Free Webinar with Inclusion Institute’s Keynote Speaker Susan Hentz




Join us for a short 30 minute webinar where Susan Hentz, author of Collaborate Smart: Practical Strategies and Tools for Educators, will be sharing her tips for learning centers and flexible groups in collaboratively taught classroom. Susan will be our keynote speaker this year for Inclusion Institute: Great Expectations.

Learning Centers and Flexible Groups in Your Collaborative Classroom
Learning centers  provide opportunities for educators to differentiate by readiness, skill, and interests. During this fast-paced webinar, Susan will share the steps required to create learning centers for  addressing our diverse student population. Watch your instructional time significantly increase by using powerful instructional routines and procedures that put you in charge and clearly establish the roles and expectations for your students.

Susan’s Preview Webinar

Monday, June 23, 2014

10:30 am CST

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:






Register for Inclusion Institute 2014: Great Expectations


Face-to-face conference – SU1427634

Virtual conference – SU1428827

Research on Computer Based Accommodations

Special educators may be interested in this study of student attitudes towards computer-based oral administration of tests:

Pages 10 and 11 contain some very interesting findings. Some highlights:

  • 75.1% of students with disabilities agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “I found it easier to think on the computer test than a paper and pencil test” compared to 65.2% of students without disabilities.
  • 86.5% of students with disabilities agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “It was easy to have words read to me” compared to 78.4% of students without disabilities.
  • 73.6% of students with disabilities agreed or strongly agreed with the statement:“I found it easy to think when listening to the computer text reader compared to 58.3% of students without disabilities.

Food for thought for educators having conversations about implementing the Standardized Oral Administration on this year’s STAAR test. For more information on that accommodation, visit

For an in-depth look at these options, share the SOA webinars on the Region 13 webinars page:

For specific assistance on planning and implementing the SOA student tutorial, contact the Region 13 Access to the General Curriculum team:

2014 STAAR Supplemental Aids Update – webinar

TEA has released an updated version of the Supplemental Aids guidance document, which you may access here Acc-Allowable-Supp-Aids_kb_ppt or here:

Region 13 will be hosting a free webinar on December 5 at 11:30 to go over these updates and introduce suggestions for classroom implementation. Register for that webinar here: . As always, the webinar will be recorded and available for access on the Region 13 webinars page:

Understand the Critical Role of Oral Language in Reading for Your Title I and ELL Students

Free webinar from Education Week, may also be of interest to Special Educators:

This event takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, 3 to 4 p.m. ET.

Research has shown that oral language has a profound impact on children’s preparedness for kindergarten and on their success throughout their academic career. Children typically enter school with a wide range of background knowledge and oral-language ability, attributable in part to factors such as children’s experiences in the home and their socioeconomic status. As a result, Title I and English-language-learner subgroups typically face a gap in academic ability that tends to persist or grow throughout their school experience.

Learn from two administrators—Pam Howard and Shawn Parkhurst—about their strategies for oral language development, which include a focus on foundational comprehension and vocabulary to address students who lack exposure to English language and have limited background experiences.


Pam Howard, assistant superintendent, special education, El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, Texas

Shawn Parkhurst, assistant superintendent, curriculum and instruction, Wallingford public schools, Wallingford, Conn.

This webinar will be moderated by Liz Crawford-Brooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, vice president, education and research, Lexia Learning.

Register HERE:;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=16641&partnerref=eblast

Accommodations Decision-Making: Free Online Course

Accommodations Decision-Making:
Selecting, Implementing and Evaluating Instructional and Assessment Accommodations

This five-module course is free and available at The course is highly interactive and makes use of short videos, quizzes, audio clips, journals, and case studies to engage the learner. Users will need to provide name and email address to create an account. Content includes:

  • Thinking About Student Characteristics
  • Linking Student Needs to Accommodations Decisions
  • Instructional Accommodations
  • Assessment Accommodations
  • Monitoring and Evaluating

The course was jointly developed by NCEO (National Center on Educational Outcomes) and the Alabama Department of Education. Course content is not state-specific and describes decision-making and implementation processes that are valuable to all teachers of students with disabilities.

Master Scheduling, Inclusion Science, Free Books, and More!

Several items of interest for educators working to support inclusion settings:

1. Cathy Miller’s presentation on Master Scheduling with inclusion in mind, No More Square Pegs in Round Holes, is now available as a free webinar: This 45-minute presentation gives administrators access to a host of tools to make sure that students with disabilities are being given access to the general curriculum in the least restrictive environment appropriate.

2. Performance Based Assessment in the Science classroom is now open for registration. Teachers working in Science classrooms grades K-8 will be interested in this workshop designed to help generate more meaningful assessment of student work. Special emphasis will be given to creating meaningful rubrics and differentiating assessment to determine the needs of all learners. More info on E-Campus.

3. Remember that the first 100 registrants for the June 14 Inclusion Institute will receive a complimentary copy of keynote speaker LeAnn Nickelsen’s book: Deeper Learning. Spots are still available on E-Campus.

4. Summer workshop opportunities abound at Region 13, including Power of Inclusion (a revamped version of the popular Power of Two training), Accommodations Central, Operation J.O.Y., and more. Download the flyer for the full schedule of AGC workshops here: AGC Flyer

FREE Webinar: “Instructional Cha-Cha-Chas”

View the recorded webinar HERE:

Just a reminder that our Inclusion Institute’s keynote speaker, LeAnn Nickelson, will be presenting a free 45-minute webinar on Formative Assessment this Wednesday. Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM CDT

Register for the Inclusion Institute here:
Register for the Virtual Institute (group discounts available) here:

Check out our commercial for the Virtual Institute below:


Room for All: Supporting Inclusive Classrooms


Join ESC Education Specialists, JC Sanders and Matt Holloway, for the third and final webinar in the Inclusion Webinar Series. This final webinar will discuss best practices in inclusion classrooms, with an emphasis on addressing IEP goals and objectives in daily instruction.

Register now to view the live webinar on Tuesday, December 18 at 11:45 AM (CST). Included in your registration will be links to the first two recorded webinars in this series.

Register today on ecampus! Workshop ID: FA1225360

Cost: $25 for all 3 webinars

Inclusion Webinar Series

IDEA 2004 and the continued push for inclusive classrooms mean that teachers are collaborating more than ever before. This 3-part webinar series explores challenges, benefits, and strategies for teachers who are collaboratively managing inclusive classrooms.


These online webinars provide easy-to-access content related to the inclusion of special education students in the mainstream classroom. Live webinars will be recorded and accessible to registrants.

Building Bridges: Strategies for Collaborating in the Inclusive Classroom
Tuesday, October 30 at 11:45 AM (CST)

Making Time: Strategies for Planning in the Inclusive Classroom
Tuesday, November 13 at 3:45 PM (CST)

Room for All: Supporting Inclusive Classrooms
Tuesday, December 18 at 11:45 AM (CST)

To Register go to eCampus

Workshop ID: FA1225360
Cost: $25 for all three
Location: Anywhere you can connect to the internet!

For more information please contact:

JC Sanders 512-919-5420
Matt Holloway 512-919-5396