Weekly Inside Story
April 11-15, 2016
Greeters for this week
If you can't make your greeter duties, it is your responsibility to find a replacement.
September 9 - CPR Training for All Staff
October 7 - ESC Staff Meeting and Flu Shots
Please remember this change when you are planning. Thank you!
Don’t forget that secretaries and support staff must earn a total of 4 badges and all other staff must earn a total of 10 badges by August 31st, 2016. To check out the overall ranking of ESC staff by badges earned, visit http://rwalker5.wix.com/r7dts (this page is also available on the intranet page by clicking on the link titled “DTS Leaderboard”. Remember that “Ditch That Session” isn’t just about earning badges; it is about learning new skills to model for our customers!
If you need to provide an example of anything for credit, please email that to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the word “badge” in the subject line so that I make sure I don’t miss any emails providing further proof of badge completion.
Keep up the good work!
Network Maintenance Windows
In order to perform maintenance on network infrastructure and services with minimal impact on staff and customers, the maintenance windows have been implemented below:
Thursday evenings from 7pm to 11pm
Third Saturday of each month 8am – 10pm
These maintenance windows will be used for “non-emergency” events that may affect your access to network services. We will provide in advance a notice of maintenance to be performed, the reason for the maintenance as well as the services affected.
Although these windows are established, all windows may not be used and may not be the durations listed above.
Thank you for taking the time to give us a quick way to scan PD offerings. I can glance at one of your emails and one page attachments and get what I need in seconds. With the torrent of information pouring in, it is easy to overlook something valuable that would help our teachers or administrators.
Richard Boardman, Assistant CEO
The Ranch Academy
Thank you so much for taking out the time on Friday to assist us with HB 4. It was greatly appreciated.
To: Beall, Jill
Good morning! I just have to share with you what's been going on this morning. I got out Sara's Go Talk after she got back from her high school class and she almost immediately began stringing together words and answering questions. Things like:
"Thank you -- Mrs. Womble" (I gave her a band-aid)
She pushed "Mrs. Womble - Hot" I said "oh, you think I'm hot?" she pushed "No" and laughed then pushed "silly"
When Mrs. Owens came into the room, she pushed "Mrs. Owens -- Time to make the tea" then unprompted "Mrs. Owens - I Love you"!
The pure joy on her face has literally made my morning even more sunny than it is outside and has brought some tears for Melissa and I! She has communicated much more, but that's just a sample!
My purpose is to say THANK YOU for teaching me how to open up this world for my precious girl and that ECT really works! I'm looking forward to having many conversations with this girl very soon!
Have a wonderful day! I already am! :-)
Brownsboro Life Skills Teacher
Background info –
Sara is a high school student who was a HUGE behavior problem last year. Rene Womble is the LID teacher and Melissa Owens is the para. Sara makes iced tea a couple times a week with Ms. Owen.
Thanks for supporting ECT. With the right teachers, kids can rock!
Thank you for coming to McMichael! We appreciate your input, suggestions, and information you sent as we continue down the RtI road to success. This will be great support for our teachers! I especially enjoyed our conversation over screeners and functional levels as it has me looking at the process in another way.
Again, thanks and enjoy the holiday,
Curriculum Instructional Coach
Nacogdoches McMichael Middle School
To: Headstart Office Staff
Cc: Abernethy, Elizabeth; Hemann, Ronnie; Holland, Carrie
WOO HOO! CLASS is complete!
I just received our last phone call from Debra Marquis, CLASS Lead, and she said today went as smoothly as the rest of the days. She was really appreciative of the hospitality Region 7 staff members gave to her team. I want to thank our Education Specialists for accompanying the CLASS monitors to each campus!
We should receive our program scores in about 45 days. We will then wait for the National scores to see how we compared with the rest of our cohort.
Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!
Region 7 Made the News!
Region 7 Education Service Center
As-it-happens update ⋅ April 7, 2016
Engaging students: That's one of the most important things when it comes to teaching, and the Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore is always looking for new ways to teach teachers to teach.
Become the Chief Encourager of Your Team
Excerpted from 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
For many years I have enjoyed the friendship of the Cathy family, the leaders of Chick-fil-A. One day when I was having dinner with Truett Cathy, the company's founder, he said, "Do you know how I identify someone who needs encouragement? If the person is breathing they need a pat on the back!"
I have yet to meet a person who doesn't enjoy and benefit from encouragement. No one is too successful, old, experienced, or educated to appreciate positive praise and encouragement from another person. A great example of this can be found in the lives of two talented authors and teachers: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. The friends, both professors at Oxford, often met to share with each other the fiction they were writing. When Tolkien was writing The Lord of the Rings, he became discouraged. Lewis continually encouraged his friend to keep writing. "Tollers, where's the next chapter? You can't give up now," Lewis would chide. In later years, Tolkien acknowledged how much of a difference Lewis's positive input had made: "The unspeakable debt I owe him cannot be fathomed," wrote Tolkien. "For long, he was my only audience."
As a leader, you have great power to lift people up. Mother Teresa said, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless." I'm sure Lewis's encouraging words echoed in Tolkien's ears as he labored to write his fantasy masterpiece. As a leader, you can have a similarly positive impact on others. People enjoy affirmation from a peer. But they really value it from their leader. The words "I'm glad you work with me; you add incredible value to the team" mean a lot coming from someone who has the best interest of the team, department, or organization at heart.
If you want people to be positive and to always be glad when they see you coming, encourage them. If you become the chief encourager of the people on your team, they will work hard and strive to meet your positive expectations.