sustainable adult schedules. This tool can help schools understand what students and their families see for the young adult’s future. Imagine the sudden jarring moment, when they think about the day the bus stops coming and school supports are no longer available! The Life Plan is designed to help families think through the adult life planning and articulate what the school can do to help them build a good life for their child with significant disabilities. Resources will be shared to help schools review their processes and consider ways to ensure each student is connected with a meaningful, sustainable schedule beyond public school.
Dr. Mitchell has been in education over 38 years, ten years as a secondary general education teacher and over 28 years as a special educator in both elementary and secondary schools. She has been a special education administrator, transition specialist, taught at two Texas universities, and served as the Transition Specialist at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas. Although Dr. Mitchell has been intricately involved in inclusion and training research-based inclusive practices, her love is transition services. Her partner of many years is her daughter, Beth Mitchell Panter They are the authors of the student and teacher editions of “The Student-Led IEP Meeting” and the companion teacher training guide to help district and campus-level educators learn how to organize and implement student, parent, and teacher training on Student-Led IEP Meetings. Dr. Mitchell is the President of the Texas Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and was appointed by past-governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. Vickie and Beth’s last publication, “Student-to-Student”, is a trainer of trainers model for students who have led their IEP Meeting to become trainers of other students, served by special education, on the Student-Led IEP model.
Previous year’s particpant said, “Awesome information on transition. Need to hear this.” We are eagerly looking forward to having Dr. Mitchell back again this year!
To see Dr. Mitchell or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop SU1734208.
On Beat the Heat Day 1, Randy Foederer and Vicki Mason-Foederer will be presenting their workshop: PE and Motor Activities for Students with Severe Disabilities. This workshop will explore age-appropriate and functional motor activities for students with severe intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities. Activities will be presented from various sources including the Motor Activities Training Program, Project Mobilitee, The Hawaii Early Learning Profile, and others. Evaluation, IEP development, and instructional strategies also will be explored for students with sever and multiple impairments.
Target Audience: Special education teachers, special education aides, therapists, and any physical education instructional personnel working with students with severe disabilities.
Randy is the Adapted Physical Education Consultant at ESC Region 1o. He is a certified physical educator (C.A.P.E.). He has been working in this capacity for more than 25 years. Randy has been the Area 10 competition director, as well as a trainer for Special Olympics. He has been a partner PE trainer for project PEOPEL: Physical Opportunities Program for Exceptional Learners.
Vicki is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (C.A.P.E.) who has worked as an APE/lead in several Texas school districts for over 15 years. Vicki is a trainer for Special Olympics and presents for TWU’s APE program. Additionally, Vicki is a frequent presenter at statewide conferences and Education Service Centers on best-practices in adapted physical education.
Reviews from past participants, after attending the Foederer’s workshops, always say ” loved this fun and interactive workshop!”
To see Randy and Vicki or any of our other exceptional Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop SU1734208.
Attention APE Providers!
If you are interested in this 1 day APE session ONLY and not the remainder of Beat the Heat, you may obtain a promotional code to allow you to attend on June 21st at Beat the Heat for the 1 day fee of $55.00. Lunch is included. Please contact Maria Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org) to obtain your code. Register for Workshop SU1734208.
On Beat the Heat Day 1, Christine Reeve will be presenting her workshop: Setting Up Classrooms for Students with Autism Like a Ninja. Students with autism spectrum disorder need to be educated in well-structured environments that use routines to increase predictability. This presentation will cover the essential elements of setting up classroom spaces that suit the need of the individual and the full class. The session will begin with strategies for getting to know your students and their needs. From that knowledge, Teaching Intervention Plans (TIP) will be reviewed as a method for planning the instruction, activities and data collection needs of each student. This part will include an in-depth discussion of needs for instruction and data collection with examples shared for a variety of needs. Once the teacher has a thorough understanding of the needs of each student, that knowledge leads into the development of the classroom schedule. We will discuss methods of assuring that classroom schedules are manageable for the teacher while meeting the individual and group needs in the room. Methods for including and teaching independence, as well as increasing engagement in group activities, will be discussed.
Next we will explore how to design the physical environment of the classroom including how to arrange the furniture, visual supports, and materials to support the learning of the students. Tips and tricks for how the physical environment affects instruction will be shared. The last part of the session will focus on building classroom teams among the staff to facilitate instruction and engagement with students throughout the day. Methods for building a classroom vision and developing a staff zoning plan, as well as troubleshooting potential problems with classroom teams will finish out the day.
Register for Beat the Heat 2017 and attend her full day in-depth session.
Christine Reeve, PhD, BCBA-D, has almost 30 years of professional experience in a variety of settings, including community outreach, academic, education, and clinic settings serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Christine provides consultation and training on classroom design, educational programming, assessing and intervening with challenging behaviors, and applied behavior analysis teaching strategies, and she creates educational materials for special education classrooms. She serves as a reviewer for two professional journals. Christine has also authored several books for children and is the co-author of Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Building Independence: Structured Work Systems for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Taming the Data Monster: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Data to Improve Student Progress. She maintains an active blog for teachers serving students in special education, AutismClassroomResources.com.
We are thrilled to welcome Christine to ESC Region 13 and central Texas!
To see Christine or any of our other excellent Day 1 presenters, register for Beat the Heat 2017, Workshop ID SU1734208.
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.
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We are over-the-moon excited to welcome back documentary filmmaker, Dan Habib!
Dan was with us several years ago discussing his film, Including Samuel. This year Dan will join us virtually to preview and discuss his new documentary Intelligent Lives.
The perception of intelligence is a powerful force in the systematic segregation, maltreatment, and unfulfilled potential of hundreds of millions of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and worldwide. This film explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path. The film project will explore these themes through personal stories along with a historical perspective on the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities, with narration from Academy Award-winning actor, Chris Cooper.
Dan is a filmmaker on disability-related topics at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He is the creator of award-winning documentaries such as Including Samuel, Who Cares about Kelsey?, and others. Both Including Samuel and Who Cares about Kelsey? were aired on public televisions stations and they were both nominated for Emmy awards.
Before going to the University of New Hampshire, he was a photography editor of the Concord Monitor. His freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek and the New York Times. He has received numerous awards for his work. In 2014, he was appointed by President Barak Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
Dan and his wife, Betsy, call Concord, New Hampshire home. They live their with their sons Isiah and Samuel.
You can read more about Dan and his projects at this website: https://iod.unh.edu/person/habib/dan
Beat 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
- Dan Habib, maker of Including Samuel, previewing his new film Intelligent Lives (http://iod.unh.edu/projects/intelligent-lives/about-project)
- 90 minute breakout sessions presented by the best and brightest from Region 13 and around the state
- Back by popular demand – BTH Maker Faire!
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 (email@example.com).