Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools
November 1, 2017
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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.
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.
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
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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.
To reserve your spot, please contact:
Lisa Glenn – (940) 390-4838
Kate Faughn – (402) 486-1102
Teacher Alternative Certification: Free Information Meeting
Read more about the ESC Region 11 Teacher Preparation Program.
Texas Transition Conference in February
SAVE THE DATE
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
- student-focused planning,
- family involvement,
- interagency collaboration,
- student development, and
- program structure.
Additional information and registration are available on the Texas A&M website.