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.

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 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 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

Do you have a new teaching partner?

Will you be a co-teacher this year? Do you have a new teaching partner? Maybe you have the same teaching partner as before, but are looking to improve your collaboration?

POI

The Power of Inclusion 2-day workshop is for co-teaching partners. After this workshop, teachers and paraprofessionals will be able to implement six different co-teaching approaches. Collaborative partners will be able to define roles and responsibilities for each educator in the room. Students will be better served as educators implement specially designed instruction and utilize all educators in the classroom.

Join us for Power of Inclusion this August!

To register visit ecampus and search for Power of Inclusion or workshop #SU1529399

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.

First steps for paraprofessionals in an inclusive setting

Listening to Dr. Julie Causton’s webinar over Paraprofessionals Role in an Inclusive Setting, I heard some great suggestions for first steps paraprofessionals can take when in an inclusive setting supporting students with disabilities.

Step 1: Read the student’s IEP to become familiar with the student’s goals, accommodations, and if applicable, modifications and behavior plan.

Step 2: Talk with the classroom teacher and the supervising special education teacher about your role for helping students become independent in the classroom.

Step 3: Talk with the classroom teacher about your role in the classroom that supports the idea of helping all students in the room.

Step 4: Talk with the classroom teachers and the supervising special education teacher about ideas for fading support, what will it look like, what is his/her expectation for fading support, what is the plan for fading support.

Step 5: Talk with the classroom teacher about running small groups to help carry out planned materials, adaptions, and lesson objectives.

Step 6: Set up with the classroom teacher and supervising special education teacher regularly scheduled time to communicate about the work you are doing with the students.

Step 7: Talk with the classroom teacher about your introduction to the class as part of the instructional team and not as a specific student’s helper.

Step 8: Find out from your district the policy for your role in parent communication and the school’s expectation of your role with parent communication.

For more information about Paraprofessionals and their roles in Inclusive Schools, check out the Working with Paraprofessionals: A Resource for Teachers of Students with Disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about Dr. Julie Causton, visit her website, http://www.inspireinclusion.com.

Inclusion Institute Presenters Announced!

Check out our fabulous list of break-out session presenters here:Inclusion-2013-flyer

Get Your Free Copy of LeAnn’s Book: Deeper Learning 7 Powerful Strategies for In-Depth and Longer-Lasting Learning!
The first 100 participants to register for the Inclusion Institute will receive a free copy of the book Deeper Learning co-authored by Eric Jensen and our keynote speaker, LeAnn Nickelsen.

Attention Paraprofessionals!
Thank you to everybody who applied: the application for the paraprofessional discount has now closed.
And we don’t want to forget the hard working Para-educators in our schools. A limited number of complimentary para-educator registrations are available now. Para-educators complete this form to receive your E-Campus promotional code for your free registration. (not eligible for free book)