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.

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

OR

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 Ecampus.esc13.net or Elementary Math Series or Secondary Math Series

 

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 ecampus.esc13.net and search for the workshop by name or by #SU1532437. Hurry, spaces are limited.

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.

Do you have students who did not pass their 5th or 8th grade STAAR Math assessment?

Do you have students who did not pass their 5th or 8th grade STAAR Math assessment and will be attending summer school? What researched-based interventions will you be employing with these students to help fill in the gaps in their mathematical understanding while at the same time challenging them to reach new levels?

In the IES Practice Guide, Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools recommendation number six states, “Intervention at all grade levels should devote about 10 minutes in each session to building fluent retrieval of basic arithmetic facts” (April 2009). So how do we address this important component of math intervention? The answer is through strategy-based instruction for basic math facts.

Teaching strategies to recall basic facts builds flexible thinking in students. 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. Strategies encourage a deeper understanding of numbers and their relationships.

Factastic Math Strategy System is designed to help students who struggle with mathematics build fact fluency. The system follows the model of explicit and systematic instruction to help students master the basic math facts.

 

 

 

 

 

To order Factastic Math Strategy System visit ESC Region 13 store at www.store.esc13.net.

Beat the Heat 2014: Registration Is Open

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Registration is open with 4 registration options available!

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.

Want the entire experience?  

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014 – 3 Day All Inclusive!  
  • June 25-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428736
  • Cost: $120.00 (This represents a discounted price over registering for individual days)

Can only come 1 or 2 days?

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014: Day 1 Pre-Conference
  • June 25, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428536
  • Cost: $50.00
OR
  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014: Days 2 & 3 Main Conference
  • June 26-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1428537
  • Cost: $100/00

Don’t want to fight Austin traffic?  Try our Virtual Conference!

  • Register for Beat the Heat 2014 Virtual Conference
  • June 26-27, 2014
  • Workshop #SU1429966
  • Cost: $50.00

BONUS!!!!

  • Paraeducators attend at no cost for any registration option!  Use the discount code: Para2014
  • Parents attend at no cost for any registration option! Use the discount code: Parent2014
For more information contact:

Do your students struggle with basic math facts?

Students with working memory difficulties, math disabilities, and other learning disabilities can really struggle with the memorization of the basic math facts.  Even though there are tools like multiplication charts to provide accommodations for students, this deficiency will continue to hinder their mathematical abilities in later grades and in life. So what can we do?

To Drill or Not to Drill? workshop will focus on teaching basic math facts through strategies rather than memorization. Math fact strategies can build a student’s conceptual understanding of numbers and number relationships. The use of strategies also encourages flexible thinking in our students. The strategies taught in this workshop are researched based.

To register visit: https://ecampus.esc13.net Workshop # FA1327345, Sept. 25th 9 am – 4 pm.

Best of all this workshop is FREE and comes along with FREE resources. FACTastic Math Strategy System is a flashcard based system to help teach students the strategies and provide students with effective and efficient practice of the facts. For September only, the workshop and two sets of FACTastic cards (addition/subtraction and multiplicition/division) are completely FREE!

Follow the link to find out more,  http://bit.ly/16KMyiY

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

Accessing the General Curriculum in the Content Areas

Region 13 Education Specialists are teaming up to provide you with content area specific special education training.

This training will provide you with a comparison of STAAR and STAAR Modified, how to modify assessments to align with STAAR Modified, allowable accommodations on STAAR, and using accommodations in the classroom.

This training is for general and special education teachers 3rd through 12th grade.

Register today on E-campus

 

Click to download flyer AGC in the Content Areas