Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools
November 9, 2016
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NEWS: Arlington Leader Nominated for National Superintendent Award
Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of Arlington ISD, has been selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) as Texas’ nominee for the 2017 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award.
In September, the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) named Cavazos the 2016 Texas Superintendent of the Year. While the TASB Superintendent of the Year program is not affiliated with the AASA program, honorees of the TASB program are encouraged to apply for the AASA award.
As a state nominee for AASA National Superintendent of the Year, Cavazos will now be considered by a national blue-ribbon panel of judges that will select four finalists to be interviewed in Washington, D.C., in January. The 2017 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced and the state nominees honored at AASA’s National Conference on Education in New Orleans March 2-4.
NEWS: 10 Region 11 Districts Selected as Top Twitter Users
NEWS: Region 11 Teachers, SBOE Member Recognized by State Social Studies Organization
Two Region 11 teachers received outstanding teacher awards from the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) at the organization's fall conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition, Pat Hardy, Region 11 member of the State Board of Education (SBOE), was honored with the Presidential Award.
Kristina Allen, North Crowley High School, Crowley ISD, was named Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, and Elizabeth Cumbie, Watauga Middle School, Birdville ISD, received the Betty Barringer Outstanding Middle School Social Studies Teacher of the Year award.
STEAM Carnival Challenge Winners
The winning entries of the STEAM Kit Challenge are:
- Graford ISD – Graford Junior High (Wulhrich – 8th grade) – “Old Time Carnival”
- Granbury ISD –Oak Woods Elementary (Logsdon/Rains 5th & 4th grades) – “All Aboard!...GISD, Full STEAM Ahead!"
- Huckabay ISD – Huckabay – (Tibbets, Bright, & Jackson – 8th grade) – “Catapulting into STEAM”
- Boyd ISD – Boyd Middle School (Bolejack – 7th & 8th grades) – “STEAM Goes Up”
Charter School Updates
Charter School Performance Framework
Nancy Rinehart from TEA will be at ESC Region 11 on November 14, 1-3 p.m., to share information regarding the Charter School Performance Framework.
Charter School Roundtables
The next Charter School Roundtable will be on December 8, 1-3 p.m., at ESC Region 11.
Educators are being encouraged to incorporate technology into their pedagogy and classrooms, and with distance learning through Connect2Texas, it’s never been easier! All that is needed to participate in Connect2Texas videoconferences is a video-enabled device, internet access, and Zoom, an easy-to-use, cloud-based videoconferencing program.
Connect2Texas brings the world to students and experts to classrooms through a variety of programming. For students who have never been to a beach or seen the ocean, for example, videoconferencing takes them on a virtual visit where they not only view of the Gulf of Mexico but also learn about sea life and coral reef gardens. With the interactive nature of videoconferencing, students even have an opportunity to talk with divers broadcasting from the bottom of the ocean.
Distance learning sessions provide opportunities that students would never experience in a traditional classroom and include visits to more museums than years of field trips might offer.
If you would like to try a Zoom connection, contact Lori Hamm-Neckar, (817) 740-7516, or learn more about programming and registration here.
Last Few Days to Provide Input on ESSA Implementation in Texas
An online survey is available through Nov. 18, offering parents, taxpayers, and the general public a way to provide input on the state’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the new federal law governing K-12 education and replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
Each state is required to establish a strategic vision for public education and develop an overall plan to achieve those goals. TEA is the lead agency developing the Texas state plan, and must determine how the new federal law will affect accountability, funding, school improvement, and grant-making systems.
Challenge Accepted - Build a Bridge for the November Challenge
Educators and Students Needed for Our Virtual Science Club
Do you have a science club? If so, please consider being part of our virtual science club pilot program. Several educators are needed to help us test this program, as we seek to find new ways to engage Texas students in science and support your hard work as science club sponsors.
As with a face-to-face science club, the goal of our virtual science club is to inspire a love of science for all students. Through the use of videoconferencing, this program may be especially beneficial for those students in rural schools.
We will offer the club every other week on two afternoons to try to accommodate your busy schedules.
Join the K-12 STEAM PLC Network
You are invited to join a community of STEAM/STEM teachers in Region 11 to network and learn through a series of face-to-face collaboration times with continued partnership and learning through Canvas.
The STEAM PLC Network is free. To register, visit www.esc11.net and click on Register. For questions, please contact Alison Lentz, (817) 740-3636, or Thais Mitchell, (817) 740-3679, or visit esc11.net/STEAM.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Leaders
We are offering two opportunities for district and charter leaders in STEAM areas to network, collaborate, and provide valuable feedback on ESC services:
Technology Advisory Committee Meeting
November 17, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (including a sponsored lunch)
STEAM Advisory Council Meeting (immediately following the Technology Advisory Committee meeting)
November 17, 1-3 p.m.
Transition and Employment Guide Available Online
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide is now available. This guide provides information on statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities and their families with information about education, employment, and community living. Visit www.transitionintexas.org or click on the QR code above.
Transition Specialists, Vocational Coordinators, Service Agency Representatives, Other Educators, and Youth with Disabilities and their Families
The Texas Transition Conference, February 22-24, 2017, is a two-day event with a pre-conference session focused on providing evidence-based practices that result in a smooth transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Participants will receive intensive training in five focus areas: student-focused planning, family involvement, interagency collaboration, student development, and program structure.
Conference attendees come from all over the state of Texas and include educators, transition specialists, vocational coordinators, service agency representatives, and youth with disabilities and their families.
Beyond Barriers to Postsecondary Education and Employment: Passion and Possibilities!
2017 Texas Transition Conference on February 22-24, 2017
Westin Galleria Houston
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