Register today for To Drill or Not to Drill? Math Fact Strategy Instruction!

Do your students struggle to learn math facts?

We know that by 6th grade (TEK 6.3D) students are expected to add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers fluently. In this workshop you will learn effective and efficient strategies for students to use in order to build automaticity of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. Teaching of strategies to recall 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 addition to building flexible thinking, teaching of strategies to recall basic facts improves math calculation skills which are necessary for success on STAAR.

All attendees will receive a set of the FACTastic Math Strategy System, a comprehensive program for teaching basic math facts through strategy-based instruction. Full-day attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. Half-day morning attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for addition/subtraction. Half-day afternoon attendees will receive the FACTastic Math Strategy System for multiplication/division. Check out this video to learn more about the FACTastic Math Strategy System.

Register Today!

Date: February 26, 2019

  • Full Day: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Half Day (Add/Sub): 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Half Day (Mult/Div): 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM


  • Full Day: $75.00
  • Half Day: $45.00

Go to Ecampus and search for the following course numbers.

  • Full Day: SP1940756
  • Half Day (Add/Sub): SP1940810
  • Half Day (Mult/Div): SP1940811

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg,


Are you a special education instructional leader?

Join us for the Special Education Instructional Network – SPIN – to connect and learn with other special educators in Region 13.

SPIN meets four times during each school year. Our first 2018-2019 meeting is on Wednesday, September 12, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

SPIN meetings are designed for special education instructional leaders to receive updates and resources and to share ideas, district news, and questions with each other.  This year, our meetings will include a book study, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms, by Dr. Katie Novak.  In addition, Region 13 Specialists will join us to provide behavior guidance and assistive technology information.

You can register for SPIN meetings for FREE in Ecampus by using course number FA1839043.

For more information, contact Kim West,

Specially Designed Instruction in Math Summer Series!

Are you a math teacher? Do you have students with disabilities in your class?

Region 13 is offering a special workshop series just for you! If you are a general education teacher working with 1st graders, or a special education teacher working in an Algebra I class, or anything in between, this summer series has something for you.

Develop your knowledge and implementation of best practices in your math classroom. Learn how to incorporate manipulatives and games with your students to strengthen their understanding of math concepts. Design an action plan for improving your students’ attack skills for word problems. Bring your students to mastery of their basic math facts with strategy-based instruction.

Workshop series includes:

Concrete Models of Good Math Instruction – June 16th

Elementary Series – Bringing Math to Life – June 24th


Secondary Series – Math Games for Secondary Students with Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks – June 24th

Strategic Approach to Teaching Math Word Problems – July 19th

To Drill or Not to Drill: Math Facts Through Strategies – July 25th

Elementary Flyer & Secondary Flyer

Registration for the series or for individual workshops is at or Elementary Math Series or Secondary Math Series


Wondering How to Use Algebra Tiles?

Looking for a way to help your students understand abstract algebra problems using visual modeling? Region 13 has created a series of FREE videos to help Algebra 1 teachers understand how to utilize Algebra Tiles in instruction. Visit Region 13’s Math webpage at; scroll to the middle of the page for the introduction video “Using Algebra Tiles,” or use the video gallery link located on the left side menu.

tile video

Check back to the Region 13 Math site for the upcoming “Supporting Students Struggling in Algebra” podcast series!

Do you teach math?

young clever science children students with abacus and copyspace

If so, check out our upcoming workshop, Math for All: AGC in grades 3-12. You will learn how to accommodate and modify instruction in the math classroom to meet the needs of your  struggling learners. The workshop will also provide information regarding allowable accommodations for the STAAR.  Hands-on experiences will be provided to show how to best meet the needs of a diverse population.

When: October 26th, 9am – 4pm

Where: ESC Region 13

Cost: $85

Register:, search for Math for All or workshop #FA153245

This would be a great workshop to attend as a teaching team – special education teacher with your general education teaching partner!

Susan Hemphill, Math Specialist and JC Sanders, Special Education Specialist will be your co-facilitators for the day.



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.

thinking blocks

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 and search for the workshop by name or by #SU1532437. Hurry, spaces are limited.

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,

factastic sticker

Specially Designed Instruction In Math Summer Workshop Series

math students at the board

Concrete Models of Good Math Instruction—June 17th, 9am-4pm #SU1532436

In this workshop you will acquire strategies and ideas for how to best adapt the general education curriculum to meet the needs of students with disabilities. We will debunk the myth that students struggling should not be exposed to higher mathematical concepts. You will also gain ideas for how to adapt and modify curriculum while maintaining high expectations for all students.

Math Games: Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks—June 22nd, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm

Shuffling into Math (Grades K-3) #SU1531794 – In this interactive and fun math games workshop, Jane Felling from Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks will teach you to use games as a teaching strategy and will share the reasons behind why this strategy works. Handouts and game ideas will concentrate on numeration and number sense, patterning, basic operations, place value, data management, graphing, problem solving and other key parts of the state curriculum.

All Hands on Deck (Grades 3-6) #SU153173 – In this interactive, game-based workshop, John Felling will offer ways to engage and encourage your upper elementary math students. John and Jane teach workshop participants to use games as a teaching strategy and include why this powerful strategy works.

To Drill or Not to Drill: Math Facts Through Strategies—July 15th, 9am –4pm #SU1529402

Students are expected to master their basic math facts but many struggle to do so.  Research shows that instruction of strategies for basic facts increases students’ likelihood of mastery and retention. Many students develop their own strategies. However, these strategies can be ineffective and inefficient. In this workshop, you will learn strategy-based instruction for all basic math facts for all four basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Explicit Instruction for Math Word Problems—August 13th, 9am-4pm #SU1532437

This workshop will provide you with evidence-based strategies to support and strengthen instruction for math word problems for students with disabilities. Research has shown that for students who are struggling, the elements of explicit instruction are key to helping these students make gains and be successful.

OR Register for all 5 workshops for only $140! #SU1532452


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 and search for To Drill or Not to Drill.

Math for All workshop!

Need ideas for differentiation, accommodations, and modifications for your math classroom?

Math for All: Access to General Curriculum in Mathematics workshop has a few more seats open. Register today!

Participants will learn how to accommodate and modify instruction in the Math classroom as well as for assessments including STAAR.  Hands-on experiences will be provided to show how to meet the needs of a diverse population.

Workshop: February 27, 2015

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Register through Ecampus