Time to get your learn on!

Pep Talk for teachers and students from Kid President.

Continue to be more awesome! We are offering a Back to School Special for all of our districts and charter schools. Our September Special Education workshops will be offered for FREE when you register using discount code sept2014.

Check out all of the great workshops we are offering in September: Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills, Handwriting Without Tears, Power of Inclusion, Advanced and Basic Picture Exchange Communication System, Preparing for SUCCESS after STAAR-Modified, FIE to IEP, Links Curriculum, STAR, and many more.

Free Sept. SpEd Workshops

Register at Ecampus.

Accessing the General Curriculum in Social Studies: Inclusion in the Age of STAAR

In this workshop we will:

  • Develop instructional strategies such as use of Graphic Organizers, Visual Aids, Mnemonic Devices, Movement, and Storytelling for teachers in inclusive Social Studies classrooms
  • Align accommodations available to students with disabilities on Social Studies assessments with classroom instruction
  • Engage in brain-based strategies and learn how to apply them in the classroom so all students can better retain and apply information
Through the development of the topics listed above for Social Studies and special education teachers, this workshop is aimed at supporting teacher confidence and student success by focusing on how to develop access to the general curriculum in the social studies classroom. Information provided related to social studies content and strategies will be available for implementation upon return to campus.

Participants will receive a copy of Social Studies Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites by Marcia Tate.

January 28, 2014

Accommodations Strategies and Resources


We hope you all are having fun, safe, refreshing summers so far. As we talk with teachers around the Region, there is a lot of discussion about graphic organizers as mnemonic accommodations for students with learning disabilities. For certain students, blank graphic organizers may also be allowable accommodations on the statewide assessment. Research into graphic organizers indicates two important points: first, that they work best when information is delivered from big ideas down to details, with an opportunity for students to summarize information at the end. Second, that students get the most benefit when graphic organizers are used strategically. For example, if a science teacher were consistent with one type of G.O. for her lectures, another for investigations, and a third for review, this consistency would allow students to develop greater fluency with the resource.

There are an abundance of free graphic organizers on the internet. Here is one good resource: Free Graphic Organizers.

Also, many Social Studies teachers are interested in using blank maps as an accommodation for certain students. A blank map can be a great way to trigger recall in students. There are also many of these resources online, but here is one fairly comprehensive set: Free Blank Outline Maps.

Our Special Education department at Region 13 has been very busy this month. Between the Inclusion Institute, Hill Country Institute, and Beat the Heat we have seen approximately 1,000 of you in person and another 500 or more virtually! As you make plans for professional development, keep the following options in mind:

SU1323766 Power of Inclusion- 2 Day 7/23/2013
FA1327099 Accommodation Central – Primary 10/9/2013
SP1427164 Accommodation Central – Primary 1/13/2014
SP1427100 Accommodation Central – Secondary 1/13/2014
FA1327163 Accommodation Central – Secondary 10/7/2013
FA1326973 Math for All- AGC grades 3-12 11/12/2013
FA1327107 Accessing the General Curriculum in ELAR 9/23/2013
FA1326408 Accessing the General Curriculum in Science 12/3/2013

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