Communication Connections Conference Website Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of our CCC for SLPs website.  Find it at https://goo.gl/LrDt95.

Created as a companion resource to our conference, this website can be accessed across all platforms (iOS, Mac, PC, Android…).  As a conference guide, you can bookmark this site in your favorite browser and use it to:

  1. Follow the Schedule
  2. Refer to Session Descriptions to choose the ones that are right for you.
  3. Download and print Handouts. Please note! Printed handouts will not be available at the conference. Links to the handouts can be found in the session descriptions.  Handouts are being posted as soon as they are received from the presenters.

This conference brings you a fresh look on an old favorite!  Join us in learning evidence-based practices on topics ranging from evaluation to service delivery and everything in between.

This conference starts in just 8 days!  Have you registered? We still have a few open spots!  Register today, you can attend onsite or online.

Communication Connections Conference for SLPs!

(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.”

 

Face-to-Face

Join us in person at Education Service Center Region 13 to hear from highly qualified, national presenters on the topics you’ve been wanting.

 

Online

Whether you are near or far, log on from right where you are. You will have full access to the same, wonderful presenters!

 

 

 

Adapted PE Session – Beat the Heat 2017 – Day 1

group of students with coach placing hands together in center of groupOn 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.

""Beat the Heat 2017
June 21-22, 2017
ESC Region 13
5701 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78723

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 (maria.daniel@esc13.txed.net) to obtain your code. Register for Workshop SU1734208.

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?

Do you know secondary students who struggle with decoding?

Join the Region 13 SIM Team to learn more!

word strategy

Helping Secondary Students Decode with Word Identification (FA1532063)

In this workshop you will learn the Word Identification Strategy. This is a research-validated strategy that teaches students to systematically dissect words, pronounce them, and then fluently read them in a sentence. As students become adept with applying the strategy their comprehension and fluency scores improve!

Research from the University of Kansas tells us that substantial increases have been achieved with all subgroups of students, including students with reading disabilities.

October 28, 2015. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Register in eCampus

Evidenced Based Intervention Techniques for Children with Autism

There are a variety of interventions for children with autism that claim to be the most effective in improving outcomes for children with autism. This circumstance can make it difficult for clinicians to pick the most suitable intervention for the client with whom they work. In order to select the most appropriate intervention, clinicians should have an understanding of the continuum of interventions including the theoretical framework, key components of intervention techniques, and practical implementation.

Join us at Region 13 for a workshop presented by Anna Dvortcsak, MS CCC-SLP where we will review the continuum of intervention techniques for children with autism and will provide information on selection of the most appropriate treatment technique.


When: September 25, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: ESC Region 13, Austin TX

Workshop ID: FA1532679

Cost: $45                              Register through Region 13’s E-Campus


OR watch at home or in your office with our Livestream option

Workshop ID: FA1533013

Cost: Free                             Register through Region 13’s E-Campus


 5.5 TSHA CEUs pending for both options

Questions, please contact Cyndi O’Toole at cyndi.otoole@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5180

FACTastic Math Strategy System has video and stickers!

The FACTastic Math Strategy System, a strategy-based instructional program for teaching basic math facts, has now released instructional videos for teachers and take-home stickers for students.

The FACTastic video gallery offers 5 short demonstration videos to help you get started with the FACTastic instructional program in your class.

After teachers teach a FACTastic strategy, a sticker can be proudly displayed on the students’ shirts inviting parents and school staff to ask the students about their learning. This can provide additional opportunities for students to talk about newly learned strategies.

To print off your FACTastic stickers for FREE, visit our store website, www.store.esc13.net.

factastic sticker

To Drill or Not to Drill Math Facts?

math students at the board

Are your students struggling with mastery of basic math facts? Not sure what else to try to help students master their math facts? Can all students master the basic math facts?

If you have these questions, this workshop has the answers.

Come to To Drill or Not to Drill to learn about strategy-based instruction for teaching the basic math facts. This workshop is great for any teacher working with any student in math. These strategies are good core instruction for grades 1st through 4th grade and great intervention instruction for grades 5th through high school.

Next workshop happening March 10th at 9:00 am at ESC Region 13 Service Center.

To register visit ecampus.esc13.net and search for To Drill or Not to Drill.

Research based instruction for teaching basic math facts

FREE TRAINING! September 30, 2014 at ESC Region 13

Research shows that instruction of strategies for basic math facts increases students’ likelihood of mastery and retention.

New Math TEKS state 2nd graders will recall basic facts to add and subtract within twenty with automaticity and 3rd graders will recall multiplication facts up to ten by ten with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts.

Teaching of strategies to develop mastery of basic facts builds flexible thinking in a student. Students with flexible thinking are able to see a number in several forms and use the knowledge and skills they already possess to find a solution for an unknown fact.

In this workshop, participants will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use to solve unknown basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

Participants will receive a set of Factastic Math Strategy Addition/Subtraction and Multiplication/Division cards for free!

To register visit ecampus.esc13.net

As a special “welcome back” for the 2014-15 school year, this training is FREE to all participants from districts and charters within Region 13.  Please enter discount code sept2014 to attend at no cost.

ESTAR II – Math Tier 2 training

The Texas Response to Curriculum Focal Points (TXRCFP) was created from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and identifies critical areas for mathematics instruction at each grade level. The initial Elementary-School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (ESTAR) training informed and familiarized participants with the TXRCFP as a framework for improving overall mathematics instruction and achievement, in order to decrease the percentage of students who need math intervention.

The original ESTAR Academies were designed to further define algebra readiness and discuss the implications for classroom instruction in grades K-4.

NOW AVAILABLE…. The NEW ESTAR II Academies are designed to focus on Tier 2 intervention. Participants experience valuable classroom instructional strategies to support algebra readiness and differentiation for Tier 2 intervention.
The ESTAR II Academy emphasizes research-based Tier II strategies from the IES Practice Guide for Assisting Struggling Students with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools and engages participants in how to identify students needing Tier II support for math and meet their instructional needs. Participants will learn how to interpret results of the ESTAR Universal Screener, use the screener results and other forms of data to make instructional decisions, and provide practical strategies for implementing evidence-based interventions for students receiving Tier II mathematics support.
Best news is that training is now FREE! for a limited time only.
Sign up now at https://ecampus.esc13.net
Workshop dates May 16th and 17th, or July 15th and 18th, or August 14th and 15th