Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

February 23, 2018

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Registration is Open for Spring Conference-Style Learning

These four exciting and fulfilling conference-style opportunities are coming up soon, and there is one for YOU! Select the link for each one to find out more about the event and to register.

Leadercast 2018 Simulcast at ESC Region 11 on May 4

Attention Leaders and Those Who Want to Be Leaders:
We're bringing Leadercast 2018 to north Texas on May 4! Leadercast is a one-day simulcast event broadcast live from Atlanta to ESC Region 11 in White Settlement, Texas. This is a unique opportunity for you to hear a group of well-respected, nationally-known, inspirational, and motivational leaders tell their success stories...without having to leave the DFW area. View all speakers.

Get empowered and recharged by these world-class speakers who will show you how to become a more effective leader. The cost to attend the world's largest leadership event is only $100, and lunch is included! More information and registration

Texas Social Media Conference - April 17

Are you a social media novice, social media pro, or somewhere in between? The 6th annual Texas Social Media Conference on April 17 is a day of professional and personal learning and networking that is sure to benefit attendees at all levels of social media use. The conference, sponsored by ESC Region 11 and Tarleton State University's Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI), will be held at ESC Region 11.

This event is for anyone working in K-12, higher ed, non-profit, business, and municipalities. Sessions will include a variety of social media-related topics, including marketing and branding, digital citizenship, networking, leadership, the essentials, research, and social media in the learning environment.

We still need people to share their social media knowledge, so please complete the call for proposals form if you are interested.

Download the flyer for more information or register for the conference here.

Administrative Assistant/Secretary Conference - IT'S BACK!

The 8th Annual Administrative Assistant/Secretary Conference returns to ESC Region 11 on May 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. If you have been lucky enough to attend one of these, then we know you are excited to learn about the May 7th event. If you haven't attended, then here's why you should be excited:

  • It's a full day of professional growth tailored just for you.
  • Sessions will include professional and personal topics to help you meet the growing expectations of your job.
  • You'll learn new skills, but there will also be fun, food, and relaxation (massage chairs!)
  • There will be a keynote speaker, vendors, breakout sessions, and lunch.

If you are in an administrative assistant or secretarial role, THIS IS your conference (so don't miss it). Come with your friends and co-workers; it will be a fun day with plenty of takeaways.


Accountability Updates

e-Merge Digital Learning Vendor Fair

ESC Region 11 is merging two popular events into an amazing day of learning on March 21. e-Merge, the one-day event for digital learning specialists, and the Digital Learning Vendor Fair will be combined into e-Merge Digital Learning Vendor Fair, a one-day expo featuring innovative learning sessions led by rock-star digital learning specialists, along with booths and presentations from vendors showcasing the latest and greatest digital learning solutions. Register today!

More information about vendors and sessions will be available soon.

Texas Public Charter Schools Survey Open Until March 9

Just a reminder that TEA's online survey for public charter school administrators is open until March 9. All Texas public charter school administrators are asked to complete the survey to identify best practices of charter school campuses. Topics include:

  • charter school campus administrator background,
  • organizational-level practices,
  • instructional practices,
  • instruction of educationally disadvantaged students,
  • instruction of low-performing students,
  • approaches for attracting, recruiting, retaining, enrolling, and serving students,
  • approaches for attracting, recruiting, and retaining highly-qualified instructors, and
  • school climate.

If you have questions, please contact Ellie Hanlon, research specialist in the Division of Research and Analysis at TEA, (512) 463-3326.

Connect2Texas: Bring Real-World Relevance to Learning

Connect2Texas can provide teachers the ability to connect the curriculum with real-world experts and their unique resources. Our content providers come from museums, zoos, observatories, presidential libraries, state parks, aquariums, wildlife preserves, and even performing art institutes. Programs are developed to meet state standards for all ages and content areas.

As we know, field trips are a lot of work and can be expensive, so let us take your class on a virtual learning experience around the Lone Star State. We have a lot of new and exciting programs coming this spring. Here is just one example:

In the Field with Migrating Monarchs for Grade K-5
presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Join Park Ranger Craig Hensley from a field of milkweed plants at the Guadalupe River State Park. In this LIVE program, he will be looking for eggs, larvae, and adult Monarch butterflies to show students. In addition, he’ll discuss the life cycle (metamorphosis) of the Monarch as it relates to its migration in general, and its migration through Texas; its relationship with the milkweed plant; mimicry and warning coloration; predators of the Monarch; and the milkweed plant as its own mini-ecosystem. We can’t wait to catch some butterflies with you!

Check out the calendar of upcoming events and get registered before sessions fill up!

"You Art What You Eat" Art Contest for Students

Students are invited to submit artwork for the 2018-2019 You Art What You Eat! contest. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting students' illustrations of the National School Lunch Week theme "Level Up with a Healthy School Lunch" and the School Breakfast Week theme, "Level Up with a Healthy School Breakfast." The deadline for submissions is April 20.

Tell students you know to visit where they will find all forms and information they need to enter to win statewide recognition. The winning artwork will be featured in materials that will be displayed at schools and other locations.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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