Timely Information and Resources for Region 11 Schools

April 12, 2017

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

Recharge Assistants Edition

Are You an Assistant Principal, Administrative Assistant, or Teacher's Assistant?

In just one week (April 18-19), we'll be enjoying an exciting new learning format at ESC Region 11. If you are an assistant principal, administrative assistant, or teacher's assistant, we hope you'll join us for RECHARGE - Assistants Edition. The complete schedule of RECHARGE sessions for April 18-19 is available for you to browse, and you've still got time to register to attend.

If you are an administrative assistant or paraprofessional, be sure to register for this edition of RECHARGE. This is YOUR conference, as there will NOT be a stand-alone conference this year.

Your Choice. Your Learning. Your Experience at RECHARGE. Return to work with a renewed energy and excitement for the work you do.

Bookmark the RECHARGE website for all the details about the Assistants Edition as well as information about future conferences.

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Real Video Challenge: Enter Your Video by April 15

ESC Region 11 is sponsoring the Real Video Challenge powered by IRIS Connect to help us build a video library of real examples of effective teaching practices for everyone to use. Videos must be received by April 15.

Educators who enter may win an iPad for their classroom or a 30-day coaching contract for their school.

You do not need fancy equipment or video editing skills. Just use your phone, your tablet, your computer, or any other device you have to record your classroom and submit the video for an opportunity to win.

More information is available at Real Video Challenge, or you may contact Tracie Cain, (817) 740-7562.

Challenge Accepted: "Zip Line"

The next Challenge Accepted is "Zip Line" on April 20, 9 a.m. Challenge Accepted is a series of free videoconferencing/networking events designed to spark creativity, imagination, and problem-solving in your students. This is the last Challenge Accepted for the school year, and it's a great way to build excitement and collaboration among your students and others.

Supplies needed for each group for this challenge:

  • 15 feet of string or yarn,
  • 4 pipe cleaners,
  • 2 paper clips,
  • masking tape,
  • a small rubber bouncy ball, and
  • up to three other supplies from the group members (must be okayed by the teacher).

Register for the event.

Learn more about Challenge Accepted.

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Connect2Texas: Flexible Scheduling Available

Did you know that most Connect2Texas providers can schedule programs on a date and time that meets your needs? Programs are posted on the Connect2Texas calendar to give a variety of scheduling options, but “by request” programs also are available. If you need to request a program on a specific date and time, contact the provider to coordinate the details. The provider will then post the program and send you a registration link. This reserves your spot and notifies all the necessary contacts who are involved.

Connect2Texas providers are here to help educators enhance classroom content, provide access to resources and customized topics, and work with special scheduling needs. We hope you will utilize these Texas-based providers and their TEKS-aligned program opportunities. Questions? Contact Lori Hamm-Neckar, (817) 740-7516.

Cybersecurity Summit to be held at ESC Region 11 on May 8

Join us on May 8 as experts from across the country share their knowledge on cybersecurity issues that threaten our districts. This one-day summit will feature more than 20 breakout sessions to allow you to choose your learning throughout the day.

This free event is limited to the first 200 participants who register.

Download a flyer for more information.

Register today.

DMAC Users' Meeting - April 20

Have you DMAC’d lately? Current DMAC users and those interested in previewing DMAC are welcome to join us for the DMAC Users’ meeting, April 20, 9 a.m.-12 noon. DMAC specialists will be there to highlight the latest changes to the software and enhancements slated for 2017-18. One of those new enhancements will be the LPAC module.

Download the flyer for more information on the program or register for the program online. A password is required to register, so please contact Elizabeth Schrader, (817) 740-7504, for that information. Provides Parent-Friendly Help for Math Concepts is a FREE K-8 website that provides parent-friendly explanations, example problems, digital tools, and videos by grade level to help parents understand the math concepts and skills that their children are learning.

Please add the link to your website and include it in communications to parents.

2017 TEKS Resource System Conference

The 2017 TEKS Resource System Curriculum Conference, August 1-3, is the premier professional development venue for Texas. Whether you're a teacher or an administrator, this conference has something for everyone. Attendees will experience a variety of sessions related to academic content, leadership, assessment, differentiation, and instructional coaching. The keynote speaker is Aric Bostick.

Registration details are available on the TEKS Resource System Conference website.

What's Happening at Our Schools?

Our schools have so many wonderful things going on that it's difficult to pick just a few to feature. Here are recent school news items from Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, Keller, Lewisville, and Granbury ISDs that grabbed our attention.

Viewing the World Through Virtual Reality in Granbury ISD

Students in Teri Call's bilingual pre-kindergarten class at Emma Roberson Elementary in Granbury ISD recently had their first experience in a virtual reality environment. Check out the video below to see their reactions - priceless!
Emma Roberson gets Virtual Reality

Uplifting Educator Stories: Share Your Education Success Story with TEA

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched a statewide social media campaign to tell the remarkable stories of Texas educators. Uplifting Educator Stories are those that demonstrate rigorous and rewarding classroom experiences, student achievement, and student human interest going beyond success in a typical class or on a test.

If you have ideas for this project, email the story and photo to Lauren Callahan. A new story will be selected each week and shared statewide via TEA social media accounts using the hashtag #IAmTxEd.

More information here

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