Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

May 10, 2017

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Great Things MAY 2017

Retiring Superintendents Recognized

Four retiring superintendents were recognized at the May Texas Association of School Administrators Study Group meeting at ESC Region 11. The EECU Credit Union presented each with a gift. In the photo, left to right: Lonnie Nicholson, EECU president and CEO, Rod Townsend, Decatur ISD, Dan Powell, Crowley ISD, Randy Reid, Keller ISD, and Ray Lea, Azle ISD. As a group, these superintendents have approximately 150 years of experience in the education field. We appreciate their contributions to the education of children in Texas and wish them the best.

LAST CALL: Deadline Extended to Enter Real Video Challenge

The deadline for submitting videos to our Real Teaching Video Library has been extended to May 17. We have received many awesome examples of high-impact strategies but would love to see what is happening in more classrooms. Any teacher who submits a video (even if it’s not selected for the library) will receive two free CPE hours for each video submitted, a t-shirt, and a chance to win a variety of prizes, including an ESC Region 11 coaching contract for the school.

Teachers don’t need any special equipment or editing skills; it is simple to create a 4-5 minute video from a phone or tablet.

More information is available on the Real Video Challenge website.

Summer Digital Math Academy: K-8 Teachers

STAARting with the TEKS: Math for the Digital Age will be held this summer in three cohorts based on counties. Join us at a location near you for one of three face-to-face sessions in June and July. K-8 teachers completing 18 CPE hours of face-to-face collaboration and six CPE hours of blended learning through Canvas will receive a $150 stipend. Space is limited, so please visit the Math website for more information and registration details.

Charter School Summer Summit - June 28-30

Charter school staff, please make plans to attend the Charter School Network’s fourth annual Charter School Summer Summit, June 28-30, featuring two New York Times best-selling authors as keynote speakers, 40 breakout sessions, and many networking opportunities.

Visit the Texas Charter Network website for more details, and take a look at the video below to get an idea of what you can expect at the conference.

2017 Summer Summit

Connect2Texas: What Are Teachers Looking For?

Please take a moment to give us your input about Connect2Texas programming and services. Throughout the year, we strive to meet teachers' curriculum and student achievement needs, and your responses will help our Connect2Texas providers develop programs and improve their current scheduling practices. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a FREE program from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Take the quick evaluation here.

We appreciate your feedback and look forward to serving you with new-and-improved content enhancement programs for the 2017-2018 school year.

Connect2Texas providers help educators enhance classroom content, provide access to resources and customized topics, and work with special scheduling needs. We hope you will utilize these Texas-based providers and their TEKS-aligned program opportunities. Questions? Contact Lori Hamm-Neckar, (817) 740-7516.

News For and About Schools

HEB ISD Student Earns Second Place in Citizen Bee

Congratulations to Sam Schaaf, L. D. Bell High School, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, second-place winner in the 2017 Texas Citizen Bee. Sam was the first-place winner in the 2016 Texas Citizen Bee. Sam is shown here with his teacher Regina Swann.

The Texas Citizen Bee is a statewide civic education program and competition open to students in grades 9-12. Contestants at both the regional and state levels participate in written and oral rounds, with questions about the U.S. Constitution, important documents, civic values and skills, current events, landmark Supreme Court cases, and the Bill of Rights. The Texas Citizen Bee is sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute and Law-Related Education.

Birdville ISD Teams Earns Recognition in National Competition for Deaf, Hard of Hearing

Five students from Birdville ISD, Birdville Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, placed among the top four teams in the nation in the Battle of the Books Competition, and won the Green Team Best Sportsmanship Award. The team competed against 26 other middle school teams at Gallaudet University, a university in Washington, D.C., that is designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Team member Amy Nguyen was named Green Team MVP.

Shown from left to right, teacher Christine Gaston, Eduardo Bustillos, Nate Coats, Destiny Chavana, Amy Nguyen, Max Ridgway, teacher Teresa Fuller, and Smithfield Middle School Assistant Principal Jason Turner.

Library Leaders Meeting Features State Library Speaker

Liz Philippi, school program coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, talked to Region 11 library leaders at their recent meeting at ESC Region 11, providing them with information about revisions to state library standards, TexQuest updates, and legislative topics.

Literacy Team Prepares for Lone Star Literacy Academy

The ESC Region 11 literacy team provided mock training to other staff members in preparation for the upcoming Lone Star Literacy Academy. Watch for more news about the literacy academy, which has the potential to influence learning for almost 40,000 students in Tarrant County during the upcoming school year.

Weatherford Student Wins Optimist Scholarship for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Tammy Wilson, a junior from Weatherford High School and a student of the Brazos River Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD), won a $2,500 scholarship in the Optimist Communication Competition for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Weatherford Optimist club sponsored Brazos River RDSPD students in the competition, and three finalists advanced to the district-level competition hosted at Texas Tech University on May 6. Shown in the photo are the three finalists, (left to right) Jodi Oesterle, Crockett Elementary; Madison Birchell, Hall Middle School; and Tammy Wilson, Weatherford High School.

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TEA: Agreement Affirms Key Components of Teacher Evaluations in Texas

All major components of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) will remain in place following a legal agreement with various teacher organizations in the state. Student growth will remain part of statutorily-required teacher appraisal systems in either the state-recommended system or a locally developed system a school district may wish to adopt.

Read more about the agreement on the TEA website. Provides Parent-Friendly Help for Math Concepts is a FREE K-8 website that provides parent-friendly explanations, example problems, digital tools, and videos by grade level to help parents understand the math concepts and skills that their children are learning.

Please add the link to your website and include it in communications to parents.

Write4Texas Summer Conference for Secondary Content-area Teachers

ESC Region 10, in collaboration with ESC Region 11, will be hosting a free, two-day Write for Texas summer conference on June 26-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Grapevine Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. The Write for Texas initiative focuses on cross-curricular literacy at the secondary level. Attendees will receive 12 CPEs. Please register soon, as there is limited availability.

Register on Region 10's website.

2017 TEKS Resource System Conference

The 2017 TEKS Resource System Curriculum Conference, August 1-3, is the premier professional development venue for Texas. Whether you're a teacher or an administrator, this conference has something for everyone. Attendees will experience a variety of sessions related to academic content, leadership, assessment, differentiation, and instructional coaching. The keynote speaker is Aric Bostick.

Registration details are available on the TEKS Resource System Conference website.

Uplifting Educator Stories: Share Your Education Success Story with TEA

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a statewide social media campaign to tell the remarkable stories of Texas educators. Uplifting Educator Stories are those that demonstrate rigorous and rewarding classroom experiences, student achievement, and student human interest going beyond success in a typical class or on a test.

If you have ideas for this project, email the story and photo to Lauren Callahan. A new story will be selected each week and shared statewide via TEA social media accounts using the hashtag #IAmTxEd.

More information is available on TEA's #IamTXEd website.

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