Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

December 7, 2016

ESC TODAY is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays throughout the school year except during holidays. Due to winter break, the next edition will be published on January 18, 2017.

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Administrators and Teachers: TEKS Resource System Newsletter Launched in November

News and updates about your online curriculum are available in the new TEKS Resource System newsletter. The first edition of this quarterly newsletter was published in November 2016, highlighting current and forthcoming changes and enhancements to the system as well as professional development opportunities.

TEKS Resource System|November 2016

Challenge Accepted - Make a Snowball Launcher for the December Challenge

Join ESC Region 11's Distance Learning team on December 15 for the Build a Snowball Launcher Challenge, part of the Challenge Accepted series of free videoconferencing/ networking events designed to spark creativity, imagination, and problem-solving in your students. With a new challenge planned for each month, this event is a great way to build excitement and collaboration among your students and others. More than 550 students participated in November's activity, Build a Bridge. Registration and additional information are available here.

Charter School Updates

Charter School Roundtable (follows the TASA/Superintendents meeting)

December 8, 1-3 p.m.

ESC Region 11

Please register here.

Regions 10 & 11 Charter School Summit
February 15, 9 a.m.-Noon

For more information, contact:
Keela McGraw, (817) 740-7526

Follow us on Twitter @ESC11Charters

Connect2Texas - Revitalize Your Students and Your Lessons

Even the best lesson plans may not always hold students' attention. Connect2Texas can bring a new perspective to topics that you teach. Through desktop videoconferencing, your students have access to interactive learning provided right in your classroom by our content partners. A scientist can teach the three states of matter, for example, or a historian will show actual artifacts from an ancient shipwreck. How about providing students with the opportunity to discuss space exploration with an archivist who has original NASA drawings and documents? These are just a few examples of how Connect2Texas can bring new and exciting content enhancement opportunities directly into your classroom.

School administrators, please share this information with your teachers so they know this educational and easy-to-use resource is available.

A complete list of upcoming programs is on our Connect2Texas website.

Most Connect2Texas providers offer on-demand scheduling as well.

Health Advisory: Mumps

The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a health advisory about mumps due to outbreaks in Johnson County, Dallas County, and North Central Texas. In Texas, diagnosis or suspicion of mumps is required to be reported by calling your local health department.

Read the full health advisory here.

HR Connection Meeting Set for December 14

The HR Connection meeting will be on December 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, at ESC Region 11.

HR Connection is an event for district and charter school human resources coordinators, directors, principals, and superintendents/CEOs in Regions 10 and 11, and it provides information about innovative policies and procedures that are being implemented locally.

The December meeting features a discussion facilitated by Denton ISD on how to grow your own teachers, information on conducting digital interviews by rivs digital interviews, and a discussion about the role of employee vs. the role of contractor led by a representative from Thompson & Horton, LLP.

Register here to attend the HR Connection meeting.

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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. They are seeking stories that demonstrate rigorous and rewarding classroom experiences, student achievement, and student human interest stories that go 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 the TEA social media accounts using the hashtag #IAmTxEd.

More information here.

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