Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

November 1, 2017

ESC TODAY is published twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays throughout the school year except during holiday breaks and summer break.

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Connect2Texas: Beam Experts to the Classroom Virtually

Inviting experts into the classroom is an excellent way to bring new meaning to a lesson. However, busy schedules and job requirements frequently prevent such experts from making in-person visits, and class field trips are not always practical due to money, time, or travel concerns.

Using Connect2Texas and its many partners for educational content eliminates the hassle. With Connect2Texas, it is easy to "beam in" the experts and performers into your classroom. Videoconferencing has become a part of everyday life and can dramatically improve the quality of a student’s learning experience as well as expand access to students in rural communities.

If you want to take advantage of Connect2Texas resources and “beam” us into your classroom, visit the Connect2Texas website for more information or contact Lori Hamm-Neckar.

ELAR Advisory Meeting Set for November

English/Language Arts/Reading coordinators and curriculum specialists who wish to network are encouraged to join the ESC Region 11 ELAR team on November 15, 9-11 a.m. The discussion will include recent TEA and legislative updates, Commissioner Morath’s priorities, and other instructional initiatives. The advisory meeting will be collaborative and will also allow our region to build a plan for the future TEKS rollout. Register here, but please be sure you are signed in to your Region 11 account.

First Aid/CPR/AED Course Set for November 6

On November 6, the Emergency Responders at ESC Region 11 will offer the Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course that incorporates the latest science. The course teaches participants to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, and demostrates how to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies for victims of any age. Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

To sign up for the course, please select the Register button on the ESC Region 11 website or contact Kandi McAninch for more information.

Free Entrance to State Parks on November 12

In honor of both active and retired military, entrance fees to all Texas state Parks will be waived for all day-users on Sunday, November 12, the Sunday after Veterans' Day. For a list of all 95 parks, visit Texas State Parks website.

Parks within 1-2 hours of DFW include:

  • Ray Roberts Lake State Park
    • Isle DuBois Unit (20 minutes)
    • Johnson Branch Unit (20 minutes)
  • Cedar Hill State Park
  • Dinosaur Valley State Park (walk in REAL dinosaur tracks)
  • Cleburne State Park
  • Meridian State Park
  • Eisenhower State Park
  • Lake Mineral Wells State Park
  • Bonham State Park
  • Purtis Creek State Park
  • Lake Tawakoni State Park

In the News - Arlington ISD Teacher Named Milken Educator

Jennifer Fuller, a 10th- and 11th-grade English/Language Arts teacher at Arlington Collegiate High School in Arlington ISD, was presented with the Milken Educator Award in October. The national award, often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching," recognizes exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. Fuller is one of two Texas teachers to receive the award this year, and one of 50 teachers who have received the award since 2000 when the program began in Texas. As a Milken honoree, she will attend the Milken Educator Forum in Washington, D.C., in March and will receive a $25,000 prize from the Milken Family Foundation. (Photo Credit: Milken Family Foundation)

Learning Opportunities for YOU at ESC Region 11

Texas Lesson Study Program Underway in Region 11 with Two Districts

Denton ISD and Boyd ISD are participating in the Region 11 Texas Lesson Study (TXLS) program, a job-embedded, teacher-driven, collaborative learning experience designed to help educators become researchers of their own practice. Working with ESC Region 11 Instructional Content Coach Tenille Shade, teachers in the participating districts meet regularly as they progress through the five phases of the program.

Last school year, ESC Regions 6, 13, and 14 (in collaboration with Regions 5, 15, and 16) piloted the Lesson Study Professional Development Program as part of the TEA Strategic Plan 2017–2021, set forth by Commissioner Mike Morath. A similar program has been successfully implemented in California, Chicago, New York, and Florida.

With the TXLS, educators experience increased confidence, allowing districts to build an army of teacher leaders prepared to impact learning outcomes for students. Listen to a brief audio explanation of TXLS.

Texas Summit Series with George Couros and Kevin Kush set for November

ESC Region 11 is excited to partner with HUMANeX Ventures to offer the Texas Summit Series, December 6-7. This Summit features George Couros, author and leadership coach, and Kevin Kush, superintendent, author, and motivational coach. With so many people in a district who need to grow as motivators, team builders, and leaders, we are inviting superintendents, central office administrators, HR directors, campus administrators, athletic directors, special education directors, or anyone else aspiring to become a leader.

More information here (.pdf)

To reserve your spot, please contact:

Lisa Glenn – (940) 390-4838

Kate Faughn – (402) 486-1102

Teacher Alternative Certification: Free Information Meeting

Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a teacher through alternative certification? It's true that the teacher certification process may seem intimidating and confusing. But during the free information meeting on November 16, our certification team will explain the process, provide details about the ESC Region 11 preparation program for teacher certification, and answer questions. Registration is not required for the information session, which will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at ESC Region 11.

Read more about the ESC Region 11 Teacher Preparation Program.

Texas Transition Conference in February


The Texas Transition Conference, February 21-23, is a two-day event for transition-related personnel, general education teachers, administrators, TWC vocational rehabilitation counselors, parents, students, and advocates. The conference includes information on evidence-based practices resulting in a smooth transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Participants will receive training in five focus areas:
  • student-focused planning,
  • family involvement,
  • interagency collaboration,
  • student development, and
  • program structure.

Additional information and registration are available on the Texas A&M website.

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