Register today for Science for All!

Are you looking for ways to meet the diverse needs of students in your science classroom?

 

The Science for All workshop will explore evidence-based instructional strategies designed to help all students, especially struggling learners, make progress toward success. You will also learn about accommodations and modifications, how to implement supplemental aids, and tips for helping students transfer their knowledge from instructional practices to the STAAR test. This day-long workshop is designed for all science teachers, but is particularly applicable to teachers of STAAR tested grades (grade 5, grade 8, and biology). You will participate in hands-on activities, small-group discussion, and will leave with ideas and strategies you can start using with your students right away!

Date: January 28, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $45.00

Register for Science for All in Ecampus by using course number SP1940797.

For more information contact Gretchen Kehrberg, gretchen.kehrberg@esc13.txed.net.

Announcing the Region 13 Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Professional Learning Community (PLC)!

 

Are you looking for a way to transform your teaching and your students’ learning?

Submit your application to join the Region 13 Universal Design for Learning Professional Learning Community!  This PLC is designed to provide cohort members with an understanding of the UDL framework, knowledge and resources to support UDL implementation, and individualized learning opportunities to address campus needs.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for creating an approach to your instruction based on principles that allow all students to have access to the general education curriculum. Using a proactive approach to remove learning barriers by considering the natural variability of how students learn, UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials and assessments to help optimize learning.

In addition, knowledge and implementation of UDL supports ESSA’s endorsement of UDL, enhances our connections to the student-centered focus of our appraisal systems, and provides a way to plan for social and emotional variability.

The UDL PLC application process is simple!  Just complete pages 3 and 4 of the application and submit it electronically by 5:00 PM on June 15, 2018.  To submit the application or for more information contact Kim West at kim.west@esc13.txed.net or 512-919-5314.

UDL Series: Universal Design for Learning and Social Emotional Learning

“Emotion has a substantial influence on the cognitive processes in humans, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, and problem solving” (Tyng, Amin, Saad, & Malik, 2017).

Each day, teachers experience the challenging connections between emotion and learning.  The good news is that we can plan for social and emotional variability in our classrooms by referencing the UDL Guidelines for concrete suggestions for applying the  UDL framework.

Within the principle of engagement, we find strategies for recruiting interest, sustaining effort and persistence, and promoting self-regulation for our students.  By tapping into students’ interests in various ways, we provide meaningful access to our content.  When we provide options for students to sustain attention, we encourage them to build their skills that support learning.  When students have options for self-regulation, they begin to internalize the social and emotional skills necessary for interacting with and retaining content.

Reflect on the strategies you implement to provide access, build skills, and promote internalization of attention and effort.  Compare the UDL principle of engagement with the Core Social and Emotional (SEL) Competencies.  How can you eliminate barriers in your curriculum and environment related to social and emotional variability?

Join us monthly through July as we discuss the following topics and how the UDL framework can help you close the gap in student achievement. This blog series will culminate with a workshop by Katie Novak, our UDL Distinguished Speaker, on July 27th, 2018!

UDL Blog Series:

For more information, contact Kim West, kim.west@esc13.txed.net.

FBA & BIP Issues and Strategies

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FBA & BIP Issues and Strategies Workshop

Join us for a day of learning to support a behavioral team in facilitating a smooth FBA and BIP process in even the most difficult situations.

As a district-level specialist, LSSP, SLP, teacher, or other related service provider, you know the importance of an FBA and a quality BIP, and you probably conduct them on a regular basis.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide solutions to common difficulties as well as provide an update on current research in the field. We will spend the morning reviewing the FBA process, during which current evidence-based strategies and best practices will be shared and practiced. In the afternoon, we will focus on developing and implementing a “quality” BIP, again reviewing evidence-based strategies and best practices with a special focus on prevention strategies and function-based interventions. Those who do not regularly conduct FBAs and develop BIPs will learn how to do so through this hands-on, interactive workshop.  

For more information, click here to see the workshop flyer. 

When: May 13, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where:  ESC Region 13 in Austin, TX

Fee: $10

Register now! Course ID: SP1634536

Please contact  Cyndi O’Toole for more information or for information on attending this PD virtually.

cyndi.otoole@esc13.txed.net

 512-919-5180

Closing the Gap with Specially Designed Instruction

Region 13 has partnered with San Marcos CISD to share their unique approach to instructional design for students with disabilities. By using multiple data sources and the TEKS vertical alignment documents, the district has defined what a modified curriculum means to them and implements it through the  “Gap Plans” described in the course. This course is free and available online through the E-Campus system. https://ecampus.esc13.net/catalog.html#url=/show_class_info.html%3Fclassid%3D30409

This E-Learning Course will help educators develop instructional plans that focus on closing the gap for students with special education eligibilities.

Class Notes:

This course is divided into three modules. After completing these modules, you will be able to create a Gap Plan to help address the gaps in your students’ curriculum knowledge. Each module has a learning objective:

1. Identify the appropriate data sources for placing students’ present levels of academic functioning within the TEKS.

2. Use the vertical alignment document to create an individualized gap plan to help address your student’s curriculum needs.

3. Access resources to enable you to deliver specially designed instruction to address those needs.

Math for All – AGC in Math

 

 

 

 

STAAR – Modified is going away. What does that mean for my students in math next year?

In this workshop you will learn how to accommodate and modify instruction in the math classroom. Develop a plan for preparing all your students for higher expectations.

Hands-on experiences will be provided to show you how to meet the needs of a diverse population. Various resources and tools will be shared at this training.  Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and network with other math and special education teachers.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9 – 4pm

Register at ecampus.esc13.net

Workshop ID # SP1426974 – Math for All

Collaborating for Inclusion

The Power of Inclusion: Co-Teaching workshop at Region 13 is an updated version of the Power of Two. While participants still acquire best practice approaches to co-teaching, there is an added emphasis on planning for, and navigating, the multiple partnerships that often go into a campus’ inclusion program.

There are still a few seats available for Friday’s free workshop (FA1327000) and there will be another one-day version of this workshop on October 28, 2013 (FA1327001). Registration for the October workshop is $45. Both workshops will be on-site at Region 13.

Including students with disabilities in the general education classroom is both a challenge and an opportunity. Educators will need to collaborate to successfully meet the needs of these diverse learners. Participants will gain many ideas for creating a caring, structured, and engaging environment where students follow multiple pathways to accomplish learning outcomes.

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

Inclusion Institute Registration OPEN

Registration is now open for the June 14, 2013 Inclusion Institute —

Attend in Person: SU1323425
Attend Virtually: SU1325767

Join us for an energetic institute focused on effective collaboration and instructional
practices to better support students with disabilities in the general education classroom!
Following a dynamic keynote speaker and productive breakout sessions, you’ll walk away with
practical solutions for day-to-day inclusion challenges.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Author LeAnn Nickelsen will facilitate a morning workshop based
on Deeper Learning: 7 Powerful Strategies for Longer Lasting
Learning, which she co-authored with Eric Jensen.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS
will explore key challenges of inclusion
including collaboration, literacy, accommodations and
modifications for STAAR, transition goals in the classroom, assistive
technology, behavior management, brain-based learning, STAAR
review strategies, IEP alignment, including students with autism,
and more.

Download the flyer: Inclusion Institute 2013