Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

May 11, 2016

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NEWS: Districts Improve Evidence-Based Instructional Practices with Blended Learning (photo above)

“ This technique is a miracle! My student's initial baseline indicated only speech production of random sounds in January, and now (April) since we have implemented the time delay technique, the student has learned five words!” Workshop Participant

Teaching the Four "I"s: Intensive, Intentional, Individualized Instruction for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds with IEPs

During the school year, a group of teachers, speech-language pathologists, and administrators from Fort Worth, Joshua, Everman, and Keller ISDs participated in an intensive, blended course to improve evidence-based instructional practices. The course was led by Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Grisham-Brown is a leading national expert in tier 3 and specially-designed instruction in early childhood. Participants attended face-to-face sessions with follow-up online coaching and feedback from Dr. Grisham-Brown, Rebecca Crawford (also from the University of Kentucky), ESC Region 11 consultants, and our Digital Learning team through Canvas, Zoom, and V-Brick.

Autism Conference Set for August

The 24th Annual Texas Autism Conference will be held August 3-4 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel. Sponsored by the Texas Education Agency and coordinated by ESC Region 2, the conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and parent panel discussions. It also provides networking opportunities for participants to exchange successes, challenges, and ideas on how to increase student performance and success in life.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Blackboard Lunch 'n Learn Series - Community Engagement, Safety, and Security

ESC Region 11 will host Blackboard's K-12 Lunch 'n Learn Series Community Engagement, Safety, and Security on May 19 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Connect with others and exchange ideas about innovation in action at your own and neighboring districts. This event is free and open to all.

Agenda and registration here

Canvas Learning Management System - Statutory Compliance Courses Offered in Canvas

Beginning in June, ESC Region 11 will offer the following statutory compliance courses free to Region 11 districts and charters that have purchased the Instructional Services contract:
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Bullying
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Internet Safety
  • Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  • Section 504
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Teen Dating Violence & Abuse
  • Texas Code of Ethics
  • Copyright
For complete details regarding course titles, training cycles, registration, and technology support, visit the Canvas website.

Crisis Support Teams, Instructional Leaders, Administrators, Counselors

ESC Region 11 is hosting Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training with Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) on July 5-8. CPI is considered the global standard for crisis prevention and intervention training, and this training helps administrators meet the new requirement for training in restraint and de-escalation strategies required by SB507.

Register directly with CPI, not ESC Region 11 for this highly requested training. Register here.

Digital Learning - Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Elementary Con
Join elementary teachers and leaders on June 23-24 in White Settlement for Elementary Con, featuring Angela Maiers. You'll learn with master elementary teachers and leaders in active, hands-on sessions focusing on literacy, mathematics, and leadership. Space is limited; register today. EDventure awaits! Elementary Con web page


Develop your understanding of how to leverage innovative tools and strategies to intentionally target learning objectives and student skills. iCreate web page

ESC Region 11 will host the 2016 PRIME Digital Learning Experience for educators from north Texas. This event will bring together teachers, librarians, technology specialists, and administrators to experience the latest future-ready learning strategies, tools, and resources in a future-ready learning environment. This conference provides participants powerful networking opportunities in a high-energy learning environment as they are PRIMEd to embark on an awesome new school year. PRIME web page


May 20, 10 a.m. (45 minutes)
2nd-8th graders

Through this Connect2Texas virtual field trip, you and your students can be part of the adventure and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks! Join photographer David Hares II as he shares photographs and tales of his travels of our country’s national parks and the places in between. So far, these adventures have taken him more than 40,000 miles as he captures the beauty and uniqueness of our country's treasures.

Read more here.

K-8 Math Teachers, Interventionists, Parent Liaisons, Counselors

Do you have parents struggling to help their students with their Math homework? If so, check out, a website designed to help parents understand the revised math standards. A parent-friendly explanation of each standard, an example problem, digital resources, and more are easily located for parents to access.

School Business Issues Symposium

ESC Region 11 and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) are presenting a symposium covering some of today's most pressing issues in the school business world. A networking lunch will be provided. Topics will include:

  • Auditing your district's energy portfolio
  • Is it year seven of your five-year facilities plan?
  • The LED movement among school districts
  • Solar Power and Schools, Does it Finally Make Sense?

Date: May 16

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Lake Worth ISD Administration Building, 6805 Telephone Rd., Lake Worth, TX

Register on the ESC Region 11 website.

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